Rodeo will bring 'life' back to campus
Drawing support from local sponsors and donations, the ABAC Alumni Association, along with the Student Government Associaiton and several other clubs and organizations, is currently working to revive the rodeo tradition on campus.
the Alumni Association is currently gathering sponsors and donations that will provide ample funding for the rodeo and its expenses.
The rodeo will be a International Professional Rodeo Association (IPRA) sanctioned event in conjunction with Stock Contractor Charlie Lowry of 4-L Rodeo.
"The upcoming rodeo will be the first event that we have contracted since the intercollegiate rodeos ten years ago," Lowry said. "We are very excited to return to ABAC for this traditional event."
Unlike recent rodeo events held in the arena, this rodeo will include the full gammut of rodeo events with saddle bronc, bull riding, steer wrestling, calf roping, team roping and barrel racing.
SGA recently approved $5,000 from the student activities fund that will help fund the rodeo itself.
"We hope that the monitary support from SGA will really help to boost student support and participation in this monumental event," President of External Affairs and Rural Studies major Ashley Morris said.
This event is just one of the many planned for the annual student and alumni homecoming rightly named "Celebrate ABAC."
In conjunction with the Alumni Association, the Campus Activity Board will be hosting several events, including a homecoming dance, to help to advertise the rodeo.
"The Celebrate ABAC event will be pivotal due to the fact that students will be given the chance to reach out of the classroom and connect with alumni that have already been in the student's shoes," Presidential Scholar and Senior Class President Tanner Newhouse said.
For further information about the rodeo and events surrounding Celebrate ABAC, contact Kieth Barber or any of the individuals involved with the Alumni Association at the Alumni House.