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October 22, 2012

Blinn inviting families to campus for Homecoming weekend

‘Family Weekend’ will showcase Brenham, Blinn for students’ families

Traditionally, Homecoming weekend is about inviting Blinn College alumni back to the home of their college education.

This year, Blinn is bringing a little bit of “home” to the Brenham campus, with Homecoming events geared toward not only engaging students, but their families as well.

“The students have been away from home for about two months, and this year’s Homecoming gives their families an opportunity to come see how their child is doing and allowing family members to be a part of our campus,” said Student Leadership & Activities Director Mordecai Brownlee. “We think it will really give Brenham an opportunity to showcase its community to the Blinn parents and families that come to visit for the weekend.”

This year’s Homecoming football game will be played Saturday against Cisco Junior College. The game will kick off at 3 p.m. at Cub Stadium, located at 1600 East Tom Green St. in Brenham.

Last year marked the first time SLA organized an entire week of activities around the Homecoming football game. This year, Brownlee and his team hope to draw more than twice as many attendees.

Family Weekend will begin at 6 p.m. Friday with a pep rally at the intersection of Prairie Lea and Third Street in the heart of the Brenham campus. Last year’s event drew 400 students, and Brownlee said he’s hoping to draw 1,000 attendees this year, especially with events tailored to entertain the entire family.

“We want everyone to come out and have a good time,” Brownlee said. “A bungee run is good for college students, but a bungee run is not necessarily the best thing to put grandma on, so we want to do things that the whole family can engage in.”

On Saturday morning, students and their families are invited to coffee with Blinn College President Harold Nolte in the student center atrium from 9-10:30 a.m.

Prior to the game, Blinn will host a tailgate party at Cub Stadium with free food and drinks and a live band. Blinn is also providing students and fans transportation to Cub Stadium from campus through a program called “Get on the Bus.” The College provided the free service for select games last season, and the program was so popular that it is a part of every home game this season.

The early portion of Homecoming week will consist of student activities such as an ice cream social and outdoor movie night. On Thursday, the popular Homecoming pageant will showcase the talents of the Homecoming king and queen nominees. This year, resident halls will be allowed to nominate candidates in addition to student organizations.

“I think that will be huge in terms of engaging the residence halls and bringing more excitement to campus,” Brownlee said.

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For more information on Blinn’s Homecoming festivities, call 979-830-4282 or email mordecai.brownlee@blinn.edu.