“Once in a Blue Moon” is the theme for Middle Tennessee State University’s 2023 homecoming celebration.
MTSU students, alumni and Blue Raider fans are preparing for homecoming festivities — taking place earlier than usual — but all building up to MTSU’s 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, game against the visiting Colorado State University Rams at Floyd Stadium.
The MTSU Alumni Association and Student Government Association are collaborating on numerous special events taking place next week. Several of the SGA and Alumni Association events overlap, as they try to get students and alumni involved.
“Homecoming is a celebration of what MTSU means to its students, alumni and community,” said Beth Dye, Alumni Relations assistant director. “It’s a time to welcome home our alumni and to commemorate their milestones and achievements since their time here at MTSU. Homecoming is an opportunity to join in a multitude of festivities across campus, reunite with friends, and to cheer on our Blue Raiders.”
SGA Homecoming Director Kelsey Ladd has coordinated the annual “Paint the Halls Blue” competition on campus, with prizes awarded to winners.
Highlights include Golden Raiders (Class of 1973) induction Friday, Sept. 22, Alumni Awards recognition (Friday and various times Saturday, Sept. 23), Mixer on Middle Parade Watching Party (10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 23), Homecoming Parade (11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 23) and more.
The fourth annual MTSU Black Alumni Society Party, set for Friday, Sept. 22, at the Walnut House in downtown Murfreesboro, continues to grow in popularity. Tickets are available on the Alumni Relations website.
See the full slate of events at https://bit.ly/3ZeqfpK.
The parade begins Saturday on East Main Street at Maney Avenue, continues down East Main, turns left onto Middle Tennessee Boulevard and ends about the time it reaches Faulkinberry Drive. Alumni Relations staff said the best viewing will be before it reaches Faulkinberry.
Chip Walters (’85), voice of the Blue Raiders, and Heather Mathis (’11), co-host of NewsChannel 5’s Talk of the Town, will call the parade. Alumna Tracey Rogers, who has had a distinguished broadcasting career, will be parade grand marshal. Popular DJ Tam Clark will provide music at the mixer event.
Dye said the Alumni Association, partnering with the Blue Raider Athletic Association, will host the Homecoming Tailgate Luncheon, to be held in the Alumni House parking lot following the parade-watching party. The event will be catered by Slick Pig.
Middle Tennessee Electric will bring its portable griddle to make its popular grilled cheese sandwiches, as part of a group of venders including Schenck Photography, providing souvenir photos, Kona Ice and more.
Additional tailgating in Walnut Grove will be taking place, plus Raider Walk at adjacent to Peck Hall.
Golden Raiders, Alumni Awards
• Golden Raiders gather for a reunion starting at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 22, in the Sam H. Ingram Building’s MT Center. They take a bus tour of campus, return for noon luncheon and induction ceremony. They will be welcomed by university President Sidney A. McPhee.
At 4 p.m., also in Ingram, the 2023-24 MTSU Alumni Awards will be formally recognized. They include the Distinguished Alumni (Bill Phillips) and Young Alumni Achievement (Justin Hart) award recipients, plus four individuals who are True Blue Citations of Distinction recipients: William “Bill” Crabtree, Lauren Rhae, Christian Ketel and Rickey Smith. Read more about this year’s recipients.
—Randy Weiler (Randy.Weiler@mtsu.edu)