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The Viking football team at a Homecoming bonfire in 2009. Another Homecoming celebration happens this weekend. (Photo by Phillip Hamer)

The Viking football team at a Homecoming bonfire in 2009. Another Homecoming celebration happens this weekend. (Photo by Phillip Hamer)


Information provided by Chad Jaecques and Jodi White  of MVC Media Relations

The Missouri Valley College community will celebrate Homecoming festivities Oct. 21 and 22 on the MVC campus. The 2011 Homecoming theme is “Valley Rocks!”

Festivities begin as MVC student‐athletes kick off the 42nd torch run when they leave Lamoni, Iowa on Friday, Oct. 21 and bring the flame home to Marshall to light the bonfire. This year’s events include the annual alumni banquet, homecoming parade, pre‐game tailgate with live music by Johnny Rampage, MVC Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony, 50‐Plus Club meeting, and a schedule of Viking athletics.

Three alumni will be recognized at the alumni banquet on Friday, Oct. 21 in the R. Wilson Brown Room in Ferguson Center: Outstanding Alumni Award winners Diana Malan ’73 of Marshall and Jon Morris ’87of Blue Springs, Mo.; and the Outstanding Young Alumni Award winner Ashley McKay ‘05 of Marshall. Viking Athletic Goods will be presented with the Outstanding Service Award. The anniversary classes of1961, 1971, 1981, 1991, and 2001 will also be recognized.

The 2011 MVC Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees include: Jon White ’97 of Pittsburg, Kan.; Bobby Lashley ’99 of Parker, Colo.; James Tobin ’68 of Marshall; Mike Brinkley ’86 of Kearney, Mo.; Greg Tinnen ’75 of Plattsburg, Mo.; the 1961 football team; and the 1991 women’s soccer team. The induction ceremony will take place Saturday, Oct. 22 in the MVC cafeteria in Ferguson Center.


Friday, October 21

Sigma Nu Snake Golf Tournament; 10 a.m. at Stone Hedge Golf Club (Call Karl @ 660‐886‐7427 for information)

Alumni and Trustee Reception; 4:30‐5:45 p.m. at Stone Hedge Golf Club

*Alumni Banquet; 6 – 8 p.m. in R. Wilson Brown Room – Ferguson Center

Bonfire; 8:30 p.m. at Burns Athletic Complex

Saturday, October 22

*50‐Plus Club; 8 a.m. in Tech Center, first floor

Campus Tours; 9‐11:30 a.m. at the Admissions Office—Ferguson Center

Parade; 9 a.m.; Begins at the Marshall Square and moves toward campus

Baseball Scrimmage; 9 a.m.; Osage Field, Indian Foothills Park

*Hall of Fame Reception; 10‐11 a.m. at the Ferguson Center South Patio

*Hall of Fame Luncheon; 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Ferguson Center‐ Café

Tailgate Festivities; 11 a.m.‐6 p.m. at Tailgate Lot (south of Gregg‐Mitchell Field and west of Burns Athletic Complex)—Live Music from Jonny Rampage. Contact (660) 831‐4034 for information.

Campus Wide Lunch; 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in R. Wilson Brown Room—Ferguson Center ($5 at door)

Football v. Graceland University; 2 p.m. at Gregg‐Mitchell Field

*Class of 1961 Dinner; 5 p.m. at Stone Hedge Golf Club

*Class of 1971 Dinner; 6 p.m. at Stone Hedge Golf Club

Women’s Soccer v. Graceland University; 6 p.m. at Gregg‐Mitchell Field

Men’s Wrestling Alumni Dual; 7 p.m. in Burns Athletic Complex

Men’s Soccer v. Graceland University; 8 Gregg‐Mitchell Field

*Reservations and/or fee required. Contact (660) 831‐4177 or For more information about the Class of 1960 events, contact Jodi White at (660) 831‐4177 or


Traditionally, the annual torch run begins at the town of the college that the Vikings will take on at Saturday’s football game. This year, the Vikings face Graceland University so the first of the MVC athletes/torch runners will begin in Lamoni, Iowa. About 60 student‐athletes will run in relay fashion until they arrive in Marshall at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 22 at which time they will use the torch to light the bonfire. The first MVC Torch Run was held during the 1958 season for Homecoming and later that same season the Vikings were invited to play in the Tangerine Bowl in Orlando, Fla.—1,285 miles. Agroup of 58 Valley students ran the torch 1,285 miles from Marshall to Orlando. One of the students who helped organize and was a major participant in the 1958 torch run is now a faculty member—Professor Ed Leslie. Leslie also organized the 364‐mile torch run, which was held in August 1999 when the Vikings played in the Wheat Bowl in Ellinwood, Kan. Leslie still serves as the torch run coordinator.


