TSU sets Homecoming Week activities

Members of the Aristocrat of Bands march up Ed Temple Boulevard during the 2012 Homecoming Parade. This year the parade returns to its original route beginning at 14th Avenue and Jefferson Street to 33rd Avenue and Albion Street. photo: John Cross, TSU Media Relations

Members of the Aristocrat of Bands march up Ed Temple Boulevard during the 2012 Homecoming Parade. This year the parade returns to its original route beginning at 14th Avenue and Jefferson Street to 33rd Avenue and Albion Street.
photo: John Cross, TSU Media Relations

Tennessee State University will hold a week full of exciting events October 20-26 as community members, alumni and friends of the university come to Nashville to celebrate Homecoming 2013.

Inspired by last year’s centennial and moving forward into its next 100 years, TSU will celebrate a ‘New Century, New Direction for Excellence’ for 2013 with a week full of events.

“Homecoming at Tennessee State University is unlike any other,” said Sandra Griggs, director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving. “It’s a time to reconnect with old friends, classmates, and reminisce about the days they walked the campus as a student. The positive changes and growth are remarkable. Although there has been much expansion, the traditions of Tennessee State A&I remain sound.”

While TSU has cherished and maintained certain Homecoming traditions, it has also moved forward across the century, finding new ways to celebrate pride in the institution, its students and alumni. Innovations that have sprung up over the years include the parade, pep rally, Homecoming Court, tent parties and many additional campus activities.

This year sees the return of the Homecoming Parade back to Jefferson Street. Last year, the route was moved for the Centennial celebration only to accommodate large floats and a large influx in crowd size.
The annual Robert Murrell Oratorical Contest will officially kick off homecoming week on Sunday, Oct. 20 beginning at 3 pm in the Floyd Payne Campus Center. The Gospel Explosion rounds out the evening, beginning at 6 pm also in the Floyd Payne Campus Center.

Student events highlight Monday, Oct. 21 when the Courtyard Show takes place in Welton Plaza starting at 11 am, followed by the Battle of the Residence Halls at 7 pm in the Floyd Payne Campus Center.
The Blue Sapphire Awards will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 22 in the Walter S. Davis Humanities Building in the Poag Auditorium beginning at 6:30 pm.

Presidential Inaugural events kick off Wednesday, Oct. 23 in conjunction with Homecoming starting with the Presidential Processional at 11 am, and the Mr. and Miss TSU Coronation and Ball at 7 pm in Kean Hall.
Events continue on Thursday, Oct. 24 with the Inaugural Symposium at 10 am at the Avon Williams campus Auditorium, and Homecoming Concert at 7 pm in Kean Hall.

Friday, Oct. 25 begins with the Investiture of President Glenda Baskin Glover as 8th President of the University beginning at 9 am in the Howard Gentry Complex. Homecoming events include the Charles Campbell Fish Fry on the President’s Lawn at 11 am, the annual Pep Rally at 11:45 am in Hale Stadium, and the TSU Pan-Hellenic Step Show at 5 pm in the Gentry Complex. Tickets are $10 for students in advance, $15 at the door. The night ends with the Inaugural Reception and Scholarship Gala www.tnstate.edu/inauguration/gala.aspx beginning at 6 pm at the Gaylord Opryland Resort.

Saturday, Oct. 26 begins with the Homecoming Parade. The parade route will begin at 14th Avenue and Jefferson Street, and proceed two miles to 33rd Avenue and Albion Street. Beginning at 8 am, followed by the Showcase of Bands at 2 pm at LP Field. The Homecoming football game between TSU and Eastern Illinois kicks off at 4 pm at LP Field.