Alumni party in honor of Centennial Celebration

The J-School’s centennial all-alumni and friends party on Friday, September 26, will bring together graduates dating back to the 1940s at UM’s Adams Center. It’s the centerpiece of a weekend-long celebration kicking off the centennial year.

The Friday night social will be hosted by Missoula Mayor John Engen with special appearances by UM President Royce Engstrom, Montana Journalism Dean Larry Abramson and emeriti faculty. The program will feature historical and current videos, a silent and live auction, hors d’oeuvres, music and dancing. The Tom Catmull band will be joined on stage by Nate Schweber, ’01, freelance journalist and rock band front man now living in New York.

Visiting alums and current students are invited to ride a parade float on Saturday morning. The float will arrive downtown at 9 a.m. and all are welcome to ride or walk along. The float theme will be “100 Years of Griz Journalism,” and riders are encouraged to dress in period outfits and bring props reminiscent of their journalism era.

A tailgate party follows the parade on the lawn outside Anderson Hall. A tent will be pitched to honor the founding of the J-School in surplus Army tents in 1914. Alums will then make their way to the stadium for the football game.

The Holiday Inn downtown will host a Kaimin reunion party on Saturday night beginning at 7 p.m. On Monday evening, the T. Anthony Pollner distinguished professor, William Glaberson, delivers his address at the University Center Theater.

- posted on 09/13/14 -