FOR RELEASE: Sept. 2, 2011
EDITORIAL CONTACT: Donald Abels, 615-898-2537
COMING HOME NEVER FELT, SMELLED, TASTED SO GOOD AT MTSU
Centennial Celebration Makes Homecoming More than Just Football Festivities
MURFREESBORO—A frenetic search for horseshoes, a vibrant step show and a spicy chili cookoff are just some of the events that will lend variety and excitement to MTSU’s Centennial Homecoming celebration, which is sponsored by the Student Government Association.
“The homecoming committee is excited to celebrate the centennial homecoming with the MTSU community,” says Donald Abels, SGA’s homecoming director and senior organizational communication major from Savannah, Tenn. “With it being the centennial year, it is our expectation for this year’s homecoming to be the best yet.”
The True Blue free-for-all will start Friday, Sept. 23, as judges inspect campus offices in the Paint the Halls Blue Contest.
On Saturday, Sept. 24, weekend duffers will vie for top honors in the Homecoming Golf Tournament at Champions Run Golf Course. Registration begins at 11 a.m.
The Campus Recreation Center will join SGA in sponsorship of the Old School Homecoming 5k Run, which will start at 8 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at the center, as well as a full slate of activities on Monday, Sept. 26.
On Monday, the Homecoming Kickoff will begin at 6 p.m. on the intramural fields with a T-shirt swap, yard games, giveaways, inflatables, a horseshoe toss, a corn hole toss and kickball.
The annual Chili Cookoff is scheduled for 5 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 27 on the Murphy Center lawn. Admission for dining is $5 per person with all proceeds benefiting Habitat for Humanity.
A brand new activity, the Horseshoe Pursuit Competition, will start at 8 a.m. Wednesday, September 28, and last until 4:30 p.m. The game will involve social networking as groups of students engage in a mad dash to find horseshoes all over campus with MTSU trivia questions as clues to the hiding places.
Greek organizations will vie for bragging rights in the always dynamic Step Show sponsored by the National Pan-hellenic Council at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at Murphy Center.
Saturday, Oct. 1, the actual homecoming day, will start with the parade at 12 p.m. on Middle Tennessee Blvd., continue with the Raider Walk at 3:45 p.m. starting at Walnut Grove and concluding as the Blue Raiders take on the University of Memphis Tigers at Floyd Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 6 p.m.
On Saturday, Oct. 29, in collaboration with Student Programming, SGA will sponsor MTSU’s longest-running homecoming tradition, the annual Fight Song Competition in Walnut Grove. Groups will compete to provide the most creative interpretation of the fight song lyrics. The starting time is yet to be announced.
“This year truly is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and I hope all students, alumni and members of the community join us in celebrating our university’s accomplishments over the past 100 years,” says Abels.
For more information, including fees and entry form deadlines, go to www.mtsu.edu/sga and click on “Homecoming” on the left side of the page, or call the SGA office at 615-898-2464. The official Facebook and Twitter pages are www.facebook.com/mtsuhomecoming and www.twitter.com/mtsuhomecoming, respectively.
Founded in 1911, Middle Tennessee State University is a Tennessee Board of Regents institution located in Murfreesboro and is the state’s largest public undergraduate institution. In September 2011, MTSU will celebrate its 100th year anniversary with special events and activities throughout the year—kicked off by a Blue-Tie Centennial Gala on Friday, Sept. 9.
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