ALBANY, Ga. -- Albany State University officially kicked off its homecoming week Monday at the ASU Coliseum with an energetic gathering attended by students and university administrators.
ASU President Everette Freeman said the week will provide an opportunity for alumni and current students to come together and mix the generations in pride for the Blue and Gold.
"This is a great week for us," Freeman said. "We have alums coming into town from several different countries and this is the ideal time for people to return to ASU."
Freeman added that many of the returning alumni have not seen some of the on-campus improvements and are surprised with the school's rapid growth.
"I think what I enjoy the most is talking to former students would haven't been here in awhile and they point to all the new buildings and
The ASU president said the school has come a long way in its 107-year history, but had never seen the growth that it has in the past 15 years.
"Not too long ago, we had an enrollment of 1,500; today we are pushing 4,500," Freeman said. "And it's really enjoyable to me to see the delight in the alums faces when they get on campus and see the growth of their alma mater."
ASU Student Government President Ashlee Fogle of Savannah was also excited about the special week.
"Homecoming is my favorite part of the year," Fogle, a senior accounting major, said. "I especially enjoy the (homecoming football) game and seeing all the people having fun. It's wonderful."
Events are scheduled throughout the week.
-- The ASU Theatre Ensemble will treat guests to a bit of Broadway when it presents "A Piece of Broadway Our Way: Old School Groove, Nu Skool Moves" tonight. The event is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. in the ACAD Auditorium on ASU's campus.
-- Miss Albany State 1961-62 Annette Jones White will be at the ASU bookstore Wednesday at 4 p.m. for a book signing. White, along with Rutha Harris and Janie Culbreath-Rambeau, will be signing copies of "Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts of Women in SNCC."
-- On Wednesday at 7 p.m., White will host a poetry reading and discuss her experiences in the Civil Rights Movement in Eula Lovett Hall. The event will also include a poetry writing contest for ASU students.
-- Grammy award-winning R&B singer Monica and hip-hop artist Rick Ross will headline ASU's homecoming concert at the HPER Gym Thursday at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m., and general admission for the concert is $35 in advance and $45 at the door.
-- On Friday, the annual ASU National Alumni Association Golf Tournament at Doublegate Country Club will begin at 8 a.m. For more information about the golf tournament, contact Robert Lee at (229) 886-8611 or Willie L. Wingfield at (229) 432-5533.
-- The Homecoming Convocation will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in the HPER Gymnasium with White serving as speaker. ASU alumni will gather for the annual Alumni Homecoming Luncheon at noon in the L. Orene Hall Building. A book signing of "Hands on the Freedom Plow" will follow the luncheon.
-- The ASU deans will hold a reception for alumni at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Albany Civic Center. The reception will be followed by a College Town Block Party at 7 p.m. in the Veterans Park Amphitheater. ASU alumni will continue celebrating with a fish fry at 9 p.m. at the Hampton Inn.
-- The annual homecoming parade is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. on Pine Avenue in downtown Albany Saturday.
-- ASU's homecoming football game will kick off at 2 p.m. in the Albany Municipal Coliseum with ASU battling Miles College. The Golden Rams are hoping to extend their current four-game winning streak, with their sights set on returning to the national playoffs after losing in the first round last year.
-- An All Greek Step Show is also scheduled for Saturday in the university's HPER Gym at 6 p.m., and ASU will end its week of celebration later that night with an Old School vs. New School Party at 10 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn.
For more information about ASU homecoming activities, contact the Office of Alumni Affairs at (229) 430-4658.