2019 Homecoming festivities, set for Oct. 10, to include Rangers Giving Day

Northwest Mississippi Community College will hold its 2019 Homecoming festivities on Thursday, Oct. 10 on the Senatobia campus.

Homecoming week will kick off with a pep rally on Monday, Oct. 7 at 5 p.m. on the band practice field on the Senatobia campus. Celebrations for students at the DeSoto Center (Southaven and Olive Branch), Lafayette-Yalobusha Technical Center and Benton County Career-Tech Center are also scheduled during the week. The Oxford Center will host a Homecoming luncheon on Tuesday, Oct. 8 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and a cookout is scheduled at DeSoto Center for Wednesday, Oct. 9 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The Ashland campus will host a Homecoming luncheon on Monday, Oct 7 at 11:30 a.m., and a luncheon is scheduled at the Olive Branch campus on Tuesday, Oct. 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. A Homecoming Day tailgate will be held for students from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Ag Field on the Senatobia campus.

This year’s Alumnus of the Year is Don Clanton, who attended Northwest from 1961-1963. Clanton will be honored during the Alumni Celebration beginning at 4 p.m. in the Haraway Center. The class of 1969 will also be given Golden Circle recognition as the 50-year graduating class.

The college will induct six new members into the Northwest Sports Hall of Fame. The 2019 inductees are Tommy Robison, soccer, 2002-2003; Ricky Blake, football, 1988-1989; Eddie Blake, football, 1989-1990; Cecil Williams, basketball, 1966-1968; Jason Rogan, basketball, 2001-2002 and Rhonda “KK” Mikes, basketball, 1981-1982, who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame posthumously.

The Northwest Foundation will hold its first “Rangers Giving Day” on Homecoming Day. Donations can go toward scholarships, programs, or any fund of the donor’s choice, according to Patti Gordon, executive director of Institutional Advancement. She stated that in addition to mailing a check or donating online, there will be drop-off locations for donations on campus that day.

“We chose Homecoming Day for our first day of giving as it is a time when all are proud to be a part of the Northwest Family. Many alumni return to honor fellow Rangers, faculty and staff boast their pride, and many friends of the college come to campus to support Northwest. It just felt right to deem this momentous day as Rangers Giving Day,” Gordon said.

Pre-game festivities begin at 6:35 p.m. and kickoff will be at 7 p.m. at Bobby Franklin Field when the Rangers will take on the Coahoma Community College Tigers.  Presentation of the 2019 Homecoming Court and the crowning of the Homecoming Queen by Northwest President, Dr. Michael Heindl will take place at halftime.

For more information, contact the Alumni Office at 662-560-1112 or Dr. Tara Dunn, dean of Students at tdunn@northwestms.edu.

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