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MAC prepares for homecoming Feb. 26

PARK HILLS — Organizers for Mineral Area College’s homecoming Feb. 26 are gearing their plans toward family fun.

“We’re a community college, so of course, we design many programs for people from all walks of life, and all ranges of interest,” said Peggy Ropelle, chair of the homecoming festivities. “Our homecoming is going to be everything MAC stands for –bringing the community together and welcoming people back to MAC.”

The homecoming will feature the women’s basketball game at 5 p.m. and men’s basketball at 7 p.m., both against State Fair Community College of Sedalia.

Earlier in the day, the MAC baseball’s home opener will be played at 1 p.m. against Rend Lake of Ina, Ill.

In honor of homecoming, admission to the games is free.

“I know all the coaches are really excited their teams are having home-field advantage, and they can’t wait to see the crowds rooting in the stands for these hard-working athletes,” Ropelle said.

A special effort is being made to spotlight former cheerleaders and music students. The committee is seeking alumni not only from MAC, but from the days when the school was known as Flat River Junior College.

Former cheerleaders who are interested can call 573-518-2206 or send an e-mail to

Music majors can call 573-518-2170 or send an e-mail to

Student Services and Student Activities Clubs will host tailgating activities to pep up school spirit.

“We’ve had such a good response over the years on the Steak’n Shake chili and hot dogs we’ve included in our homecoming festivities,” she said. “So we’re bringing back the free food. It’s nice to be able to chat over a steaming bowl of chili, catch up with everyone from the old days.”

More “old days” can be discussed in the alumni room, located just off the Cardinals Nest cafeteria. With lots of old MAC yearbooks, trophies, team pictures and memorabilia, the alumni room is a spot where reunions can be held and former students can enjoy a a soda or coffee and catch up with each other.

Committee members say they want Homecoming 2005 to be a Saturday afternoon and evening the community can come together to visit, reminisce old times, share stories and see the campus.

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