Homecoming weekend reunites hundreds of alumni and friends
On October 21 and 22, 2016, UMHB celebrated its Homecoming. Hundreds of alumni journeyed back to campus to enjoy fun activities, traditions, and special events.
Homecoming kicked off Friday afternoon with a carnival in Millennium Oaks Park. The carnival featured rides, games, and refreshments, and it served to reunite many alumni for the first time. This included former UMHB tennis play-er Jose Artiles ‘86, who traveled from Spain to Belton to celebrate his 30th reunion with friends and his UMHB tennis coach, James Cohagan.
Friday evening, the party moved into W.W. Walton Chapel for Stunt Night, which is a UMHB tradition that dates back to the turn of the century. The event challenges the students of each class to work as teams producing performances that combine skit, singing, and dancing. This year’s theme was Pixar, so every class’s performance represented one of the animation studio’s films. Performers and class-es were recognized with awards based on votes from both a panel of judges and the audience. This year, the junior class took home the prize for the winning performance.
Following the announcement of the Stunt Night winners, students and alumni gathered for a pep rally and fireworks at the Luther Memorial. Meanwhile, a dessert party was held in Millennium Oaks Park.
On Saturday, CRU fans gathered outside the Musick Alumni Center and Museum to tailgate the foot-ball game against Hardin-Simmons University. The game began at 1:00 p.m. inside Crusader Stadium, and the halftime show featured a ceremony retiring the jersey number of former UMHB football player Jerrell Freeman. The Crusaders walked away with a victory of 20-15 against Hardin-Simmons.