HPU’s Homecoming celebration scheduled Oct. 14-16
BROWNWOOD – October 6, 2011 – Howard Payne University’s Homecoming celebration will be held next Friday through Sunday, Oct. 14-16. This year’s theme is “All Roads Lead Home,” and approximately 40 events will be held throughout the weekend.
Homecoming events will include the following:
Performances of South Pacific will be held at the university’s Mims Auditorium. Show times are Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. For ticket information, contact the School of Music and Fine Arts at 325-649-8500.
The Golden Graduate Luncheon for the Class of 1961 will be held Friday from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Bullion Suites inside of HPU’s Mabee University Center. The event is free for members of HPU’s Class of 1961; additional tickets may be purchased for $15 each.
HPU’s soccer teams will take on Hardin-Simmons University Friday afternoon (women at 1 p.m. and men at 3 p.m.) and McMurry University on Saturday (women at 1 p.m. and men at 3 p.m.). The games will be held at HPU’s Citizens National Bank Soccer Field.
Homecoming Convocation will begin at 2 p.m. Friday in Mims Auditorium. The Homecoming Queen and Princess will be crowned.
The Sodexo Alumni Banquet will be held Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Beadel Dining Area in the Mabee University Center, during which the 2011 Homecoming Honorees will be recognized. Christian performing and recording artist Wayne Watson will perform, and free child care will be available starting at 6 p.m. Tickets are $16.
The university will host Pie on the Plaza, a dessert social open to the public, from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday night at Old Main Tower Plaza. HPU student Clay Tyner and his band, One Less Stone, will perform.
From 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday evening, the university will host a pep rally at the Old Main Tower Plaza.
Saturday morning, the second annual 5K/1-Mile Fun Run/Walk will begin at 8 a.m. at Riverside Park on East Commerce Street in Brownwood. Those interested in participating should contact David Foster, head cross country/assistant softball coach, at 325-649-8950.
The HPU Homecoming Parade will travel around the HPU campus on Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. The parade will wind its way from HPU’s Doakie Day Art Center around the Mabee University Center, down Fisk Street to Austin Avenue, where it will turn and re-enter the campus on Center Avenue. The parade will end on HPU’s Wilson Walkway.
The TexasBank Picnic on the Plaza with Underwood’s Bar B-Q will begin at noon on Saturday at Old Main Tower Plaza on the HPU campus. Adult tickets may be purchased for $6 each and tickets for children (ages 4-12) are $4 each.
The HPU Yellow Jacket football team will play Louisiana College 2 p.m. Saturday at Gordon Wood Stadium.
HPU’s Sports Hall of Fame Banquet will be held Saturday evening at 7:30 in the Mabee University Center’s Bullion Suites. Tickets are $16 each.
A variety of reunions and other events will be held throughout the weekend. Alumni and visitors can register for Homecoming events by visiting www.hputx.edu or by calling 1-800-950-8465 or 325-649-8069. A full calendar of events, various ticket packages and information about this year’s honorees are available online.