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 ABILENE, Texas – McMurry University Homecoming 2013, “On the Wings of Tradition,” begins at 5 p.m. Thursday, October 3, 2013, with the traditional tipi raising at Wah Wahtaysee Park on the corner of South 14th and Sayles Boulevard.

Several thousand Abilene and area students and families are expected to visit Tipi Village on campus from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, Oct. 4, as the men’s and women’s social clubs erect authentic Native American dwellings and tell visitors about the history and culture of different tribes. Special presentations by the Great American Indian Dancers, Inc. and a local falconer have been added to the event.

This year, McMurry Student Government has added special family-friendly tour hours from 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday in addition to the school visits in the morning. Winners of the most authentic presentations will be announced at halftime of the McMurry-Angelo State football game on Saturday, October 5.

The Friends of the Jay-Rollins Library Lecture will feature McMurry history professor and Alamo expert Dr. Stephen Hardin speaking on “Lines in the Soil, Lines on the Soul: The Alamo in Myth and History” at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Jay-Rollins Library.

Reunion dinners will honor the classes of 1953, 1963 and 1973 beginning at 5 p.m. Friday. The classes from 1983, 1993 and 2003 will hold their reunions at 5:30 p.m. Saturday on the Radford northwest lawn.

The McMurry Theatre Department will present “Lantern Magic,” a free, walk-in show focusing on theater projection experiments, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 2 p.m. Friday, and 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Amy Grave Ryan Little Theatre. An art exhibit entitled “What We Do” by McMurry art faculty members will be open in the Ryan Fine Arts Gallery throughout homecoming.

Homecoming will continue through Sunday, Oct. 6, with a worship service at Radford Auditorium featuring the preaching of McMurry alumnus and renowned Western and religious artist Rev. Kenneth Wyatt.

A complete schedule of Homecoming 2013 events can be found at: