By Rebecca Rose
SOCORRO - The annual 49ers reunion kicks off this weekend at Tech. Highlights of the popular event include a parade, live music, Casino night, and a cash prize contest to “Paint the ‘M’”.
Tony Ortiz, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations and Special Events at New Mexico Tech, says the event offers something for everyone. “The 49ers celebration is the traditional Tech homecoming. Current students host events, but we also have lots of alumni events.” Those events include a dinner on Friday, a picnic at Water Canyon on Saturday and a breakfast Sunday.
Ortiz estimates about 50 prior Tech students are returning to participate. “It’s a great way for former students to reconnect with past classmates, and make connections with current students.” Alumni can register for the weekend's events in the Fidel Center atrium. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday.
Alumni can also take part in a wide variety of student events, coordinated by the Student Activities Board and other groups at Tech. Jessie Morris, Student Activities Director, is planning many of this year’s activities. “I think this year is going to be really incredible. People are going to get really hyped up this weekend.”
Casino Night features a live “Bordello” auction, which Morris promised will be unique from years past. “This year, we had a professional choreographer teach a dance for the auction. Each girl has her own special routine.” she said. Proceeds from the auction and Casino Night go to a charity to benefit battered women.
Morris was also excited about bringing a famous comedian and movie star to campus for a special performance. “Our best event is Pauly Shore on Thursday. I think that the students my age are really into him. I’ve seen all of his movies and so have all of my classmates. Student tickets went like hot cakes. It’s exciting.”
The Athletic Field will host numerous sports themed events as well. On Thursday, students and alumni can play human foosball from 4p.m. to 7p.m. Several residence halls will host competing volleyball games. Powder Puff football gets underway at 6p.m.
The weekend concludes with the traditional “Paint the ‘M’” event on Sunday morning. Participants will meet at EMRTC at 8a.m. Past and present students as well as faculty and community members are invited to join in the climb to the top of ‘M’ Mountain. The first 20 students or teams who carry 50 pounds of crushed marble to the top will receive cash prizes. (Please note: Participants must be registered no later than Friday at noon. Registration is by email only: firstname.lastname@example.org. Phone registration is not allowed).
More details can be found online at www.nmt.edu/alumni-and-friends.