Preview for Tarleton’s Homecoming 2.0 

By: Taite Read

Graphic Designer 

The Tarleton Activities Board (T.A.B.) will host Founder’s Week this spring.

Tarleton State University was established on Sept. 4, 1899, by John Tarleton. John Tarleton walked all the way from Knoxville, Tennessee, accompanied by his duck Oscar P.

The Founder’s Week tradition, which originated in 1902, will start on April 18 this year.

“The celebration was held each November to coincide with Tarleton’s birthday,” according to the Purple Book. 

The daylong celebration eventually turned into a week full of Tarleton traditions that students look forward to every spring semester.

Founder’s Week poster in front of the Student Center.
Photo By: Taire Read

Daniel Mendoza, the program coordinator and T.A.B advisor, gives insight into what students should expect to see during Founder’s Week.

“A lot of traditions,” Mendoza said. “A lot of these traditions have been from the past and now we are bringing them back.” 

Students are currently preparing for the week of traditions, which will include voting for Mr. and Ms. TSU.

Founder’s Week also consists of Silver Taps on April 19, which honors any alumni, students, faculty or staff who died that previous year. 

During Grassburr Fest on April 20, students can pick up their yearbooks at Heritage Park. Tarleton will also be throwing Oscar P a birthday bash in the Tarleton Student Center.

“I am excited for the Grassburr fest this year,” Junior Macey Geistweidt said. 

On April 21, Oscar P’s birthday bash will be during lunch in the Barry B. Thompson Student Center, with a preview of the Aquatic and Read Southhall band concert to follow.

Cayleigh Ford, a sophomore at Tarleton, can’t wait for Founder’s Week to begin. 

“The Read Southhall is what I am looking forward to the most,” Ford said. 

Lord and Lady Tarleton will be crowned at May Féte on April 22 at Heritage Park.

The Purple and White scrimmage and tailgate at Texan Ally will end the week on April 23. 

Tarleton President Dr. James Hurley expressed his excitement in his spring speech on the Tarleton Office of the President website. 

“Think Homecoming 2.0,” Hurley said. 

The events during Founder’s Week always bring spirit and unity to the university, and this year will not be any different.

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