Homecoming 2012: Celebrating 100 years of the Tarleton Alumni Association
Tarleton State University
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, September 28, 2012
STEPHENVILLE, Texas—A Purple Out picnic, yell contest, parade, tailgating event and a football game are among the festivities planned as Tarleton State University gears up for Homecoming 2012 to welcome alumni back to campus the week of Oct. 14-21.
This year’s Homecoming theme, “The Gates Are Always Open: Celebrating 100 Years of the Tarleton Alumni Association,” embodies the united spirit of Tarleton’s students, alumni, supporters, faculty and staff, and honors the university’s rich traditions.
Homecoming 2012 kicks off Oct. 14 with Midnight Madness when the doors to Wisdom Gym open at 11:15 p.m. to welcome Texan and TexAnn basketball fans for the teams’ debut. The teams and coaches will be introduced at midnight, marking the official start of the 2012-2013 season. Admission is free and all are invited to attend.
On Oct. 15, Tarleton’s Student Government Association (SGA) will open online polls for the student body to cast their votes for this year’s Homecoming Queen. Polling will take place for three days before ending at 4 p.m. on Oct. 17.
At 7 p.m. on Oct. 15, President F. Dominic Dottavio and Dr. Lisette Dottavio will welcome student participants to the Trogdon House for the annual Silver Bugle Hunt, presented by the Tarleton Ambassadors. Teams will race across campus hoping to properly answer trivia questions that will lead them to the coveted hidden Silver Bugle.
Organization Day will be celebrated on Tuesday, Oct. 16, as students are encouraged to wear shirts to represent their organizations. The Tarleton Ambassadors will also begin selling the official Homecoming 2012 T-shirts from 8 to 10:40 a.m. outside the Dick Smith Library, and from 10:40 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Dining Hall patio. At 5:30 p.m., the School-Wide Activities Team (SWAT) will host a Purple Out Picnic at the Dining Hall patio featuring food and live music. All are invited to attend the event that includes the crowning of this year’s Homecoming King and introduction of the Queen nominees.
On Oct. 17, the Tarleton Ambassadors will continue the official Homecoming T-shirt sale, from 9:30-11 a.m. outside the library, and from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Dining Hall patio. Beginning at 9 p.m., all are invited to witness a longtime Tarleton tradition when student organizations pack Wisdom Gym for the annual Yell Contest. Immediately after the contest, everyone is invited to participate in the Snake Dance, which will lead the crowd from the gym to the Barry B. Thompson Student Center amphitheater to commence the Beating of the Drums—a time-honored tradition that will continue ‘round-the-clock until kickoff at Saturday’s football game.
Beginning at 9:30 a.m., Oct. 18, Tarleton’s Southwest Regional Dairy Center will welcome the public to Southwest Dairy Day—an event that will feature tours of the facility, educational seminars for dairy producers, keynote speeches by state Rep. Sid Miller and state Sen. Craig Estes, as well as exhibits and a free lunch.
At 10:30 p.m., Tarleton SGA will welcome students, faculty, staff and alumni to Midnight Breakfast at the Dining Hall. Free purple pancakes, sausage and eggs will be served until 12:30 a.m. and all are invited to partake in this unique Tarleton tradition.
On Friday, the Tarleton Alumni Association (TAA) will officially begin welcoming alumni back to campus when they hold registration at the Alumni Center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Alumni Center is located at 343 McIlhaney St. across from the east rock gates. At 8:30 a.m., the TAA’s board of directors will hold its annual meeting.
Also on Friday, the J. Dixon White Homecoming Golf Classic, presented by Tarleton’s Recreational Sports Department, will tee off at 11 a.m. at Canyon West Golf Course near Weatherford. Team registration begins at 9:30 a.m. For more information about the golf tournament, please call (254) 968-9904.
Friday’s Homecoming activities will continue at 5 p.m. when university officials invite the community to the Col. Will Tate Military Park dedication. The late Col. Tate, alumnus and longtime supporter of the university, will be memorialized with the unveiling of a plaque near the Military Memorial adjacent to Heritage Park.
The dedication will be followed by the TAA’s 100-Year Celebration at 5:30. This ticketed event opens with a wine and cheese reception at the Alumni Center followed by a prime rib dinner at 6:30. Tickets are $30 for non-TAA members and $25 for TAA members. For more information, please contact the TAA at (254) 968-9682 or visit www.tarletonalumni.org.
Friday’s activities continue at 6 p.m. when the TexAnn volleyball team plays host to Angelo State at Wisdom Gym, followed by the L.V. Risinger Memorial Bonfire Celebration from 7 to 10:30 p.m. at Stephenville City Park. Tarleton’s cheer squads, band and others will open the event with a spirit rally ahead of the 9 p.m. lighting of the bonfire, built annually by the TSU Plowboys. Once the flames die down, a Fireside Chat will be held at the Alumni Center where alumni and friends of the university are invited to visit on the patio.
Saturday’s Homecoming events begin with a 5k Run, sponsored by Recreational Sports; registration begins at 6:45 a.m. The race starts at 8 a.m. and the entry fee is $20 per runner. For more information about the 5k Run, please call (254) 968-9912.
The annual Homecoming Parade begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at Memorial Stadium along Harbin Drive and continues down Washington Street before turning onto McIlahney Street and down Vanderbilt Street.
The Theatre at Tarleton will present two performances of The Skokie Detective Charter School, the first of its young people’s series for the 2012-2013 season. Families and their children are invited to either the 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. performances in the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center auditorium. Tickets are $3 and all seats are general admission. For more information, please call (254) 968-9291.
Several luncheons are also planned by various organizations on Saturday, including: Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority, 11 a.m. at Newman Hall Family Living Center; Kappa Delta Rho Fraternity, noon at the Rec Sports Center/Texan Alley; Plowboys Alumni Chapter and annual meeting (ticketed event), noon at the Alumni Center; and the TAA Reunion Luncheon honoring all classes (ticketed event), noon at the Thompson Student Center, Ballroom A.
At 1 p.m., the TexAnn volleyball team will face off against Abilene Christian at Wisdom Gym, followed by an ice cream social open to all alumni at 2 p.m. at the TAA Alumni Center.
The Tarleton Military Veterans Association invites all military veterans and alumni to a reception at 2:30 p.m. at the Alumni Center. Light refreshments will be served at the gathering.
At 3 p.m. a Texas-sized tailgate party will be held at Texan Alley, adjacent to Memorial Stadium and the Rec Center. The Texans’ Homecoming football game versus Texas A&M-Kingsville will kick off at 6 p.m. and the ticket booth will open at 4. For ticket information, please call (254) 968-1832.
Homecoming 2012 will conclude on Sunday, Oct. 21, with Jazz on the Green featuring Tarleton’s Jazz Ensemble. The performance begins at 2 p.m. on the lawn of the Langdon Center, located at 300 E. Pearl St., one block east of Granbury’s historic courthouse square.
For more information about this year’s Homecoming activities or to print a complete schedule of events, please visit www.tarleton.edu/alumniassociation/homecoming.html.
Tarleton State University
A member of The Texas A&M University System
Contact: Kurt Mogonye