MARQUETTE – Northern Michigan University’s 2009 Homecoming celebration will feature activities for NMU alumni and community members Sept. 25-26. The political science department will hold a panel discussion titled “Changing Michigan: An Upper Peninsula Perspective” at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, in Reynolds Recital Hall. The Homecoming parade will begin at 5:30 on its traditional route from the Berry Events Center parking lot onto Fair Street and south on Third Street. A reception for alumni of the political science and public administration department will be held at 5:30 p.m. and receptions for alumni of the three colleges—business, professional studies and arts and sciences—will be held at 6:30, all at the Landmark Inn. An all-alumni gathering will follow at 9 p.m. at the Landmark, with music by Jim and Ray. Saturday’s public events include the memorial dedication for Lt. Col. Kip Taylor, a 1985 NMU graduate, at Veteran’s Rock near the University Center at 11:30 a.m. Tailgating in advance of the Homecoming football game will begin at 1:30 p.m. in lot 55 outside the Superior Dome, with music by Bumpus. The NMU-Ferris State kickoff is at 4 p.m., with a fifth-quarter reception following the game at 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn. For more information, visit www.nmu.edu/alumni/homecoming.