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LSU Celebrates Homecoming with a Week of Events

Former LSU two-sport national champion Chad Jones to serve as grand marshal of the Homecoming Parade

11/04/2011 09:40 AM

BATON ROUGE – LSU Homecoming is an annual, time-honored tradition for alumni, students and members of the Tiger community. The university will celebrate Homecoming with the traditional events – a pep rally, tailgate, the Homecoming Parade and Homecoming Court – as well as events for Family Weekend and LSU Salutes. Homecoming Week kicks off on Sunday, Nov. 6, and runs through Saturday, Nov. 12, with the Homecoming game slated for Saturday, Nov. 12, at 6 p.m. against the Western Kentucky University.

 

In 1910, LSU alumni gathered together for the 50th anniversary of the founding of LSU, the first recorded gathering of LSU alumni. It wasn't until 1922 that Homecoming was associated with a home football game. That year, LSU graduates turned out to see the Tigers defeat Tulane, 24-14. Three years later, LSU celebrated its first official Homecoming on Oct. 10, 1925. Festivities included a pep rally and concert, and the alumni had a special section reserved for them at the football game against Alabama.

 

This year, the LSU Homecoming Committee has planned several activities for the week, some of which required pre-registration by participants. Festivities begin on Sunday with UREC inner tube polo at the Student Recreational Center Pool. There are several tournaments being sponsored by UREC during Homecoming Week including the inner tube polo tournament; a Futsal, or modified version of indoor soccer, tournament; an ultimate Frisbee tournament and the Greek Board of Directors flag football tournament.

 

CANapalooza is an exciting event supporting the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. On Thursday and Friday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., builders will construct a model of Tiger Stadium out of cans on the Parade Ground. The structure will be officially unveiled on Friday and be on display until Sunday at 1 p.m. The cans will then be donated to the food bank. Anyone can donate non-perishable food items until Thursday in the white barrels around campus. Specific drop-off points can be found at http://homecoming.lsu.edu/CANapalooza.html - q4.

 

The Homecoming Comedy Kickoff will take place on the Parade Ground on Monday at 6 p.m. This event will feature the comedy of LSU staff member and local comic host James Brown. During the kickoff, the Homecoming Court members will be presented to the public for the first time.

 

Following the kickoff, Splatterbeat will take place at 7:30 p.m. on the Parade Ground, sponsored by the Residence Hall Association. In the event of rain, the kickoff and Splatterbeat will be held on Tuesday at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on the Parade Ground.

 

The Homecoming pep rally will take place on Thursday at 7 p.m. on the Parade Ground. A Homecoming block party will be held on the Parade Ground on Friday from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. The National Pan-Hellenic Council, or NPHC, will have a new member presentation on Friday at 6 p.m. at the Greek Theatre. The event is free and, in case of rain, will be moved to the Carl Maddox Field House.

 

On Friday, Nov. 11, as part of LSU Salutes, the Cadets of the Ole War Skule will commemorate Veterans Day in the Memorial Oak Grove behind the LSU Student Union. The ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. and conclude at 11 a.m. as the chimes in Memorial Tower ring the hour. Retired Maj. Gen. John Basilica of the Louisiana National Guard will be the guest speaker. The event is free and open to the public.

 

Following the LSU Salutes commemoration, Campus Life and First Year Experience, or FYE, and residents from LSU's East Campus Apartments will take part in the National Remembrance Roll Call at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, or 11.11.11, in the Memorial Oak Grove.

 

On Friday at 7 p.m., the public is invited to a free "USO Show" in the LSU Union Theater as part of the LSU Salutes activities. The show will feature performances by individuals and groups and will be reminiscent of those shows that have provided many hours of spirited enjoyment for U.S. troops for 70 years.

 

A limit of four free tickets per order may be obtained for the "USO Show" in person from the Union Box Office or by mailing a written request with a self-addressed, stamped envelope to LSU Union, Union Theater Box Office, LSU Box 25162, Baton Rouge, LA 70803. A special event parking pass will be issued with the tickets. For more information, contact the Union Box Office at 225-578-5128.

