Concert, Alumni Events Set for Homecoming

A free concert by Arkansas Tech University alumnus and Show Dog Nashville recording artist Lance Carpenter will be among the highlights of ATU Homecoming 2018, which is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 19, and Saturday, Oct. 20.

Carpenter will perform during Party at the Plaza, the pre-game tailgating celebration outside Thone Stadium at Buerkle Field, beginning at noon on Saturday, Oct. 20. Admission to Party at the Plaza is free and open to the public.

Originally from Ozark, Carpenter graduated from Arkansas Tech in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science degree in emergency administration management. He was a member of the 1999 Wonder Boys football team that won the Gulf South Conference championship and made the institution’s first appearance in the NCAA Division II Playoffs.

In addition to his success in the classroom and on the football field, Carpenter picked up a skill that would be important to his future while a student at Arkansas Tech. He taught himself how to play guitar.

Carpenter’s musical aspirations led him to move to Nashville, Tenn., in 2011. He landed a publishing contract within 18 months of arriving in town and released his self-titled debut album in 2013.

He co-wrote “Love Me Like You Mean It,” which was recorded by Kelsea Ballerini in 2015 and became the first debut song by a female artist to go to No. 1 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart since 2006.

Carpenter signed with Toby Keith’s Show Dog Nashville label in 2017.

Alumni and friends interested in registering for the ATU Homecoming 2018 events listed below may do so online at www.atualumni.com/homecoming.

For more information about Homecoming 2018 events for alumni and friends, call (479) 968-0242 or send e-mail to alumni@atu.edu.

Friday, Oct. 19

8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Barnes and Noble College ATU Bookstore Open
Young Building

8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Welcome and Check-In
Alumni House

8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Norman Hall Art Gallery Exhibition
Cluttered with Wishes, works by Sandra Luckett

8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Arkansas Tech Museum Open
Techionery

9 a.m.
Check In and Coffee, Homecoming Classic Golf Tournament
Chamberlyne Country Club
3-Person Scramble
$80 per person/$240 per team
$300 team and sponsorship/$150 hole/cart sponsor only

10 a.m.
Shotgun Start, Homecoming Classic Golf Tournament

11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Kendra Scott Gives Back Party
Lake Point Conference Center

Noon
Ladies ‘Champagne Bingo’ Luncheon
Lake Point Conference Center
$15 per person (sold out; waiting list available)

5:30 p.m.
Hall of Distinction Social Hour and Reunion Dinner
Lake Point Conference Center (invitation only)

7 p.m.
African American Alumni Chapter Stroll Competition
Doc Bryan Student Services Center Lecture Hall, $5 admission

Saturday, Oct. 20

9 a.m.-Noon
Welcome and Check-In
Doc Bryan Rotunda

9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Barnes and Noble College ATU Bookstore Open
Young Building

9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Norman Hall Art Gallery Exhibition
Cluttered with Wishes, works by Sandra Luckett

9 a.m.
Class of 1968 50th Reunion and Campus Tour
Caraway Hall Lobby

9:30-11 a.m.
Alumni Career Networking
Dr. Robert Charles Brown and Jill Lestage Brown Hall Lobby

9:30 a.m.
ROTC Hall of Honor Induction
Doc Bryan Lecture Hall

10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Arkansas Tech Museum Open
Techionery

10 a.m.
Reunions
• Phi Mu Alumnae, Lake Point Conference Center
• Medical Assistant Alumni, Baswell Techionery second floor
• ROTC, Doc Bryan room 242

11 a.m.
Golden T Society Induction and All Alumni Luncheon
Young Ballroom, $15 per person

11 a.m.
Opening of Student Veteran Lounge
Doc Bryan room 104

11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Party at the Plaza
Centennial Plaza

12:30 p.m.
T-Club All Sports Meeting
Lettermen’s Lounge, Hull Building

1 p.m.
Stadium Bookstore Opens
Thone Stadium at Buerkle Field

1:30 p.m.
Pre-Game Ceremonies
Thone Stadium at Buerkle Field

2 p.m.
Arkansas Tech vs. SW Oklahoma State
Thone Stadium at Buerkle Field

5 p.m.
Alumni and Friends Celebration
Courtyard by Marriott Lobby, $5 per person

5 p.m.
Reunions
Courtyard by Marriott
• Student Government Association
• Kappa Alpha Order
• Lambda Chi Alpha

7 p.m.
Col. George T. Hudgens Evening of Excellence
Lake Point Conference Center, $30 adults/$20 students

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