JONESBORO – Arkansas State University students will conduct their 21st annual “Order of the Pack” Thursday, Sept. 7, at 7:30 p.m. at Centennial Bank Stadium.
Order of the Pack, a campus tradition, is conducted annually to welcome a new class into the Red Wolves family. Alumni and friends are welcome to join A-State students on the east side of the stadium to re-live their own Order of the Pack experience.
Order of the Pack sponsors, the Student Activities Board and the Student Government Association, work together to emphasize the traditions of Red Wolf athletics and Pack Pride. SGA President Haley Stotts of Little Rock and SAB spirit directors Robert Morris and William Metzger, both of Jacksonville, will welcome the crowd.
Spirit Squads will teach game day traditions and chants. Coach Blake Anderson and Athletics Director Terry Mohajir are scheduled to speak, as well as Chancellor Kelly Damphousse. Red Wolves athletic teams will be introduced.
ROTC cadets will present the colors as the A-State Choir sings the national anthem.
Students attending will compete for three spirit awards this year. The “golden wolf” award goes to the student organization that exhibits the most overall school spirit. A “body art” award goes to the student or group of students with the most spirited, creative body painting, and “spirit sign” award will go to the student or group of students with the most spirited, creative or eye-catching sign.
Registered student organizations, Greek organizations, and residence halls are eligible to participate in the annual contest. Participating students may pick up free t-shirts at the end of the program.
Prior to Order of the Pack, SAB will host a kickoff event starting at 6 p.m. in the pine tree grove on the east side of the stadium. DJ King Vick and food trucks will be on site.
Students, faculty and staff will gather for a photograph on the Centennial Bank Stadium field starting at 6:30, forming an outline of the State of Arkansas. Freshmen will be highlighted as they form a diamond in the center.
Freshmen participants will receive an exclusive A-State “Class of 2021" button, and all students in the photo will receive priority seating at Order of the Pack.
On Friday, from 5 to 8 p.m., the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce will sponsor its annual “Big Great A-State Tailgate,” a major Paint the Town Red Week event and opening event of Pack Pride Weekend. The festivities on Main Street in Downtown Jonesboro will include live music and food.
Winners of the community-wide decorating contest, another Paint the Town Red Week event, will be announced and recognized at the Big Great A-State Tailgate.
Kickoff for the first home game of the season will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
For more details, contact the Leadership Center at (870) 972-2055 or Morgan Crain, coordinate of student activities in the Leadership Center, mcrain@AState.edu.