MTSU students, staff and alumni are enjoying a New Orleans-style homecoming.
While the Blue Raiders’ football focus remained on visiting Vanderbilt for the 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, Homecoming Game, students, staff and alumni focused on the Big Easy and the Crescent City, complete with Mardi Gras beads and masks and the party atmosphere of Bourbon Street.
Despite the rain Saturday morning, several hundred Blue Raider fans lined East Main Street for the annual Homecoming Parade, which traveled a new route this year.
For decades, MTSU students, alumni and friends of the university have a tradition of homecoming events leading up to the big game, including the parade. Campuswide, homecoming is a unifying way of having food, fun and fellowship around the game and events leading to it.
“Homecoming is a celebration of what MT means to its students, alumni and community,” Alumni Relations Assistant Director Rhonda King said.
“It’s important to reflect and appreciate our past, while reveling in the present. Homecoming gives everyone a chance to enjoy themselves as part of the Blue Raider family and get their True Blue on.”
“Big Blue Easy” is the theme for Homecoming 2015. Most student activities began Sept. 28 and continued throughout the week. Visit www.mtsu.edu/sga/homecoming-events.php for the complete list.
For the alumni events schedule, visit www.mtalumni.com and click on the featured items related to homecoming.
MTSU senior Amanda Pierce of Murfreesboro, the Student Government Association homecoming director, said, “I literally get the chills when I think about homecoming. It’s my favorite time of year, and I am blessed to have this chance to share my love and passion with the MTSU community.”
Swedish duo Icona Pop performed Thursday, Oct. 1, in Murphy Center.
Distinguished Alumni honorees were recognized at Friday, Oct. 2, in the Sam Ingram Building’s MT Center. Golden Raiders features the Class of 1965.
The Alumni Association provided the start to Homecoming Day with its Mixer on Main Party at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 3.
To find parking and event and building locations, a printable campus map is available at http://tinyurl.com/MTSUParking2015-16.
— Randy Weiler (Randy.Weiler@mtsu.edu)