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ABILENE, Texas – McMurry University Homecoming 2011, “Traditions Reign, Spirit Unchanged,” begins at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, October 6, 2011, with the traditional tipi raising at Wah Wahtaysee Park on the corner of South 14th and Sayles Boulevard. This is the 60th year anniversary for Tipi Village.

Several thousand Abilene and area students and families are expected to visit Tipi Village on campus Friday, Oct. 7, 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. Judges will check all the tipis for authenticity at 9 a.m. Saturday, with the winners being announced at halftime of the McMurry-Sul Ross State football game on Saturday, October 8.

Reunion dinners will honor the classes of 1951, 1961, 1971, 1986 and 2001 beginning at 5:30 p.m. Friday. The traditional bonfire will begin about 9:30 p.m. Friday in Wah Wahtaysee Park along with a Pep Rally, followed by the freshmen beating the drum throughout the night and until the kickoff of the football game at 2 p.m. Saturday. The McMurry Theatre Department will present “The 1940s Radio Hour” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Saturday and at 7 p.m. on Friday in the Amy Grave Ryan Little Theatre.

An art exhibit by McMurry alumnus Jonathan Kimbrell ’04 will be open in the Ryan Fine Arts Gallery.

Homecoming will continue through Sunday, Oct. 9, with a worship service at Aldersgate United Methodist Church featuring the preaching of McMurry alumnus Rev. C. Lane Boyd.

A complete schedule of Homecoming 2011 events can be found at: