Location Tarleton is located 305 miles (5 hours) north of Humble/Kingwood in Stephenville, TX.
Namesake: John Tarleton (1808-1895) • Born in Vermont • After moving around quite a bit (he was orphaned at a young age), he purchased cheap unsettled land in Texas and decided to move there. • He lived in different parts of Texas, owned a mercantile, and tried cattle ranching. • He died of typhoid fever at his home on November 16, 1895, leaving his money to establish a college.
Mascot and Colors • Purple and White • “Texans & TexAnns” Texan Rider ~ Check out the vest and chaps!
Academics – Many choices! • Agricultural and Consumer Sciences • Animal Science and Wildlife Management • Environmental and Agricultural Management • College of Business Administration • Accounting, Finance, and Economics • Computer Information Systems • Management, Marketing and Administrative Systems • College of Education • Curriculum and Instruction • Educational Leadership and Policy Studies • Kinesiology • Psychology and Counseling • College of Liberal and Fine Arts • Communication Studies • English and Languages • Fine Arts • Social Sciences • Social Work, Sociology and Criminal Justice • College of Science and Technology • Biological Sciences • Chemistry, Geosciences, and Environmental Science • Engineering and Physics • Engineering Technology • Mathematics • Nursing
Hand Signal • It’s kind of like the “Guns Up” of Texas Tech, but with a double-barreled gun (two fingers up.) • Is supposed to look like the state of Texas.
Oscar P. was John Tarleton’s pet duck. • Oscar P. went everywhere with John Tarleton. • It is rumored that Oscar P. is buried somewhere on campus, which is why students are not allowed to walk on the grass.
TTS/TTP • Formed long ago, the Ten Tarleton Peppers (TTP) and Ten Tarleton Sisters (TTS) are the two oldest organizations on campus. • The identity of the members were kept a secret until their senior year when they were revealed in the yearbooks.
Purple Poo: A secret organization which promotes school spirit. • In the1960s, the TTP and the TTS combined and became “The Purple Poo.” • They only allow twenty members: ten guys and ten girls. • The members keep their identities secret by wearing masks and disguising their voices. • Graduating members of the Purple Poo give the president a small purple pig when shaking his hand during graduation.
In 1984, a group of students established a spirit group named “Plowboys.” • The Plowboys attend athletic events and other activities. • They wear white shirts, hats, and purple chaps.
Beating the drum • One of the best-known Tarleton traditions is “beating the drum.” • Begins Tuesday night of homecoming week and lasts 24 hours a day until the beginning of the football game on Saturday. • Groups of students take turns pounding on a 55-gallon oil drum (not an actual musical instrument) with sticks or clubs. • This tradition began in the 1920s as a way to defend the bonfire from being lit early by rivals.
Texan Stars – Dance Team • For over 25 years the Texan Stars Dance Team has been an important part of Tarleton State University. • They perform at halftimes of all Tarleton home games and at pep rallies. • They have won many awards.
Alumni you might know • Amber Lockhart • Angela Munchrath • Emily Norris • Jamie Ricketts & Roger Ricketts (Who was a member of Purple Poo!) • Lisa & Howard Sprague • Staci & Matt Meade • Charlotte Mahler & Stan Mahler, and son Matthew • Marsha & Larry Richardson, and daughter Leah • Susan McElroy • Megan Jeske • Carmen Neal
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Sources • http://www.tshaonline.org - Texas State Historical Association • Tarleton.edu • Wikipedia