The countdown is underway for the 2013 “Be a Hero” Homecoming at Missouri Southern State University.  Alumni, faculty, staff, students and the public are invited to take part and show their Missouri Southern Pride.

Friday, Nov. 1
10:30  a.m. – 1 p.m. Campus Picnic
MSSU Oval – free to MSSU campus community with University I.D.  $6 for general public.

Noon – Royalty Coronation

6 p.m. – 8 p.m. – All Alumni Reception
Ralph L. Gray Alumni Center
(Business Attire)
$8 for Alumni Association Members
$10 for Non-Members

Saturday, Nov. 2
9:30 a.m. – Lion Pride Brunch
Connor Ballroom – Billingsly Student Center
(Casual Game Day Attire)
$8 for Alumni Association Members
$10 for Non-Members

11:30 a.m. Homecoming Parade
On campus – free to all

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. – Pre-Game Tailgate
Ralph L. Gray Alumni Center
Courtesy of the MSSU Alumni Association

1:30 p.m. – Pre-Game Ceremonies
Fred G. Hughes Stadium

2 p.m. – Game Kickoff
MSSU Lions vs. Lindenwood Lions
Reserved seating for reunion groups
Tickets $5 each available only through Alumni Office

6 p.m. – Honors Reunion Dinner
Keltoi Winery – 17705 County Road 260, Oronogo
Business Casual Attire
$16 per person

6 p.m. – Theatre Department Reunion Dinner &
MSSU Campus – Bud Walton Theatre
Business Casual Attire
$10 per person

7 p.m. – Joplin Junior College Reunion
MSSU Campus – Connor Ballroom in Billingsly Student Center
$10 per person

2013 Outstanding Alumni
Rob Roy Ratliff, ’47 – Joplin Junior college
Mike Osborne, ’76 – MSSC

2013 Lion-Hearted Award
Don and Gloria LaFerla

2013 Hall of Fame Inductees
Yancy McKnight, ‘01
Seth Isringhausen, ‘03
Bryce Darnell, ‘97
Stacy (Harter) Smith, ‘03

2012-2013 Outstanding Professors Recipients
Dr. David M. Smith
Dr. R Ree Wells-Lewis

2013 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching
Terry Marion

2012-2013 Superior Service Awards RecipientsJack Berry
Dallas Correll
Janette Van De Mark, ‘00
Al Stadler, ‘02
Melissa Forsythe
Letitia Grimsley, ‘83

For information on any of the activities, contact the Ralph L. Gray Alumni Center at (417) 659-LION (5466) or visit