Angelo State University’s 2012 Homecoming Week will include a variety of student and alumni events through this Saturday with the Homecoming football game against Texas A&M-Commerce.

The majority of Homecoming events will take place this Friday and Saturday with the 2012 ASU Alumni Homecoming Dinner on Friday in the LeGrand Alumni and Visitors Center, 1620 University Ave.  Activities will begin with a social gathering at 6 p.m., followed by the dinner and a silent auction at 6:30 p.m.  During the dinner, the Alumni Association will honor eight people for their contributions to society as ASU Alumni or supporters of ASU. Tickets are available from the Alumni Association for $60 each and include admission to the dinner and the social gathering.  

 Merl Brandon, Class of 1992 and principal at San Angelo’s Lincoln Middle School, will be honored as the 2012 Distinguished Alumnus.  Hazel Dooley, who has supported ASU since its days as San Angelo College and was married to the late ASU agriculture professor R.B. Dooley, will be named an Honorary Alumna.  Stephanie Stoebe, who earned a master’s degree from ASU in 2000, and Lt. Col. Stephen Magnan, Class of 1992, will be recognized as the Distinguished Carr Alumna and Distinguished ROTC Alumnus, respectively.  Dr. Ewell E. “Pat” Murphy, who attended San Angelo Junior College from 1943-45, will be honored as the Golden Ex of the Year.
Also recognized will be Dr. John Duke as Outstanding Retired Faculty, Dr. Sangeeta Singg for Distinguished Faculty Achievement and Wendy Storms for Distinguished Staff Achievement.

On Friday, students, faculty and alumni will gather at the LeGrand Sports Complex, 2302 Varsity Drive, for a pep rally at 7 p.m. followed by the annual Homecoming bonfire.  A torch parade led by ASU’s ROTC detachment will begin at 8:45 p.m. and will travel from the pep rally site to the bonfire in the open area near Knickerbocker Road.  During the pep rally, a run-through sign contest and step contest finals will also be held.  Stepping is a form of rhythmic dance using footsteps, spoken word and handclaps.

The annual ASU Homecoming Parade will take the festivities to downtown San Angelo beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, at Harris Avenue and Oakes Street, followed by the ASU Alumni Association’s Ram Jam at 1:30 p.m. at the LeGrand Center.The Rams’ football game against Texas A&M-Commerce will begin at 4 p.m. at San Angelo Stadium. 

At halftime, the Homecoming Court will be presented, the queen and king will be named and the Spirit Stick will be presented to the student organization judged most spirited.

Throughout the week, student groups will collect canned food to build into a castle on Friday at 5:30 p.m. as part of a contest.  The food will then be donated to the Concho Valley Regional Food Bank at the conclusion of the competition in the LeGrand Sports Complex.

On Wednesday, Oct. 17, elections will be held on campus for Homecoming king and queen, and a spirit rally and step contest preliminaries will be held at the ASU Pavilion at 6 p.m.  Then, Thursday, Oct. 18, the University Center Program Council will host a Think Fast Game Show at 7 p.m. in the UC’s C.J. Davidson Conference Center.

The theme for this year’s Homecoming is “Roscoe Loves the ’90s.”  All Homecoming week, students are invited to participate in themed activities including the wearing of ’90s-era clothing and accessories, such as slap bracelets on “Slap-Back Sunday.”  Also, stop the music on “Make-A-Wish Monday;” tie-dye clothing on “Tie-Dye Tuesday;” dressing in ’90s clothing on “Way-Back Wednesday;” dressing as a ’90s music idol on “Teen Pop Thursday;” and wearing a fanny pack on “Fanny Pack Friday.”  To show ASU spirit, students are also asked to wear their “True Blue” clothes Saturday for game day.

The Center for Student Involvement (CSI) Homecoming Committee organized the week’s events.

For more information on the Alumni Association’s Homecoming activities and/or to purchase tickets to the Homecoming dinner, call 325-942-2122.  For a full schedule of Homecoming Week events, contact the CSI at 325-942-2062 or go online to www.angelo.edu/homecoming.