LSU celebrates Homecoming week, announces Homecoming court
BATON ROUGE, La (FOX44) — The LSU Homecoming Committee has announced the 14 representatives for the 2011 LSU Homecoming Court, including 12 selections from the state of Louisiana.
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.
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.
This year, the LSU Homecoming Committee has planned several activities for the week, some of which required pre-registration by participants.
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 here.
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 Veteran's 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.
The Homecoming 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.
The school also has activities designated for families as well.
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.
For more information on all Homecoming Week events, visit the LSU Homecoming Website.