The theme is Tech Toons, but organizers say Tennessee Tech University's Homecoming 2010 schedule is a serious chance to spend a few days reconnecting with classmates and faculty or just enjoying activities. The staples of every Homecoming weekend—the parade, lunch and football game—are set for next Saturday. The Homecoming Parade begins at 10:30 a.m. on South Dixie Avenue, and ends on 12th Street, behind Tucker Stadium. The Alumni and Friends Tailgate Lunch will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Magic 98.5 Tailgate Park behind Tucker Stadium. In addition to the TTU Alumni tent, various other groups will have tents or tables set up for alumni and friends — some with displays, giveaways and faculty present. And the football game against Eastern Kentucky kicks off at 1:30 p.m. in Tucker Stadium.
Festivities begin on Thursday with a Black Alumni Reunion and stretch through Sunday. Here's a list of planned activities:
Thursday, Nov. 11
» Black Alumni Reunion Professional Panel 11 a.m.-noon, in the Black Cultural Center, second floor, Roaden University Center.
» Black Alumni Reunion Professional Day Social 6:30-7:30 p.m., Noble Cody Suite, second floor, Roaden University Center.
» Black Alumni Reunion Social 9-11 p.m., Baymont Inn & Suites, Cookeville.
Friday, Nov. 12
» Pep Rally 5 p.m., Memorial Gym on the Quad.
» Athletics Hall of Fame Dinner 6:30 p.m., in the Multipurpose Room on the second floor of the Roaden University Center. Cost is $25 per person. Reservations are required: Please call (931) 372-3940 by Monday, Nov. 8, and ask for Sandy Zimmerman to make a reservation.
» NPHC Step Show 7 p.m., located in Derryberry Auditorium. Contact the Office of Minority Affairs at (931) 372-3392 for information or to purchase tickets.
» Alumni Mixer hosted by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and Omicron Phi Alumni 11 p.m.-2:30 a.m., Ruby Tuesday's located on Interstate Drive, Cookeville. Tickets are $30. $5 cover charge for general entry. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Diversity Scholarship Endowment. Ages 21 and over. Business casual dress.
Saturday, Nov. 13
TTU Speech Team Alumni Reunion Breakfast 8 a.m., Faculty Dining Room, Roaden University Center
TTU Alumni Breakfast 9 a.m., in the second floor lobby of the Roaden University Center.
College of Business Parade Watching Party 9:45 a.m., at the home of Lee and Kim Jones, 67 N. Dixie Ave. Breakfast pastries, coffee and hot chocolate will be available. Please RSVP online at www.tntech.edu/cob by Tuesday, Nov. 9.
Homecoming Parade 10:30 a.m. Parade route begins on South Dixie Avenue, and ends on 12th Street, behind Tucker Stadium.
Sorority Chapter Suites Open House 11 a.m.-1 p.m. New Hall North
Faculty and Alumni book signing 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., University Bookstore, 1st floor of the University Center. Faculty and alumni authors will be signing their books in the bookstore. Stop by and check out these great books and meet the authors.
Alumni & Friends Tailgate Lunch 11 a.m.-1 p.m., in Magic 98.5 Tailgate Park behind Tucker Stadium. In addition to the TTU Alumni tent, various other groups will have tents or tables set up for alumni and friends — some with displays, giveaways and faculty present.
College of Business Lunch for Alumni, Professors and Staff 11:30 a.m., Johnson Hall. Please RSVP online at www.tntech.edu/cob by Tuesday, Nov. 9.
Homecoming Football Game 1:30 p.m., at Tucker Stadium. Cheer for the Golden Eagles as they take on Eastern Kentucky University
Volleyball 4:30 p.m. Tech hosts Southeast Missouri in Eblen Center (Senior Day) and final match of the regular season. Free admission.
Chemistry Alumni Homecoming Reception Following the football game, join faculty and alumni for a post-game reception (chili, desserts and hot coffee/chocolate), rolling slide presentations and personal tours of Foster Hall. We'll also have tables set up at the pre-game Tailgate with lots of fun activities and balloon sculpting for kids, students and alumni.
Civil & Environmental Engineering Alumni Cookout The CEE Advisory Board and the ASCE Student Chapter will host a free Civil & Environmental Engineering Alumni Cookout following the game under the tents in the tailgate park. They'll also be featuring a Cornhole Tournament.
Wesley Foundation After-the-Game Reception Following the game, upstairs at the Wesley Foundation.
Wesley Foundation Reunion Coffee House Event 7:30 -10 p.m., in the Wesley Foundation basement. Lots of music from "back then," comedy, drama and some "favorite" readings.
Ag Foundation Banquet 6 p.m., at the Hyder-Burks Pavilion. Please call (931) 372-3149 for more information or to make reservations.
Alumni Mixer hosted by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. & Omicron Phi Alumni 9-11:30 p.m., Baymont Inn & Suites, Cookeville. $2 cover.
Sunday, Nov. 14
Black Alumni Reunion Worship Service 10 a.m., at Trinity Baptist Church, 613 W. Broad St., Cookeville.
Wesley Foundation Sunday Morning Service 8:30-9:45 a.m. Coffee and light breakfast, 9:45 a.m. Group photo, Service led by Rev. Bob Lewis begins at 10 a.m., Wesley Arena Chapel. Call Jim Brock at 1-800-466-1909 for more information.
For updates or additional activities, visit the Tech Toons Homecoming 2010 schedule at www.ttualumni.org/homecoming2010.