Student schedule begins Oct. 26, key alum events Nov. 3-4 set stage for Blue Raiders game
Date: Oct. 25, 2006 Editorial contact: Randy Weiler, 615-898-2919
Alumni contact: Patience Long, 615-898-8198
SGA contact: Shane Fortner, 615-828-2433
(MURFREESBORO) — Offerings will be plentiful for both MTSU alumni and students for the upcoming 2006 homecoming.
More than a week of activities for young and old alike will lead to the 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4 Sun Belt Conference football game between the Blue Raiders and Florida Atlantic at Floyd Stadium.
“We have several new and exciting events to offer everybody this year,” said Patience Long, MTSU Alumni Relations assistant director. “We think there’s something for everyone. We hope to see you on campus.”
The new events will include the 9:30 a.m. Nov. 4 Mixer on Middle and Tennessee’s Best Alumni Tailgate, where the Colleges of Basic and Applied Sciences, Jennings A. Jones College of Business, Liberal Arts, Mass Communication and Education and Behavioral Science will have a “tent city” atmosphere for alumni from these respective colleges.
“The Mixer on Middle is a new tradition,” Long said, adding that alumni will receive a free continental breakfast, pay $10 for a beverage band and watch the parade from the Alumni House lawn at 2259 Middle Tennessee Blvd.
“With the Tennessee’s Best Alumni Tailgate,” Long said, “we hope alumni reconnect with faculty and staff and reunite with former classmates. Individual colleges may use this opportunity to establish and cultivate relationships with alumni and friends of the university while supporting student and alumni interaction.”
For Shane Fortner, homecoming director, and the Student Government Association committee, “one of the main focuses was to include groups that haven’t previously participated (in homecoming) and small organizations. We also want to have a good mix of competitive and noncompetitive events.”
Small student organizations might want to enter the small float category, with the hopes of advancing to the large float category in future years, Fortner said.
One of the main mid-week events for students will be a theme party Decade Dance, which will be held starting at 8 p.m. in the JUB Tennessee Room. It will be headlined by The Wooten Brothers featuring Rock Williams.
“There will be free entry for a tool donation,” said Fortner, who added that Habitat for Humanity would be the primary recipient for the tool donations.
Fortner said a new student competition would be a horseshoe competition for 2-man teams in the KUC Knoll area. Winners will receive a new iPod.
The Chili Cook-Off will be “an even bigger event this year,” Fortner said. “We’ll have a carnival-like atmosphere.”
For children, there will be Trick or Treat at the Grove from 5 until 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30, in Walnut Grove, and kids and Baby Raiders can walk in the homecoming parade at 10 a.m. Nov. 4.
At 9 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Doubletree Hotel, the Al Wilkerson Scholarship Dance, sponsored by the African-American Alumni Council, will conclude homecoming events.
MTSU Alumni schedule
Friday, Nov. 3
11 a.m. — Homecoming Golf Tournament presented by Wilson Bank & Trust, Indian Hills Golf Course; 4:30 p.m., Golden Raiders; 6 p.m., Cooperative Education Awards Dinner, JUB Tennessee RoomSaturday, Nov. 4 9:30 a.m. — Mixer on Middle homecoming parade-watching party, Alumni House lawn, 2259 Middle Tennessee Blvd., with free continental breakfast and $10 beverage bands;
10 a.m., Homecoming Parade, including Baby Raiders;
All day — Reunions for Band of Blue, past homecoming queens and cheerleaders;
Noon — Tennessee’s Best Alumni Tailgate, a “tent city” for alumni from all MTSU colleges, Walnut Grove;
12:15 p.m. — Raider Walk, Walnut Grove;
2:30 p.m., MT vs. Florida Atlantic, Floyd Stadium;
9 p.m., Al Wilkerson Scholarship Dance sponsored by the African-American Alumni Council, $20 per person, Doubletree Hotel. Other alumni-related events include Hall of Fame Celebration (6 p.m. Nov. 3, Kennon Sports Hall of Fame) and Hall of Fame induction (noon Nov. 4, outside Kennon Sports Hall of Fame), open house hosted by Darrell Freeman at his home at The Governors Club in Brentwood (R.S.V.P. to 615-898-2718 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org), Horace Jones Field sign rededication ceremony, Varsity Club reception and more.Visit mtalumni.com for details or call 1-800-533-MTSU.
Student Government Association/Student Programming Homecoming 2006 Agenda
Thursday, Oct. 26
Friday, Oct. 27
7 p.m. — MTSU Idol, Tucker Theatre
Saturday, Oct. 28
4 p.m. — Fight Song competition, Murphy Center
Monday, Oct. 30
25-cent refills at KUC Grill
T-shirt Swap (8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. all week while supplies last)
5-7 p.m. — Trick or Treat at Walnut Grove
Paint the Town Blue (all week)
Tuesday, Oct. 31
4 p.m. — Make-Up Artist at KUC
Wednesday, Nov. 1
8 p.m. — Themed Party Decade Dance (live band The Wooten Brothers featuring Rock Williams) at JUB (free admission with Habitat for Humanity tool donation)
Thursday, Nov. 2
9 a.m.-4 p.m. — Dirty Laundry Tour
4 p.m. — Horseshoe competition at KUC Knoll
Friday, Nov. 3
Noon — Floats Due at KUC Knoll
4:30 p.m. — Chili Cook-Off, KUC Knoll
5:30 p.m. — Pep Rally, Student Vote, KUC Knoll
7 p.m. — National Pan-Hellenic Council Step Show
Saturday, Nov. 4
10 a.m. — Parade
Raider Walk, 12:15 p.m., Walnut Grove
Football game, 2:30 p.m.
Contact Shane Fortner, SGA homecoming director, at 615-828-2433 for more information.