Homecoming is a time to return to your alma mater and reminisce on the good times of college. Missouri State University has been celebrating homecoming for many years, so let’s take a trip down memory lane and remember homecomings of years past.

10 Years Ago

Head coach Terry Allen and the Missouri State football team battled the Indiana State University Sycamores on Oct. 27, 2007.

The Bears smoked the Sycamores in a 63-7 victory. One of the greatest contributors to the Bears’ mighty score was senior running back Gerald Davis.

Davis set a Missouri State single game record with five touchdowns in this game, contributing almost half of the Bears’ score.

Junior communication major Whitney Paul, representing United Council of Resident Assistants, was crowned Homecoming Queen. Senior mass media major Dan Lepper, representing Theta Chi fraternity, was crowned king. It was a glorious day for Missouri State.

25 Years Ago

A little more than a week before Gov. Bill Clinton claimed victory over President George H.W. Bush and Ross Perot in the 1992 Presidential Election, the Southwest Missouri State Bears dominated the Eastern Illinois Panthers.

Under the direction of head coach Jesse Branch, the Bruins (a nickname for the Bears) won the contest 13-10.

50 Years Ago

In the days when “Soul Man” was near the top of the Billboard Hot 100 and Walt Disney’s “Jungle Book” movie was newly released in theaters, the Homecoming festivities at Southwest Missouri State College were in full swing.

The Homecoming floats were masterpieces to behold including Pi Kappa Alpha’s first place airplane float. Other floats were aimed at the opposing football team.

Additional festivities include the Folio Follies, a campus variety show. The show this particular year had a “Peanuts” comic strip theme.

Adele Francis, representing Sigma Kappa sorority, was crowned Homecoming Queen.

Although head coach Jim Mentis and the SMS pigskinners tried their best to defeat the Southwest Missouri State Indians, they simply could not. They lost the game 31-0.