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‘A Blue Raider Safari’ theme drives MTSU homecomin...

‘A Blue Raider Safari’ theme drives MTSU homecoming activities

MTSU students, alumni and fans are making preparation for a host of homecoming events and activities — including an updated parade route! — leading up to the 2019 homecoming football game Saturday, Oct. 26.

The theme for this year’s event, created by MTSU’s Student Government Association, is “A Blue Raider Safari.”

Greek organizations cheer while they walk in the 2018 parade. Students and alumni are preparing for MTSU Homecoming activities, with Homecoming Day Saturday, Oct. 26, with events all across campus. (MTSU file photo by Kimi Conro)

Members of MTSU Greek organizations cheer while they walk in the 2018 parade. Students and alumni are preparing for MTSU homecoming activities leading up to Homecoming Day Saturday, Oct. 26, with events all across campus. (MTSU file photo by Kimi Conro)

Homecoming is a way for everyone connected to the university to celebrate the decades of traditions, with food, fun and fellowship at various activities, leading to the Blue Raiders’ game against Florida International University. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. Oct. 26 in Floyd Stadium.

For more on events organized by the Office of Alumni Relations, visit www.mtalumni.com or call 615-898-2922. For SGA-related events, including those open to the community, go to www.mtsu.edu/sga/homecoming.php.

Because of potentially heavy rain forecast for Saturday, organizers have moved the tailgate lunch, hosted by the Alumni Association and Blue Raider Athletic Association from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., indoors to Murphy Center‘s Auxiliary Gym No. 1.

“Whether you graduated five months ago or are celebrating your Golden Raider 50th reunion, it’s time to come home to Middle Tennessee,” said Rhonda King, assistant director of alumni relations.

“Homecoming is a celebration of what MTSU means to its students, alumni and community,” King added. “It’s important to celebrate the people you met and the relationships you made through the university. Homecoming gives everyone a chance to enjoy themselves as part of the Blue Raider family and get their True Blue on.”

A "True Blue" group poses for a photo at the "Mixer on Main" event during the 2018 MTSU homecoming parade near East Main Street. This year, the parade route returns to Middle Tennessee Boulevard, and the "Mixer on Middle" will be held at the Alumni House, 2259 Middle Tennessee Blvd. (MTSU file photo by Kimi Conro)

A “True Blue” group poses for a photo at the “Mixer on Main” event during the 2018 MTSU homecoming parade near East Main Street. This year, the parade route returns to Middle Tennessee Boulevard, and the “Mixer on Middle” will be held at the Alumni House, 2259 Middle Tennessee Blvd. (MTSU file photo by Kimi Conro)

Homecoming theme graphicA major change includes the return of the annual Homecoming Parade, set to begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, to Middle Tennessee Boulevard. Road construction forced organizers to alter the route in 2015.

The parade will start on East Main Street at Maney Avenue and head east before turning north onto Middle Tennessee Boulevard and continuing to Greenland Drive.

That means the MTSU Alumni Association’s “Mixer on Middle” parade-watching party returns to the Alumni House along Middle Tennessee Boulevard, starting at 9 a.m.

Mary “Beanie” Secrest (’74 and ’78) is grand marshal of this year’s parade.

Events include the Golden Raiders Society induction for the Classes of 1969 and earlier, MTSU Black Alumni Society Homecoming Party, Distinguished Alumni awards, National Panhellenic Committee Step Show, tailgating and more.

2019-20 Distinguished Alumni

2019-20 MTSU Distinguished Alumni are, clockwise from center left, Jeremy Cowart, Dr. Aaron Shew, Dr. Carroll Van West, G. Edward Hughes and Megan Flippin, superimposed over a photo showing the Blue Horseshoe in an early summer fog. (MTSU file photo by Andy Heidt)

MTSU’s 2019-20 Distinguished Alumni are, clockwise from center left, Jeremy Cowart, Dr. Aaron Shew, Dr. Carroll Van West, G. Edward Hughes and Megan Flippin. (MTSU file photo by Andy Heidt)

MTSU’s 2019-20 Distinguished Alumni Awards will be formally presented Friday, Oct. 25, at 4 p.m. at the Ingram Building, 2269 Middle Tennessee Blvd.

This year’s Distinguished Alumni Award recipient is Jeremy Cowart of Franklin, Tennessee, an internationally acclaimed photographer and an entrepreneur.

The Young Alumni Achievement Award, given to a graduate age 35 or younger making a positive impact in the world, will be presented to Aaron Shew, a Murfreesboro native now working at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. He’s spent more than a decade working in international development and agribusiness.

True Blue Citations of Distinction honorees include:

Achievement in Education (MTSU faculty) — Carroll Van West of Murfreesboro, who serves as director of the MTSU Center for Historic Preservation and the Tennessee State Historian since 2013 as well as a professor of public history and author.

Achievement in Education (non-MTSU) — G. Edward Hughes of Union, Kentucky, who retired in 2015 after 42 years as a higher education teacher and administrator in Tennessee, Illinois, Arkansas, New York and Kentucky.

Service to Community — Meagan Flippin of Murfreesboro, the president and CEO of the United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties since 2013 and president of Rutherford CABLE.

— Randy Weiler (Randy.Weiler@mtsu.edu)

MTSU fans cheer on the Blue Raiders during the 2018 Homecoming Game in Floyd Stadium. The Blue Raiders play Florida International University at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, in this year’s Homecoming Game. (MTSU file photo by Andy Heidt)

MTSU fans cheer on the Blue Raiders during the 2018 Homecoming Game in Floyd Stadium. The Blue Raiders play Florida International University at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, in this year’s homecoming football game. (MTSU file photo by Andy Heidt)


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