With the event itself just over six months away, the students that will be serving on MU’s Homecoming Steering Committee have already been selected. As is told to the incoming freshmen classes MU invented homecoming in 1911 when head football coach C.L. Brewer invited alumni to “come home” for a MU-KU game.
According to Maggie Brown, Tri-Director for Homecoming 2008, there is an application submission followed by two rounds of interviews. In selecting candidates they look for, “team working abilities, leadership and a passion for the homecoming tradition.”
“They must also be able and ready to put in a lot of time and effort into planning this large scale event with their team members,” Brown added.
Homecoming is not just a football game with a theme, it includes events that take months of planning and preparation; including a parade, blood drive and campus decorations.
The Committee held their first meeting for MU’s 97th Annual Homecoming on Feb., 28, and will continue to meet every Thursday evening until the events begin. Recently they held their retreat where the theme was decided, however, it cannot be released at this time.
The students on the Homecoming Steering Committee this year are: Brady Bounds, Liz Braun, Lyndey Brock, Jessica Crane, Robert Crosby, Katie Duff, Kyle Eckler, Laura Eisenbeis, Kyle Fergason, Leah Fowler, Megan Gallup, Andrew German, Halli Levy, Maria Loida, Sally McVey, Luke Miller, Rebecca Muehling, Paige Nilson, Ryan Olson, Emily Rau, Mary Beth Reed, Taylor Reifsteck, George Scholtz, Brooke Varner, Brad Wallace and Elizabeth Weishar.