 

On Saturday, Nov. 12, the day of the Homecoming game, visitors to campus can view the lawn decorations at the Greek sorority houses along West Lakeshore Drive throughout the day. Student organizations will also have their artistic, spirited banners on display in front of the Union.

 

At 9 a.m., the LSU Salutes Annual Assembly program will take place at the LSU War Memorial on the Parade Ground. Twelve LSU alumni, who have distinguished themselves in their military, professional and personal endeavors, will be inducted into LSU’s military Hall of Honor. The ceremony will include a military parade, static displays, a wreath-laying ceremony and a 21-gun salute. The LSU Corps of Cadets and students in the Southern University Navy ROTC program will participate. The LSU Corps of Cadets consists of LSU Army and Air Force ROTC students, and Southern Navy ROTC consists of LSU and Southern students.

 

In 1941, LSU held its inaugural Homecoming Parade as 52 campus organizations took part in the Tiger Parade. In 2011, the parade will roll on Saturday at 11 a.m. The 2.2-mile route winds through campus. Former LSU football and baseball standout Chad Jones will be the grand marshal for the parade. Jones is one of only three LSU athletes in school history to win national titles in two sports. A defensive back for the Tiger football team and pitcher for the Tiger baseball team, Jones was drafted by the New York Giants in 2010. Unfortunately, a car accident in June 2010 postponed Jones' NFL career, but he has continued rehabilitation with the hopes of returning to the football field in 2012.

 

At noon, the LSU men's basketball team will host their season opener against Nicholls State in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. The game will be free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis as part of the second ever men's basketball-football doubleheader.

 

Also at noon, the African-American Cultural Center will host a tailgate in Free Speech Plaza in front of the LSU Student Union. The event will take place until 4 p.m. The Student Activities Board will host a concert by Corey Ledet and His Zydeco Band from 12:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. on the Parade Ground.

 

As part of Family Weekend activities, LSU Parent & Family Programs will host a Welcome Dinner at the Tiger Lair on Friday from 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. and Family Association members will enjoy a Dessert Social at the Memorial Tower from 7:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. The Dessert Social is open to LSU Family Association members and their registered guests.

 

On Saturday, the Family Weekend Tailgate will take place from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. on the Parade Ground. The final Family Weekend event will be the Student Life Jazz Brunch at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday at the Maddox Field House.

 

Family Weekend events are open to pre-registered families whose registration fees cover all of the events and meals listed above, as well as some Family Weekend souvenirs. Registration for Family Weekend is now closed, but more information about Parent & Family Programs and Family Weekend can be found at www.family.lsu.edu.

 

Finally, Homecoming Week will conclude with the Homecoming game against Western Kentucky University on Saturday at 6 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPNU. Tickets are available at www.lsutix.net for $40 each. During halftime of the Homecoming game, the Homecoming king and queen will be crowned on the field.

 

In 1933, LSU selected its first Homecoming queen. Marguerite Bass was chosen by the student body president and reigned with a princess and seven maids. The university selected its first African-American Homecoming queen in 1991 with the election of Renee Boutte. The following year, LSU began selecting a Homecoming king to reign with the queen.

 

This year, the Homecoming Court will include 14 members, including all undergraduate classifications at LSU, with one first-year couple, one sophomore couple, two junior couples and three senior couples. However, only senior court members are eligible for king or queen honors.

 

Members of the 2011 Homecoming Court include queen candidates Chloe Chetta, a political science major from Kenner; Mary "Mo" Isom, a broadcast journalism major from Marietta, Ga.; and Annisia Osborne, an elementary education major from Shreveport. The king candidates include Zachary Corbin, a finance major from Slidell; Iftekhar "Ifti" Rouf, an accounting major from Baton Rouge; and Theodore Williams III, an English major from New Iberia.

 

Other members of the 2011 Homecoming Court include juniors Kelly Franklin, a French and history double major from Perry, Ga.; Hilary Tuttle, a public relations major from Opelousas; Aaron Ackley, a biological sciences major from Lake Charles; and Eric Garcia, a marketing major from Houma; sophomores Macy Terrebonne, a math-secondary education major from Destrehan; and Tuan Tran, a biological sciences major from New Iberia; and first-year students Carlyn Franckiewicz, a kinesiology major from Slidell; and Matthew Landry, a nutritional science major from Pierre Part.

