Release Date: Aug. 18, 2008
Rambunctious Weekend Starts ASU’s Fall Semester
Angelo State University students return to campus Friday, Aug. 22, for the fall semester with residence halls opening for occupancy at 9 a.m. and the expanded Rambunctious Weekend starting that afternoon to kick off the college year.
Rambunctious Weekend is the inaugural event of the new first-year experience program to help students settle into their new learning environment. The goal of the program is to guide students toward a successful quest for their bachelor’s degrees.
Weekend activities include cookouts, games, a PlayFair, a block party with music and a carnival atmosphere for fun. Students also will get a preview of the more serious side of college life.
The Fall Convocation, at 2 p.m. Friday in the Junell Center/Stephens Arena will take on the appearance of an ASU commencement ceremony with faculty and administrators wearing cap and gowns as they welcome students to ASU. ASU President Dr. Joseph C. Rallo, top administrators and the presidents of the Faculty Senate, Staff Senate and Student Government Association will greet students and extend their wishes for a successful academic career.
Following the convocation, PlayFair will start at 3:30 p.m. on the Junell Center’s auxillary court.
Friday evening’s activities begin at 5 p.m. with a brisket cookout at the Pavilion, followed by inflatable games and other activities put on by University Recreation. Entertainment will include a balloon artist and a disc jockey. Students can get a body painting or a caricature made, and they can make their own music DVDs.
From 9-11 p.m., a “Tune-In” game will challenge students’ music knowledge and $1,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded.
Night owls can continue from 11 p.m.-3 a.m. with video games and movies both Friday and Saturday nights at the University Center. Movies scheduled Friday are “The Bourne Ultimatum” and “Superhero Movie;” Saturday, “Accepted” and “Bank Job” will be shown.
The Center for Human Performance will be open from noon until 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Students are free to use the gym floor, swimming pool, weight room and racquetball courts.
Saturday activities will begin at noon with water inflatables and mud football near the Pavilion. A fajita cookout and food samples from local restaurants will be available from 5-7 p.m., followed at 7:30 p.m. by a pep rally featuring the ASU cheerleaders and the Ram Marching Band.
A magician will perform at 9 p.m. and from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. sand volleyball, a block party with live bands and a DJ, washer pitching and carnival food will be available to students.
The weekend wraps up on Sunday with a multicultural reception at 2 p.m. in the Mary Massie Residence Hall lobby and with the 7 p.m. interactive program “College Rocks” by nationally known motivational speaker Elaine Penn in the Center for Human Performance.
ASU classes begin on Monday, Aug. 25.