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Founder's Week

All Week

"Tell John"

Presented by the Tarleton Ambassadors

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 supplied 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.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

May Fête Celebration

Presented by the Tarleton Ambassadors

5:00 - 6:30 p.m. at 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. We look forward to seeing you at this time-honored event!

Contact: Tarleton Ambassadors at (254) 968-9075

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Presidential Picnic

Presented by the Student Government Association

5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Heritage Park

Mr. and Mrs. TSU will be announced at 5:45 p.m.

Come out for food, games and fun with our president Dr. Dottavio and his executive cabinet!

Contact: Alyssa Lowe (214) 733-9747

Thursday, April 10, 2014

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 at the Alumni Plaza

8:00 p.m. Ceremony at 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) 968-9075