Alumni of the University of Arkansas at Monticello will return to campus this week as the university celebrates homecoming October 9-11.
The annual celebration will be highlighted by the UAM Sports Hall of Fame banquet and an Alumni Lawn Party hosted by Chancellor and Mrs. Jack Lassiter.
The celebration kicks off at 4 p.m. on Thursday, October 9 with bed races and a pep rally at Convoy Leslie Cotton Boll Stadium. Chancellor and Mrs. Lassiter will host a reception at 5 p.m. prior to the Sports Hall of Fame banquet at their home at 471 University Drive. The reception is open to all alumni and friends of the university.
The 15th annual UAM Sports Hall of Fame induction banquet will be held that evening beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets are $35 and may be purchased at the door or in advance by calling the Department of Athletics at (870) 460-1058. Rex Nelson of Little Rock will serve as master of ceremonies.
In lieu of a traditional sit-down dinner on Friday, October 10, Chancellor and Mrs. Lassiter will host an Alumni Lawn Party at their campus home from 6 to 8 p.m..
The event is free and open to all alumni and friends. The university will recognize Jeff Wardlaw of Warren and Bill Lawrence of Russellville as the 2014 recipients of the Alumni Award for Achievement and Merit. Ronnie McFarland of Searcy will be honored as the 2014 recipient of the Continuing the Connection Award.
Saturday, October 11 has been designated “Judy and Jack Lassiter Day” in honor of UAM’s chancellor, who will retire January 5, and his wife. The events include:
• 8:30 a.m. – A&M/UAM Lettermen’s Breakfast at the Indoor Practice Facility;
• 9:00 a.m. – A&M/UAM African-American Alumni Reunion Breakfast in the Capitol Room of the John F. Gibson University Center. Tickets are $20 per person and may be purchased at the door.
• 10:00 a.m. – Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority Reunion Breakfast in the Gallery Room of the University Center;
• 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Tailgate Parties at the Bennie F. Ryburn, Jr., Tailgate Row;
• 11:00 a.m. – Kappa Alpha and Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity Reunions at the Bennie F. Ryburn, Jr., Tailgate Row;
• 12:00 p.m. – A&M/UAM Track and Field & Cross Country Alumni Reunion at the Bennie F. Ryburn, Jr., Tailgate Row;
• 12:30 p.m. – Weevil Walk of Champions and Homecoming Parade at the Ryburn Tailgate Row;
• 2:30 p.m. – Pregame ceremony, including the introduction of the homecoming court and coronation of the 2014 homecoming queen, at Convoy Leslie Cotton Boll Stadium;
• 3:00 p.m. – Kickoff of homecoming football game, UAM vs. Harding;
• Halftime – UAM Marching Band tribute to Judy and Jack Lassiter.
Pictured above is UAM’s 2014 Homecoming Court. The Homecoming Queen will be selected by vote of the student body from this group. The Queen will be crowned during pre game activities October 11. Pictured from left are (seated) Whitney Suber, Jessica Arrandondo, Celina Sanders, (standing) Taylor Snider, Melissa Ohannes, Bonnie Tigert, Anna Lauhon, Taylor Ashcraft, Hillary St. John, Bailey Simpson, Hannah Swaim, and April Wright.
• Jessica Leanora Arrandondo of DeSoto, Tex., a senior music education major and the daughter of Remonia Arrandondo and Charles Gardner. She is a member of the marching band, symphonic band, flute choir, concert choir, chamber choir, music theater workshop, and Kappa Kappa Psi band fraternity.
• Taylor Ashcraft of Warren, a junior biology and biochemistry double major and the daughter of Kelly and Jerry Ashcraft. She is vice president of the UAM Ambassadors, a member of Sigma Zeta, and vice president of programming and ritual for Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority.
• Anna Macaul Lauhon of Hamburg, a junior P-4 early childhood education major and the daughter of Jackie and Angie Lauhon. She is a member of Renown, cheerleader captain, and a Kappa Alpha Order Southern Belle.
• Melissa Ohannes of Little Rock, a junior biology major and the daughter of John and Daphne Ratliff. She is a resident assistant in the Office of Residence Life and secretary of the Student Government Association.
• Hillary St. John Reynolds of Warren, a senior English major with a Spanish minor. She is thewife of Derek Reynolds and the daughter of Ron and Liz St. John. She is a member of the Foreign Language Club and vice president of Delta Zeta Epsilon foreign language honor society.
• Celina Janel Sanders of Warren, a senior accounting major and the daughter of Renita and Carl Abraham. She is president of Zeta Phi Beta sorority, a member of the Institute of Management Accountants, the Student Activities Board, the Residence HallAssociation, and the 2014-15 recipient of the Shay Gillespie Beta Sigma Leadership Scholarship.
• Bailey Michelle Simpson of DeWitt, a senior exercise science major and the daughter of Darin and Marcy Simpson and Kevin and Mikki Milliken. She is president of Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority, a UAM Student Ambassador, and a member of Alpha Chi national collegiate honor society.
• Taylor Bliss Snider of Monticello, a senior chemistry major and the daughter of Gary and Gail Snider. She is president of Sigma Zeta national honor society for math and science,secretary of the Biology Club, a member of the Medical Sciences Club, and atutor for the School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences.
• Whitney Joyce Suber of Monticello, a senior natural sciences and psychology double major and the daughter of Latrina Suber and Greg Goodwin. She is president of Delta SigmaTheta sorority, a senator in the Student Government Association, and secretary of the national Panhellenic Council.
• Hanna Danielle Swaim of Kinta, Okla., a senior accounting major and the daughter of Keith Swaim and Ginger Bibee. Swaim is vice president of the Institution of Management Accountants.
• Bonnie Tigert of Atlanta, Tex., a senior music education major and the daughter of Pal and Tammy Tigert. She is a member of the marching band, concert band, concert choir, chamber choir, music theater workshop, Alpha Psi Gamma national choir and music theater service fraternity, vice president of Zeta Phi Beta sorority, president of the Greek Council, and president of the national Panhellenic Council.
• April Wright of Conway, a senior modern languages and political science double major and the daughter of Robert and Alice Wright. She is captain of the UAM Debate Team,president of Pi Kappa Alpha debate and forensics honor society, a member of the UAM delegation to the Arkansas Student Congress, and a member of Delta Zeta Epsilon modern languages honor society.