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Join us for Hootenanny Weekend (April 8-9, 2022) as we laugh, celebrate and make memories together! 

Over the course of the last 75 years, our students have put on a talent and variety show during the year.  In the mid-1960s, this student favorite became formalized as Hootenanny - a night of laughter, fun, and celebration - in which everything, from production to hosting to the talent and skits, is done by students.

In addition to this night of laughter and fun, Hootenanny Weekend is an opportunity for alumni, parents, and family to join us in celebrating the achievements of their students, the accomplishments of our alumni, all while having a LOT of fun and making memories together as our students head into the final month of the semester.

For information on hotels, food, and the campus store, see the FAQ tab above.

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HOOTENANNY WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTS: 

FAVORITE: Hootenanny Chapel (Fri, Apr 8)
Join us for a very special, alumni-hosted Hootenanny Weekend chapel, featuring special guest former Congressman and All-American Athlete, J.C. Watts.  (Free, Open to the Public)

 

NEW: Student Celebration Luncheon (Fri, Apr 8)
Join us as we celebrate the academic, athletic, and other distinguished accomplishments of our students this year.  This will be a special time for alumni, parents, and families to join the celebration, including the Hatfield Prize, MVP awards, and more! ($15/person, Honoree's attend free)

 

NEW: Stories of Ingenuity & Faith (Fri, Apr 8)
Over the years, LETU Alumni have been involved in some of the most incredible innovations and adventures.  Join us for an inspiring and encouraging time of hearing from a handful of alumni in short, engaging presentations on topics of innovation, ingenuity, and walking with the Lord through life's unexpected adventures.  

 

NEW: Campus Tour with Dr. Terry Zeitlow ('87) (Fri, Apr 8)
Take this behind-the-scenes tour of LeTourneau University with Dr. Terry Zeitlow, a 1987, record-holding athlete and our Vice President of Development and Alumni.  This tour will provide a look back at our past, a sense of our present, and an exciting look into what the future holds for the Christian Polytechnic University!

 

FAVORITE: Hootenanny Show (Fri, Apr 8)
For over 50 years, this variety and talent show has brought laughter, fun, and a RG-sized truck load of old and new memories! Don't miss this opportunity to kick back, laugh, and get a glimpse into the funnier moments of student life on campus. ($5/ticket)

 

NEW: Breakfast with the President (Sat, Apr 8)
Join us for a special breakfast with our new President, Dr. Steven D. Mason, and his wife, Bonnie, as they share about their story and their excitement for what God is doing here at LeTourneau University.  Note: This popular event sold out at Homecoming in October, so grab tickets while you can. ($10/person)

 

RETURNING FAVORITE: Go-Kart Races (Sat, Apr 8)
After a 20+ year hiatus, the Go-Kart Races are back! From 1970-2000, teams of students built their own go-karts and raced them on-campus every Spring.  Alumni, students, and faculty-staff sponsored teams are invited to participate in this year's races! Race registration and rules opens up on Monday, February 14th. 

 

NEW: Student Show-Off (Sat, Apr 8)
Over the course of this year, our students have done incredible work in their classes, clubs, and extra-curricular groups.  On Saturday, make your way to the Student Center where the student's will be showing off their work - from Senior Design projects to the Baja Car club and more! (Light refreshments provided.)

  

 

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Go-Kart Race Registration & Rules

ArtWalk Longview 

Longview Rodeo

 

To begin your registration, please select the number of people in each category below that make up your group, then click "Continue" and register each individual for their desired events.  If you have any questions, please contact our Alumni Relations Team: 903-233-3840.

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THURSDAY

Registration & Check-in in the Alumni Relations Office from 3-5pm.

 

Alumni-in-Action Dinner | 6pm, Alumni Office | Free
Are you an alumni who is sharing in classes through our Alumni in Action program? Or are you a current or former member of the Alumni Council? Then join us as we reconnect and celebrate together.

 

GO LOCAL: ArtWalk Longview | 5:00-8:00pm, Downtown Longview | Click Here to Find Out More
Head into Downtown Longview (5 min drive from campus) and enjoy a night of local food, art, music, museums, stores, local creators and fun. ArtWalk began with the goal of attracting more people to our downtown area to enjoy the museums, restaurants, and businesses that are open and exhibiting artists. The event has grown over the years and we now regularly have food trucks, street musicians, as well as the artists. Enjoy the LETU discount at several stores and vendors!

FRIDAY

Registration & check-in the Alumni Relations Office from 9am-5:00pm.

