Belton, TX – This week the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor will be celebrating Homecoming. Hundreds of alumni are expected to celebrate by returning to campus and enjoying a series of fun activities and events.
“Our goal this year was to create a week of events aimed at engaging current students in Homecoming,” UMHB’s Assistant Director of Student Organizations, Tiffany Wurdemann said. “Our hope is that when they become alumni, they will already have a bunch of positive memories of the Homecoming experience.”
On Tuesday, October 16, the four undergraduate classes (freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors) are invited to compete in a dodgeball tournament on the new outdoor recreation courts. The competition kicks off at 7:30 p.m.
“This is probably the event that I’m most excited about,” Wurdemann said. “The different classes will compete in a tournament, and the winning team will get to play against a team of our alumni.”
On Wednesday, October 17, a special FOCUS meeting is being held in the W. W. Walton Chapel beginning at 8:28 p.m. FOCUS is a student-led time of praise and worship.
On Thursday, October 18, the university will be holding a special Foamcoming Dance on Moore Street for students, beginning at 8 p.m.
Friday, the festivities pick up with a number of great UMHB traditions. First, alumni and their families can enjoy a carnival and dinner on the Quad from 4 to 11 p.m. There will be inflatables, rides, and games for children and adults of all ages. At 7 p.m. each of the current UMHB classes will compete for honors in this year’s Stunt Night. Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors will produce skits complete with costumes, music and dancing. Audience members will help to select a winner. Individual performers will also be recognized. Then at 9 p.m., a pep rally will be held in front of Luther Memorial. Immediately following the rally, a special dessert party will be held for alumni in Millennium Oaks Park.
On Saturday, university students, alumni, and members of the community are invited to take part in the Cru for a Cause 5k. This year’s race takes aim at the issue of human trafficking. All of the funds raised by registrations go to Restore a Voice, a ministry which gives aid to victims of human trafficking. The race starts at 8 a.m. in front of the Mayborn Arena. Registration and packet pick-up will open at 6:45 a.m. Following the 5K, children are encouraged to take part in the Kid K. Participants can register in advance online or in person before the race.
Later that morning, UMHB alumni are invited to a special tailgate and barbeque lunch at Belton’s Tiger Stadium. Afterward, fans of Crusader football will file into the stadium to cheer on the UMHB team as The Cru takes on conference rival Hardin-Simmons.