WT through the decades until October 1

CANYON – Hundreds of Buffs spanning decades are set to return to their old stomping grounds as West Texas A&M University celebrates Homecoming 2022.

Themed “WT Through the Decades,” Homecoming events will run from Friday, September 23 through September 30, culminating on October 1 with the annual parade and WT Football game against the University of Texas–Permian Basin.

“Reunions are always a special time when alumni and our current student body can celebrate the impact WT has had on their lives,” said Ronnie Hall, Executive Director of the WT Alumni Association. “Alumni can reminisce about a full list of special events, and students will create their own memories and see how far a start at WT can take them.”

Colonel Steven McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety;  Val and Pat White of Wellington;  and Betty Solis of Amarillo have been named recipients of the 2022 Distinguished Alumni Awards from West Texas A&M University.

Highlights will include:

The Phoenix: This celebration of WT’s Distinguished Alumni Class of 2022 will include dinner and a program, followed by jazz and dessert. It will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. on September 29 at Legacy Hall at the Jack B. Kelley Student Center, with the after-party to be held around Buffalo Fountain on the Charles K. and Barbara Kerr Vaughan pedestrian mall. Tickets are $75; tables are $500 to $1,500. Honorees include Col. Steven McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety; Wellington ranchers and philanthropists Val and Pat White; and longtime education leader Betty Solis of Amarillo.

Returning Scholarship Golf Classic: Play for food, fun and fellowship at Palo Duro Creek Golf Course, 50 Country Club Drive in Canyon. The Sept. 30 event includes lunch at 11:30 a.m. and tee off at 12:30 p.m. Proceeds go to WT Scholarships. Registrations are still being accepted; the cost is $125 for individuals or $500 for teams of four. Call 806-651-2400 or go online to learn more.

Four alumni of WT color and two Amarillo companies will be honored at this 6 p.m. dinner on Sept. 30 at Legacy Hall.  Winners will include Dinga/Hollingsworth Group at Morgan Stanley;  education credit union;  educator and civic leader Pearlene Martin;  lawyer JE Sauseda;  urban developer Dr. David Willis;  and the civilian head of the US Department of Defense, Jimmie Vaughn-Adams.

Celebrating Color: Four alumni of WT color and two Amarillo companies will be honored at this 6 p.m. dinner on Sept. 30 at Legacy Hall. Winners will include Dinga/Hollingsworth Group at Morgan Stanley; education credit union; educator and civic leader Pearlene Martin; lawyer JE Sauseda; urban developer Dr. David Willis; and the civilian head of the US Department of Defense, Jimmie Vaughn-Adams. Tickets are $30; visit wtamu.edu/diversity or call 806-651-8482.

Backtrack!  the members are, from left, Michelle Sanford, Larry Martin, Chuck Alexander, Karr Ingham, Bob Hopkins, Mary Lyn Halley and Stacy Flores.

“Don’t Bring Me Down” Rock Concert: Flashback, Amarillo star band! will join the WT Symphony Orchestra for a pop concert featuring music from the Electric Light Orchestra and other 70s favorites. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. on September 30 at the Mary Moody Northen Recital Hall. General admission tickets are $10; part of the profits will be donated to the orchestra. Call 806-651-2840.

Fraternities and sororities teamed up to build floats for the 2021 West Texas A&M University Homecoming Parade, which went along Russell Long Boulevard in Canyon.  This year's parade will take place on October 1.

Back-to-school parade: The Through the Decades-themed parade will begin at 1 p.m. on October 1 and follow a route from the First United Bank Center to the Sybil B. Harrington Fine Arts Complex along Russell Long Boulevard. For more information on entry, call 806-651-2651. Ali Allison and Shelden Breshears, popular co-hosts of NewsChannel 10’s morning shows, will return as hosts, broadcasting live throughout the parade. The parade will air on MeTV channel 10.4 or cable channel 127, as well as WT’s YouTube channel, youtube.com/WTAMU; the NewsChannel 10 Facebook page; and the WT homepage, wtamu.edu.

Countdown to the launch of the Block Party: Tailgating activities will begin immediately after the parade along 26th Street across from Bain-Schaeffer Buffalo Stadium on campus. The Alumni Association will also be hosting an open house and scavenger hunt.

KWTS adviser Randy Ray, left, and host of

KWTS 50th Anniversary: The non-commercial, student-run radio station will celebrate its golden anniversary and officially transition to a 90s format on the holiday. Former DJs will take shifts on the station, which can be heard online or at 91.1 FM. Call 806-651-2807.

WT Football: The Buffs will face UT–Permian Basin at 7 p.m. on Oct. 1 at BainSchaeffer Buffalo Stadium. For tickets, visit gobuffsgo.com.

Student activities began on Friday with the Paint the Town Maroon event, with students decorating windows and vehicles in the community. The fun continues with a “Battle of the Decades” karaoke night, Sept. 26-29 at the JBK Commons; Homecoming king and queen elections; a water fight on September 26 on the lawn of Terrill Hall; and Pigskin Revue, the annual spiritual rally at 8 p.m. Sept. 30 in The Box.

For a complete list of activities, visit wtamu.edu/homecoming.

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