[WATCH] Students, alumni enjoy MTSU’s 2017 h...

[WATCH] Students, alumni enjoy MTSU’s 2017 homecoming events

With a 1990s “Fresh Raiders of the ’Boro” theme, the 2017 MTSU Homecoming offered plenty of festivities for students, alumni and Blue Raider supporters.

The Office of Alumni Relations held events Friday and Saturday, Oct. 6-7, including the Golden Raiders Reunion and recognition of Distinguished Alumni.

The Student Government Association’s homecoming staff planned a full week of activities from a “Skate Back to the ’90s” event on Oct. 2 in the Campus Recreation Center to Saturday’s homecoming football game between Middle Tennessee and visiting Florida International in Floyd Stadium, which MTSU won convincingly 37-17.

Homecoming is a way for students, alumni and friends of the university to celebrate the decades of traditions — food, fun and fellowship at various activities — leading to the game. “The Fresh Raiders of the ’Boro” theme was a takeoff on the “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” television sitcom, which aired from 1990 to 1996.

“It’s the best weekend for all ages to be on campus,” said Rhonda King, alumni relations assistant director.

“Whether you graduated five months ago, are celebrating your Golden Raider year or want to relive your college days as a 1990s grad, there is something for you.”

Alex Lineberry, homecoming director for the SGA, was “excited for everyone to come out to all of these events, especially our kickoff, ‘Skate Back to the ’90s.’”


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MTSU's Ty Lee tries to make the catch against FIU.

MTSU’s Ty Lee, left, looks in the football, trying to make the catch, as FIU defensive back Emmanuel Lubin defends. (MTSU photo by J. Intintoli)

MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee crowns Homecoming Queen Paige Phillips.

MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee, center left, crowns 2017 Homecoming Queen Paige Phillips as others view, video and photograph the ceremony. McPhee also crowned Montavius Euwing Homecoming King Oct. 7 in Floyd Stadium. (MTSU photo by J. Intintoli)

Young music enthusiast joins MTSU Band of Blue.

Young music enthusiast Eli Deml, front right, joins the MTSU Band of Blue as they play in the stands during the homecoming game Oct. 7 in Floyd Stadium. (MTSU photo by J. Intintoli)

Eddie Gossage, MTSU 2017-18 Distinguished Alumnus

Eddie Gossage, center, 2017-18 MTSU Distinguished Alumnus, waves to the crowd during the homecoming game Oct. 7 against Florida International. At right is Susan Young, the widow of Doug Young, who received the True Blue Citation of Distinction for Service to Community. Brian Walsh, left, is the 2017-18 National Alumni Association president. (MTSU photo by Andy Heidt)

Alumni, family and friends enjoy homecoming festivities.

Alumni, family and friends enjoy the festifities surrounding the 2017 MTSU Homecoming and pregame activities Oct. 7 on campus. (MTSU photo by Eric Sutton)