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Homecoming Week 2021 Theme is 'The Show Goes On'


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JONESBORO – Arkansas State University's Homecoming Week 2021, with a theme of "The Show Goes On," begins Monday with a week of special activities, highlighted by alumni gatherings and the naming ceremony for a campus building.

Homecoming Week culminates Saturday, Nov. 6, when the Red Wolves take on Appalachian State in a game nationally televised by ESPN+. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at Centennial Bank Stadium.

Students may vote online for Homecoming Court from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, with the 10 members of the court to be introduced Monday, Nov. 1.  The Homecoming king and queen will be announced during the pregame Court presentation.

The A-State Alumni Association and university officials will recognize the Distinguished Alumni of 2021 – George R. Cotton Sr. of Pine Bluff, Rickey L. Miles of Jonesboro and Dennis Zolper of Jonesboro – at halftime of the game.  The 38th annual Distinguished Alumni recognition, including an awards dinner the previous evening, is the most recent in a program that began in 1984.

An unveiling ceremony for the recently named Lieutenant Colonel Frederick C. Turner Jr. Military Science Building will be attended by Turner, his family, military officials, and university representatives at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5.

During Homecoming weekend, special activities for alumni include the 50-Year Reunion for the graduating classes of 1970 and 1971, the baseball program alumni game and reunion, and the ROTC social, Friday, Nov. 5.

On Saturday, the Strong-Turner Alumni Chapter scholarship reception starts at 10 a.m. in the Spring River Room of the Reng Union, followed by the Alumni Band Reunion and Honors College 40th anniversary kickoff tailgate. Several other organizations will host tailgates and social activities.

With leadership from the Student Activities Board (SAB), A-State Alumni Association, and other university organizations, highlights of the week include:

Monday, Nov. 1: The “Joy of Painting” banner and "The Office" door decorating competitions get underway at the Reng Student Union.

Monday, Nov. 1: The “Supermarket Sweep” food drive pits the creative talent of students and organizations, with entrants creating their television-themed structures using canned and non-perishable food items. Project construction is from 9 until 11:45 a.m., with judging at noon. The food items will go to the A-State Food Pantry.

Monday, Nov. 1: Students will enjoy a 7-10 p.m. dance party with glow-in-the-dark games and activities at Red WOLF Center, culminating with announcement of the Homecoming Court.

Tuesday, Nov. 2: The fun continues with the “Criminal Minds Murder Mystery Show,” as students put their skills to the test in an interactive experience, 6-9 p.m. in Centennial Hall of the Union.

Wednesday, Nov. 3: The Student Activities Board hosts the “Red Wolves Got Talent” showcase, 7-10 p.m. in Centennial Hall (location change). The top performers will be chosen to perform at “Friday Night Lights,” two days later. Also to be announced are the newly selected Mr. and Miss Black Student Association.

Thursday, Nov. 4: Voting for Homecoming king and queen is online, from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. Results will be revealed during the pre-game Court introduction.

Thursday, Nov. 4: The "Channel Surfing" Homecoming parade rolls at 5:30 p.m., with participating organizations displaying their TV-themed décor through a float, vehicle or walking crew.

Friday, Nov. 5: The Friday Night Lights event, from 7-10 p.m., features the traditional bonfire and the Yell Like Hell competition, at the corner of Honors Ave. and University Loop East.

Saturday, Nov. 6: Pack Preview, for prospective undergraduate students, begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Welcome Center.

Saturday, Nov. 6: ROTC's Hall of Heroes induction ceremony starts at 9 a.m. in the Turner Military Science Building.

For more details and updates to the Homecoming Week schedule, one may check the A-State campus calendar.