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Southern University set for Homecoming 2009 - Tuesday, October 06, 2009
Southern University, Baton Rouge will celebrate its Homecoming 2009 week with a number of activities, including a gospel concert, spirit day, an electrifying Greek show, and the annual parade in Scotlandville, all leading up to the Saturday, Oct. 17 football game against Fort Valley State.
 
Events kick off with a convocation and gospel concert, Sunday, Oct. 11 at 6 p.m. in the Royal Cotillion Ballroom of the Smith-Brown Memorial Student Union. Gospel recording artist and pastor William Murphy will be the special guest.
 
“Spirit Day,” will be held Monday, Oct. 12. On this day all university faculty, staff, students, alumni, and fans are asked to wear blue and gold.
 
The Department of Visual and Performing Arts will hold its’ Visual Arts Gallery Grand Opening from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. in the Visual Arts Gallery of Frank Hayden Hall.  The gallery will feature works of art by Southern visual arts students.  The exhibition will run from Oct. 13 – Nov. 25. Gallery hours of operation will be from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday – Friday.
 
Sabrina Whitney, will be crowned Miss Southern University 2009-2010 during the Miss Southern University Coronation, Wednesday, Oct. 14 in the Felton G. Clark Activity Center at 7:30 p.m. Formal attire is preferred for this event.
 
A Homecoming Pep Rally will be held at noon Thursday, Oct. 15, in Seymour Gym.  The Jaguar football team, marching band, and cheerleaders will be in attendance.
 
On Friday, Oct. 16, the 19th Annual Southern University Radiothon, “Students First,” will be held from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. at Citadel Broadcasting Network.
 
An alumni reception will be held in the Cypress Room of E.N. Mayberry Dining Hall from 1:30 pm-3 p.m. This event is open to all SU Alumni. Admission is $25.00. For more information call 225.771.4200.
 
Alumni “Remembering When” program honoring the class of 1959, will be held in the Royal Cotillion Ballroom of the Smith-Brown Memorial Student Union from 3 p.m. - 6:30 pm. This event is free and open to all SU Alumni. For more information call 225.771.4200.
 
The Pan Hellenic Council Greek Show will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Felton G. Clark Activity Center. SU sororities and fraternities will compete for a cash prize. The first- and second-place winners will advance to the annual Bayou Classic Greek Show. Tickets are $10. For more information, call 225.771.2940.
 
Alumni Federation Annual Homecoming Reunion Dance, featuring Willie Clayton & “Mellow,” will be held in the Royal Cotillion Ballroom of the Smith-Brown Memorial Student Union from 8 pm - 12 am. Admission is $30 in advance, $35 at the door. For more information, call 225.771.4200.
 
Also on October 16, the 7th Annual Southern University College of Business Gala on the Bluff will be held at the Sheraton Baton Rouge Convention Center beginning at 7:30 p.m. The event will feature Stephanie Jordan, Gina Brown and Anutha Level, Mel ‘Mr. Hole in the Wall’ Waiters and Michael Ward. Tickets are $75. Attire is Semi-Formal. For more information or for reservations, call 225-771-5640.
 
The annual Homecoming Parade will begin at 8 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 17. The route starts at the corners of Kaufman Street and Scenic Highway.  The parade will travel north up Scenic Highway then make a right at Harding Boulevard, make a u-turn at Pembroke Street, then travel back down Harding and end at Kaufman.
 
Also on Saturday, Miss Southern University Sabrina Whitney and her Royal Court, University Queens, the Royal courts from the New Orleans and Shreveport campuses, along with the original Dancing Dolls, will be presented at a pre-game show at 4:45 p.m. in A.W. Mumford Stadium. Kick-off time for the game is 5:30 p.m. against Fort Valley State.
 
The homecoming convocation and gospel concert, Visual Arts Gallery Grand Opening, Miss Southern University Coronation, pep rally, and parade are all free and open to the public.  For more information, call 225-771-4545.