• UWA invites alumni, friends to 2011 Homecoming celebration

    Posted: September 16, 2011

    Author: Betsy Compton

    The University of West Alabama has announced the schedule for its annual Homecoming celebration, set for Oct. 5-8 in Livingston.

    Homecoming activities begin Wednesday, Oct. 5 at the annual Serendipity talent show. Students will compete for prize money and bragging rights in four categories, and this year’s Homecoming Queen, a closely guarded secret, will also be announced at the show. Serendipity begins at 7 p.m. in Pruitt Gym. Admission is free.

    On Thursday, Oct. 6, Coach Will Hall, the Tiger football team, the Scarlet Band from Tiger Land, UWA cheerleaders and LUie will be on hand for the Homecoming bonfire, pep rally and fireworks show at 8 p.m. at the Intramural Complex. Following the pep rally, the Office of Student Affairs will host a party featuring the popular band Fly By Radio.

    UWA’s third annual Homecoming Golf Tournament, sponsored by the Marengo County alumni chapter, is set for Friday, Oct. 7. Registration for the two-person scramble will be held at 9 a.m. with a 10 a.m. tee time at the Ravine Golf Course in Demopolis. The 18-hole tournament features great prizes, with registration set at $50 per person. All proceeds benefit the Marengo County Scholarship fund. For more information, call 205-652-3533.

    The annual UWA alumni party, sponsored by the National Alumni Association and the Office of Alumni Relations, is one of the most anticipated events of the year. The party begins Oct. 7 at 6 p.m. at the Spence-Moon House adjacent to the UWA campus. Always a great time for friends, food and fun, this year’s party will feature rock-and-roll favorites Class of ‘65 Band. A $25 donation includes one year membership in the NAA; current members are admitted free.

    During the alumni party, the UWA Campus School will host Parents’ Night Out for children age three and older from 6-10 p.m. The cost for a family is $25 for one child, and $15 per additional child, which includes pizza and drinks. Children must be potty trained to attend. To register, contact Annie Upchurch at 205-652-3832.

    On Saturday, Oct. 8, Homecoming festivities continue at 9 a.m. with a reception honoring alumni at 9 a.m. at the Bored Well on the courthouse square in downtown Livingston.

    The Homecoming parade winds through downtown Livingston at 10 a.m., featuring 2011 Athletic Hall of Fame inductees June Seales and Ronnie Glanton, the Homecoming court, marching bands, and a variety of floats from campus organizations.

    Beginning at 11:30 a.m., the Ira D. Pruitt Division of Nursing will host alumni in Brock Y Hall for a reception. For more details on the reception, alumni should email Marsha Cannon.

    The College of Business will host alumni and friends for a catfish lunch in Wallace Hall’s Wise Conference Room at 11:30 a.m. Alumni interested in attending should email Maxine McClusky.

    The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics will also host its lunch at 11:30 a.m. in Bibb Graves Hall. Alumi may email Dr. Ketia Shumaker for more information on the luncheon.

    The Julia S. Tutwiler College of Education, the Division of Online Programs, and the School of Graduate Studies will unite for a lunch featuring live music at the Spence-Moon House at 11:30 a.m. Those interested in attending should email Mary Grace Edmonds for more information.

    Everyone is then invited to the annual National Alumni Association meeting and awards presentation at 1 p.m. in the Bell Conference Center. Each college will honor outstanding graduates with Alumni Achievement and Emerging Leader Awards, and former Tiger greats will be inducted into the UWA Athletic Hall of Fame, while the NAA presents other prestigious awards.

    College of Liberal Arts alumni and faculty will gather at 2 p.m. at the Spence-Moon House for a pre-game cocktail party. For more information, email Fannie Tucker.

    The family-friendly Homecoming Festival and Tailgate Party begins at 2:30 p.m. on the Campus School lawn with inflatable moonwalks and games led by UWA student-athletes. Other highlights include face painting and other prizes. All activities are free.

    The pep rally at 4 p.m. in front of Tiger Stadium will feature the Scarlet Band from Tiger Land, UWA cheerleaders and LUie. Tailgating prior to the pep rally will include friends, food vendors and lots of Tiger spirit.

    West Alabama and Southern Arkansas kick off at 5 p.m. at Tiger Stadium. Pre-game festivities feature the Scarlet Band from Tiger Land show and the newest Athletic Hall of Famers serving as honorary team captains. In addition, the homecoming court will be presented at halftime, and the new queen will be crowned.

    The UWA Bookstore, the best place to shop for Red and White gear, will open Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. in the Student Union Building. All UWA sportswear will be 15 percent off, and young Tiger fans will receive free candy and balloons.

    For more information about UWA’s 2011 homecoming events, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 205-652-3852.
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