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Homecoming 2012

A pep rally, War Memorial Ceremony and Aztec basketball teams’ first practice among events.
This year's honorary chair and grand marshall for homecoming is The Show.
This year's honorary chair and grand marshall for homecoming is The Show.

Mark your calendar for San Diego State’s Homecoming 2012 - "Aztec Nation: Paint the Town Red!"

This year's honorary chair and grand marshal, The Show, will lead the homecoming festivities, Oct. 7-13, with its unique brand of spirit.

A crowd pleaser

Jim Herrick, director of SDSU's Alumni Association said the annual honorary chair and grand marshal should encompass several key features.

“Who truly loves SDSU?  Who bleeds Red & Black? Who is nationally recognized and revered? And who has the ability to rally our fans with their will and enthusiasm?” Herrick said. “The Show! They have shown that we, the fans of San Diego State, can provide the psychic energy that helps propel our teams to victory!”

SDSU’s homecoming events are an opportunity for the university’s alumni to show their spirit and return to campus to relive their college days. SDSU has more than 260,000 living alumni; approximately 60 percent of whom reside in San Diego County.

Spirit starts here

Channelle McNutt, executive vice president of Associated Students and this year’s homecoming chair, said Aztec pride is at the heart of every event and program created for Homecoming 2012.

“I can't wait to see our Aztec Nation of students, faculty, staff, alumni and community ‘Paint the Town Red!’ McNutt said. “This homecoming will be unforgettable.”

Kicking off homecoming week, SDSU students will show off their skills at the Aztec Nation Talent Show. The audience can enjoy free popcorn during a preview of homecoming commercials created by students. The event starts at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, in front of the Viejas Arena Ticket Office.

Homecoming events are an opportunity
for the university’s alumni
to show their spirit and return to campus.

Students will put their inner warrior to the test during Aztec Field Day. Watch as they compete in an inflatable obstacle course and various activities at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 9, on the ENS 700 Field.

SDSU gives back and gets ready

Aztecs Rock Hunger kicks off with a can collection and blood drive on Wednesday, Oct. 10. Red bins will be spread across campus for food donations going to the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank.

Aztecs bleed Red & Black! The San Diego Blood Bank will be set up from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. on Campanile Walkway for the Aztec homecoming Blood Drive.

SDSU Cheer team and band, the Aztec Warrior, and The Show are all coming out for the homecoming pep rally. It will be a spirit-packed event with a live DJ and tons of free giveaways, starting at 12 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11 in front of Hepner Hall.

Honoring Aztec Patriots

At sundown Thursday, an overnight vigil begins at the SDSU War Memorial, at the foot of Aztec Green near the SDSU trolley station. Throughout the night, Aztec alumni and student veterans will stand watch at the memorial. Luminaries will spell out the letters S-D-S-U on which the names of each of the fallen Aztecs listed on the War Memorial will be written.

On Friday, Oct. 12, the annual War Memorial ceremony takes place at 9:30 a.m. The observance honors fallen Aztecs and those who served during our nation's military conflicts. SDSU has more than 1,200 active duty and veteran students.

This year’s event features a special tribute to an Aztec Patriot lost in war, Robert Gordon Harvey. There will also be a special display featuring letters received from servicemen, servicewomen, and their families during the Second World War. These letters were collected during WWII by Lauren Post, a former SDSU professor of geography and WWI veteran.

Aztec for Life

At 7 p.m. on Friday, SDSU hero and NFL Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk will host the 5th annual Aztec for Life Homecoming Celebration, honoring SDSU president emeritus Stephen L. Weber. The event will benefit the Marshall Faulk Foundation and takes place at Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center across from Viejas Arena.

Then, it’s Midnight Madness on the Mesa! Aztec Nation celebrates the start of basketball fever with the first official practice. Meet the men’s and women’s basketball team players and coaches. The event will feature music, skill competitions, student contests, and giveaways. The top three homecoming commercials will also be shown at this event, which begins at 9 p.m. in Viejas Arena on 55th Street.

Taking it to the field

All events lead to the homecoming football game at 3:45 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13. The Aztecs will play the Colorado State Rams. Before the game, fans, students and alumni will be out in full force to enjoy food, music and children's activities at the Aztec Village in the Qualcomm Stadium parking lot. Find out more information about all of SDSU’s Homecoming 2012 events.

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