By Nathan Straus
More than 200 people are expected to pour into town for Jacksonville College’s homecoming festivities Saturday, College Alumni Liaison Neatha Cagle said.
The homecoming queen will be selected from among four freshmen and five sophomores during halftime of the Jaguar’s 4 p.m. basketball game.
There will also be events leading up to the big game, Cagle said.
“Friday at 6 p.m. the alumni and ex-students will gather at the family life center of First Baptist Church for fellowship,” she said. “At 7 p.m. we begin the program.”
This year the emphasis will be on the classes of the springs of 1930, ‘40, ‘50, ‘60, ‘70, ‘80, ‘90 and 2000, Neagle said. Some groups will bring former singers and possibly professional musicians as well.
Cagle said current students will be recognized and there will be an emphasis on the athletes and coaching staff. This event, she added, will include door prizes and refreshments and will be open to the public for free.
Saturday the Purple and Gold Club convenes at 8:30 a.m. in the Little Cafeteria for breakfast, Cagle said. The alumni meet in Buckner Chapel at 10 a.m., where the Jacksonville College Choir and Ensembles will sing.
“Following this there will be the coming home royalty of alumni where we recognize alumni for their contributions to others,” Cagle said.
Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. for the three chapters spanning graduates from 1935 to 2009.
Entertainment begins at 2 p.m. in the Curtis Carroll Field House when the Lady Jaguars take on the Tyler Junior College Apaches. The men play at 4 p.m.
Dean of Students James Spurgeon said last year’s homecoming queen, Bethany Pitman Parker, will attend during the announcement of the new queen.
“She is a very worthy young lady,” Spurgeon said of the already-chosen homecoming queen to be announced Saturday. “She was elected by popular vote of the student body.”
Both homecoming games are free and open to the public.
By Nathan Straus
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