 

Voting for the 2011 Homecoming king and queen can be done via a student’s PAWS account. Voting starts on Sunday, Nov. 6, at 6 p.m. and will continue until 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10.

 

For more information on all 2011 LSU Homecoming activities, visit homecoming.lsu.edu, and for questions, email homecoming@lsu.edu.

 

The list of 2011 Homecoming festivities includes:

 

UREC Games
Sunday, Nov. 6 – Thursday, Nov. 10
UREC will be holding several competitions throughout the week, including an inner tube polo tournament; a Futsal, or modified version of indoor soccer, tournament; an ultimate Frisbee tournament and the Greek Bard of Directors flag football tournament. Visit www.lsu.edu/urec/html/homecoming_tournaments for details.

 

Vote for Homecoming King and Queen via PAWS
Sunday, Nov. 6 – Thursday, Nov. 10
LSU students can vote for the 2011 Homecoming king and queen via their PAWS accounts from Sunday at 6 p.m. through Thursday at 11:59 p.m.

 

Student Organization Banner Competition, Union
Monday, Nov. 7  – Sunday, Nov. 13
Student organizations from around campus were encouraged to display banners showing their school spirit.

 

Sign the Spirit Wall
Monday, Nov. 7 – Saturday, Nov. 12
The entire LSU Community is invited to sign the Spirit Wall in Free Speech Plaza in front of the Union.

 

Homecoming Comedy Kickoff, Parade Ground
Monday, Nov. 7 – 6 p.m.
The Homecoming Comedy Kickoff will feature the comedy of LSU staff member and local comic host James Brown and the Homecoming Court members will be presented to the public for the first time. (Rain date: Tuesday)

 

Splatterbeat, Parade Ground
Monday, Nov. 7 – 7:30 p.m.
Splatterbeat is a big party, sponsored by the Residence Hall Association, with free food and good music. Trash cans will be placed upside down on the Parade Ground with their lids secured on top. Purple, gold, white and glow in the dark paint will be placed in the lids. Have fun, bang on the drums with the provided sticks and let the paint splatter all around. Bring your own T-shirt. (Rain date: Tuesday)

 

Black Male Leadership Initiative Preview Day
Wednesday, Nov. 9 – All Day
The LSU Black Male Leadership Initiative, or BMLI, Fellows Program will be hosting the inaugural LSU Preview Day, an outreach and recruitment event that targets black males in grades 7-9. Academic and student development departments and units have been invited to participate. To learn more about BMLI, visit www.lsu.edu/bmli or email BMLI at bmli@lsu.edu.

 

CANapalooza, Parade Ground
Thursday, Nov. 10 – Sunday, Nov. 13
Help build “Tiger Stadium” with canned food donations to support the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. Non-perishable food will be collected throughout Homecoming Week in the white barrels around campus. The "Tiger Stadium" build will take place on Thursday and Friday from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. and will be on display until Sunday at 1 p.m.

 

Homecoming Pep Rally, Parade Ground
Thursday, Nov. 10 – 7 p.m.
Unite in the celebration of Tiger spirit with live entertainment and the presentation of the Homecoming Court.

 

LSU Salutes Veterans Day Commemoration, Memorial Oak Grove behind the Union
Friday, Nov. 11 – 10:30 a.m.
LSU Salutes will commemorate Veterans Day with a ceremony in the Memorial Oak Grove behind the LSU Student Union. The event is free and open to the public.

 

National Remembrance Roll Call, Memorial Oak Grove
Friday, Nov. 11 – 11 a.m.
Campus Life and First Year Experience, or FYE, and residents of LSU's East Campus Apartments will take part in the National Remembrance Roll Call at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, or 11.11.11, in the Memorial Oak Grove.

 

Homecoming Block Party, Parade Ground
Friday, Nov. 11 – 3-6 p.m.

