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October 2005

Release Date: October 3, 2005

ASU Homecoming to Get Wild in West Texas

Angelo State University will welcome its alumni back to their alma mater and present a week full of events for students and community members as it gears up for "ASU's Wild West Show" celebrating Homecoming 2005.

The week will include contests for students, a carnival, a pep rally, the annual bonfire and a parade, and will culminate Saturday evening when the Rams off to their best start since 1997 take on Northeastern (Okla.) State in San Angelo Stadium.

Homecoming events ramp up Friday, Oct. 14, starting with the 7 p.m. Wells Fargo Homecoming Dinner in the C.J. Davidson Conference Center in the Houston Harte University Center.

A pep rally will be at 8 p.m. at the ASU Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. The rally will feature 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 Avenue. The bonfire will start at 9:30 p.m.

In the event of rain, the pep rally will be moved into the Center for Human Performance gymnasium.

The Wells Fargo Homecoming Dinner will honor several alumni and current and retired faculty members.

Honorees will include Diane Fischer and Mike Millegan, each being honored as a Distinguished Alumnus. Dr. Kyle Longley will be recognized as the Distinguished Carr Scholar Alumnus. Air Force Lt. Col. John W. Blumentritt will be honored as Distinguished ROTC Alumnus. Retired rancher X B Cox will be named Golden Ex of the Year.

Dr. Perry Gragg will be named Oustanding Retired Faculty. Distinguished faculty achievement awards will be presented to Dr. Robert R. Mowrer from the College of Liberal and Fine Arts, the Department of Education's Dr. Marilyn J. Eisenwine, Dr. Robert C. Dowler from the College of Sciences and Athletic Director Kathleen Brasfield.

The events continue Saturday morning, Oct. 15, when former members of ASUs social fraternities and sororities will gather for the Greek Reunion Brunch at 10 a.m. in the LeGrand Alumni and Visitors Center.

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 Avenue. The parade will go east on University and conclude in the parking lot adjacent to the LeGrand Alumni and Visitors Center.

At 5 p.m., the ASU Alumni Association will host Ram Jam, a pre-game festival featuring food, entertainment, activities and prizes, on the LeGrand Center patio and pavilion. The Rams will take the field against the Northeastern State Redmen at 7 p.m. in San Angelo Stadium.

Also at 5 p.m., the ASU Student Senate will host Ramgate, a tailgate party for students and alumni, in the San Angelo Stadium parking lot on Johnson Street.

At halftime of the football game, the recognition of the Homecoming Court will precede the announcement of the 2005 homecoming king and queen. Between the third and fourth quarters, the winner of the spirit stick will be announced, honoring the student organization which has accumulated the most points from its performances during the week.

Other events during the week will include a washer tournament at 11 a.m. and a brisket cookoff at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, at the ASU Pavilion; a presentation of the Homecoming Court nominees and a band concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, at the City Auditorium; a carnival at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, at the tennis courts between the Super Slab and the Vincent Nursing-Physical Science Building; and a halftime show and presentation practice with the ASU band at noon Friday, Oct. 14.

For more information on the Homecoming Dinner, contact the ASU Alumni Association at (325) 942-2122.

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