Festivities begin as MVC student-athletes kick off the 54th anniversary homecoming torch run when they leave Atchison, Kan., on Friday and bring the flame home to Marshall to light the bonfire.
This year's events include the annual alumni banquet, homecoming parade, pre-game tailgate with live music by Johnny Rampage, MVC Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony, 50-Plus Club meeting, and a schedule of Viking athletics, according to a news release from the college.
Three alumni will be recognized at the alumni banquet on Friday in the R. Wilson Brown Room in Ferguson Center: Outstanding Alumni Award winners Hugh Dunn (class of 1948) of Macon and Hiroshi Oto (class of 1967) of New York, N.Y.; and the Outstanding Young Alumni Award winner Mollie Keith (class of 2004) of Arlington, Va.
The anniversary classes of 1962, 1972, 1982, 1987, 1992, and 2002 will also be recognized.
The 2012 MVC Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees include Bill Tuck (1973) of Excelsior Springs; Beau Vest (2001) of Fremont, Neb.; Dennis "Ace" Reilly (1975) of Cary, N.C.; Donald Kalthoff (1961) of Independence; Russel Moulton (1975) of Glenwood, Iowa; and the 1962 baseball team.
The induction ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday in the MVC cafeteria in the Ferguson Center.
--Alumni and Trustee Reception and Student Activity Center Celebration, 4:30-5:45 p.m. at Student Activity Center Tent (located just north of Gregg-Mitchell Field).
--Alumni Banquet* from 6 to 8 p.m. in R. Wilson Brown Room, Ferguson Center.
--Bonfire at 8:30 p.m. at Burns Athletic Complex.
--Alumni and Friends Reception at 9 p.m., Stone Hedge Golf Club, open to alumni and friends.
--50-Plus Club* at 8 a.m. in Tech Center first floor lobby.
--Parade at 9 a.m. beginning at the intersection of North Odell Avenue and North Street. The parade will begin forming at 8 a.m. on North Street between Brunswick and Odell avenues. Parade entries should enter from the north. The parade will proceed west on North Street to Lafayette Avenue, south on Lafayette to Arrow Street, east on Arrow to Odell, south on Odell to College Street, east on College to Conway Avenue and south on Conway to disband before reaching Morrow Street. This year's parade will feature local high school bands, classic cars, and numerous campus and community floats. For late parade entries, contact Emily Skellett at 660-831-4009 or email@example.com.
--Campus tours from 9 to 11:30 a.m. starting at the Admissions Office in Ferguson Center.
--Parade at 9 a.m. starting on the Marshall square and moving south on Odell Avenue to College Street and past campus.
--Alumni Round Robin Tennis Tourney at 10 a.m. at Indian Foothills Park. Contact Ryan Carney at firstname.lastname@example.org or 660-886-0182 for more information.
--Athletic Hall of Fame Reception* at 10 a.m. at the Ferguson Center South Patio.
--Athletic Hall of Fame Luncheon* from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Ferguson Center Café.
--Tailgate Festivities at 11 a.m. at Tailgate Lot (south of Gregg-Mitchell Field and west of Burns Athletic Complex) with live music from Jonny Rampage. Call 660-831-4034 for information.
--Campus-wide lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in R. Wilson Brown Room, Ferguson Center ($5 at door).
--Football vs. Benedictine College at 2 p.m. at Gregg-Mitchell Field.
--Class of 1962 Dinner* at 5 p.m., Stone Hedge Golf Club.
--Women's Soccer vs. Benedictine College at 6 p.m. at Gregg-Mitchell Field.
--Men's Wrestling Alumni Dual at 7 p.m. in Burns Athletic Complex.
--Men's Soccer vs. Benedictine College at 8 p.m. at Gregg-Mitchell Field.
Sunday, October 14
--Women's Soccer Alumnae Game at noon, Gregg-Mitchell Field.
* Reservations and/or fee required. Call 660-831-4006 or send email to email@example.com.
MVC alumni to be honored
Hugh Dunn (class of 1948) Outstanding Alumni Award
Hugh Dunn came to MVC in 1941. After his first year, he joined the Army. Dunn served in World War II, stationed in Germany with the D Company of the 253rd Infantry Regiment. He was injured in battle causing him to lose his left hand and lower arm. After the war, he received a Purple Heart and Silver Star Medal for his outstanding courage.
In 1945, at age 25, he returned to MVC, where he played football and ran track for four more years.
As an all-American running back, blocking back and quarterback, Dunn won national awards including the Williamson Trophy, presented to the most valuable small-college player in the country. At quarterback, he helped lead the Vikings to 41 consecutive victories and two bowl game wins.
Dunn went on to have an outstanding coaching career at Macon High School. He coached at Macon for more than 40 years.
Regarded as one of the top football coaches in the state, Dunn ended with a career record of 234-148-15, six league championships, and four playoff appearances.
In 1971, Macon High School named the football stadium after Dunn.
The following year, he was elected to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletes Hall of Fame.
Dunn also has been inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame and the Missouri Coaches Hall of Fame.
Dunn remains a constant fixture in Macon. He and his wife, Peg, who is a 1949 MVC alumna, hardly miss a home Macon Tigers sporting event, and Dunn still paints the lines on the football field for every home game.
Hiroshi Oto (class of 1967) Outstanding Alumni Award
Hiroshi Oto is the president and chief operating officer of Fujisankei Communications International Inc.
Oto joined Fuji Television Networks as a news researcher in 1969. His fluency in English allowed him to serve as an assistant director on "Apollo 11: Special Report." In 1972, he traveled to New York to report on the U.S presidential election campaigns of Richard Nixon and George McGovern.
Later in the 1970s, Oto produced a series of documentaries about Japanese who had succeeded abroad -- he was inspired by an American-born uncle who became a successful Los Angeles businessman and mentor to young Japanese-Americans.
Oto also created the popular FNN News program that continues to this day.
Oto lives in New York with his wife, Masako. They have a son, Kouhei, and a daughter, Shoko. Their children live in Tokyo.
Mollie Keith (class of 2004) Outstanding Young Alumni Award
Capt. Mollie Keith has served abroad in Iraq and Afghanistan. Keith has received numerous military honors for her service, including the Bronze Star Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, and a National Defense Service Medal.
Since 2004, Keith has been enlisted in the United States Army. From 2007-2009, Mollie served as company commander of a forward deployed Combat Support Military Police Company conducting Military Police combat operations and Police Transition Team operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
In 2010 she took the position of executive officer for Joint Task Force 435, TF Biometrics in support of Operation Enduring Freedom where she provided biometric support to six regional commands.
Keith currently works at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., as a biometrics operations officer.
While at MVC, Keith was a three time all-American women's wrestler and was named the Outstanding Senior Woman by the Valley Women's Organization.
Keith was a member of the Missouri Valley College ROTC program.
She graduated from MVC with a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education and went on to teach special education in the Marshall Public School District before her military career.