Reunions, athletics, music honors highlight alumni activities at LU Homecoming Feb. 22-24
Lamar University Homecoming 2008 will bring alumni together Feb. 22-24 for a weekend of reunions, receptions, recognition, athletic action and other activities.
Highlights include the 50th-Anniversary reunion of the Class of 1958, the 45th-Anniversary reunion of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority and a reunion of computer science alumni. The Music Hall of Honor will induct its second class of award recipients, and the Homecoming basketball game will feature performances by band and choral alumni.
“ Reunion is a great opportunity for our alumni to return to the campus and see for themselves the extraordinary changes to their alma mater,” said Juan Zabala, executive director of alumni affairs. “Alumni are among the university’s strongest assets, and having alumni here and involved adds to the incredible momentum at Lamar University .”
The weekend begins with Class of 1958 and Zeta Tau Alpha alumni welcome parties Friday, Feb. 22. Class members will get together at 6:30 p.m. in the University Reception Center , while the Zetas will gather at 7 p.m. in the Dishman Art Museum .
Activities Saturday, Feb. 23, include separate campus bus tours for the three reunion groups, beginning at 9 a.m.; the Class of 1958 luncheon, which gets underway at 11:30 p.m. in the Dishman Art Museum; and the Music Hall of Honor luncheon and ceremony at noon in the University Reception Center, on the eighth floor of the Mary and John Gray Library.
Jeff Laird of Spring and Don Rollins of Nashville , Tenn. , are the 2008 Music Hall of Honor inductees. Laird is in his fourth year as director of secondary performing arts for the Aldine School district , after serving for 18 years as Aldine’s director of bands. Rollins is an educator, musician and Grammy Award-winning songwriter who worked for 17 years as a band director in Texas schools.
Computer science alumni will attend a reception at 5 p.m. and a dinner at 7 p.m. in the University Reception Center . Meanwhile, a pre-game party for the Class of 1958, Zeta Tau Alpha and music alumni will start at 6 p.m. in the Red Room of the Montagne Center .
Men’s basketball action gets underway at 7 p.m. when the Cardinals take on the Demons of Northwestern Louisiana State. Music alumni will perform with the Pep Band during the game.
Zeta Tau Alpha will host a brunch at 11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, in the University Reception Center .
Reservations are required for the Music Hall of Honor luncheon and all reunion activities. For additional information and reservations, call the Lamar University Office of Alumni Affairs,
Lamar University Homecoming 2008 Schedule of Alumni Events
Friday, Feb. 22, 2008
6:30 p.m. – Class of 1958 welcome party, University Reception Center . **
7 p.m. – Zeta Tau Alpha sorority welcome party, Dishman Art Museum . **
Saturday, Feb. 23, 2008
9 a.m. – Class of 1958 campus bus tour departs from Dishman Art Museum . **
9:30 a.m. – Computer science alumni campus bus tour departs from Room 2002 Maes Building . **
9:30 a.m. – Zeta Tau Alpha campus bus tour departs from Elvis Mason Conference Room of John Gray Center. **
11:30 a.m. – Class of 1958 luncheon, Dishman Art Museum . **
Noon – Music Hall of Honor luncheon and induction ceremony, University Reception Center . **
2:30 p.m. – Band and choral rehearsals, Music Building .
5 p.m. – Computer science alumni reception, University Reception Center . **
6 p.m. – Class of 1958, Zeta Tau Alpha, computer science and music alumni pre-game party, Red Room of Montagne Center. **
7 p.m. – Computer science reunion dinner, University Reception Center.**
7 p.m. – Homecoming men’s basketball game: Lamar Cardinals vs. Northwestern Louisiana Demons, featuring band and choral alumni performances with Pep Band, conducted by President James Simmons, during the game, Montagne Center.*
Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008
11 a.m. – Zeta Tau Alpha 45th-Anniversary Brunch, University Reception Center.**
* Open to the public. Basketball tickets are available at the Montagne Center ticket office.
** Reservations required, (409) 880-8921 or www.lamar.edu (Open to news media)