GO LOCAL: Longview Mayor's Prayer Breakfast | Belcher Center | $20 ticket
Join the local community for this special morning of prayer for our city.  This year's special guest speaker is J.C. Watts, former Congressman and All-American Athlete.  

 

 LETU YellowJacket Preview Day | 9:30am, Allen Student Center
Prospective students and families are invited to an all-day preview event hosted by the Office of Admissions. A separate registration for this event is required: click here.

 

NEW: Alumni & Parent Meet & Greet | 9am-10am, Alumni Relations Office
Stop by the Alumni Relations Office to check-in for the weekend, as well as enjoy an opportunity to meet other parents, alumni, and family who are here for the weekend.  Light refreshments provided.

 

Hootenanny Weekend Chapel with Special Guest J.C. Watts | 10:35 am, Belcher Center 
Join us for a special alumni-hosted Hootenanny Weekend chapel with music and special guest speaker, Former Congressman and All-American Athlete J.C. Watts. (Livestream available.)

 

NEW: Student Celebration Luncheon | 11:45am-1:15pm, Allen Student Center | $15
Join us as we celebrate student achievements from the 2021-2022 academic year, ranging from academic to athletic achievements, as well as our Distinguished Seniors. 

 

NEW: Stories of Ingenuity & Faith | 1:30pm & 2:30pm, EDUC 117/120
Come hear amazing stories from our alumni of how ingenuity has transformed industries and steadfast faith has changed lives around the world.  This is one event you don't want to miss!

 

LETU Tennis vs Ozarks | 2:00pm, Solheim Athletic Center | Free
Cheer on the men and women's Tennis teams as they take on College of the Ozarks here on-campus. (Matches to be held adjacent to the Solheim Athletic Center.)

 

Campus Tour with Terry Zeitlow | 3:45pm, Alumni Relations Office
Ever wondered how we got to where we are or where we're headed as a university? Come get the insider tour of LeTourneau from Terry Zeitlow, a 1987 graduate and the Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations at LeTourneau.

  

Hootenanny Tailgate & Cookout | 4:30-6:30 pm, Allen Student Center Patio | $15 for dinner
Kick off the weekend and get ready for Hootenanny with friends and family, playing outdoor games, having fun in bounce houses, enjoying amazing hamburgers from local favorite The Butcher Shop, and cooling off with ice cream from Student Senate! (Dinner purchase is not required to join us for games and ice cream.)

 

LETU Softball vs Belhaven | 6:00pm, Conrad Vernon Field on the Main Campus | Free
Cheer on our softball team as they take on the Belhaven Blazers in this home game on Conrad Vernon Field (located in the Joyce Family Athletic Village).

 

HOOTENANNY 2022 SHOW | 7:00 pm, Belcher Center | $5
Join us for a night of laughter and memories as our student body put on this annual variety and talent show.  This is one event you don't want to miss! (Livestream available.)

SATURDAY

Registration & check-in will be available in the Alumni Relations Office throughout the day.

 

Buzz Run 5K | 7:00am | $25 adults, $10 students
LeTourneau’s Track and Field team will host a 5K race throughout campus. This 5K is perfect for runners, walkers, students, children and more!

NEW: Breakfast with the President | 8:30am, Allen Student Center | $15
Join us for a special breakfast with our new President, Dr. Steven D. Mason, and his wife, Bonnie, as they share about their story and their excitement for what God is doing here at LeTourneau University. Note: This popular event sold out at Homecoming in October, so grab tickets while they are available.

 

NEW/FAVORITE: Go-Kart Races | 10am, Glaske Parking Lot | Free
Cheer on the student, alumni, and faculty-staff sponsored teams in this year's Go-Kart races, as we mark their return after a 20+ year hiatus. (Go-Kart races were held on-campus from 1970-2000). Registration & rules are available on the tab above.

 

Picnic at the Pond | 11:30am-1pm, The Pavilion & The Pond | $10 adult, $5 child
Join us for a lunch at the Pavilion from local favorite, Bodacious BBQ.  

 

Alumni Reunions | 12pm, The Pavilion @ the Pond | Free
Join fellow alumni and reconnect over lunch.  Those wishing to gather a specific group together are encouraged to contact our Alumni Office (alumni@letu.edu) to reserve a table at the Pavilion for your group. 

 

Society Open House | 2-4pm, Society Houses | Free
A chance to visit LAS, KZX, and Alpha & Omega, learn more about the societies, and reconnect with fellow alumni.

