Homecoming 2013: A Farmer's Dream, A Texan's Future
Tarleton State University
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Tarleton State University’s 2013 Homecoming, “A Farmer’s Dream, A Texan’s Future,” has been scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 20 through Sunday, Oct. 27.
A Purple Out picnic, yell contest, parade, tailgating event and a football game are among the festivities planned as Tarleton gears up for this year’s Homecoming celebration to welcome alumni back to campus.
Homecoming 2013 kicks off Oct. 20 with Jazz on the Green featuring the Tarleton Jazz Ensemble and Langdon Center Big Band. The free concert will take place on the lawn of the Langdon Center, one block east of the historic Hood County courthouse square, from 2-4 p.m.
On Oct. 21, 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. 23.
A new Homecoming event, the Launching of the Ducks, will debut on Oct. 21 at 4:30 p.m. at the Nursing Building reflecting pools. Sponsored by the Sophomore Class Senators, Minority Student Leaders and the Plowboys, the Launching of the Ducks will feature rubber ducks with student-inspired messages floating in the pools.
At 7 p.m. on Oct. 21, President F. Dominic Dottavio and Dr. Lisette Dottavio will welcome students to 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 Oct. 22, as students are encouraged to wear shirts to represent their organizations. The Tarleton Ambassadors will also begin selling the official Homecoming 2013 T-shirts from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. outside the Dick Smith Library, and from 10:45 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. 23, 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. A Homecoming Bash, sponsored by Minority Student Leaders, will be held in conjunction with post-Yell Contest festivities until midnight on the Dining Hall patio.
Official Homecoming T-shirt sales will continue on Oct. 24 at the Dick Smith Library from 8-10:30 a.m. and from 10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Dining Hall patio. 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 noon 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 noon at Legends Country Club in Stephenville. Team registration begins at 10:30 a.m. and continues until 11:45. For more information about the golf tournament, please call 254-968-9904.
Friday’s Homecoming activities will continue at 5:30 p.m. with the 50-year reunion reception and dinner honoring the Class of 1963. The ticketed event will take place at the Alumni Center. This year’s Yell Contest winners will perform for reception guests at 6 p.m. followed by the reunion 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 with the L.V. Risinger Memorial Bonfire Celebration from 7 to 10:30 p.m. at the College Farm. 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.
Saturday’s Homecoming events begin with the Memorial Homecoming 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.
Alumni registration will continue Saturday morning at the Alumni Center, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., followed by an alumni author book signing at the TAA Alumni Center from 9-10 a.m.
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.
At 11:30 a.m., the university invites the public to a Walls of Recognition dedication in the Barry B. Thompson Student Center. Two new displays honoring alumni and former Tarleton athletes will be unveiled.
Several luncheons are also planned by various organizations on Saturday, including the TAA Reunion Luncheon honoring all classes (ticketed event), at 12:30 p.m. in the Thompson Student Center, Ballroom A. At 2 p.m., the TAA will host an ice cream social for all alumni and guests at the Alumni Center.
At 2 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-Commerce will kick off at 6 p.m. and the ticket booth will open at 4. For ticket information, please call 254-968-1832.
Homecoming 2013 will conclude on Sunday, Oct. 27, with Alpha Phi Omega’s 50th anniversary celebration (ticketed event), from 1-3 p.m. in the Thompson Student Center ballrooms.
For more information about this year’s Homecoming activities or to print a complete schedule of events, please visit http://www.tarleton.edu/alumniengagement/documents/2013homecomingschedule.pdf.
Tarleton State University
A member of The Texas A&M University System
Contact: Kurt Mogonye