**For Immediate Release**
Homecoming Fun at OPSU
-released by OPSU Campus Communications 10-10-2006
Goodwell, OK - A number of fun, free, family-friendly activities are planned for Oklahoma Panhandle State University’s football homecoming this Saturday, October 14 including a parade, a groundbreaking ceremony, the alumni barbecue, and the kick-off at 1 p.m.
The festivities begin with the parade at 10 a.m. led by Grand Marshal Dave Bryant and wife Diane, and entries will reflect this year’s theme, “Stand with Pride.” It’s not too late for businesses and organizations to enter - contact the OPSU Student Senate office at 580-349-2611, ext. 2361 for more information. Cash prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place floats.
Following the parade at about 11 a.m., OPSU will celebrate the groundbreaking of the first new academic building on campus in over thirty years. The ceremony will take place on the building site, situated north of the Firestone Meats Lab. Several dignitaries will have shovels in hand to launch the construction of the new Science and Agriculture building including representatives from the Board of Regents for the Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical Colleges; Troy White, Aide to Congressman Frank Lucas; Representative Gus Blackwell; Troy Morris, President of the Panhandle Association of Alumni and Friends; Dr. Ken Woodward, President of the Panhandle State Foundation; Sam Nelson, Goodwell Mayor; and representatives of the contractor, architectural firm, and the student body.
The Panhandle State Association of Alumni and Friends will host their free annual barbecue in the plaza after the groundbreaking. In addition, the Student Union Ballroom will open at 8 a.m. Saturday for alumni registration and a silent auction will be held to benefit the alumni endowment scholarship. Bidding closes at 12:30 p.m. and items may be picked up following the game. This year’s honored alumni families include the descendents of Arthur and Gladys Camp. All four of the children attended PAMC, and Linda Carol, Sandra, and David all graduated while the fourth, Peggy, married James “Salty” Roach and raised three daughters who all graduated from OPSU. The Camp and Roach families provide a legacy for the university and will be recognized during half time.
Kick-off is set for 1 p.m. against Bacone College, and crowning of the Queen and King will take place during a half time ceremony. In addition, Student Senate will hold an “Insane Aggie” competition to determine who shows the most OPSU spirit during the game. Admission to the game is $5 for adults and $2 for students.