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Release Date: October 11, 2004

ASU Homecoming Highlights 'Rocktoberfest 2004'

A week of events centered around the theme of "Rocktoberfest 2004" will help Angelo State University welcome alumni home to their alma mater for Homecoming activities that will include an honors dinner, soccer game, pep rally and bonfire on Friday, Oct. 22, and will culminate with the parade and football game on Saturday, Oct. 23.

In addition to student contests and events throughout the week, activities will accelerate Friday with a 3 p.m. Rambelle soccer game against Midwestern State at the Varsity Soccer Field to be followed by the President's Golden Exes Reception at 6 p.m. on the second floor of the Houston Harte University Center.

At 7 p.m. the Angelo State University Alumni Association will host the Wells Fargo Homecoming Dinner at which time distinguished alumni and faculty will be honored in the C.J. Davidson Conference Center in the Houston Harte University Center.

Honorees will include Bill Erwin, Class of 1933, and Brian Shannon, Class of 1979, each as a 2004 Distinguished Alumnus. Dal DeWees and Ronald Giddiens will each be named a 2004 Honorary Alumnus. L. Rene Abreo, Class of 1985, will be recognized as the 2004 Distinguished Carr Scholar Alumnus, and Capt. Christopher Craig Richardson, Class of 1996, will be honored as the 2004 Distinguished ROTC Alumnus. William G. Edgar will receive the 2004 Golden Ex Recognition Award.

Dr. E. James Holland will be named the 2004 Outstanding Retired Faculty. Distinguished faculty achievement awards will be presented to Dr. Nancy G. Allen from the College of Liberal and Fine Arts, Dr. Nancy J. Hadley from the School of Education, Dr. Terry C. Maxwell from the College of Sciences and Dr. Sharynn M. Tomlin from the College of Business and Professional Studies.

The ASU Pep Rally is scheduled at 8 p.m. Friday at the Multipurpose Sports Complex. The Torch Parade at 9:15 p.m. will lead ASU fans from the rally to the bonfire site on university property bordered by Knickerbocker and University. The bonfire will begin at 9:30 p.m.

Saturday's activities will begin with a 10 a.m. Homecoming Greek Reunion Brunch at the LeGrand Center.

The ASU Homecoming Parade will begin at 11 a.m. The parade will follow a new route this year. After forming up at Foster Field, 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 Avenue. The parade will go east on University and conclude in the parking lot adjacent to the LeGrand Alumni and Visitors Center.

Then at 5 p.m. the ASU Alumni Association will host Ram Jam, a pre-game "tailgate party" at the LeGrand Center prior to the homecoming game. The Rams will kick off against West Texas A&M University at 7 p.m. in San Angelo Stadium. During halftime, the 2004 Homecoming Court will be presented to the crowd prior to the announcement of the Homecoming Queen and King.

A variety of student activities will precede the events of Homecoming Weekend. Those events will start with an ASU Students Washer Tournament at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 17, at the ASU Pavilion. Also Sunday the ASU Rambelle soccer team will play Eastern New Mexico in a 1 p.m. match at the Varsity Soccer Field.

Other events will include presentation of the Homecoming Court nominees at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18; the Mr. and Ms. ASU Contest at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19; the final round of the ASU Idol Talent Contest at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, all in the C. J. Davidson Conference Center.

Fans interested in getting a preview of ASU's new baseball team scheduled to begin intercollegiate competition in February can attend intrasquad scrimmages at Foster Field at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16; 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17; 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19; 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22; and noon Saturday, Oct. 23, immediately after the parade.