Texas A&M University-Kingsville

University traditions abound during Javelina Homecoming

KINGSVILLE - October 12, 2006

Contact: Julie Navejar
kajam03@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

Family Weekend offers fun for all ages

It is time to get out the blue and gold and dust off the old Javelina letter jacket and head to Texas A&M University-Kingsville for Homecoming 2006. Staffs in the Office of Alumni Affairs and the Office of Student Activities have planned activities for the week. This year’s theme is Honor the Past: Celebrate the Present; Invest in the Future.

The activities get under way Sunday, Oct. 15, with a flag football tournament on the intramural fields. Teams of students will play against each other beginning at 2:30 p.m.

Even though it’s Monday, a Wacky Jueves event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16, in the TV Lounge in the Memorial Student Union Building (MSUB). Big chair photo key chains will be all the rage this Homecoming.

A Game Room Tournament also will be held Oct. 16 in The Cue Shack in the MSUB.

Students will show off their unique talents at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, during the annual Homecoming Talent Show in the ballrooms of the MSUB.

It will be all fun and games with food thrown in during the Fall Homecoming Carnival from 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18. University Boulevard will be closed and Homecoming revelers can roam the street in search of the perfect meal or the most challenging game. Student organizations set up booths offering games and food and the Office of Student Activities provides musical entertainment and large games.

The Cash Cube could turn Thursday, Oct. 19, into a day to make money. The Cash Cube will be in the lobby of the MSUB offering brave students the opportunity to win cash and prizes.

Go back to the good old days with a special drive-in movie at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, when the film Silent Hill is shown in the parking lot of the Nolan Ryan Baseball Field. Based on the video game of the same name, Silent Hill tells the story of a woman searching for her daughter, within the confines of a strange, desolate town called Silent Hill. This film is rated R.

Graduates from the Class of 1956 will meet for a special Homecoming luncheon Friday, Oct. 20. At noon, the Javelina Alumni Association and the A&M-Kingsville ROTC will host their annual golf tournament at L.E. Ramey Golf Course.

The Cavalcade to the Bonfire will get under way at 6:30 p.m. Friday. The parade will line up beginning at 5 p.m. in front of the Kleberg County Courthouse at the corner of Yoakum and 11 th Streets and proceed through downtown Kingsville.

The bonfire and Hog Call will begin at approximately 8:30 p.m. west of Javelina Stadium.

The biggest day of activities, Saturday, Oct. 21, will start off with a general meeting of the Javelina Alumni Association at 10 a.m. in the Alumni Room of Honor in the MSUB.

Three graduates will be recognized during the Distinguished Alumni Luncheon at noon in the ballrooms of the MSUB. Hector Farias Jr., Class of 1961; and Rodney A. Klett, Class of 1965, are this year’s Distinguished Alumni. Marcy Martinez, Class of 2000, will receive this year’s Rising Star Award.

Next up is the Javelina Alumni Association fajita cook-off beginning at 2:30 p.m. in the tailgate area at Javelina Stadium. Winners will be announced during the Javelina Tailgate Party that begins at 5:30 p.m.

The entire week of festivities will culminate with a 7 p.m. kick-off as the Javelinas play

Midwestern State University in Lone Star Conference play.

Because Family Weekend will coincide with Homecoming this year, the family movie will be shown at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, in room 100 of the Biology Earth Sciences building. This year’s film is Monster House, a computer-generated animated film that tells the story of three teens who discover that their neighbor’s house is really a living, breathing, scary monster. This film is rated PG.

Family Weekend visitors are invited to play bingo from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday in the Turner-Bishop Hall Cafeteria. After bingo, the Family Weekend Tailgate Dinner will be held at Nolan Ryan Field.

For more information on Homecoming activities call 361-593-4176 or 361-593-2760. For more information on Family Weekend events, call 361-593-2760.

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