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Four engineering students among homecoming royalty top picks

Four people stand in a group photo in front of Jesse Hall.

Mizzou’s 2013 Homecoming Royalty Top 30 includes four engineers, one of whom is one of the five king finalists. From left, bottom row, are mechanical engineering senior Kyle East and bioengineering senior Claire Spradling; top row are industrial engineering senior Skylar Morris and bioengineering senior and Homecoming king finalist Paul Ehlinger.

Alumni from all over the country will “come home” to Columbia the weekend of Oct. 25-27 to celebrate Homecoming on the University of Missouri campus. And those still working toward alumni status will make memories that have the power to someday draw them back to celebrate one of the university’s oldest traditions as the Mizzou Tigers battle the South Carolina Gamecocks

Four College of Engineering students made the cut for 2013 Homecoming Royalty Top 30, and bioengineering senior Paul Ehlinger, is one of five king candidate finalists.

“It’s a great honor as it allows me to represent the College of Engineering in front of the whole university,” Ehlinger said.

In addition to rising to MU homecoming royalty status, Ehlinger is a member of Tau Beta Pi honor society and is involved in the college’s undergraduate research program. He serves on the Mizzou Engineering Student Council (MESC), is a library ambassador and the co-president of St. Pat’s Board/Engineer’s Club.

Other engineering Top 30 Homecoming picks include Kyle East, Claire Spradling and Skylar Morris, a senior in industrial and manufacturing systems engineering.

“What appealed to me about being in the Homecoming Royalty Top 30 was simply the honor of being selected along with 29 other highly involved and influential individuals at Mizzou,” said East, a mechanical engineering senior who serves as a peer adviser in Hatch Hall, a site leader for Alternative Spring Break and is a member of the Veritas Campus Ministry. East also is engaged in undergraduate research in the lab of Associate Professor Gary Solbrekken.

“Being a Homecoming Royalty Top 30 candidate is very humbling,” said Spradling, a bioengineering senior, of what she described as a new leadership responsibility to serve as a resource for others at MU. “I feel honored to be among such incredible students and leaders on this campus.”

Spradling also is president of MESC, a member of the St. Pat’s Board and an Honors College Ambassador. Additionally, she is a member of Tau Beta Pi, Phi Sigma Pi, Griffiths Leadership Society for Women and the Mizzou Swim Club.

Schedule of Homecoming Events

Friday, Oct. 25

  • From noon to 5 p.m. alums can check-in at Homecoming Headquarters, located in Reynolds Alumni Center on the corner of Tiger and Conley avenues, where they can purchase Homecoming merchandise and pick up information for the weekend.
  • From 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., revelers are invited to visit MU’s Greek Town and view campus decorations and skits and then join a spirit rally and free concert outside the MU Student Center.

Saturday, Oct. 26

  • Mizzou Rec’s annual pancake breakfast takes place on Saturday morning, followed by the Homecoming parade and MU’s Romp, Stomp, Chomp Tailgate after the parade. Times are yet to be determined — based on the time of the football game — but preregistration is required for the tailgate, which features live entertainment, a spirit rally, food and drinks. Register online here.
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