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Oct. 5-10: Homecoming Week 2015

Homecoming week begins with Monday kick-off event, Founders Day celebration bonfire, pep fest and fireworks.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 10-2-2015

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State Mankato’s annual “Homecoming Week” is Oct. 5-10, and this year the University will also celebrate Founders Day, which recognizes the 147th anniversary of Minnesota State Mankato as an institution, on Monday, Oct. 5 in conjunction with homecoming activities.

This year’s homecoming theme is “Maverick Takeover: Forever Purple and Gold,” and the week will begin with a kick-off event and Founders Day celebration free and open to the public from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday on the campus mall. A noon program will feature remarks from various city and Minnesota State Mankato representatives as well as music from the Maverick Machine athletic band. Cupcakes will be served to attendees.

The public is also invited to attend free Monday evening events that begin at 8 p.m. behind Blakeslee Stadium. There will be a pep fest and bonfire that is 25 feet tall and made up of 250 pallets of wood, courtesy of Fireworks will be held from 9:15-9:30 p.m.

Public parking for Monday evening events will be available in Lot 20, located on the corner of Stadium Road and Warren Street. No outside food or beverage is permitted, and Minnesota State Mankato is an alcohol-free, drug-free and tobacco-free campus.

Tuesday’s events will feature a Spirit Lunch with free food from area businesses from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Centennial Student Union mall. “Cake with the Candidates,” a cake-decorating competition featuring homecoming royalty candidates attempting to frost and design a pre-made cake, will start at noon during the lunch.

Wednesday’s events will feature a food-eating contest for students at noon in the Centennial Student Union Hearth Lounge.

On Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in Bresnan Arena, there will be a lip sync event featuring comedian Michael Harrison and crowning of the 2015 homecoming king and queen, with free food samples provided by area businesses.

The feature event on Friday, Oct. 9 is a homecoming concert from 7-10 p.m. in Myers Field House that features country music star Jerrod Niemann. For ticket information, visit

Saturday, Oct. 10 events, all open to the public, begin with an alumni 5k run ($5 cost, registration opens at 8 a.m., run is at 9 a.m.) on Minnesota State Mankato’s fitness trail, and the President’s Free Community Pancake Breakfast from 9-11 a.m. behind Blakeslee Stadium. The 81st annual Homecoming Parade, expected to attract more than 3,000 spectators, will begin at noon on Warren Street, and the football game against Augustana University will take place at 2 p.m. on Blakeslee Field. The Alumni & Friends Tent will be open from 1-3 p.m. behind Blakeslee Field.

Continuing a long-running Minnesota State Mankato homecoming week tradition, nearly 1,000 students will join teams that compete throughout the week to participate in as many homecoming events as possible. Points may be earned through participation, and the highest-scoring teams win monetary prizes. For more information on competition teams, contact student Rachel Hoehn, homecoming promotions and partnerships chair, at

Minnesota State Mankato’s Homecoming has been in existence since 1928. Homecoming week offers students and alumni a way to showcase their pride and school spirit. Homecoming also allows the greater Mankato community a chance to learn about the university and take part in the celebrations. A complete list of Homecoming events is available online.

Founders Day celebrates the founding of the institution. Minnesota State Mankato was founded in 1868 as Mankato Normal School, serving 27 students, with a purpose of instructing students in the science and art of teaching. The first class graduated in June 1870 with 10 students. More information on the history of the institution is available here.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,376 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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