Each year Albany State University alumni and friends paint the city blue and gold for the annual Homecoming celebration. This year's festivities kick off on Sunday, Oct. 3, and run through Saturday, Oct. 9.
Each days' activities on campus and in the city highlight ASU and its role in Southwest Georgia.
Homecoming Week begins on Sunday, Oct. 3, with the coronation of Miss Albany State University, Ali'Yah Arnold, at 5 p.m. in the Albany Municipal Auditorium. During the ceremony, Arnold will also make a special presentation to Annette Jones White, who was Miss Albany State College 1961-62. In the fall of 1961, White was suspended from ASC after being arrested for participating in civil rights demonstrations in Albany.
Current ASU students will officially launch Homecoming Week at noon Monday, Oct. 4, with a kick-off at the J. C. Reese Student Union on campus. A Gospel Explosion will continue the celebration at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 4, at the Albany Municipal Auditorium.
At 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5, in the ACAD Auditorium, the ASU Theatre Ensemble will present "A Piece of Broadway Our Way: Old School Groove, Nu Skool Moves." Ensemble members will act, sing and dance in performances from some of the most popular Broadway productions featuring African Americans. Audiences will watch scenes from "Dream Girls," "The Wiz," "The Color Purple," "Rent" and others.
On Wednesday, Oct. 6, at 4 p.m. a book signing for "Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts of Women in SNCC" will be held in the ASU Bookstore in the Reese Student Union. Signing books will be Annette Jones White, Rutha Harris and Dr. Janie Culbreath-Rambeau. All three, former Albany State College students and active participants in the Albany Movement, are featured in the book. At 7 p.m. in Eula Lovett Hall, White will hold a poetry reading and talk about her experiences in the Civil Rights Movement. The event will include a poetry writing contest for ASU students.
Thursday, Oct. 7, will feature a Homecoming Concert in HPER Gym with R&B singer Monica. Doors open at 7 p.m. Show time is 8 p.m. General admission tickets for the concert are $35 in advance and $45 at the door. Call the ASU Office of Student Activities at (229) 430-4739 to purchase tickets.
Friday, Oct. 8, will get underway at 8 a.m. with the annual ASU National Alumni Association Golf Tournament at Doublegate Country Club. For more information about the golf tournament, contact Robert Lee at (229) 886-8611 or Willie L. Wingfield at (229) 432-5533.
The Homecoming Convocation will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 8, in the HPER Gymnasium with Annette Jones White as the keynote speaker. ASU alumni will gather for the annual Alumni Homecoming Luncheon at noon in the L. Orene Hall Building. A book signing of "Hands on the Freedom Plow" will follow the luncheon. An alumni general business meeting will be held at 2 p.m. in Peace Hall room 127. To purchase luncheon tickets, which are $25 each, call ASU Alumni Affairs at (229) 430-4658.
The ASU deans will hold a reception for alumni at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8, in the Albany James H. Gray Sr. Civic Center. The reception will be followed by a College Town Block Party at 7 p.m. in the Veterans Park Amphitheatre featuring After 7, Glamourlyke and Intrigue. The College Town Block Party will also include music and food vendors in the area around Veterans Park, which is next to the civic center. ASU alumni will continue celebrating with a fish fry at 9 p.m. Friday at the Hampton Inn.
Saturday, Oct. 9, will start with the annual Homecoming Parade at 9 a.m. on Pine Avenue in downtown Albany. The Homecoming Football Game will kick off at 2 p.m. in the Albany State University Coliseum with ASU battling Miles College. Tickets for the Homecoming Football Game are available at the ASU Business Office Cashier's Window in the ACAD Building, and at Odyssey Records, Capitol City Bank, Connie's Corner, Petro Store on Radium Springs Road and June Bug's Grocery.
The Homecoming festivities will continue with the ASU students' All Greek Step Show in HPER Gym at 6 p.m. and the alumni Old School vs. New School Party at 10 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn.
For more information about ASU Homecoming activities, contact the Office of Alumni Affairs at (229) 430-4658.