UAM Announces 2013 Homecoming Schedule

The dedication of a newly renovated residence hall, the presentation of the 2013 Alumni Awards for Achievement and Merit, and the annual Sports Hall of Fame induction banquet highlight the University of Arkansas at Monticello’s homecoming celebration October 24-26.

UAM will dedicate Bankston Hall on October 25 at 11 a.m. The facility was originally built in1968 and named for former Arkansas A&M President Marvin Bankston. The dedication will include a ribbon-cutting and tours of the building.

UAM will present the 2013 Alumni Awards for Achievement and Merit to four alumni at the A&M / UAM Alumni Awards Dinner on October 25 at 7 p.m. in the John F. Gibson University Center. This year’s award recipients are Lionel Maten, assistant vice chancellor for student affairs and housing at the University of Mississippi; Dr. Tony Thurman, superintendent of the Cabot School District;Bobby Jelks, president of Franks Management Company, LLC of Shreveport; and Martha Manning Carlson of Alma, regional executive with Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield. The university will also present the Continuing the ConnectionAward to Drs. Glen and Mary Jane Gilbert. Tickets to the dinner are $15 per person and may be purchased at the door or by contacting the Office of Alumni Affairs at (870) 460-1028.

The Sports Hall of Fame induction banquet will be held October 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the University Center. This year’s inductees are former football linemen Roland Autrey and M. L. Mann, track and cross country distance runner Jeff Pope, softball outfielder Jodie Scott, and shot put and discus specialist Milton Williams. Robert Leonard, director of the Missionary Baptist Student Fellowship, will receive the UAM Spirit Award. Tickets to the banquet are $35 and may be purchased by calling the UAM athletics office at (870) 460-1058.

A complete homecoming schedule follows:

Thursday, October 24

4 p.m. – Homecoming Parade/Pep Rally

The marching band and cheerleaders lead a parade around campus, followed by a pep rally in the University Center gymnasium.

5:30 p.m. – UAM Sports Hall of Fame Reception

Chancellor’s Home, 471 University Drive. All alumni and friends are invited to meet the newest members of the UAM Sports Hall of Fame.

6:30 p.m. – UAM Sports Hall of Fame Banquet

University Center Green Room. Tickets are $35 per person. Proceeds benefit the UAM Sports Association. For tickets, contact Athletics, at (870) 460-1058.

Friday, October 25

11 a.m. – Dedication of Bankston Hall

Bankston Hall front lawn. Join us for a special ribbon-cutting ceremony and tour as we dedicate the newly-renovated Bankston Hall.

6 p.m. – A&M/UAM Alumni and Friends “Welcome Home” Reception

Chancellor’s Home, 471 University Drive. Open to all alumni and friends of the University.

7 p.m. – A&M/UAM Alumni Awards Dinner

University Center Green Room. Tickets:  $15 per person. Dinner includes presentation of the 2013 Alumni Awards for Achievement and Merit, Continuing the Connection Award, alumni scholarships, and Golden Weevils Class of 1963. For tickets, contact Patty Withers at (870) 460-1028.

Saturday, October 26

8 a.m. – Holiday Inn Express Weevil Ball Scramble

Monticello Country Club. 4-person 18-hole scramble. $300 per 4-person team. Call (870) 460-0100. Proceeds go to UAM baseball.

8:30 a.m. – A&M/UAM Letterman’s Breakfast

Indoor Practice Facility, Room 107. All former Boll Weevil and Cotton Blossom letter winners are invited to this reunion. Tours of the Indoor Practice Facility will be provided. For information contact Matt Whiting, Athletics at (870) 460-1758.

9 a.m. – A&M/UAM Class of 1963 Alumni and Friends

Reunion Breakfast - Celebrating 50 years. University Center Senate Room. All 1963 alumni and friends (and adjoining years) are invited. Contact Patty Withers at (870) 460-1028.

9 a.m. – A&M/UAM African-American Alumni

Reunion Breakfast at the University Center Capitol Room. Tickets are $20 per person. Alumni and friends are invited to attend this celebration to reminisce with A&M/UAM African-American Alumni. For tickets, contact Shay Gillespie at (870) 723-3582.

10 a.m. - Alpha Sigma Alpha Reunion Breakfast

University Center Gallery Room. All Alpha Sigma Alpha members past and present are invited to attend. There will be a silent auction to raise money for Special Olympics. Contact: Julie Barber, ASA alumni representative at (870) 329-6754.

10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. – A&M/UAM Alumni Reunion Celebration of Class Years Ending in 3 (1933-2003) Weevil Pond / Tailgate Area at the Alumni and Friends Tent. For all alumni and friends. Information will be provided about upcoming alumni trips and programs. Drop by to visit with former classmates, view old yearbooks, update your contact information, or purchase a personalized brick for the Weevil Walk.

10:30 a.m. Antique Car Show

Weevil Pond / Tailgate Area.

11 a.m. - Weevil Tailgate Parties

Weevil Pond / Tailgate Area. All A&M/UAM alumni, former students, and friends are invited to participate in pre-game tailgating.

11 a.m. - Cotton Blossoms Volleyball

Cotton Blossoms vs. Southern Nazarene at Steelman Fieldhouse.

11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. – Sigma Tau Gamma Reunion

Weevil Pond / Tailgate Area. All alumni, former students, and friends affiliated with Sig Tau are invited to this special reunion. For information, contact Sam Light, Sigma Tau Gamma alumnus, at (803) 212-8078.

11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. – Cheerleader Alumni Reunion

Weevil Pond / Tailgate Area. All alumni, former students, and friends affiliated with the UAM cheerleaders are invited. Please join us as we reminisce the good times we had calling the Weevils. Join us at the game and cheer the Weevils to victory. Contact: Julie Barnes at (870) 460-1028.

12 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. – 1988 Football Reunion

Weevil Pond / Tailgate Area. All members of the 1988 UAM football team are invited to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the most successful Boll Weevil team in school history, the only 10-win team in school history and the first to make the NAIA playoffs. Contact: Matt Whiting at (870) 460-1758.

12:30 p.m. – Weevil Walk of Champions

Weevil Pond / Tailgate Area. All alumni and friends are invited to this pre-game tradition as the Boll Weevil football team and coaching staff walk through the tailgate area on their way to the Cotton Boll Stadium for another gridiron victory.

2:30 p.m. – Pre-game Ceremony

Willis “Convoy” Leslie Cotton Boll Stadium. Introduction of the 2013 Homecoming Court, coronation of the Homecoming Queen, and recognition of the 1988 Boll Weevils football team.

3 p.m. – Homecoming Football Game Kick-off

Willis “Convoy” Leslie Cotton Boll Stadium. Come support the Boll Weevils as they take on Southern Nazarene University.  For tickets, contact Chris Ratcliff, director of athletics, at (870) 460-1058.

Halftime – UAM Marching Band and Special


“Pride of Southeast Arkansas” Marching Band performance. In addition, we will recognize the 2013 Sports Hall of Fame Inductees.

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