Rally, bonfire kick off NMSU Homecoming

Aggies to play Nevada at 6 p.m. Saturday

Melisa P. Danho

NMSU

New Mexico State University alumni and current students have dozens of events to choose from as they celebrate Homecoming 2011.

This year’s theme is “100 Years of Statehood” and Aggies will have lots of opportunities to celebrate, whether it’s remembering the past at reunion dinners or cheering the present of Aggie football at the homecoming game.

The university kicked off its weekend of activities Thursday night with a bonfire, pep rally and concert by the country music trio Love and Theft at the student tailgate lot. (See video)

The reunion dinner for the 1981 class will be held at 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 28, at My Brother’s Place restaurant.

In celebration of Crimson Day, Oct. 28, prizes will be given away by the Crimson Mobile golf cart to students who are spotted wearing crimson gear. Prizes are to include homecoming t-shirts, footballs and key chains.

The NMSU Alumni Association will hold a Distinguished Alumni Dinner to honor Aggies who have contributed to their profession and to society at 6 p.m. Oct. 28 at Corbett Center’s West Ballroom.

The College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences will hold an alumni, emeritus and donor recognition breakfast at 8 a.m. Oct. 28 in the tent near the Gerald Thomas Hall windmill.

The College of Arts and Sciences will hold a distinguished alumni reception at 4 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Alumni Association Courtyard.

The College of Business will hold a distinguished alumni reception at 3 p.m. Oct 28 at the Traders Plaza, in the tented area outside of the Business Complex.

The College of Education will hold a distinguished alumni reception at 3 p.m. Oct 28 in the atrium of O’Donnell Hall.

The College of Engineering will hold their alumni recognition ceremony and reception at 3 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Klipsch Museum.

The College of Health and Social Services will hold an alumni reception for students, faculty and friends at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 28 at the CHSS addition auditorium, Room 101.

In keeping with the “100 Years of Statehood” theme, history professor Jon Hunner will present “Stumble to Statehood,” for the History Department alumni 2 p.m. Oct. 28 in the Corbett Center auditorium.

The Academy of Civil, Agricultural and Geological Engineers will hold their 25th anniversary endowed scholarship celebration at 6 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Las Cruces Convention Center.

The Alumni Association will have a parade viewing party at 9:45 a.m. Oct. 29 and a “Golden A’s Luncheon” at 11:30 a.m. for Aggies who have celebrated 50 or more years since graduating from NMSU.

The Homecoming parade will take place at 10 a.m. Oct. 29 on University Avenue from the Pan American Center to Knox Street.

Aggies at the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences will hold an animal and range science judging contest at the Judging Pavillion at noon Oct. 29.

The Alumni and Friends Tailgate Party will be held from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Oct. 29 behind the Education Services Building, west of the Pan Am Center.

The Homecoming football game will take place at 6 p.m., and the NMSU Aggies will take on the University of Nevada’s Wolfpack.

For those with energy to spare, the department of Human Performance Dance & Recreation is helping sponsor an event called “Run for your life” Oct. 30.

For more information on this year’s Homecoming events, contact the NMSU Alumni Association at 575-646-3616 or visit http://alum.nmsu.edu

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