Katie Higgins and Bonnie Denbo, both students at Texas A&M University-Central Texas, take part in giveaways during the university’s kickoff event to Warrior Week Monday at the main campus in Killeen.
 
A basket of Texas A&M University-Central Texas bracelets rests on a table for people to pick up during the university’s kickoff event to Warrior Week Monday at the main campus in Killeen.

By Krista M. Madkins
Killeen Daily Herald

Texas A&M University-Central Texas’ first Warrior Week kicked off Monday, as students gathered on the main campus to celebrate school spirit.

“We are newly established in 2009,” said Randy McCauley, director of marketing and public relations at TAMU-CT. “We are creating new traditions, taking on every form of our mascot, which is a warrior.”

McCauley said he hoped the week’s events would help build school spirit and ties with the community, Fort Hood and its soldiers.

“It’s a way students can show their school pride even though we don’t have a homecoming,” said Alison Rex, TAMU-CT public relations representative.

Currently, the school does not have an athletic program; but as the school and tradition grow, students and faculty hope to one day have Warrior Week as their homecoming, said McCauley.

Along with celebrating their school spirit, TAMU-CT students plan to give back to the community this week. Student government and student affairs have planned a canned food collection competition Thursday along with a Kiss the Pig contest.

The idea of Kiss the Pig came from student organizations. Students drop money into jars with participant’s pictures on them, and the person with the most money must pucker up to a pig Thursday. Participants in the contest include TAMU-CT president, faculty and student government officials.

“Whatever I need to do to get people excited, I’m willing to do within reason,” said Clarence Enochs, student body president.

All proceeds from the contest will be donated to the Bastrop County Emergency Pantry and Support Center.

Students will close out the week by participating in a community outreach at Families in Crisis in Killeen during the city’s Make A Difference Day Saturday. Volunteers will help paint rooms inside the crisis building, exhibiting “the warrior mind,” said Uri Lee, student government member and blue collar ambassador member.