October 4, 2013

Good Morning:

Green hair dye? Check. Green shoes? Check. Game tickets? Check. Microphone? Check. Rain Slicker?

I'm just making sure I am all ready for the excitement of Homecoming and Family Weekend. I have also, along with senior administrators, been monitoring Tropical Storm Karen and how it might affect our Homecoming activities. Weather permitting, things will really get hopping today with carnival rides, food trucks and live music on the LBC Quad beginning at 3 p.m. The party will continue tonight with the 12th Annual Helluva Hullabaloo Auction and the All Alumni Reunion Party that will feature fireworks, more carnival rides and music by Deacon John and the Ivories. In case of rain, the evening concert and pep rally will take place inside the LBC rather than on the Quad.

There are numerous other receptions, lectures, art exhibitions, reunions and more special events taking place this weekend. You can view the full schedule online. Of course, all of this leads up to the big game against North Texas on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Pre-game tailgating activities, including music by Amanda Shaw & the Cute Guys, will take place inside the Dome. Our final Homecoming game in the Superdome has the Green Wave off to its best start in a decade. Come out and cheer our boys on to another victory in what is shaping up to be a special season.

Many thanks to all of you who sent me questions for this morning's Town Hall Meeting, which takes place from 10:30 to 11:30 in Dixon Hall. I will address these questions as well as those from the live audience and give an update on the university's finances, operations and strategic plans. If you can't make it to Dixon, we will also be live blogging from the Town Hall.

I am looking forward to spending as much time as I can this weekend with all the parents and alumni who are in town, as well as our students, staff and faculty. Roll Wave! Go away, Karen.

Have a great Homecoming Weekend,


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