The John McNeese Park will officially open at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, with a brief presentation at the John McNeese statue. Several members of McNeese's namesake, John McNeese, will be on hand for this event.
The Homecoming parade is also scheduled to roll down Ryan Street at 7 p.m. on Thursday, with McNeese's mascot - Rowdy - as this year's parade marshal. The 2012 Homecoming theme is "Axe the 'Jacks."
The pep rally takes place immediately after the parade inside Cowboy Stadium, where the 2012 Homecoming King and Queen will be announced. A fireworks display sponsored by the McNeese Alumni Association and its corporate sponsor Christus St. Patrick Hospital will follow the pep rally.
The Cowboys are playing the Lumberjacks of Stephen F. Austin State University at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, in Cowboy Stadium. The 2012 Homecoming Court will be introduced during halftime ceremonies.
The McNeese Bookstore will be open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday with the latest collegiate apparel for Cowboy fans to wear to the game that night.
Other events taking place during Homecoming week are: the McNeese Rodeo Oct. 26-27 in the Burton Complex - for times and ticket prices call 475-5690; and the Fall Preview Day Oct. 27 for high school students and their parents - for information call 475-5504.
Events are sponsored by the Student Union Board (475-5644), Student Government Association (475-5605) and the McNeese Alumni Association (475-5232). Homecoming activities include:
Saturday, Oct. 20
33rd Annual Ladies Champagne Bingo/Alumni Association
Sunday, Oct. 21
9 p.m.-midnight-Petro Bowl
Free bowling for McNeese students with an ID
Monday, Oct. 22
8 a.m.-4 p.m. - New Ranch
Game Show: ThinkFast/SUB
10 a.m.-1 p.m.-Old Ranch
Tuesday, Oct. 23
Lunch Coffee House/SUB
11 a.m.-1 p.m. - Old Ranch
7-9 p.m.-College Station
Alumni Past Presidents' Reception at McNeese President's Home
Hosted by Alumni Association
Wednesday, Oct. 24
Annual Oozeball Tournament/SUB
3-7 p.m.-Housing Courtyard
Thursday, Oct. 25
John McNeese Park Opening
11 a.m. - at the John McNeese statue
Homecoming Parade, Pep Rally and Fireworks
7 p.m. - Ryan Street to Cowboy Stadium parking lot
Pep rally in Cowboy Stadium; fireworks display to follow
Friday, Oct. 26
40th Alumni and Friends Homecoming Golf Tournament
Four-man scramble at Mallard Cove Golf Course
Contact Alumni Center-475-5232
12th Annual Step Show/National Pan-Hellenic Council & SUB
7 p.m.-F.G. Bulber Auditorium
General admission tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door for students with a valid ID. For information, call 475-5609
Saturday, Oct. 27
2 p.m. in Lot E at Cowboy Stadium
Alumni Pre-Game Party
4-6:30 p.m. in the Alumni Grove
McNeese Cowboys vs. Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks
7 p.m.-Cowboy Stadium
Halftime presentation of 2012 Homecoming Court