Troy University Homecoming celebration set for Oct. 24

Posted: Monday, 21 September 2009

TROY—Troy University will celebrate its Homecoming on Oct. 24 under the theme “Dreams of the Past, Visions of the Future…A Legacy of Champions.”

This year’s Homecoming celebration comes as the University marks 100 years of football, which adds even more excitement to the event, said Faith Ward, director of alumni affairs.

“Homecoming is always a special time for Troy University, but this year’s activities take on even greater meaning as we celebrate 100 years of football,” Ward said. “We hope that our alumni and friends will take this opportunity to return to campus, enjoy the Homecoming activities and reflect on the storied tradition of Trojan football.”

Activities will get under way on Oct. 24 at 10 a.m. with the annual Homecoming parade in downtown Troy. The annual parade, hosted by the Pike County Chamber of Commerce, is currently seeking entries.

“We expect a great turnout this year with a variety of entries,” said Jenniffer Barner, Chamber president. “Businesses, school and civic organizations are encouraged to participate in this year’s parade.”

Groups interested in participating in the parade must fill out an application, Barner said. Applications can be picked up at the Pike County Chamber of Commerce (located one-quarter mile south of the Lowe’s on U.S. Highway 231 South). The deadline for entries is October 2, 2009. For more information, contact the Chamber at 566-2294.

Following the parade, various tailgating activities will begin at 11 a.m. The Clipson Reunion and alumni chapters will hold tailgating activities on the grounds of the Alumni House, located at the corner of George Wallace Drive and Highland Avenue.

“Trojan Walk” is scheduled for 12:15 p.m., beginning on University Avenue in front of Trojan Arena and winding through Tailgate Terrace to Movie Gallery Veterans Stadium.

Homecoming pre-game festivities will get under way at 2 p.m. in the stadium and kickoff for the Homecoming game against North Texas is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Halftime activities will include the crowning of the Homecoming Queen and King, the presentation of the 2009 Alumni of the Year awards and performances by the Alumni Band and TROY’s “Sound of the South” marching band.

During the week leading up to Homecoming, campus organizations will compete in various events to earn points toward winning Homecoming honors.

Homecoming week activities include:

Monday, Oct. 19
  • 1 p.m., Banner Contest, Riddle-Pace Field
  • 7 p.m., Dance Competition, Claudia Crosby Theater
Wednesday, Oct. 21
  • 7 p.m., Skit Competition, Claudia Crosby Theater
Thursday, Oct. 22
  • “Preparing for a Sweet Victory” Dessert Contest, Trojan Center Food Court
  • 6 p.m., Football signing by team, Barnes and Noble Bookstore
  • 7 p.m., UAC presents comedians Tyler Craig, Karlous Miller and Steve Brown, Claudia Crosby Theater
Friday, Oct. 23
  • 3 p.m., Campus Crawl 2-mile fun run, Trojan Center
  • 5:30 p.m., World War II-era alumni reunion, Stadium Club, Movie Gallery Veterans Stadium
  • 6:30 p.m., Pep Rally, Bibb Graves Quad (Fireworks show and performance by the band 17th floor to follow)
  • 7 p.m., “Digs for a Cure” Volleyball Game, Trojan Arena
Saturday, Oct. 24
  • 10 a.m., Homecoming Parade, Downtown Troy
  • 11 a.m., Tailgating activities
  • 12:15 p.m., Trojan Walk, beginning in front of Trojan Arena
  • 2 p.m., Homecoming Pre-game activities (Sound of the South performance, introduction of the Homecoming Court), Movie Gallery Veterans Stadium
  • 2:30 p.m., Kickoff of Homecoming football game vs. North Texas, Movie Gallery Veterans Stadium
  • Halftime Activities (Crowning of the Homecoming Queen and King, Recognition of the Alumni of the Year and performances by the Sound of the South marching band and the Alumni Band)
  • 7 p.m., Alpha Phi Alpha Greek Step Show
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Tubas.jpg: Members of Troy University’s Sound of the South marching band perform during the University’s 2008 Homecoming Parade. This year’s Homecoming celebration is set for Oct. 24, when the Trojans will play host to Sun Belt Conference foe North Texas.

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Court.jpg: The 2008 Homecoming Court waves to the crowd during Troy University’s 2008 Homecoming Parade. This year’s Homecoming celebration on Oct. 24 will kick off at 10 a.m. with the annual parade in downtown Troy.