Last week the PRIDE presented an overview of the festivities and activities that inform this year’s Homecoming Week at Tennessee State University by Emmanuel Freeman. In it, Christion Abercrombie was noted as the Special Presidential Grand Marshall. Here are some more details about the events and their participants, as well as information about some more events, all open to alumni and friends, and many free of charge.
Sunday, October 13, Homecoming Week kicks off with the 32nd Annual Robert N. Murrell Oratorical Contest; it will be held at 3:00 pm in the Robert N. Murrell Forum (Room 210) of the Floyd-Payne Campus Center. That evening the Gospel Explosion concert is at 6:00 pm in Kean Hall Gymnasium.
Monday, October 14, and Tuesday, October 15, students-only events take place in Kean Hall Gymnasium and the T.E. Poag Auditorium of the Walter S. Davis Humanities Bldg.
Wednesday, October 16 begins with Courtyard Wednesday, in the New Courtyard, at 11:00 am and culminates in the Coronation of 2019-20 Miss TSU Jada Crisp and Mr. TSU Damyr Moore at 7:00 pm in Kean Hall.
Thursday, October 17 brings a variety of events: The Ralph Boston Golf Tournament at Ted Rhodes Golf Course at 8:00 am; The Dr. Levi Watkins, Jr. Lecture Series at 2:00 pm in the Robert N. Murrell Forum (Room 210) of the Floyd-Payne Campus Center; On the Avon Williams Campus, the “Good Folks” art exhibition, featuring works by Sam Dunson, Omari Booker, Donna Woodley, Joseph Love, III (doughjoe), and Jamal Jenkins (Woke 3) opening reception runs from 12 Noon til 2:00 pm in the Library; the Homecoming Concert in Gentry Center at 7:00 pm; Class Reunion Check-Ins at 3:00 pm at the Sheraton Music City Hotel — Celebrating classes: ‘84, ‘89, ‘94, ’99, ’04, ’09, & ‘14; and the Alumni White Out Party with a Splash of Blue at the Sheraton Music City Hotel at 8:00 pm.
Friday, October 18 brings the Breakfast of Champions at 8:00 am in Jane Elliot Hall; Alumni Tiger Talk at 9:00 am in the T.E. Poag Auditorium of the Walter S. Davis Humanities Bldg.; the Charles Campbell Fish Fry at 10 am on the President’s Lawn; the official TSU National Alumni Association Pop Up Shop at 11:00 am in Hale Stadium, North End Zone; The Pep Rally to end all pep rallies at 11:30 am in Hale Stadium (Gentry Center if it rains); the TSU National Pan-Hellenic Step Show at 6:00 pm in Gentry Center; the Scholarship Gala at 7:00 pm, reception at 6:00 pm, in the Music City Center in downtown Nashville; and the 12th Annual “An Evening with the Alumni of Phi Mu Alpha” at 8:00 pm in Coco’s Event Center, 5105 Alabama Avenue, Nashville, 37209; and the Dr. Jesse James Football Alumni Mixer at the Sheraton Music City Hotel at 9:00 pm. Among the many off-campus events sponsored by Alumni of various Greek Letter Organizations, the Alumni of the Alpha Theta Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. will host The Alpha Theta NUPES Tea Party, 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm Friday, at The Fairgrounds Nashville, 625 Smith Avenue, Nashville, 37203, followed by a Scholarship Fundraiser at The Bedford, hosted by The Notorious 19, ΑΘ-1979, 4319 Sidco Drive, Nashville, 37204, 9:30 pm – 2:00 am.
Saturday, October 19, after the big Homecoming Parade at 9:00 am, are the Greek Letter Organizations Serenades on Greek Row on Welton Plaza; a “Battle of the Best” Dance Competition at 12 Noon in Gentry Center; and after the football game against Austin Peay in Nissan Stadium (kickoff at 4:30 pm) is the official “Essence of Big Blue” Homecoming Game After-Fest in the Grand Ballroom of the Sheraton Music City Hotel at 9:00 pm, hosted by Kenny Smoov and Sissy Brown of 92Q-FM, with live music by Bizz & Everyday People.
For more information, see the website: www.tnstate.edu/homecoming.