Northwestern gearing up for early Homecoming

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Northwestern gearing up for early Homecoming

August 27, 2010

Although the fall semester has been underway for less than three weeks, individuals and groups at Northwestern Oklahoma State University are already preparing for the annual Homecoming celebration, one that will come earlier than normal this year.

The three-day celebration will be Sept. 23-25.

“When we initially looked at the football schedule and the school calendar, the weekend of Sept. 25 was the only viable option,” said Steve Valencia, chairman of the Northwestern-Alva Homecoming Committee. “There are challenges with an earlier Homecoming, but the planning committee has been working since June to put on another great show.”

The committee selected – Reconnect: From Yearbook to Facebook – as its theme for the event.

“The theme reflects how technology has affected how alumni stay connected with the daily life of Northwestern,” Valencia said. “We used to turn the pages of yearbooks to remember our Northwestern experience. Today, access to the University and fellow Rangers are just a click away.”

“Reconnecting with Northwestern has never been easier.”

To associate with the theme, entrants in the float contest are asked to design their floats around a particular era of Northwestern history, such as the decade of the1960s for example. Dress, music and photos from the era could be used as part of the float design.

Float entries are due by 5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 13, in the Fine Arts building, room 126.

Reunions also will be a major part of Homecoming. Valencia said groups such as former cheerleaders, past Ranger Queens and alumni baseball players already have scheduled reunions for the weekend.

The Northwestern Alumni Association also has planned two different reunions for Friday, Sept. 24. “Ranger Legends” is set for alumni who graduated in the 50s, 60s and 70s. The event will begin at 8 p.m., at the Alva Moose Lodge. “Ranger Rewind” is planned for Rangers who graduated from 1980-2009, and will be held at the Nite Lite from 9-11 p.m.

Homecoming events begin Thursday, Sept. 23, with the Miss Cinderella Talent Show followed by the Miss Cinderella Pageant on Friday.
Most of Saturday morning’s events are in downtown Alva, including the traditional homecoming parade at 10 a.m. Alva resident Helen Thiesing will serve as the honorary grand marshal.

The football game with Texas College is scheduled for 3 p.m. at Ranger Field.

Saturday’s events culminate with the official Homecoming dance at the Woods County Fairgrounds. The popular Oklahoma band Trader-Price has been booked for a return engagement.

Homecoming button sales begin Tuesday, Sept. 7. Buttons remain $10 and can be used for admission to Miss Cinderella events and the football game. As an added bonus, many merchants will be offering discounts to those who purchase a button.

Homecoming buttons sales are the main source of funding for the celebration.

“Button sales are critical to the success of Homecoming,” said Valencia. “We hope everyone will support this great event by purchasing a button. It not only supports the celebration, but it is a great deal as well.”

A full calendar of events plus other Homecoming information is available at