Troy University gears up for Homecoming celebration

Posted: Tuesday, 13 November 2012

TROY - Troy University will celebrate homecoming on Saturday under the theme “Trojans: Here, There and Everywhere.” The theme, taken from renowned children’s author Dr. Suess, celebrates the University’s worldwide presence, while also seeking to stress the importance of literacy. Students, faculty, staff and alumni are being encouraged to read to local school children. The Student Government Association will also hold a book drive to collect books that will be donated to the Charles Henderson Child Health Center and Boys and Girls Clubs of Pike County. Drop off points for book donations are: Cotton Creek, Momma Goldberg's, the Troy University Office of Development, the TROY Alumni House and the SGA Office, located on the second floor of the Trojan Center. “Our most exciting addition for 2012 is the service initiative throughout homecoming week,” said Cody Farrill, Student Government Association vice president of campus activities. “Childhood illiteracy is a major problem throughout our state, nation and world, and we hope that Trojans will come together and host book drives for donation to their local libraries.” Alumni Director Faith Ward is extending the invitation to all alumni and friends of the University to return for Homecoming activities. “Our traditional homecoming activities provide alumni the opportunity to renew old friendships and see the many changes that are taking place on campus,” Ward said. “I’m also excited about the opportunity that this year’s theme provides to focus on a major issue that impacts our communities, and I appreciate the leadership of our Student Government Association in providing opportunities to give back and encourage literacy for our young people.” TROY students will be involved in special homecoming activities throughout the week, including a dance competition, a Dr. Seuss-themed skit night and a banner contest. On Friday, the Student Government Association is teaming with Army ROTC for an Army Game Day 5K race, scheduled for 2 p.m. on Sorority Hill. For additional information on the race, contact the Army ROTC office at 334-670-5623. Activities for alumni will kick off on Friday with a pep rally set for 5 p.m. on the Bibb Graves Quad. Fireworks will follow the pep rally. A reunion will be held at 5 p.m. on Friday for World War II era alumni in the Stadium Club, located on the fourth floor of the R. Douglas Hawkins Press Box Tower. In addition, the Trojan Stampede Rodeo will take place Thursday through Saturday at Pike Cattleman’s Park, beginning nightly at 7 p.m. Advanced tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children. Tickets will be available at the gate at $10 for adults and $7 for children. For additional information, call 1-800-414-5756 or email Activities will get under way on Saturday at 10 a.m. with the annual Homecoming Parade, presented by the Pike County Chamber of Commerce, in downtown Troy. Trojan Walk is set for 12:15 beginning at Sartain Hall and ending at Veterans Memorial Stadium. Pre-game festivities are set to begin at 2 p.m. in Veterans Memorial Stadium, including the introduction of the Homecoming Court and recognition of senior football players. Kickoff for the game between the Trojans and Arkansas State is set for 2:30 p.m. During halftime of the game, the University will recognize four Alumni of the Year award recipients and the Homecoming Queen will be crowned. The halftime show will also feature performances by the Sound of the South and the Alumni Band. For additional information about Homecoming activities, contact the Office of Alumni Affairs at 334-670-3318