“Mac Nation” returns to Jacksonville for homecoming weekend

By Gary Scott on October 15, 2016 at 7:58am

MacMurray College is channeling “Mac Nation” for this week’s homecoming events.

According to Assistant Director of Alumni Relations Marie Whaley, this year’s theme was inspired by MacMurray President Mark Tierno.

“Our President, President Mark Tierno, is going to be taking a national tour in the summer of 2017 and he is going to be traveling through thirty-eight states, to visit various alumni and to host various alumni gatherings. This is kind of the kickoff and the unveiling of that We actually are going to be explaining more about that at the President’s Reception, which is on Saturday,” says Whaley.

Donor Relations Coordinator Joanne Ford, who’s been at MacMurray for more than twenty years, says homecoming week has changed significantly over the past several years.

“It used to be just very structured, not nearly as many activities on campus during the day. The band and the beer tent, those things are all brand new in the last couple years, and those things do attract our alumni and that’s what we want, we want our alums to come back and have a good time on campus,” Ford says.

Homecoming activities begin with the Michalson Monster 5K Run/Walk beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday. The homecoming parade will follow at around 10 a.m., starting at State and Clay and finishing back on campus.

Join student organizations just north of the soccer field at around 11 a.m. for food and activities for all ages.

Lick Creek Country band will perform from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday in the parking lot of Julian Hall.