Celebrating 60 years: Snapshots of 2024 homecoming

by | Mar 4, 2024

Members of the UMSL community filled their plates at the annual Chili Feed, packed the stands to support the basketball teams and danced the night away in honor of UMSL's 60th anniversary.

Students pose for pictures at homecoming dance

University of Missouri–St. Louis students, faculty, staff and alumni joined together the past two weeks to celebrate homecoming. In honor of the university’s 60th anniversary, the time-honored tradition spanned two weeks – twice the size of previous celebrations.

Members of the UMSL community took part in a familiar events, filling their plates at the annual Chili Feed, packing the stands to support the men’s and women’s basketball teams and letting loose at the homecoming dance. They also participated in new experiences such as Tritons Got Talent, a campus talent show, and the Triton Treat-Off, a cookie decorating get together.

Photographer Derik Holtmann was on hand to capture much of the action, and others also contributed snapshots of the festivities. Take a look at a homecoming that was bigger and better than ever.

 

Provost Steven Berberich at Chili Feed

Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Steven J. Berberich got a sample of sweet potato and black bean chili from Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Jim Craig during the Chili Feed on Feb. 22 at the Millennium Student Center.

 

Emily Brown

Emily Brown, associate professor of counseling and interim chair of the Department of Education Sciences and Professional Programs, served a helping of vegan black bean chili.

 

Melanie Witt and Xochitl Medrano

Freshman criminology and criminal justice major Melanie Witt and freshman psychology major Xochitl Medrano counted the buttons on the Wayne Goode statue as part of the Triton Traditions Scavenger Hunt sponsored by the Office of Alumni Engagement.

 

UMSL students at homecoming dance

UMSL students dressed to impress at the Homecoming Dance held in the Terrace Lobby at the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center.

 

UMSL students at homecoming dance

Attendees took a moment to document the fun-filled night.

 

UMSL Students at homecoming dance

There were no shortage of smiles at the Feb. 24 celebration.

 

student singing

Tritons Got Talent put a spotlight on the creativity of 10 acts from across campus. Maleika was one of several singers to wow the audience at the Touhill.

 

student singing

Junior Mason Stimson performed during the Feb. 26 event.

 

Mark Briguglio

Alum Mark Briguglio showcased his operatic tenor voice. A love of music brought Briguglio back to college nearly 50 years after he started to study music and psychology.

 

Jaiyana "Jay" King, Sujith Sudagani and Prakash Dadi

Senior biochemistry Jaiyana “Jay” King and graduate students Sujith Sudagani and Prakash Dadi added details to their murals during the Bridge Window Painting event Feb. 27. Students were free to express themselves using the windows on the MSC Bridge as a canvas.

 

Sailor Moon drawing

King drew the popular anime character, Sailor Moon.

 

Subas Acharya

Junior computer science major Subas Acharya worked on a flying unicorn.

 

UMSL homecoming court

Members of the homecoming court (left to right) – sophomore Joe Bacal, senior Nicholas Michael Clark, senior Elizabeth Keyster, King, junior Cole McWilliams, sophomore Shaniyah Sparkling and junior Annika Tiede – took center stage with Louie the Triton during Pack the Stands night Thursday at the Mark Twain Athletic Center.

 

Clark and King are crowned homecoming royalty during halftime of the men’s basketball game.

 

UMSL fans cheering

UMSL fans cheered on the Tritons as the men’s and women’s basketball teams battled Indianapolis. The men’s team fell to the Greyhounds 67-57, but the women’s team pulled out a win after an electrifying finish.

 

Jalysa Stokes

Jalysa Stokes puts up a last-second shot to give UMSL a 58-56 victory over Indianapolis.

 

Tritons players celebrate

Teammates mobbed Stokes on the court as they celebrated her buzzer-beater. It was a thrilling end to the game and a fitting close to the two-week celebration.

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