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October 2006

Release Date: October 3 , 2006

ASU Homecoming 'Safari Untamed'

Angelo State University will celebrate Homecoming 2006 around the theme "Angelo Safari Untamed" and welcome its alumni back to their alma mater with a full week of events for students and community members Oct. 15-21.

Activities for the week will include contests for students, a pep rally, the annual bonfire and parade and the Homecoming football game between the ASU Rams and Texas A&M-Commerce at San Angelo Stadium.

One of the highlights will be the Wells Fargo Homecoming Dinner at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, in the C.J. Davidson Conference Center in the Houston Harte University Center. Several distinguished alumni and current and retired faculty members will be honored.

Honorees will include Distinguished Alumnus Barry Cooper, Honorary Alumnus Phil George, Distinguished Carr Scholar Alumnus Bryan Vincent and Distinguished ROTC Alumnus Air Force Lt. Col. Bobby Vance. Bettie and Clovis Olsak will be named Golden Exes of the Year.

Dr. Betty Alldredge will be named Outstanding Retired Faculty. Distinguished Faculty Achievement Awards will be presented to Dr. June Smith, College of Liberal and Fine Arts; Johnny Fender, College of Business; Dr. David Tarver, Department of Education; and Ellen Moreland, College of Sciences. Tickets cost $25 apiece and are available by contacting the ASU Alumni Association.

The pep rally will follow the dinner at 8 p.m. at the ASU Multipurpose Sports Complex, featuring a run-through sign contest and a step contest. At 9:15 p.m., a torchlight parade will lead celebrants from the pep rally to the bonfire site at the ASU Intramural Fields on Knickerbocker Road and University Ave. The bonfire will start at 9:30 p.m.

Events will continue Saturday, Oct. 21, with the Alumni Bingo and Bellini Brunch at 9 a.m. in the LeGrand Alumni and Visitors Center. Tickets for this new and fast-paced event are $30 each, which includes brunch and bingo games for prizes. Participants must be at least 21 years of age.

At 11 a.m., the Homecoming Parade will commence in the Foster Field parking lot. After forming there, the parade will move west through the Junell Center parking lot, then go west down Victory Lane to Johnson Street. There, the parade will turn south and advance to University Ave, head east on University and conclude in the parking lot adjacent to the LeGrand Center.

At 4 p.m., the ASU Alumni Association will host Ram Jam at the LeGrand Center patio and pavilion. Ram Jam is a pre-game festival featuring food, entertainment, activities and prizes. Also at 4 p.m., the ASU Student Government Association will host Ram Gate in the San Angelo Stadium parking lot. Ram Gate activities will include live music from New York band "Ism," free brisket from Packsaddle Bar-B-Que, pizza, drinks and other fun prizes and games. The Rams football team will take the field against Texas A&M-Commerce at 6 p.m.

At halftime of the football game, the 2006 Homecoming Court will be recognized prior to the announcement of the 2006 Homecoming King and Queen.

Other events during the week will include a washer tournament at 11 a.m. and a brisket cook-off at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, at the ASU Pavilion; a presentation of the Homecoming Court nominees at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16, in the C.J. Davidson Conference Center; the Distinguished Homecoming Scholar Contest at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, in the Davidson Conference Center; and the "Recycled Percussion" concert at the ASU Pavilion at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18.

For more information on the Wells Fargo Homecoming Dinner, the Alumni Bingo and Bellini Brunch and Ram Jam, contact the ASU Alumni Association at (325) 942-2122.

For more information on Ram Gate, contact the ASU Student Government Association at (325) 942-2063.

For more information on the other events, contact the ASU Center for Student Involvement at (325) 942-2062.