Saturday, October 19, will mark the 100th anniversary of the New Mexico Tech's 49ers Homecoming parade. The 49ers Parade will begin at 11 a.m. down California Street under the theme “All Geared Up for a Steampunk 49ers.” Grand Marshal of this year’s parade is Bob Eveleth, who graduated in the class of 1969.
The annual 49ers celebration will feature five days full of fun activities on campus and around Socorro from Wednesday, October 16 to Sunday, October 20. During New Mexico Tech's homecoming week, students, alumni and the Socorro community come together to recognize history, tradition, and participate in various events that will be held starting on Wednesday, October 16.
A major highlight of 49ers is the annual Paint the ‘M’ event on the morning of Friday, October 19. This is the only time during the year that the general public is allowed on ‘M’ Mountain. The first 20 students (or teams of students) to reach the ‘M’ with marble dust will earn $50. Alumni and NMT employees are also welcome to take part in the tradition that started in 1910. The hike is about 2.5 miles and 2,000 feet of elevation change over rugged terrain.
Other highlights of this year’s event include:
On Thursday, October 18, New Mexico Tech will be part of the Earth Week celebration with an open house from 12:30 to 2 p.m., at the New Mexico Bureau of Geology. Later, the New Mexico Class of 1969 and 1994 will be honored during a reunion dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Galena room at Macey Center.
Other events on Thursday include a dodge ball tournament, comedy night at the Macey Center and Steampunk tea bag toss and pizza night at the Capitol Bar starting at 8 p.m. At 9 p.m., Uncle Dave’s X-tra Large Band will perform at the Capitol Bar.
Friday, October 18, begins with the hike up the mountain to paint the “M.” Participants are asked to meet at the Facilities Management parking lot at 7 a.m.
Mid-morning, Tech will host the 49ers Gold Rush Golf Scramble at the NMT Golf Course at 10 a.m.
Other Friday events are the Heritage Events mining competition beginning at 1 p.m. and the Second Annual Chile Day events beginning at 1 p.m. on Campus Drive. The Mobile Video Gaming Truck will be on campus from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Other events that afternoon include the Ruby Tailgate Party, Technical Communications Alumni Ice Cream Social and Story Swap, a fall concert, the annual women’s rugby game at 3:30 p.m. followed by annual Black and Blue game at 4:30 p.m.
President Stephen Wells and his wife, Beth, will host the 49ers Alumni Reception where Alumni awards presentations will be made at 6 p.m. in their home. In the evening hours there will be an alumni gathering Steampunk tea dueling and hot dog night at the Capitol Bar beginning at 8 p.m. with music following at 9 p.m. by the band Wredemppshun.
The Elfego Back Golf Shoot on the top of M Mountain at 6 a.m. will kick off Saturday, October 19, events. That will be followed by a pancake breakfast at 9 a.m. in the ballrooms of the Fidel Center.
There’s a full schedule of events on Saturday including the Mobile Video Gaming Truck, NMT Soccer game at 2 p.m., a block party and the Mechanical Engineering Showcase on the NMT athletic field starting at 2 p.m. with events such as BAJA, a drone flying competition, hot air balloons, and battle bots.
The American Association of Drilling Engineers will present a cornhole tournament at 2 p.m. on the athletic field followed by a Slide Rule Competition at 4 p.m. in Workman 101.
Other events include a casino night, burlesque. In addition, the Capitol Bar will host an alumni gathering at 8 p.m. featuring steampunk tea pot racing and nacho night. Music that evening will be band Wredemppshun.
Events will end on Sunday with a Memorial Service at 9:30 a.m. behind Brown Hall as well as an RSVP Farewell Brunch at Sofia’s Kitchen at 10:30 a.m.