A 50-year reunion of the class of 1961, the presentation of the Alumni Awards for Achievement and Merit, and recognition of six outstanding athletes and coaches highlight homecoming activities at the University of Arkansas at Monticello October 27-29.
The Golden Weevil Reunion and Breakfast for the class of 1961 will be held October 29 at 8:30 a.m. in the Senate Room of the John F. Gibson University Center. All members of the graduating class of ’61 are invited to attend.
UAM will also present Alumni Awards for Achievement and Merit to Dale Burton, an aeronautics engineer and vice president of programs for Northrup Grumman Corporation of Melbourne, Fla.; Randy Risher of Houston, Tex., president and founder of The Risher Companies, which specialize in fitness and wellness; Ginny Chambliss of Rison, the 2010 Arkansas Rural Teacher of the Year; Monticello insurance executive William “Bud” Bulloch, and Dr. Larry Proctor, chief executive officer of B.E.A.M. Preventive Health and Wellness Company of Ruston, La. Monticello businessman P. Q. Gardner will receive the Continuing the Connection Award, presented annually to the individual who best keeps alive the connection between Arkansas A&M and UAM. The awards will be presented at the A&M-UAM Alumni Awards Dinner October 28 at 7 p.m. in the University Center.
The UAM Sports Hall of Fame will induct six new members at a dinner on October 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the University Center. This year’s inductees are record-setting quarterback Cory Allred, former NAIA national decathlon champion Greg Culp, successful high school basketball coach Becky Brown, former head baseball coach and assistant football coach Harold Steelman, 1950s star halfback Russell Bulloch, and the late Tommy Scifres, an all-conference tackle. Frank “Buddy” Carson, Jr., a former member of the “Wandering Weevils” football team in 1940-41, will receive the UAM Spirit Award.
The complete homecoming schedule includes:
Thursday, October 27
4:30 p.m. Homecoming Parade and Pep Rally, UAM Campus Drive.
5:30 p.m. UAM Sports Hall of Fame Reception, home of Judy and Chancellor Jack Lassiter, 471 University Drive.
6:30 p.m. UAM Sports Hall of Fame Banquet, University Center Green Room. Tickets are $30 and may be purchased by calling (870) 460-1058.
Friday, October 28
4 – 5:30 p.m. Images of America: Monticello Book Signing, by authors Mark Spencer and Mary Heady, foyer of the Taylor Library and Technology Center.
6:00 p.m. A&M – UAM Alumni and Friends “Welcome Home” Reception, hosted by Judy and Chancellor Jack Lassiter, 471 University Drive.
7:00 p.m. A&M – UAM Alumni Awards Dinner, University Center Green Room. Tickets are $15 each and may be purchased at the door or by calling (870) 460-1028. Dinner will include presentation of the 2011 Alumni Awards for Achievement and Merit, the Continuing the Connection Award, and Alumni Scholarships.
Saturday, October 29
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. A&M – UAM Letterman’s Club Breakfast, Caucus Room of the University Center. For information, contact Athletics Director Chris Ratcliff (870) 460-1058.
8:30 – 9:30 a.m. A&M – UAM “Class of 1961” Alumni and Friends Reunion Breakfast, University Center Senate Room. Call Colt Roan at (870) 460-1028 for information.
9:00 – 10:30 a.m. A&M – UAM African American Alumni Reunion Breakfast, Capitol Room of the University Center. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Contact Classie Jones-Green at (870) 536-9159.
9:30 – 11:00 a.m. “Recognizing Rob” Missionary Baptist Student Fellowship Reunion Celebrating 25 Years, MBSF alumni and friends reception to honor and Recognize Rob Leonard, MBSF director for 25 years service to the UAM family, MBSF Center.
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority (Gamma Zeta Chapter) 50th Anniversary Reunion, University Center Gallery Room. Contact Julie Barber at (870) 329-6754.
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. A&M – UAM Alumni “Meet and Greet” Reunion, University Center Green Room, open to all UAM and Arkansas A&M alumni.
11:30 – 2:30 p.m. Weevil Tailgate Parties, Weevil Pond area and Lakeshore Drive.
11:00 – 2:30 p.m. Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity Reunion, tailgate area. Contact Sam Light at (501) 590-4046.
11:30 – 2:30 p.m. Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority 50th Anniversary Tailgate Party, tailgate area. Contact Angie Clements at (501), 944-5328.
1:00 p.m. Weevil Walk of Champions, Weevil Pond and Lakeshore Drive.
2:30 – 3:00 p.m. Pre-game Ceremony, Convoy Leslie-Cotton Boll Stadium. Introduction of the 2011 homecoming court and coronation of homecoming queen.
3:00 p.m. Kickoff, UAM vs. Southeastern Oklahoma State, Convoy Leslie-Cotton Boll Stadium. For tickets, contact (870) 460-1058.
Halftime UAM “Pride of Southeast Arkansas” Marching Band, recognition of Sports Hall of Fame inductees, recognition of Class of 1961.