 

LETU Athletics Games: Softball & Baseball Doubleheaders | 12pm & 1pm | Free
Cheer on our softball and baseball teams during these doubleheader games against Belhaven (softball) and ETBU (baseball). The softball games will be played at the Conrad Field here on-campus, while the baseball games will be played at ETBU in Marshall, TX (a 45 min drive from campus).

 

NEW: Student Show-Off | 2pm-4pm, Allen Student Center | Free
Over the course of this year, our students have done incredible work in their classes, clubs, and extra-curricular groups. On Saturday, make your way to the Student Center where the student's will be showing off their work - from Senior Design projects to the Baja Car club and more! (Light refreshments provided.)

 

GO LOCAL: Longview Rodeo | longviewrodeo.com
For years, LeTourneau University hosted our very own student rodeo in Gladewater.  In a throwback to those days, join in the local Longview PRCA Rodeo.  Click here for more information.

 

 

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 Race Registration

Race registration includes 4 race t-shirts.

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Below are answers to some of the most common questions we receive. Feel free to reach out to our Alumni Office if you have questions that are not answered below (903-233-3840, alumni@letu.edu).

  1. I'm a parent of a current student.  Is Hootenanny Weekend for me?
    Yes! Hootenanny Weekend is an opportunity to join our students in laughing, making memories, and celebrating their accomplishments from this year.  Parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts and uncles are invited to join in the laughter and celebration.

  2. I'm an alumni.  Is Hootenanny Weekend for me?
    Yes! Hootenanny has been a memorable part of our time at LeTourneau for more than 50 years! In addition, this year marks the return of the Go-Kart races, with alumni invited to register a team and even bring back the go-kart from their student days to race in the Vintage Class.  In addition, alumni will have an opportunity to celebrate the achievements and stories of fellow alumni and our current students!

  3. I am participating in the YellowJacket preview event.  Can I participate in Hootenanny Weekend?
    Yes! Prospective students and their families are invited to participate in all of the events they are able to, in addition to the preview events planned by the Admissions office.  We encourage prospective students and their families to join us for the Hootenanny Tailgate & Cookout and Hootenanny on Friday night, as well as Saturday's Go-Kart races and Student Show-Off!

  4. How do I register for Hootenanny Weekend?
    Click on the "Registration" tab above (or select it from the drop-down menu on a mobile device).  You can then register for each individual in your group there. 

  5. I've registered, but need to make changes to my registration.  How do I do that? 
    You can use the edit link included in your confirmation email, click here to search for your registration and make changes, or give our Alumni Relations Team a call and we can help you make those changes over the phone (903-233-3840).

  6. What is the cost for attending Hootenanny Weekend?
    Most of the weekend's events are free.  There are a number of events that help raise money for student groups (i.e. 5K Run), as well as a handful of specific events serving food and cost money (i.e. Breakfast with the President, Student Celebration Luncheon, etc.).  Whether or not you are attending a paid event, please register so that we can plan for you and plan accordingly so that all can enjoy a great weekend together.  If you are not registering for any paid events, the registration process is automatically streamlined.

  7. Who can compete in Saturday's Go-Kart Races?
    Alumni, faculty, and students (and a mix of all three) are invited to participate in this year's Go-Kart Races.  Please see the rules and guidelines for the three classes of racing to ensure your kart will meet the requirements for participation.  Registration is required for the stock and open classes and applications are required for the vintage class races.  

  8. Can I eat in the Corner Cafe during the weekend?
    Yes! We'd love for you to enjoy a meal in the university dining hall, the Corner Cafe, throughout the weekend.  For cafe hours, the latest menu, and more, visit the website here.

  9. Will the Campus Store be open throughout the weekend?
    Yes! The Campus Store will be open on both Friday and Saturday from 9am-4pm. Stop by to pick-up a shirt, hoodie, a LETU Mom/Dad mug, or one of the other great LETU items. Alumni, as a thank you for attending LeTourneau, enjoy a 20% discount off your purchases.

  10. Does the university have a list of local hotel accommodation?
    Yes! LeTourneau University has secured special pricing at several hotels in Longview and surrounding areas. If you're staying at one of these properties, simply mention that you will be visiting LeTourneau University and would like the discount rate.
  11. What airports are nearby?
    While Gregg County Regional Airport is minutes from campus - and home to our Abbot Aviation Center - there are a number of airports within a few hours drive: Shreveport Regional Airport, Dallas Love Field, Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, and Houston's George Bush Airport.  Find out more information on these nearby airports and rental car options by clicking here.