Lots of events and activities for students and alumni
Geography was at its prime over Homecoming weekend, with tons of events and activities, including the Homecoming Tailgate Party, the Jesse H. Wheeler Jr. Library Dedication, the Dakota A. Ioanis Memorial Tree Dedication, the Geography Book and Map Sale, and the MU Geography Alumni Roundtable.
Homecoming Tailgate Party
A tradition for the department, the Homecoming Tailgate Party is always held the morning or afternoon before Homecoming game at Tiger Terrace just outside Memorial Student Union.
This year, alumni, students, and faculty showed to feast on brats and burgers, watch the geography’s own faculty “dad” band, The Urban Coyotes, and celebrate the return of “normalcy” and alumni. There were about 60 people who showed to the event, which was held from noon to 2 p.m. on Oct. 9. About 10 of those were alums from places like Minnesota and Ohio, as well as Missouri.
Mike Urban, department chair, was on the grill while the band played songs, such as “Take it Easy,” “Friend of the Devil,” “Yer So Bad,” “Stuck in the Middle,” “You Don’t Know How It Feels,” “Taking Care of Business,” “Bad Moon Rising,” “Simple Man” and others.
The band was composed of Grad Student John Thomas (drums), Claire Blodgett (bass), and faculty members Clayton Blodgett (guitar), Soren Larsen (guitar), Grant Elliott (guitar) and Mark Palmer (guitar and bass). Elliott, Larsen, Blodgett (Clayton) and Thomas also sang.
“It was a successful Homecoming Tailgate for sure,” says Larsen. “We had another wonderful homecoming celebration with lots of our alums welcomed back to campus.”