Presented by the Tarleton Ambassadors
All week ~ Thompson Student Center Info Desk
If you could, what would you tell John Tarleton today? Throughout Founder's Week, a reprint of a painting from 1924 of John Tarleton will be on display at the TSC information desk. Blank cards will be supplided next to the picture for students, alumni, staff and faculty to write what they would tell John about our University today. The completed cards are to then be deposited in a box next to the picture and will be compiled in a keepsake book. Each year, all will be given the opportunity to share their stories in the "Tell John" book. It is a wonderful way to focus on our benefactor and the tremendous gift that he has brought to thousands of Tarleton students.
Monday, April 8, 2013
Founder's Fun Run and Trivia Challenge
Presented by S.W.A.T.
6:00 p.m. ~ Heritage Oaks Park
Please join SWAT and Rec Sports as we kick off Founder's Week 2013 on April 8 with the FIRST EVER Founder's Fun Run & Trivia Challenge. The race will begin in Heritage Park and will feature 20 stops that challenge your knowledge about the founding of Tarleton. There will also be several challenges along the way to test your ability to get dirty and have a little fun!
To sign up: go to IMLeagues.com and register your team on the Tarleton IM Leagues web site. Each team should consist of 4 team members. (Open to all faculty, staff and students) Please register your team by Friday, April 5 at 5:00 p.m. in order to guarentee yourself a spot. Registration for this event is FREE! (Walk up registration available)
Contact: Daron Trussell at 254.968.0761
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
May Fête Celebration
Presented by the Tarleton Ambassadors
6:30 - 8:00 p.m. ~ Heritage Oaks Park
The May Fête is a long lost Tarleton tradition...until now! Many colleges around the country had their own version of a May Fête, a festival to welcome spring, during the early part of the 20th Century. Tarleton’s first May Fête was held May 5th, 1921. The celebration was often held in conjunction with Parents’ Day and/or Founders week usually in the months of April or May. The festival involved the University, as well as the Stephenville community. The Tarleton Band played in the Hunewell Bandstand while Tarleton girls donned in white dresses would wrap brightly colored ribbons around the Maypole. A specially selected “Lord Tarleton” was the master of ceremonies and would proudly announce Tarleton’s elected May Queen. The May Fête was celebrated for nearly two decades – each year triumphantly presenting the University with a new May Queen & special memories not to be forgotten. To the University’s dismay, May Fête disappeared around the beginning of the 1940’s, near the time of World War II.
Almost 90 years after its original inception, the Tarleton Ambassadors, formerly known as the “Tarleton Alumni Ambassadors”, revived this forgotten Tarleton tradition for the University and her students in May of 2009. This year’s May Fête will be held Monday, April 9th, 2012 from 6-8pm in conjunction with Founders Week. The 2013 festival will include several elements reminiscent of Tarleton’s original May Fête. We look forward to seeing you at this time-honored event!
Contact: Tarleton Ambassadors at 254.968.9772.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Presented by the Student Government Association
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. ~ Trogdon House, back lawn
Come out for food, games and fun with our president Dr. Dottavio and his executive cabinet!
Contact: Alyssa Lowe (214) 733-9747
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Silver Taps Ceremony
Presented by Tarleton State University's ROTC, the Division of Advancement and External Relations & the Tarleton Alumni Association
7:15 p.m. Reception ~ Alumni Plaza
8:00 p.m. Ceremony ~ Heritage Oaks Park and Col. Tate Military Park
The Silver Taps Ceremony, honoring those faculty, staff, students, and alumni, who died during the previous year, was held for many years in conjunction with homecoming activities. The ceremony was moved to the spring semester in 2005 to provide increased recognition for the program. Silver taps is a cooperative undertaking of Tarleton's ROTC program, the Division of Advancement and External Relations, the Tarleton Alumni Association and volunteers from the Tarleton State University family. The role call and candle lighting ceremony culminate each year with a processional and the placing of flowers at the base of the Tarleton State University Military Memorial.
Contact: Alumni Services 254.968.9772