The Alumni Day Luncheon, where the university honors the Outstanding Alumnus of the Year and the Young Alumni of the Year, is moved to the Teague Special Events Center from the Hunter Welcome Center this year.
Rick Atchley (’78) will receive the outstanding alumnus award. Husband Randy (’94) and his wife Anda Brown (’95) will receive the young alumni award at the luncheon at 12:30 p.m. on Feb. 16.
For the past several years, the Alumni Day Luncheon was conducted in the Hunter Welcome Center, but a few changes in events and an increase in attendance led the Alumni Association to move to the Teague building, said Jama Cadle, assistant director of alumni relations. She said Teague can seat more people.
“We usually do two separate luncheons a year,” Cadle said. “One in Spring to honor the Young Alum of the Year and one in Fall to honor Outstanding Alum of the Year. So since we’re combining the two, we expect an audience of over 400 supporters.”
Cadle said by using the Teague Special Events Center they have managed to not only increase room for more attendees, but save money.
Three events will take place at the Teague during the Feb. 14-16 weekend, including the Alumni Luncheon. Cadle said the Alumni Association decided to share the event costs with other events that will go on that weekend.
“It’s actually a much better situation to have the event in Teague,” Cadle said. “The clean up for all three events will be in the same area, and I know that will benefit some people.”
Malcolm Ruben, junior information systems major from Baytown, said he will attend the alumni luncheon, and that he has experienced several events in the facility.
“The Teague Special Events Center is extremely spacious and the climate is always cool no matter how many people are in there,” Ruben said. “I’m excited to see the set up and how many more people will attend this luncheon than the previous years.”
Tickets to attend the Alumni Day Luncheon cost $20 each or $180 for a table of 10.