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Alumni and Donor Engagement to Host Homecoming BBQ Tailgate

By Ashley Herndon, Staff Reporter

Skip the long restaurant lines and keep your parking spot by stopping behind Abilene Hall on Saturday, Oct. 19 for lunch at the Hardin-Simmons University BBQ tailgate. Prices are as follows: $10 for adults, $5 for kids ages 4-10 and free to all students with a valid student ID.

The tailgate starts at 11 a.m. and ends at 12:30 pm. While you eat you can enjoy spending time with the HSU family and be entertained by HSU students in the spirit teams and the Cowboy band.

“There is good food along with a preview by the cheer and dance teams, and the Cowboy band that will show you what is to come for the upcoming game,” said Courtney Vowell, a first-year student at HSU.

The students at Hardin-Simmons University love to gather together to support their team, especially at homecoming where they can connect with alumni and prospective HSU students.

“The tailgate is a great opportunity to show our school spirit and support our team before their big game and is a great way to cultivate community with students, faculty, staff and alumni,” said Karina Hau, a third-year student at HSU.

While planning the tailgate, and all of the homecoming events, Jenn Waldmann, the assistant vice president of Alumni and Donor Engagement, and Allison Goodwin, director of Alumni and Donor Engagement, wanted to keep that spirit of community that is so important to the HSU family.

“We really tried to focus on all community activities that everyone could participate in,” Waldmann said.

Along with Goodwin and Waldmann, Cassie Mattern, the HSU special events coordinator, ensured that the events’ decorations and ambiance reflected the spirit of Hardin-Simmons University. “It’s the little touches she does that brings everything together,” Goodwin said.


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