The University of Arkansas at Monticello will celebrate its 2016 homecoming Oct. 20-22.


UAM will present the 2016 Alumni Awards for Achievement and Merit to three alumni as part of the inaugural dinner for Chancellor Karla Hughes at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, in the John F. Gibson University Center. Honorees are retired Brigadier General Roger McClelland, Canadian Football League player Clarence Denmark, and retail grocer David Leech of Stuttgart.


The university will also present the Continuing the Connection Award to Louine Leech, a graduate of the Arkansas A&M Class of 1938. Tickets to the inaugural dinner are $50 with $25 earmarked for scholarships. Tickets must be purchased by Oct. 12 by contacting Christy Pace at pacec@uamont.edu or 870-460-1020.


The Sports Hall of Fame banquet will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, in the University Center. Inductees are former football stars Mac Newcomb and Paul Russell, softball standout Meredith Heckel-LaRue, basketball star Solon Mobley and baseball pitcher Joe Daw. Larry Smith, long-time sports information director at UAM and Arkansas Tech, will receive the UAM Spirit Award. Tickets to the banquet are $35 and may be purchased by calling the UAM athletics office at 870-460-1058.


Following the Hall of Fame banquet, the university will host student bed races and a pep rally at Convoy Leslie-Cotton Boll Stadium.


Activities scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 22, include a reunion breakfast for the A&M/UAM African-American Alumni Society at 8:30 a.m. in the Capitol Room of the University Center. Tickets are $20 per person and may be purchased by contacting Classie Jones-Green at 870-556-0527 or Shay Gillespie at 870-723-3582.


The Gamma Zeta chapter of Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority will host a reunion breakfast in the Gallery Room of the University Center beginning at 10 a.m. There will be a silent auction to raise money for Special Olympics with a tailgate party to follow at noon at Weevil Pond.


Tailgate parties are scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Commercial Bank Employees Tailgate Row adjacent to Weevil Pond. The Weevil Walk of Champions, featuring the football team, cheerleaders and marching band, will be held at 12:30 p.m.


Pre-game ceremonies, including the introduction of the 2016 homecoming court and coronation of the homecoming queen, will begin at 2:30 p.m. at Convoy Leslie-Cotton Boll Stadium with the kickoff between UAM and Ouachita Baptist scheduled for 3 p.m.


Details: Lisa Jo Ross, director of alumni affairs, 870-460-1028.