Monday, September 16, 2013

ECCC Homecoming Set Oct. 12; Various Activities Planned

News Release: A pep rally, fireworks display and Christian Band Concert are among activities scheduled during Homecoming Week at East Central Community College in Decatur.

The free event begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10 at Bailey Stadium and also includes performances by Wall O’ Sound Marching Band, Centralettes dance line and Warrior Cheerleaders. In addition, members of the 2013 Homecoming Court will be introduced. The public is invited to attend the festivities.

A full day of activities is also scheduled Homecoming Day on Saturday, October 12, beginning with the Seventh Annual 5K Run/Walk and a new event – a Kid’s One-Mile Fun Run – all starting at 7:30 a.m. at the North Campus Pavilion.

Cost to enter is $20 per participant. ECCC faculty member Dr. Phillip Crenshaw serves as race chairman. For registration information, contact Dr. Crenshaw, 601-635-6281 or e-mail

Registration begins at 9 a.m. on the East Mall Patio near Mabry Memorial Cafeteria.

Retired English instructor Ovid Vickers will be available during registration activities to sign copies of his recently-released book about the College: “The East Central I Knew: A History of East Central Community College.” Cost of the book is $26.70 (tax included). Net proceeds are designated for the ECCC Foundation.

Alumni may also want to visit the Memorabilia Room, which will be open from 9 to 11 a.m. and is located in Burton Library.

The College Bookstore, located in the Smith Student Union, will also have special hours of operation that day for the convenience of alumni and other campus visitors. The bookstore will be open from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. College merchandise will also be available for purchase prior to and during the football game later that day at Bailey Stadium.

The annual ECCC Alumni Association Awards Luncheon begins at 11 a.m. in Mabry Memorial Cafeteria.

This year’s honorees are Carolyn Cook Huey, Alumna of the Year and her husband, Max Huey, Alumnus of the Year, who are members of the ECCC Class of 1965 and reside in Picayune; and Pete Lucovich (Class of 1973) of Carthage and Louisville native Marcus Thames (Class of 1997) of Tampa, Fla., who will be inducted into the College’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

Luncheon tickets are $12 each and can be purchased by contacting Dr. Stacey Hollingsworth, executive director for Foundation and Alumni Relations.

Election of Alumni Association officers will also be held during the Awards Luncheon.

Also beginning at 11 a.m. is the annual Lil Warrior Kid Zone, which continues through 2:30 p.m. at Bailey Stadium.

The annual Warrior Club meeting and tailgating activities begin at 1 p.m.on the deck inside Bailey Stadium.

Meetings of various reunion groups get under way at 1 p.m. in the Brackeen-Wood Physical Education Building.

Honorees for 2013 include members of the Classes of 1957,1958 and 1959; Class of 1963; Warriors and Lady Warrior Basketball Teams from 1937 to 1971; the first Graduating LPN Class (1993) in recognition of the group’s 20th Anniversary; and members of other classes ending in “3” – 1943, 1953, 1973, 1983, 1993 and 2003.

ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart will present 50th Anniversary Diplomas to the Class of 1963 during a ceremony scheduled at 1:30 p.m. in Brackeen-Wood.

The Warriors host Mississippi Delta Community College in the annual Homecoming battle scheduled at 2:30 p.m. on Warrior Field at Bailey Stadium.

Several activities will be held during halftime ceremonies, including recognition of Homecoming Honorees; presentation of the Queen and her Court; awarding of MACJC State Championships rings and presentation of a Mississippi Legislative resolution honoring the 2013 Diamond Warriors; and performance by the Wall O’ Sound Marching Band.

For more information on Homecoming 2013, contact Dr. Stacey Hollingsworth, executive director for Foundation and Alumni Relations,601-635-6327 or call toll free, 877-462-3222, ext. 327. Her e-mail address is