Utah State University is in the midst of Homecoming Week, and most activities are happening Friday and Saturday.
Sheldon Browning, the Director of Alumni Operations, said they began planning this year’s activities as soon last year’s activities were finished.
“We started working hard on it in earnest at the beginning this summer,” Browning said. “There are four on the alumni team, but it is a university wide committee consisting of staff across the all colleges.”
There are a number of events taking place before the 2 p.m. football game on Saturday afternoon with UNLV.
Friday evening from 5 to 6 p.m. will be Campus Tours beginning at the USU Welcome Center. The Welcome Center is in the same building as the USU Credit Union on 890 N. 900 E. Participants will have an opportunity to see more than 100 varieties of trees and learn the history behind Old Main as well as the new Life Science Building.
After the tours, those in attendance will be able to attend the Aggie Family Reunion beginning at 6 p.m. at the Aggie Recreation Center (805 E. 700 N). The Reunion is for families or individuals and will include food, entertainment and fun. Some of the Aggie family will be honored, including the homecoming Grand Marshal (Steve Mothersel), Alumni of the Year (Duane and Marci Shaw) and Young Alumnus of the Year (Joshua Meibos).
Everyone who registers for the event will get a T-shirt and a meal. The cost for the activity is $15 for adults, $8 for children 12 years and under. The fee includes the shirt.
While this event is open to the public, there are several private reunions happening as well. “Most of the reunions are invitation-only reunions,” Browning said. “The people that are invited have already been notified.”
Browning said the Spirit Dance will be held form 9 p.m. until 11:45 p.m. Friday in the Taggert Student Center Ballroom and is for students only.
True Aggie Night will be at the Block A on the Quad, northeast of Old Main, beginning at 11:59 p.m. Friday.
Saturday Homecoming activities begin with The Running of the Bulls, a 5K run, starting at the Welcome Center at 8:30 a.m. and ending at the Logan Tabernacle. Sian Smith, event coordinator for the Alumni Office, is in charge of the 5K. She has Aggie headgear for those who race.
The Homecoming Parade begins at 10 a.m. and will start at 100 South on Main Street and continue through 800 North on Main Street.
Homecoming Grand Marshall this year is Steve C. Mothersell, Sr. Mothersell is president and CEO of the SCM Corporate Group, a successful home building, construction and land development corporation in California.
Alumni of the year honors go to Duane and Marci Shaw. Aggie pride and spirit run deep with the Shaws. The couple has fond memories of their time spent as students at Utah State University.
Selected as Young Alumnus of the year, Joshua Meibos was an involved and active participant as a student athlete, Sigma Chi fraternity member, and Student Alumni Association board member.
The Huntsman Tailgate Party will begin at noon and go until kickoff at 2 p.m. in the Maverik Stadium parking lot. Browning said to watch out for a canopy and a large tailgate trailer.
Aggie Remembrance will be at the Merlin Olsen Statue on the south concourse of Maverik Stadium at 12:30 p.m. and will last approximately 15 minutes. The roll-call gives participants a chance to call out names of Aggies who have passed on.
The last of the festivities will be the USU football game against the UNLV Rebels.