Whether it is going to a drive-in movie, the powder puff football, the annual Founder’s Day Assembly, the parade, or the tailgate party and football game, this year’s Homecoming at Dixie State has something for everyone. For a complete listing of DSU Homecoming 2013 events, visit www.dixie.edu/homecoming.
Although the annual Miss Dixie State Homecoming Queen Pageant will be held a week earlier than in past years, the official DSU Homecoming week of activities will begin on Monday, Oct. 21, with a formal student kick-off event at the Encampment Mall from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Then on Tuesday, Oct. 22, DSUSA will treat everyone to a drive-in movie, featuring the free screening of “Despicable Me 2” at dusk at the Old St. George Airport just west of downtown at dusk.
Festivities continue the following evening on Wednesday, Oct. 23, as DSUSA will host “The Date Doctor” David Coleman for a special performance at the Gardner Center Ballroom beginning at 7:30 p.m. Then on Thursday (Oct. 24) at 2 p.m., Dixie State will renew its tradition of painting “D Road,” which is located on 800 East in front of the Burns Arena. Later that evening, DSUSA will hold its annual Homecoming Powder Puff Football game under the lights at Hansen Stadium beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Dixie Red Day is set for Friday, Oct. 25, in which all DSU students, faculty and staff, alumni and community are asked to show their “Dixie Spirit” and wear red all day. In keeping with the “Dixie Spirit” theme, DSUSA will present its annual “Rock the Mall” school song competition at 1 p.m., on the Gardner Center Plaza.
Friday’s activities also include annual alumni events, beginning with the Alumni Assembly and Golden Generation Induction Ceremony (for the Class of 1963) in the Eccles Concert Hall at 10 a.m. Following the Assembly at 3 p.m., DSU will host a special Dixie Football Player Reunion at the Gardner Center Ballroom.
Then that evening at 6 p.m., the DSU Alumni Association will hold its annual Alumni Banquet at the Student Activity Center (Old Gym), featuring guest speaker and alumnus Dr. Craig Booth (’66). In addition, Mr. and Mrs. Phil (’46) and Ruth (’42) Squire and Mrs. Diane Hafen (’54) will receive Distinguished Alumni Awards during the festivities. Tickets for the Alumni Banquet are $13, and can be purchased in advance by calling the DSU Alumni Office at 435-652-7535.
The Friday night activities will wind down during the midnight hour as DSU will host the 5th-Annual Alumni 5-Kilometer Run/Walk at Hansen Stadium. For information or to register, call the DSU Alumni Office at 435-652-7535.
Saturday’s (Oct. 26) festivities begin with the annual Homecoming Parade at 10 a.m. The parade will start in front of the DSU campus on 700 East before traveling west on 100 South Street, winding up at the original Dixie campus on Main Street. DSU alum Dr. Craig Booth will serve as the parade’s grand marshal.
Line-up for the parade will begin at 9 a.m. Individuals, businesses, or civic organizations wishing to place entries in the parade are asked to contact Deb Millet at 435-652-7514, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Following the parade at 11 a.m., DSU will hold its annual Founder’s Day Assembly and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in the St. George Tabernacle. Admission to the Assembly is free. Dixie State will induct three new members into its Hall of Fame, including Dixie alumni Dr. Craig (’66) and Mrs. Maureen (Haslam) Booth (’66), and the late Emil (E.J.) Graff (1914).
Later that day, the DSU Alumni Association and DSUSA will host a free tailgate party at the Wade Alumni House at 3:45 p.m., prior to Dixie State’s football game vs. Humboldt State University, which is slated to kick off at 6 p.m. Game tickets may be purchased by calling the DSU Avenna Center ticket office at 435-652-7800, or online at www.dixiestatetickets.com. Tickets may also be purchased at the box office at Hansen Stadium prior to kickoff.
Following the football game, members of the famed Dixie College Program Bureau will gather for a special reunion in the Eccles Fine Arts Center Bandroom beginning at 9 p.m. In addition, the annual Homecoming Dance will also begin at 9 p.m., in the Gardner Center Ballroom. Admission to the dance is free.