It’s time to get your “pride” on. Today marks the start of East Tennessee State University’s PRIDE Week with the arrival of freshmen and transfer students for the university’s annual orientation program.
PRIDE Week’s roots can be traced back to 1995 when some alumni began posting ETSU PRIDE signs around Johnson City. The first community-wide celebration for PRIDE Week was held in 1997, which makes this the event’s 14th year. And it will be a very special PRIDE Week this year as the university is celebrating its 100th anniversary.
As Press staff writer Amanda Marsh reported in Wednesday’s paper, the theme of this year’s event is — “Imagine the next 100 years.” PRIDE Week will be marked this year by the traditional campus events, as well as activities elsewhere. The ETSU PRIDE Bluegrass Band will perform Friday on Broad Street in Kingsport at 7 p.m. Patrons can also get $1 off admission to the Appalachian Fair in Gray from 3-8 p.m. if they are wearing ETSU apparel. Several local baseball games also will be free for students and those wearing ETSU gear on Monday.
There is indeed much to be proud of at ETSU. For more information on ETSU PRIDE Week, visit www.etsu.edu/alumni/events/prideweek.aspx.