 

Family Weekend: Welcome Dinner, Tiger Lair
Friday, Nov. 11 – 5:30-8 p.m.
Family Weekend events are hosted by Parent & Family Programs in the Division of Student Life & Enrollment. Pre-registration is required to attend all Family Weekend events and registration is now closed. More information about Parent & Family Programs can be found at www.family.lsu.edu.

 

NPHC New Member Presentation, Greek Theatre
Friday, Nov. 11 – 6 p.m.
The National Pan-Hellenic Council, or NPHC, will have a new member presentation at the Greek Theatre. The event is free and open to the public. (Rain location: Carl Maddox Field House)

 

LSU Salutes: USO Show, Union Theater
Friday, Nov. 11 – 7 p.m.
LSU Salutes is hosting the inaugural "USO Show" in the LSU Union Theater. The show will feature performances by individuals and groups and will be reminiscent of those shows that have provided many hours of spirited enjoyment for U.S. troops for 70 years. Tickets are free and available from the Union Box Office.

 

Family Weekend: Family Association Dessert Social, Memorial Tower
Friday, Nov. 11 – 7:30-9 p.m.
Family Weekend events are hosted by Parent & Family Programs in the Division of Student Life & Enrollment. Pre-registration is required to attend all Family Weekend events and registration is now closed. More information about Parent & Family Programs can be found at www.family.lsu.edu.

 

Greek Lawn Decoration Competition Display, West Lakeshore Drive
Saturday, Nov. 12 – All Day
View the creative and spirited lawn decorations in front of Greek chapter homes.

 

LSU Salutes Annual Assembly, LSU War Memorial, Parade Ground
Saturday, Nov. 12 – 9 a.m.
The LSU Salutes ceremony will include a military parade, static displays, a wreath-laying ceremony and a 21-gun salute. Members of the LSU Corps of Cadets and the Southern University Navy ROTC will participate. Twelve LSU alumni who have distinguished themselves in their military, professional and personal endeavors will also be inducted into LSU’s military Hall of Honor.

 

LSU Homecoming Parade
Saturday, Nov. 12 – 11 a.m.
Don’t miss seeing this year’s Homecoming Court, bands and floats in the LSU Homecoming Parade. The grand marshal of the Homecoming Parade will be former LSU football and baseball standout Chad Jones.

 

LSU Men's Basketball vs. Nicholls State, Maravich Center
Saturday, Nov. 12 – Noon
Come cheer for the Fighting Tiger men's basketball team as they open the season against Nicholls State at noon. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information visit www.lsusports.net.

 

LSU African-American Cultural Center Tailgate
Saturday, Nov. 12 – Noon-4 p.m.
The LSU African-American Cultural Center is hosting a Homecoming tailgate in Free Speech Plaza in front of the Union.

 

Student Activities Board Tailgate Concert, Parade Ground
Saturday, Nov. 12 – 12:30-4:30 p.m.
The Student Activities Board presents a concert by regional favorite Corey Ledet and His Zydeco Band on the Parade Ground.

 

Family Weekend: Tailgate, Parade Ground
Saturday, Nov. 12 – 1-4 p.m.
Family Weekend events are hosted by Parent & Family Programs in the Division of Student Life & Enrollment. Pre-registration is required to attend all Family Weekend events and registration is now closed. More information about Parent & Family Programs can be found at www.family.lsu.edu.

 

LSU vs. Western Kentucky University
Saturday, Nov. 12 – 6 p.m.
Come cheer for the Fighting Tiger football team as they take on Western Kentucky University at 6 p.m. The 2011 Homecoming Court will be presented in Tiger Stadium and the king and queen crowned during halftime festivities!

 

Family Weekend: Student Life Jazz Brunch, Carl Maddox Field House
Sunday, Nov. 13 – 10:30 a.m.-Noon
Family Weekend events are hosted by Parent & Family Programs in the Division of Student Life & Enrollment. Pre-registration is required to attend all Family Weekend events and registration is now closed. More information about Parent & Family Programs can be found at www.family.lsu.edu.

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