The weekend on the Hill for Homecoming 2014 was outstanding. The East Texas weather was picture perfect as many alumni came back to see the changes on campus and see old friends.
The popular place to be on Saturday afternoon was the Tiger/Cub Carnival held by the Office of Alumni Relations with student help from the Office of Student Affairs. The carnival was held right next to Tiger Alley at the corner of Van Zandt and North Grove, next to the new Veterans Memorial Tennis Complex.
Children had large inflatables to play on as well as fun activities at carnival like booths staffed by ETBU students. The Tiger Marching Band booth gave children the experience of playing musical instruments like a violin or a trumpet.
On Friday, many alumni were honored with awards. The award recipients were Jerry Ellis (’73) and Janeth (Bass ’71) Ellis, Alumni Achievement Award; Wes Hinote (’03) and Rhonda (Parker ’03) Hinote, Beaux Hinote (‘03) and Amy (Churchman ’02) Hinote, Young Alum Award; Robert Cole (’82) and Joan (Cook ’82) Cole, “Unsung Hero” Award; Gary Stokley (’68), J. Wesley Smith Achievement Award; and Mr. and Mrs. T.D. “Rusty” Howell, the W.T. Tardy Service Award.
Receiving Golden Blazers were Morris Brock, Bachelor of Arts 1954; Leon Carter, Bachelor of Arts 1980; Billy Foote, Doctor of Divinity, 2009, Attended 1960-65; Jana (Allen) Sims, Bachelor of Science 1996; Mike Templeton, Bachelor of Music 1964; and David Warren, Bachelor of Arts 1970.
The Golden Lightkeeper Award recipients include James Best (’55), Morris Brock (’54), and Annette Harrison (’51). The “Golden Lightkeepers” include those who have been alumni for 50 or more years.
ETBU crowned the 2014 Homecoming King and Queen during halftime of the Tiger football game with Howard Payne University at Ornelas Stadium. The King is senior Tafadzwa Charuma of Harare, Zimbabwe and Queen is senior Anna Alonzo of Marshall.
The Marshall News Messenger did a feature on Annette Harrison who received a Golden Lightkeeper award. Read the story by clicking here.
Education Reporter Rebecca Holland also reported on the Homecoming activities and her story was published in the Sunday’s edition of the Marshall News Messenger. Read the story about ETBU’s 2014 Homecoming by clicking here.