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NMSU Homecoming celebration set for Oct. 12-14

Homecoming festivities at New Mexico State University will be held Oct. 12-14. The theme for this year's events is "NMSU: Where Dreams Become Reality."

Activities will include reunions for the classes of 1950 and 1960, the dedication of the Firkins fine arts stage, and the Aggies' Homecoming football game against the University of Tulsa.

Registration for the Class of 1950 reunion will be held at 5 p.m. on Thursday in Corbett Center, second floor lobby. The reunion will be held at 6 p.m.

Friday's events begin at 7:30 a.m. The Alumni Association will sponsor the Past Presidents Breakfast. The College of Agriculture and Home Economics and the College of Engineering each also will host a breakfast.

The history department will hold an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. in Breland Hall Room 239. The nursing department will hold its open house from 1 to 4 p.m. in Breland Hall Room 152.

Each college will hold a reception to honor and introduce the 2000 Distinguished Alumni award recipients. Awards are given annually to individuals who stand out in their respective fields and have brought recognition to NMSU. Receptions include:

--College of Education, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., O'Donnell Hall Lobby.

--College of Arts and Sciences, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Dona Ana Room, Corbett Center.

--College of Business Administration and Economics, 3 to 4 p.m., Business Complex Lobby.

--College of Engineering, 3 to 4:30 p.m., Engineering Complex III Lobby.

--College of Agriculture and Home Economics, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Gerald Thomas Hall Room 330.

A luncheon will be held at noon on Friday to honor John "Jack" Oestreicher, the recipient of the 2000 James F. Cole Memorial Award for Service. Oestreicher is a founding member and past president of the Albuquerque Chapter of the Aggie Scholarship Association.

The biology department will hold an open house and reception from 3 to 5 p.m. in Foster Hall Room 234. A skeleton of a 25-foot adult female minke whale will be on display. It was re-assembled over a two-year period by biology professor Peter Houde. The skeleton was donated to NMSU by Portland State University.

Registration for the Class of 1960 reunion will be held at 5 p.m. on Friday at the Best Western Mesilla Valley Inn.

Also on Friday, a Conquistadores reunion is set for 5:30 p.m. at the Picacho Hills Country Club, and an alumni dance is scheduled from 8 to 11 p.m. at the Best Western Mesilla Valley Inn. Tickets for the alumni dance are $10. Also, Army ROTC will sponsor a reunion for ROTC graduates preceding the alumni dance from 6 to 8 p.m. The ROTC reunion will be held on the terrace at the Best Western Mesilla Valley Inn.

At 7:30 p.m. Friday, the English department will present a reading by fiction writer Brian Bouldrey. The reading is part of La Sociedad para las Arts Fall 2000 reading series. The reading will be held in Hardman Hall Room 106.

Saturday's events will begin with the Eye Opener breakfast to honor the 2000 Distinguished Alumni. The breakfast will be held at 8 a.m. in the Corbett Center Student Union Ballrooms. Reservations are required and tickets are $8.

The President's Reception will be held at 9:30 a.m. at the University Art Gallery located in Williams Hall, on University Avenue, east of Solano. The Homecoming parade also begins at 9:30 a.m. The parade will travel from the Pan Am Center, west on University Avenue to Knox Street.

Immediately following the parade, a dedication will be held for the Firkins Fine Arts Stage, the new outdoor stage. Construction of the stage was made possible by a donation from Bruce and Jan Firkins of Deming, N.M. The Firkins' made the gift to honor the contributions of William Clark, retired head of the NMSU music department. The dedication program will include the Mesilla Valley Concert Band and the Pride Marching Band. A reception will follow. Please RSVP to Fran Kemp, (505) 646-1701.

A luncheon for the Class of 1960 will be held on Saturday at noon at the Double Eagle restaurant.

The University Museum will hold a tour from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Former residents of Kent Hall residence center are encouraged to attend. For more information, call (505) 646-3739.

From 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Southwest and border cultures exhibits, book signings by NMSU authors, musical entertainment and refreshments will be presented in the third-floor lobby of Corbett Center by departments involved in the Southwest and Border Cultures Institute. For more information call Cynthia Hoffmann at (505) 646-2773 or e-mail cyhoffma@nmsu.edu.

A memorial service will be held at 3:30 p.m. followed by a tailgate party hosted by NMSU ROTC. The tailgate party is sponsored in part by the New Mexico Chapter of Retired Officers Association. The Aggie football Homecoming game against the University of Tulsa will kick off at 6 p.m. at Aggie Memorial Stadium.

Homecoming T-shirts and sweatshirts will be available. For more information, call the NMSU Alumni Association at (505) 646- 3616.

Maria C. Lucero
Oct. 5, 2000