Air Show, Food Fests, Football Among Middle Georgia State Homecoming Events

Author: News Bureau
Posted: Thursday, August 20, 2015 1:10 PM
Categories: School of Aviation | Pressroom | Faculty/Staff


Macon, GA


Middle Georgia State will welcome alumni and the community at large when its first homecoming as a university takes place September 9-12.

Activities are scheduled for all five campuses and include an air show, food festival, football game with homecoming court and, in partnership with the Cherry Blossom Festival, the annual Tunes &Balloons. All events are open to the public and most have free admission.

"As a new university, it's critical Middle Georgia State establish annual traditions and special occasions to help graduates of our legacy institutions continue to be linked in,” said Dr. Christopher Blake,university president. “The graduates of the former Macon Junior College, Macon College, Macon State College, Middle Georgia College and Middle Georgia State College make up the foundation the university is building upon to have an even greater impact on the region.”

The predecessor institutions of what became Middle Georgia State University on July 1, 2015, produced nearly 35,000 alumni. Homecoming is the first of many events the university is planning in order to build community among those graduates and former students.

“Our goal is to foster a spirit of loyalty,” said Natalie Rischbieter, Alumni Relations director. “A lot of the positive qualities of those former schools are still part of Middle Georgia State University. We are confident many of our alumni want to stay connected and we need to create opportunities for them to do that.”

What follows is the complete list of homecoming activities. Events are free except where noted. Directions and maps to all five campuses can be found at www.mga.edu/about/maps.aspx.In addition to alumni, members of the general public are welcome to attend:

·3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday,Sept. 9: International City Food Festival, Warner Robins Campus.

·3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday,Sept. 9: Family Fun Knight, Dublin Campus.

·4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, Knights International Festival and Football Game with Homecoming Court (game against Alabama Prep begins at 7 p.m. at NeSmith Field), Cochran Campus.

·10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, Heart of Georgia Air Show, Eastman Campus. (www.mga.edu/homecoming/airshow.aspx.)

·4 to 9 p.m. Saturday,September 12, Tunes & Balloons, Macon Campus. In partnership with the Cherry Blossom Festival. ($5, free for children ages 6 and younger. www.cherryblossom.com/events/tunes-balloons/.)

For more information about homecoming activities, contact Middle Georgia State University’s Office of Development & Alumni Affairs at(478) 471-2732.