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UNT v. FAU basketball game day eve

// The Lone Star Burrow will be hosting its first official reception since earning our charter in August. Previous events included a watch party in 2006, tailgates at FAU v. UNT football games in Denton, a "launch meeting/event" in the summer of 2007 and the FAU v. Texas alumni tailgate, where we earned our charter, in Aug. 2008.

We don't expect hundreds of FAU fans or alumni to be there - 15 would be a success and 20 would be amazing.

All the preparations are done except for buying the food and drinks, which I will order today and pick up tomorrow.

We have a meet and greet with Head Coach Mike Jarvis at 5 p.m. CT and then will enjoy drinks and food courtesy of the FAUNAA. And of course, we'll be at the game for tip-off at 7 p.m. CT.

After I give a brief speech at the reception, we'll be able to mix and mingle with each other. In the background, two videos will be playing on loop: The New Orleans Bowl highlight video and the orientation video used at this summer's freshmen orientations.

I'd like to give a quick, but big shoutout to the people that have helped to make this happen
- UNT Alumni Office for allowing us to use their alumni center for our reception
- Alex Sanchez '94 (Austin) for having the vision years ago to create a chapter in Texas
- Paul Metcalf, Pat Breman and Marlene Smith in the FAU Alumni Relations office for organizing everything

At the reception, we'll be raffling off three signed copies of Jarvis' book, along with a team-signed basketball.

The purpose of the event is to keep FAU Alumni engaged with the university, to talk about what joining the FAUNAA does and to continue the momentum that is building in Texas for FAU.

I'll provide pictures via e-mail to the admins of FAUOWLSNEST to post during the event. I'll try to blog tomorrow morning before my nearly six-hour drive tomorrow to Denton from San Antonio. And of course, I'll provide a wrap-up piece on Sunday.

The fan experience blog is back! And although it won't be as exciting as the Detroit fan experience blog... I'll try to keep it somewhat entertaining.


Ideas for future FAUNAA events in Texas: Currently, we have thoughts of having a summer reception in Houston and Austin, and then a tailgate for the FAU v. UNT football game in the fall. We have several alumni in Houston who want to have an event - and one specifically e-mailed the FAU office a few weeks ago and is an Ocean Engineering grad who said there are several OE grads out there. My dream event is to have admissions host a prospective student event, followed immediately by an alumni reception. But we'll see what happens.


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