ST. GEORGE – Dixie State College of Utah will be “Living the Dixie Life” during Homecoming Week this Oct. 22-27, with a number of fun and festive campus events that all of Southern Utah is invited to participate in.
Homecoming Week 2012 is themed “Living the Dixie Life” and has something for everyone, from the annual Homecoming Queen Pageant to tailgate parties and football games.
Activities began at 9 a.m. this morning with a formal student kick-off event at the Encampment Mall. The annual Homecoming Queen Pageant, featuring 14 contestants vying for the title of Miss Dixie 2012, will take place on Oct. 23, at 7:30 p.m. at the Avenna Center Cox Auditorium.
Festivities continue Oct. 24 with a performance by comedian Tommy Johnagin at the Gardner Center Ballroom at 7:30 p.m. On Oct. 25, DSC will renew its tradition of painting “D Road,” on 800 East. Later that evening, the annual Homecoming Powderpuff football game will be held under the lights at Hansen Stadium, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
“Spread the Red Day” is set for Oct. 26, in which all DSC students, faculty and staff, alumni and members of the community are asked to wear red to show their school spirit. That day’s alumni activities include the Alumni Assembly in the Eccles Concert Hall at 10 a.m., followed by the Golden Generation Luncheon and Program at 12 p.m., where the class of 1962 will be honored. That evening, DSC’s baseball program will host a player reunion at the Wade Alumni House at 5 p.m. Baseball alumni and their families can meet new coach Chris Pfatenhauer and his staff, then enjoy refreshments at the Dixie Alumni Reunion Party at 7 p.m.
Oct. 27 kicks off with the Founder’s Day Assembly and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at 9 a.m. in the St. George Tabernacle, during which DSC will induct five new members into its Hall of Fame. The annual Homecoming Parade begins at 10 a.m. and will travel east on 100 South, beginning at the original DSC campus on Main Street and ending at the old gymnasium on 700 East. DSC class of 1967 alumnus and former Major League Baseball pitcher Bruce Hurst will serve as grand marshal. Following the parade, the DSC Alumni Association will host a free tailgate party at the Wade Alumni House. The football game, in which DSC will face Simon Fraser University, is slated to begin at 1 p.m.
Homecoming Week festivities wrap up Saturday night with the annual Alumni Homecoming Banquet at 6 p.m. in the old gymnasium. Hurst will deliver a speech, while fellow alumni Paralee Miles Eckman (class of 1954) and Edna Mae Sampson (class of 1946) will be presented with Distinguished Alumni awards. In addition, former DSC baseball coach Mike Littlewood will be given the Distinguished Service Award in honor of his 17 years at the helm of the Rebels and Red Storm. Following the banquet, students, alumni and guests alike will be invited to dance the rest of the night away at the DSC Homecoming Masquerade Dance from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. at the Graff Performing Arts Building Plaza.
While many Homecoming Week activities are free, tickets must be purchased for others. For a complete schedule, including prices, locations and other pertinent information on individual events, visit the Homecoming page on DSC’s website.
Submitted by: Dixie State College of Utah