TUSKEGEE, Ala. (October 15, 2012) — Events for alumni and students began in earnest this week to usher in this weekend’s homecoming. Student events for this year’s celebration kicked off Sunday with a Sunday’s Best show featuring Byron Cage.
This year’s homecoming theme is “Transcending the Rebirth of an Unforgettable Tuskegee Homecoming,” or the TRUTH. There are several daily events scheduled until Oct. 21.
Tuesday, an ice cream social will be held on the patio of Margaret Murray Washington Hall from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A comedy show featuring Steve Brown will be held Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Logan Hall. Thursday, the Miss Tuskegee University Gala will be held in Gen. Daniel “Chappie” James Center for Aerospace Science and Health Education at 7 p.m. The homecoming ball will follow at 9 p.m. in Logan Hall. There will be an afternoon carnival on Friday followed by a concert featuring Wale at 7 p.m. in “Chappie” James Center.
Actress and singer, Jennifer Holliday, will be the grand marshal for the 9 a.m. parade through the streets of Tuskegee, Alabama. After, the university’s Golden Tigers will take on Kentucky State University’s Thorobreds in Cleve Abbott Memorial Stadium at 1 pm.
For more about Student Government Association-sponsored events and tickets, go to: http://tuhomecoming.eventfast.com
ROTC and military alums
This weekend, Tuskegee University will have the opportunity to welcome back alumni who have distinguished themselves in the military including the newest one-star general for the United States Air Force. Brig. Gen. Mark A. Brown will address ROTC students during a panel discussion at 8 a.m. in the “Chappie” James Center museum.
Brown is the comptroller for Headquarters Air Force Materials Command at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. As the commander’s chief financial officer, he is responsible for more than 35 percent of the Air Force budget. The panel will also feature Clarence A. Johnson, director of the Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity at the Pentagon. The annual ROTC alumni reception at 6 p.m. in the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center at Tuskegee University will conclude Friday’s ROTC activities.
Alumni and friends
This year’s homecoming is the reunion for the Classes of 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002 and 2007. There will be several opportunities for classmates to catch up starting Friday. There will be several events including a golf tournament, a health symposium, reunion class meetings, a dialogue with the Tuskegee National Alumni Association president, and a banquet. Also, Gilbert L. Rochon, Tuskegee University president, will address alumni and the university community at 1:45 p.m. in the auditorium in the Kellogg Hotel.
Following Saturday’s parade, there will be an alumni pre-game brunch on the quadrangle of Logan Hall. The cost is $25 per person and $45 for a couple. The pre-game show will follow at 12:30 p.m. at Cleve Abbott Memorial Stadium. The game ball will be delivered by the Silver Wings Aerial Demonstration Team from Fort Benning in Georgia.
The first anniversary of the Programmed for Excellence capital campaign will be marked during a reception from 5-7 p.m. in Logan Hall. The event is free and open to the public. Donation information and details about the progress of the largest capital campaign in the university’s history will be available.
Later, there will be a concert featuring singers Carl Thomas, Angela Wimbush and jazz violinist, Jerald Daemyon at 7 p.m. in Logan Hall. The event will be hosted by DJ Magic and offer food and prizes. Tickets are on sale at the Tuskegee University Office of Alumni Affairs and Kellogg Hotel. For more information, call: 1-800-831-8812.
The Homecoming/Charter Day Convocation will be held Sunday at 8:30 a.m. in University Chapel. Homecoming will conclude with the alumni reunion memorial service at the gravesite of Booker T. Washington.
For more about alumni and community events, go to: www.tuskegee.edu/homecoming