Montana State University

MSU-Bozeman celebrates homecoming Oct. 10-12

October 8, 2003 -- By MSU-Bozeman News Service

Fictional Bobcat Clarence Mjork appeared in the notorious 1933 spoof yearbook for what was then, Montana State College. He is parade marshal for Homecoming 2003. Photo courtesy MSU Alumni Association.   High-Res Available

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Bozeman -- Hundreds of Bobcats from throughout the country are gathering for a weekend full of activity during Montana State University's Homecoming, "Cheers to 100 Years," set for Oct. 9-12 in Bozeman.

The homecoming merriment culminates more than a year of celebration of the MSU Alumni Association's 100-year anniversary. The weekend's activities will include several old and a few new traditions.

A highlight of the weekend is a visit by Bobcat trickster, Clarence Mjork, crowned as this year's parade marshal. The mustachioed, myth created quite a stir in 1933 when he appeared in the yearbook, squeezed between many university dignitaries' portrait. Long before the advent of Photoshop, MSU student-practical jokers fabricated the hobo character of Clarence Mjork and inserted him throughout the yearbook. He rides through downtown Bozeman Saturday, leading the parade that begins at 10 a.m. on Main Street.

While the parade and football game, set at 1:35 p.m. when MSU plays Idaho State University, highlight Homecoming weekend, festivities actually begin on Thursday with reunions, dinners and tailgate parties.

Among the shimmering blue and gold, several MSU alumni will receive recognition for outstanding achievements.

The MSU Alumni Association honors six alumni with the prestigious Centennial Alumni Achievement Award. The honorees accept recognition for their accomplishments during Homecoming celebrations at 3 p.m. Friday in the Foundation/Alumni Center. The alumni have distinguished themselves through significant achievements in their profession or civic duties and through their dedication to MSU.

"The Centennial Achievement Award recipients exemplify what is best about MSU, and show our students the powerful results of an education at MSU," said Jaynee Groseth, executive director of the Alumni Association. Honorees are listed below.

Norm Asbjornson, '60, of Tulsa, Okla. is founder and CEO of AAON, Inc. an industry leader of rooftop air-conditioning manufacturing. He serves on the board of the MSU Foundation and others and last year gave the university $1 million for scholarships for students from small Montana towns.

Chrysti Smith, '94, of Belgrade, writes and produces the public radio program on word derivations. "Chrysti the Wordsmith" is heard on radio stations throughout the country as well as some international stations. She serves as a member of the MSU Friends of the Library Board.

Jacob Jabs, '52, is the CEO of American Furniture Warehouse, headquartered in Englewood, Colo. He was born and raised near Lodge Grass. He was named the National Home Furnishings Association 2000 Retailer of the Year and is regionally recognized for his television ads that incorporate wild animals.

Jeannie Parson, '82, of Kalispell, is a certified financial planner and branch manager of Raymond James Financial Services, and the Past-President of Pilot International service club. She is a past president of the MSU Alumni Association and a current member of the MSU Foundation.

Patricia Oriet, '69, Bozeman, is a nurse practitioner who worked for many years at the MSU Health Center, and serves on several board of directors such as the MSU-Bozeman College of Nursing. She is a pioneer advocate for women's health.

Robert Peccia, '65, Helena, is a rancher and engineer whose company, Robert Peccia and Associates, was recognized by Civil Engineering Magazine as the "Best Civil Engineering Company to work for in the Nation." His company provides an endowed Civil Engineering Scholarship for students.

Other Homecoming 2003 events include on-campus and off-campus activities.

The President's Luncheon on Friday with MSU President Geoff Gamble is from 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. in SUB Ballroom A. Lunch is $12 per person.

The Paint the Town Blue and Gold event begins at Homecoming headquarters, the Baxter Hotel at 7 p.m. on Friday and then roves downtown to old haunts with good friends.

In volleyball action, MSU takes on rival Montana in Shroyer Gym at 7 p.m. Friday. The Bobcat Open men's tournament begins at 9 a.m. and runs through Sunday evening at the Bobcat Tennis Center.

The safe and fun, alcohol-free Homecoming event, Midnight Mania, includes co-ed volleyball, climbing wall, sumo wrestling, dunk tank and free food, Friday, 10 p.m.-1 a.m., in the Brick Breedan Fieldhouse.

The Homecoming Booster Breakfast starts at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday in SUB Ballrooms.

The Alumni Tailgate Party whoops it up before the game, next to the Reno H. Sales stadium for BBQ and beverage, for $11 per person.

For more information about homecoming activities, contact the MSU Alumni Association, (406) 994-2401.

Contact: Jaynee Groseth (406) 994-2401