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. 110:30  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 MSSU Oval

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 & Performance 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 Recipients – Jack 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 www.mssu.edu/alumni