Gala to Commemorate University’s Centennial
Have You Herd? | February 2010 The University community will join with friends, alumni and supporters to celebrate West Texas A&M University’s 100th birthday with an evening of music, dining and dancing at a Centennial Gala beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13 at the First United Bank Center (FUBC).
An overwhelming response to the event prompted University officials to change the event venue from the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum to the FUBC. A special 4 p.m. meet-and-greet reception will remain at the museum, and community members are invited to the hour-long come-and-go reception to honor past University presidents and board of regents members and their families.
The Centennial Gala, black tie optional, will begin with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m. at the First United Bank Center. Dinner will follow at 7 p.m. and dancing will close out the evening. The FUBC will be transformed into a beautiful and elegant location for the event, and photos depicting the University’s 100 years will be part of the Gala theme. ARAMARK chefs from across the country will prepare a special meal for the occasion, and local jazz band Pizazz will provide the dance music.
Along with dinner and dancing, those attending will hear a few words from Dr. J. Patrick O’Brien, University president, and Dr. Charles Townsend, professor emeritus of history, will provide an entertaining look at the University’s 100-year history. Two student groups from the Department of Music also will perform. Past presidents and board of regents members will be recognized.
“It’s going to be a very special, fun evening to mark the University’s 100 years,” J.J. Walker, event coordinator, said. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime event, and we are excited about making it a memorable night for everyone.”