Event-filled week celebrates the return of alumni

Oct.27, 2008 by Jared McDonald NMSU Round Up

All this week NMSU is hosting Homecoming events for students and alumni all over campus.

Each year across the nation, universities and high schools put together events intended to unite alumni and students to create a stronger sense of school pride.

“When I think of the word Homecoming, I think of a football game and a parade,” said NMSU Alumnus Victor Chavez, 27. Chavez said he remembers the fun times he had during high school pep-rallies and everyone uniting in school spirit.

According to ESPN’s Active.com, the NCAA recognizes the tradition of Homecoming as originating in 1911 at the University of Missouri when Athletic Director Chester Brewer teamed up with the school’s alumni to inaugurate the recently built football field by “coming home” to attend the annual game against the University of Kansas.

Brewer planned a “Home coming” celebration with parades, parties, a pep rally and a football game. According to Active.com, more than 10,000 alumni and fans attended the event, making Mizzou’s Homecoming a trendsetter for other Homecomings across the nation.

Traditional Homecomings since then have featured the welcoming back of alumni and university supporters. It is usually celebrated between late September and mid-October, with the central event being a sporting event.

Alumni are often honored with receptions, dinners and luncheons during the week before the Homecoming football game. Many alumni come home to celebrate their past experiences and unite with current students to help emphasize a stronger sense of school pride.

The Homecoming king and queen are recognized as being great role models to other students and novelized for leading by example. Students are typically nominated by their peers and voted on by other student members and associations. The NMSU Homecoming King and Queen will be announced during halftime of the football game vs. Boise State Saturday.

This week NMSU is continuing the tradition with the theme of “Rockin’ with Aggie Pride.”

“To me the theme accurately describes our generation,” said 19-year-old business major Christina Baca. “We are growing up with rock music, Guitar hero and Rock Band. It makes sense.”

The week is planned with events starting with student specials at The Game Sports Bar and Grill Monday night. ASNSMU is sponsoring a Halloween Carnival Tuesday at 6 p.m. on the east side of Aggie Memorial Stadium.

The carnival will conclude with a special screening of “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” starting at 9 p.m. on the big screen of Aggie Memorial Stadium.

Events continue with a bonfire Thursday night which includes a pep-rally, fireworks, a free Pat Green concert and music by the Aggie Pride Band. Friday features giveaways and decorating competitions sponsored by ASNMSU.

The Homecoming parade will begin Saturday at 10 a.m. The parade begins at the Pan American Center and travels west on University Avenue ending on Knox Street by Skeen Hall.

Finally, the Homecoming football game against Boise State starts at 5 p.m., precluding with tailgate parties beginning at 11:30 a.m.

For more information about this year’s Homecoming events visit the NMSU Alumni Web site at www.alum.nmsu.edu.

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