Roar Tour hits the road in Southeast
Nov. 4, 2013
As this year's Homecoming theme proclaimed, LaGrange College has a lot to "roar"
about these days – the largest freshman class ever, a gorgeously restored Price
Theater and students who shine in academics, athletics and service to the campus
To spread the good news, President Dan McAlexander and First Lady Celeste Myall
will be hitting the road this fall on their second annual "hometown" visits with
alumni. They will be joined by the new Panther mascot, Pouncer, and Athletic Director
The Roar Tour is being coordinated by Martha Pirkle, Director of Alumni and Community
"Last year's Celebrate Georgia tour was such a success that we had people begging
us to expand it," she said. "This year's event will include stops in Alabama and
The tour is designed to give alumni around the Southeast the opportunity to visit
with the President and First Lady, as well as with each other.
The addition of Pouncer and Claybrook also will shine a spotlight on the college's
outstanding student-athletes, said Dr. McAlexander.
"A large percentage of our students are athletes," he said. "We are so proud of
their accomplishments, both in the classroom and on the playing field, and we love
talking about their transformative experiences at LaGrange College."
Claybrook said she is always happy to brag about the college's student-athletes.
"Not only do they win athletic honors in their sports, but they also are outstanding
students," she said. "This past year, 123 of our players earned USA South Academic
The Roar Tour was kicked off during this year's Panther Palooza III held during
"We had so much fun introducing Pouncer to our alumni who were celebrating with
us," Pirkle said. "This will be a great opportunity to gather with other friends
and alumni to share memories and to hear about the exciting things happening at
The first stop of the Roar Tour will be Nov. 18 at the Marietta (Ga.) Museum of
History. The next day, the tour pulls into Birmingham, Ala. , where guests will
gather at Carrigan's Public House.
After the first of the year, the travel continues with a visit to Bravo Dellagio
in Orlando, Fla., on Jan. 22, followed the next day with a gathering at the Palma
Ceia Country Club in Tampa.
The final stop will be Feb. 11 at the home of Moody '81 and Eugenia Bishop McCall
'81 in Atlantic Beach, outside Jacksonville, Fla.
All events will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
to register for a "hometown" get-together.
For more information, contact Pirkle at
or by calling (706) 880-8245.