By Laurie Stone
reparations are underway as Eastern New Mexico University prepares to celebrate its 66th homecoming. This year’s theme, “Spirit, Pride, Tradition” recognizes ENMU for its 70th year as a University.
The week of events leads up to one of the biggest traditions for ENMU, the “Wagon Wheel” game against West Texas A&M. The game became an annual event in 1945, but for the past 17 years ENMU and the Buffaloes have added intensity to their football game with a traveling trophy. The Buffaloes currently have the wheel on the strength of last year’s victory. The Greyhounds had the four previous matchups.
To kick off this week of celebrations many events are planned in an attempt to draw the community together and allow the alumni to reacquaint themselves with other alumni.
On Monday, at 7 p.m., the 14th annual Songfest will be held at the Campus Union Building. Students will exhibit their talents through singing, dancing and acting to win the Songfest trophy. At this event, the homecoming king and queen candidates will be introduced.
On Thursday, the CUB will have a panel of 12 judges that will encourage student success by giving students real world advice concerning career moves. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will be done through ENMU’s Alumni Affairs Department. Janice Cowen, coordinator of Alumni Affairs, said the purpose of this program is to help students learn to thrive and survive on their own.
Saturday’s homecoming parade has 10 organizations building floats to the theme of “Spirit, Pride, Tradition.” The parade starts at 10:30 a.m. from E. First St., near Portales National Bank, and will end at W. University Dr.
“The parade is a way of bringing pride and tradition to the University in strengthening the relationship with the community,” Cowen said.
Saturday’s football game follows at 2 p.m. Halftime activities will include presentation of the 2004 Homecoming King and Queen and the court. The halftime ceremonies will also include induction of the Greyhound Hall of Honors recipients.
This year’s recipients will be Brenda (Worley) Gomez (basketball), Thurman Elder (support), Conrad Hamilton (football), Furmin Haney (football), Wayne Calhoun (football) and Stacy (Tapper) Sparks (volleyball).
Immediately following the game, a post game alumni social will be held at The Roosevelt.