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ETSU, community gear up for 2013 PRIDE Week

ETSU PRIDE signs

JOHNSON CITY (Aug. 19, 2013) – East Tennessee State University and the surrounding community are once again gearing up for the annual ETSU PRIDE Week celebration. 

“ETSU PRIDE: Engage the Dream” is the theme of this year’s observance, which will be held Aug. 22-30.  Activities are planned throughout the region for ETSU students, alumni, employees and friends to participate in and enjoy while celebrating the start of the 2013-14 academic year.

This is the 16th year of ETSU PRIDE Week, but the idea for it actually started in 1995.  It was initiated by members of the ETSU National Alumni Association to create public awareness of and build enthusiasm for the university.  The alumni board members wanted to boost and unify community involvement, as well as spotlight the benefits generated by ETSU.  That idea became a reality in 1997, and since then, PRIDE Week has raised awareness of the university’s programs, services and economic impact on the region.

“ETSU PRIDE continues our wonderful tradition of celebrating and recognizing the important roles that ETSU has in each of our lives as alumni and friends, whether we live and work in our region or beyond,” said Jeff Anderson, interim vice president for University Advancement.  “ETSU PRIDE brings us together as an ETSU family.  We appreciate and encourage all those families and individuals who will attend and participate in the many PRIDE events in their communities for this year’s celebration.”

The ETSU PRIDE Week effort involves hundreds of volunteers, businesses and industries, as well as residents of the surrounding communities, and the familiar “ETSU PRIDE” yard signs continue to be the visible mark of the grassroots movement that showcases the energy, enthusiasm and influence ETSU has on the region and beyond. 

“Overall,” Anderson said, “PRIDE Week highlights the university and the rich character of the region.  Thousands of alumni live and work in, and have ties to, this area, and that impact touches every family, either directly or indirectly.”

ETSU PRIDE Week events include a decorating contest Aug. 20-21, Move-In Day and Welcome Stations for new students on Aug. 22, Tri-Cities Blue and Gold Day and ETSU PRIDE Night at the Appalachian Fair on Aug. 23, a Community Showcase on Aug. 28, ETSU PRIDE Bluegrass on Broad Street in Kingsport on Aug. 30, and a variety of sporting events both on campus and throughout the region. 

For a complete schedule of PRIDE Week events, visit www.etsu.edu/alumni.  For more information or special assistance for those with disabilities, call the ETSU Alumni Office at (423) 439-4218.