The “MSSU World Tour” is ready to rock Missouri Southern State University, with 2019 Homecoming planned for Oct. 4-5.

Activities will include the annual campus picnic, an awards dinner, a parade and the football game vs. Central Missouri. Reunion events will include the alumni band members, the Class of 1969, football and KGCS.

This year, the university will honor Robert Roth, ’86, and Emily DeFranco, ’92, as Distinguished Alums. Brande Harris, ’95, and Esdra Lamy, ’00, will be recognized as Outstanding Alums. The Mark, ’92, and Stacie Baker, ’92, family will be presented with the Outstanding Family award.

The annual awards are selected by the Alumni Board of Directors’ awards committee and are based on nominations received throughout the year. Photos and biographies for the honorees are attached.

“We are so excited to have everyone back on campus for this year’s Homecoming,” said Lee Elliff Pound, director of alumni and constituent relations. “Our awardees are exceptional in their fields and we are proud to call them part of the Missouri Southern alumni family.”

The schedule of events includes:

Friday, Oct. 4

10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Campus Picnic, on the Oval

Noon – Royalty Coronation, on the Oval

7 p.m. – Awards Banquet, North End Zone Facility. A social will be offered at 6 p.m. Cost to attend is $15

Saturday, Oct. 5

11:30 a.m. – Homecoming Parade, MSSU campus

Noon to 1:30 p.m. – Alumni Tailgate, Ralph L. Gray Alumni Center

2 p.m. – Football Game vs. Central Missouri, Fred G. Hughes Stadium

7 p.m. – KGCS-Celebrating 35 Years of Television Programming, Billingsly Student Center’s Connor Ballroom. A social will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner and the program

To make reservations for events or for more information about the 2019 Homecoming celebration, contact the Alumni office at 417-625-9355 or visit