Angelo State University’s 2014 Homecoming Week will include a variety of student and alumni events culminating Saturday, Oct. 11, with the Homecoming football game between the ASU Rams and Texas A&M-Commerce.This year’s homecoming theme is “Dr. Seuss’ ‘Oh the places you’ll go’ at ASU.” Homecoming Week is a collaboration of the Alumni Association, the Center for Student Involvement, ASU Athletics and numerous student organizations, which compete for the Spirit Stick, given to the group that shows the most spirit and contributes the most to the many tasks required to make Homecoming Week a success.

The majority of Homecoming events will take place Friday, Oct. 10, and Saturday, Oct. 11, highlighted by the ASU Alumni Association’s annual Homecoming Dinner on Friday in the Houston Harte University Center’s C.J. Davidson Conference Center, 1910 Rosemont Drive. Activities will begin with a social gathering at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available from the Alumni Association for $60 per person or $100 per couple.

At the dinner, Alex Yarbrough, Class of 2007 and a lawyer with the firm of Sprouse Shrader Smith in Amarillo, will be honored as the 2014 Distinguished Carr Scholar Alumnus. Gail Stefanski of San Angelo will be recognized for her volunteer work with ASU international students as the 2014 Honorary Alumna. Air Force Lt. Col. Caeli Hull Black, Class of 1997, will be honored as the 2014 Distinguished ROTC Alumna and retired Lubbock educator Elaine Fairbanks will be recognized as the 2014 Golden Ex of the Year. New York Times bestselling author Jenny Lawson, Class of 1997, will be named the 2014 Distinguished Alumna.

Also recognized will be Dr. Charles Endress, who taught history at ASU from 1969 to 2009,  as Outstanding Retired Faculty; Dr. Shirley Eoff, Honors Program director and professor of history, for Distinguished Faculty Achievement; and Christine Pruitt, an advisor in the Educator Preparation Information Center, as Outstanding Staff.

Also on Friday, students, faculty and alumni will gather at the Junell Center/Stephens Arena, 2235 S. Jackson St., for a pep rally at 8 p.m. followed by the annual Homecoming Bonfire.  A spirit march led by ASU’s ROTC cadets will begin at 9 p.m. and will travel from the pep rally site to the bonfire in the open area near Knickerbocker Road. Since 1975, ASU’s Air Force ROTC Detachment 847 has built the bonfire. The pep rally will also include the finals of a step-style dance contest.

On Saturday, Oct. 11, the annual ASU Homecoming Parade will wind through downtown San Angelo beginning at 11 a.m. at Harris Avenue and Oakes Street. It will be followed by the ASU Alumni Association’s Ram Jam at 4:30 p.m. at the LeGrand Alumni and Visitors Center, 1620 University Ave.

The Rams’ football game against Texas A&M University-Commerce will begin at 7 p.m. at LeGrand Stadium at 1st Community Credit Union Field, 2302 Varsity. At halftime, the Homecoming Court will be presented, the queen and king will be named and the Spirit Stick will be given to the student organization judged most spirited.

Homecoming Week activities will actually begin on Sunday, Oct. 5, with a brisket cook-off that starts at 9 a.m., sponsored by the ASU Homecoming Committee. From noon-5 p.m., a dunk tank to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation will be in play. A washer-pitching tournament also will start at noon. At 1 p.m., a hot dog bar for students will be available at the ASU Pavilion.

At 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, the homecoming king and queen nominees will be presented during a reception in the Davidson Center. The step show preliminaries will start at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, at the ASU Pavilion and the ThinkFast Game Show will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, in the Davidson Center.

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.