By ANGIE CARNATHAN
Mississippi State Universityâ€™s Homecoming week theme this year is â€śWith Praise Our Voices Ring,â€ť and the school has a fun list of activities planned to celebrate the event.
Student Association President Rhett Hobart said homecoming is an important week for both MSU and the Starkville community.
â€śHomecoming is an event that bonds all MSU students, fans and alumni together to participate in the traditions of our university and celebrate our pride for Mississippi State,â€ť Hobart said. â€śIt is a great opportunity for the entire community to come together for this special week of the year.â€ť
Official homecoming posters and T-shirts, with artwork designed by senior art major Anne Katherine Phipps are on sale at the Barnes & Noble.
After elections this past week on campus, Fenly Akers was named MSU Homecoming Queen, while Hobart was named Mr. MSU and Laura Touchstone was named Miss MSU. Homecoming maids include senior Anne Eastland Vickery, junior Daltria Li, sophomore Maribeth Russell and freshman Mari Micci Bramuchi.
The MSU Student Association is inviting the Starkville community to join in the celebration of the 2011 Homecoming. Activities include the Homecoming Parade, which includes â€śThe Little Bullies Walkâ€ť for the second year.
Hobart said he is excited to bring the new tradition back this year.
â€śIt is so important for us to get our young bulldogs involved with MSU early to start building their Bulldog pride,â€ť Hobart said. â€śThe Little Bullies walk will provide them with an opportunity to walk as a part of the 2011 Homecoming Parade.â€ť
The Homecoming Parade begins at the intersection of University Drive and Nash Street. The route will continue from there to the Junction.
Participants should meet in the courtyard of the Hunter Henry Center at MSU at 4:30 p.m. All children must have a parent or guardian accompany them through the parade. Parents who would like to bring wagons are welcome to do so.
This yearâ€™s Homecoming Parade Grand Marshal is MSU alumnus John Correro. Correro, a native of Greenwood, was a three-year letterman on the football team. He also served as Mr. MSU in 1962. Correro is also the former Executive Director of the MSU Alumni Association and is the current sideline commentator for MSU football radio broadcasts.
New to homecoming activities this year is the inaugural Nick Bell 3.6 Mile Run. The event benefits the Nick Bell Mentoring Memorial Foundation and begins Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Davis Wade Stadium.
The 3.6 mile distance of the walk/run pays tribute to Nick Bellâ€™s MSU football jersey number.
Hobart said he is thrilled to have the chance to do something for someone who did so much for the MSU family.
â€śThis event will serve as a great opportunity for the entire Bulldog family to honor a young man who truly embodied the spirit of Mississippi State,â€ť Hobart said.
Pre-registration for the walk/run has already ended, but participants can still register on the day of the event beginning at 4:45 p.m. The race-day registration fee is $20. Registrants will receive a T-shirt at a later date.
For more information on the SA-sponsored events, contact Rhett Hobart or Brittany White at 662-325-3917 or visit http://www.sa.msstate.edu.