The MVC Homecoming parade will take place at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22 beginning at North Odell (and North Street). The parade will begin forming at 8 a.m. on North Street between Brunswick and Odell. Parade entries should enter from the north. The parade will start at 9 a.m. and will precede west on North Street to Lafayette; south on Lafayette to Arrow; east on Arrow to Odell; south on Odell to College; and east on College to Conway; and south on Conway to disband before reaching Morrow.This year’s parade will feature local high school bands, classic cars, and numerous campus and community floats. For late parade entries, contact Emily Skellett at (660) 831‐4009 or


Diana Malan, Outstanding Alumni Award recipient

Diana Malan, associate professor of music and theatre, and Chair of the department of theatre, music and dance, has been at Missouri Valley College for more than 25 years. During those years she has served the college in a variety of positions. Prior to accepting a full time teaching position, she served as the director of career planning and placement and was also the college registrar for eight years.

Throughout the years, she has been active on numerous college committees, as well as being selected as a faculty representative to the board of trustees for two different terms. Malan earned a B.S. degree in speech and theatre and music education from Missouri Valley College, and an M.A. in theatre from Lindenwood University. Malan is the director of the MVC Choirs, has been involved in more than 80 MVC theatrical productions (both as director and musical director), teaches courses for both music and theatre, and has served as the faculty sponsor for Alpha Psi Omega. Her vocal groups have been selected to perform at Disneyworld and Universal Studios. They have also performed at locations in Chicago, Dallas, Kansas City, St. Louis, Nassau Bahamas and on the Carnival Cruise Line. In 2008, eight of her vocal students were selected to participate with the College Honor Choir for the ACDA convention held in Kansas City. She has also had students selected to participate in the College Honor Choirs for MMEA.

Diana is a member of Alpha Psi Omega, Alpha Sigma Tau (Senior Scholastic Honor Society), MENC, andACDA (American Choral Directors Association). She was been recognized four times in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, was honored with the John McCallum Excellence in Teaching Award, the Governor’s Excellence in Teaching Award, and the Missouri Valley College Women’s Hall of Fame Outstanding Woman award. She also received a Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Meritorious Achievement Award for Musical Director of Pippin. Diana has two sons, Craig and Eric Staley (both graduates of Missouri Valley College). Her husband Doug, is a Lt. Col in the U.S. Army. Malan resides in Marshall.

Jon Morris, Outstanding Alumni Award recipient

Jon Morris is the founder and chief executive officer of Jett Medical, Inc., a nationwide sales organization that markets medical software to hospitals and clinics throughout the United States, Canada and Ireland. His software is instrumental in the fight against breast cancer and was recognized as outstanding clinical innovator. Morris has more than 20 years of experience in the medical sales and marketing industry.

Throughout his time in the industry Morris has been responsible for implementing sales strategies, developing and implementing marketing plans and strategies, customer relations, and new employee training. Morris is a 1987 graduate of Missouri Valley College. He graduated magna cum laude a degree in mass communication with an emphasis in broadcast management. While attending MVC, Morris was involved with the yearbook, newspaper, theatre, music and completed on the track team.

Today, Morris is a member of the Producers Circle for Starlight Theatre in Kansas City, Mo., the Research and Education Foundation – Radiological Society of North America, Who’s Who among American Business Executives, a contributing director for the National Consortium of Breast Centers, a contributing sponsor to the American College of Radiology, a member of MVC’s President’s Society, and the Missouri Valley College board of trustees. Morris and his wife, Dawnna, have donated to several campus causes, including the cheerleading and dance teams, the mascot costume, and the Morris Experimental Theatre, J&D Morris Dance Studio, the Morris Gallery of Contemporary Art, campus software, theatre department competitions, and more. Jon and Dawnna reside in Blue Springs, Mo. And have a son, Nate, who is a junior at Missouri University of Science and Technology.

Ashley McKay, Outstanding Young Alumni Award recipient

Ashley McKay is honored to be awarded the title of Outstanding Young Alumni for the year 2011. Ashley graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2005 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre and a Dance minor. She was a member of the honorary theatre fraternity, Alpha Psi Omega.

A born‐and‐raised citizen of Marshall, MO, Ashley began her MVC college career at the age of sixteen after having completed her homeschooling education. She was just nineteen when she graduated in 2005. Since graduating from MVC, Ashley has performed with a variety of professional regional theatres around the United States. She has also had the opportunity to perform throughout the beautiful country of Japan.

Ashley’s most notable employer, however, is Mickey Mouse! She has been contracted as a performer with Disney Cruise Line and Walt Disney World Entertainment for the past six years. Ashley is currently performing onboard Disney Cruise Line’s newest ship, the Disney Dream.

When she is not travelling to her next performing opportunity, she considers New York City to be her home base – but Marshall will always be her true home. Her parents – Michael and Shirley McKay – still reside in Marshall, as well as her brother Scott and her sister Kelley. She is forever thankful for their love and support, and credits them with having the opportunity to pursue her dreams!

Media Relations Contacts:

Jodi White, (660) 831‐4177,

Chad Jaecques, (660) 831‐4172,


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