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McNeese Homecoming Festivities Scheduled

McNeese Homecoming Festivities Scheduled

McNeese State University's 2011 Homecoming festivities are scheduled Oct. 15-22 for students, alumni and the community, with numerous activities ranging from the ever popular oozeball and Homecoming parade, pep rally and fireworks to golf, receptions, tailgating and a sneak peek at Cowboy and Cowgirl basketball- all packed into one festive week.

The 2011 Homecoming theme is "The Cowboy Brand." The parade is scheduled to roll down Ryan Street at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, with McNeese women and men's head basketball coaches Brooks Donald Williams and Dave Simmons as this year's parade marshals.

Last season, Williams led the Cowgirls to a 26-7 overall record and 15-1 Southland Conference record. The Cowgirls tied the 2002 Valparaiso team for the NCAA's best turnaround from the previous season. The team advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history, won the Southland Conference regular season title and won the team's first Southland Conference Tournament. The team has been invited to take part in the 2011-12 Preseason Women's National Invitation Tournament in November, playing UCLA in its opening game. Williams was named SLC Coach of the Year and Louisiana Coach of the Year.
           
Also last season, Simmons led the Cowboys to a 21-12 overall record, to the SLC championship and into the NIT post-season tournament. His team compiled a 15-2 home record, one of the best in school history and at one time won 14 straight home outings. Simmons was named the SLC Coach of the Year, the Louisiana Coach of the Year and the National Association of Basketball Coaches district coach of the year. Simmons was also named winner of the Tommy Joe Eagles 2011 Louisiana Major College Coach of the Year award by the Louisiana Association of Basketball Coaches.

The pep rally takes place immediately after the parade inside Cowboy Stadium followed by the fireworks display sponsored by the McNeese Alumni Association and its corporate sponsor Christus St. Patrick Hospital.

On Friday, Oct. 21, Cowboy fans can glimpse a sneak peek at their 2011 Southland Conference Champion Cowboy and Cowgirl basketball teams at 6 p.m. in Memorial Gym. The Cowgirls tip off at 6 p.m while the Cowboys follow at 6:30 p.m. Food and drinks will be provided as well as Sneak Peek T-shirts to the first 100 fans.

The McNeese Cowboys are playing the Bearkats of Sam Houston State University at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, in Cowboy Stadium. The 2011 Homecoming Court will be introduced during halftime ceremonies.
 
Homecoming activities include:
Saturday, Oct. 15
32nd Annual Ladies Champagne Bingo/Alumni Association
 

Sunday, Oct. 16

Bowling Half-Nighter/SUB
9 p.m.-midnight-Petro Bowl
Free bowling for McNeese students with an ID
 
Monday, Oct. 17

Dash for Dollars/SUB
10 a.m.-1 p.m.-Quad amphitheater
 
Tuesday, Oct. 18
Fantasy Casino Night
7-10 p.m.-Parra Ballroom
          
Alumni Past Presidents' Reception at McNeese President's Home
Hosted by Alumni Association
 Homecoming Float 2
Wednesday, Oct. 19
Annual Oozeball Tournament/SUB
3-7 p.m.-Housing Courtyard
Sign up for OOZEBALL in the student union office (2nd floor, New Ranch) by Monday, October 17. Teams must have 6-9 players on a team and must have at least 2 girls on the court at all times.

 
Thursday, Oct. 20
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. 21
Alumni and Friends Homecoming Golf Tournament
Four-man scramble at Mallard Cove Golf Course
Contact Alumni Center for details: 475-5943

Sneak Peek at Cowgirl and Cowboy Basketball
6 p.m.-Memorial Gym
 
Louisiana Culture Night/Multicultural Office
6-8 p.m.-Student Union/Old Ranch
Food and Zydeco Band
 
Step Show/National Pan-Hellenic Council
7 p.m.-F.G. Bulber Auditorium
For ticket prices, call 475-5609
 
Saturday, Oct. 22
Student Tailgate
2 p.m. in Lot E at Cowboy Stadium
 
Alumni Pre-Game Party
4:30 p.m. in the Alumni Grove
           
McNeese Cowboys vs. Sam Houston Bearkats
7 p.m.-Cowboy Stadium
 
Halftime presentation of 2011 Homecoming Court
 
           
Events are sponsored by the Student Union Board (475-5644), Student Government Association (475-5605) and the McNeese Alumni Association (475-5232).