NMSU kicks off Homecoming with ‘Discover the Cure’ theme

New Mexico State University will celebrate the theme of “Discover the Cure” during Homecoming next week with events that honor longstanding traditions while partnering with the NMSU Aggies are Tough Enough to Wear Pink breast cancer awareness and fundraising campaign.


To kick off the festivities Monday, Oct. 19, students can participate in activities to win a Homecoming T-shirt at tables located outside Corbett Student Center Union, Guthrie Hall and Zuhl Library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


A door display contest celebrating Homecoming’s “Discover the Cure” theme will take place Tuesday, Oct. 20, across campus. Departments, colleges, residence halls and student organizations may participate in the contest, for which judging will take place at 1 p.m. Awards will be given to the top residence hall, college/department and student organization.

Later that evening, community members, students, faculty and staff are invited to the Pink Cuisine dinner in Taos restaurant on the first floor of Corbett Center. A silent auction will be held during the dinner, which will be held from 5 to 8 p.m.


The public is welcome to attend the annual free “movie on the green” at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, The movie “Maze Runner” will be shown inside Aggie Memorial Stadium.


This year’s Tough Enough to Wear Pink Fashion Show Luncheon takes place from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, at the NMSU Pan American Center, followed by a presentation at 2 p.m. by New Mexico Secretary of Higher Education Barbara Damron, titled “Cancer’s Effect on Mental Health,” in the Barbara Hubbard Room at the Pan American Center.

The Honors College will host a picnic for Crimson Scholars outside the Conroy Honors Center at 11:30 a.m. Thursday.

Also on Thursday, Aggie fans will have a chance to put a dent in cancer or a dent in the Troy Trojans at the car smashing event held in the student tailgate lot from noon to 4 p.m. Half of the car will be painted pink for the fight against cancer, and the other half will be painted red, representing the Troy Trojans. The student tailgate lot is located east of Aggie Memorial Stadium, and the cost is 25 cents per smash.

Thursday evening, the classes of 1955 and 1965 will hold their reunions at the 3rd Floor Bistro at the Danny Villanueva Victory Club in the Stan Fulton Athletic Center from 6 to 9 p.m.
Tickets are $25 per person.


The College of Business will honor its 2015 Distinguished Alumnus, Jerry Smith, with a reception from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday at the Traders Plaza on the south side of the Business Complex on campus. The public is welcome.

The College of Engineering will host an alumni recognition and E-Council cookout from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Maggard Courtyard to honor Distinguished Alumnus Carlos I. Gutierrez and members of the classes of ’55 ’65 and ’75. An engineering open house and lab tours will be available from 1 to 2 p.m., commencing from the Engineering Clock of Dreams.

The College of Arts and Sciences will honor its 2015 Distinguished Alumni at a reception from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Friday in the courtyard of Dove Hall.

The College of Education will host a lunch and talk by alumna and life coach Mamiko Odegard from 12:30 to 1:20 p.m. in O’Donnell Hall room 104. The college will honor Distinguished Alumnus Steven Sanchez at a reception at 3:30 p.m. Friday in the O’Donnell Hall atrium.

An RSVP to the college is requested for most Distinguished Alumni recognition events and talks.

Also Friday, the first public “Aggie Shark Tank” event, featuring business pitches from entrepreneurial NMSU students, will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. in the S.P. & Estelle Yates Theater in Domenici Hall. For more information and to register to attend, visit sharktank.nmsu.edu.

The third annual branding ceremony for the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences is at 4 p.m. Friday on the lawn between Gerald Thomas and Skeen Halls. Freshmen will be welcomed to the ACES family and seniors will be thanked by the ACES family. Everyone is encouraged to attend.

Following the ceremony, the New Mexico Department of Agriculture will sponsor meals for freshmen and seniors. Food trucks will be available for all other people to purchase their meals. The New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau and Farm Credit of New Mexico are sponsoring awards to recognize both freshmen and senior classes.

College Drive between Gerald Thomas Hall and Skeen Hall will be closed for a street dance hosted by the Yarbrough Band following the branding ceremony. Donation proceeds will go to the Tough Enough to Wear Pink campaign.

The School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management will also host a happy hour at 5:30 p.m. for alumni, donors and friends.

That evening, NMSU’s Distinguished Alumni Cocktail Hour will take place in the Pan American Center Practice Gym between 5 and 6 p.m., followed by a dinner and awards presentation in honor of Distinguished Alumni and James F. Cole Memorial Award for Service recipients. Tickets are $50 per person.

The excitement continues for students and alumni from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, at the pep rally, concert and bonfire in the student tailgate lot. LANco will perform, and food trucks will be available.


Saturday morning, the Alumni Association will hold the fourth annual Celebration of Traditions, a special tribute created to honor former NMSU students that gave their lives in America’s wars, between 9 and 9:30 a.m. at the Memorial Tower at Traders Plaza.

Prior to the football game, fans can get involved in the Homecoming parade and tailgate. The parade begins at 10 a.m. and will travel west along University Avenue, beginning near Triviz Drive and ending near Knox Street. Everyone is welcome to join in on the tailgating fun from 2 to 6 p.m. in the student tailgate lot.

From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, the class of 1965 will celebrate 50 years since graduation with a luncheon, taking place in the Corbett Center Ballrooms. Tickets are $25 per person.

An Alumni Association Homecoming tailgate will be held at Pan American Center Practice Gym from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. for family and friends. Tickets are $10 per person. In the evening, the Aggies will take on the Troy Trojans.

Results of the Homecoming King and Queen elections will be announced at halftime of the NMSU vs. Troy football game. Students may vote from Oct. 19 to 23 at vote.nmsu.edu.


Sunday will offer the final Homecoming event, a Recent Grads Brunch from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Alumni and Visitor Center. The event is free to attend.

For more information about Associated Students of NMSU events, contact director of activities Thomas Douglas at 575-646-4415 or[email protected].

For more information about Alumni Association events, visit http://advancing.nmsu.edu/homecoming or contact the Alumni Association at[email protected] or 575-646-3616.

Author:  Amanda Bradford – NMSU