The annual ’Roo Boo at Austin College, hosted by the local chapter of Alpha Phi Omega national service fraternity, will be held Wednesday, October 30, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in Sid Richardson Center of the Robert T. Mason Athletic-Recreation Complex, off Brockett Street and just east of the football stadium. ’Roo Boo spreads into Ida Green Communication Center this year and is 30 minutes longer than in the past to better serve the large number of guests.
The theme for this year’s family-friendly event is Hocus Pocus. Children 12 and younger are invited to wear their costumes and take part in this free event. Parental supervision is required. Austin College Police will be on patrol during the event.
The event is a safe alternative to traditional trick-or-treating and will include lots of games, booths, and prizes offered by campus organizations with plenty of free candy for participants. Austin College student volunteers, representing more than 50 student organizations, will be dressed in costume for the Halloween celebration. A Fun House is added this year.
Madelyn Oliver, a sophomore and this year’s ’Roo Boo committee chair, said the annual event is always designed to be kid-friendly and not too scary. “This is a fun project that allows our organization to give back to the Sherman community and provide a night of fun for area kids.”
More than 1,250 guests regularly attend the event.
Alpha Phi Omega is a national service organization, founded on the principles of leadership, friendship, and service.
Austin College, a private national liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas, has earned a reputation for excellence in academic preparation, international study, pre-professional foundations, leadership development, committed faculty, and hands-on, adventurous learning opportunities. One of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges That Change Lives, Austin College boasts a welcoming community that embraces diversity and individuality, with more than 50 percent of students identifying as persons of color. The residential student body of approximately 1,300 students and more than 100 expert faculty members allow a 13:1 student-faculty ratio and personalized attention. This year, the campus recognizes 100 years of co-education and has had several opportunities to recognize the history of women and accomplishments of current alumnae. Austin College is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA) and cultivates an inclusive atmosphere that supports students’ faith journeys regardless of religious tradition. Founded in 1849, the College is the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original name and charter.