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Oct. 13, 2011 Volume 33, No. 8

A special Homecoming message from Chancellor Deaton

Homecoming graphic

Celebrating our 'grandest tradition'

To the Campus Community:

This week, as the Jesse Hall dome shines gold, we celebrate our 100th anniversary of Homecoming, which was born at the University of Missouri in 1911 and has become one of our grandest traditions.

Over the past few weeks, many students have dedicated time, talent and creativity as part of the nation’s largest student-run Homecoming celebration. Mizzou’s worldwide alumni base is 260,000-plus strong. As many begin their journey home this week, I want to recognize MU students for keeping this tradition alive and well.

At Mizzou, Homecoming means serving not only our campus community but also our community at large. Through your efforts, we were able to collect 63,555 pounds of food for The Food Bank of Central and Northeast Missouri and over 5,000 units of blood for the American Red Cross in what is annually their largest multi-day blood drive in the nation. Additionally, more than 300 students participated in a day of service to help prepare campus for thousands of alumni and visitors this weekend while dozens of alumni chapters across the coutnry hosted service projects to honor Mizzou in their home communities.

Please join me and the Mizzou Alumni Association in welcoming home alumni this weekend for campus decorations, the parade, the Romp, Chomp and Stomp Homecoming Centennial Tailgate, and the football game against the Iowa State Cyclones.

For more information, or to participate in these events, go to

I hope to see you dressed in black and gold this weekend as we celebrate Mizzou!

With Tiger Pride,

Brady J. Deaton