Hootenanny Weekend

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Join us for Hootenanny Weekend (April 11-12) as we laugh, celebrate and make memories together!

The 2024 Hootenanny Night Live Show: 

Throughout our history, our students have put on a talent and variety show during the year.  In the mid-1960s, this student favorite became formalized as Hootenanny - a night of laughter, fun, and celebration - in which everything, from production to hosting to the talent and skits, is done by students. The tradition continues this year!

In addition to this night of laughter and fun, Hootenanny Weekend is an opportunity for students to have a blast before the final push to the end of the semester and for alumni, parents, and family to join us in celebrating student achievement and have a LOT of fun and making memories together as our students head into the final month of the semester.

For information on hotels, food, and the campus store, see the FAQ tab above.

Hootenanny Weekend Registration

Hootenanny Hub Link



 FAVORITE: Breakfast with the President (Fri, Apr 11)


 FAVORITE: Hootenanny Chapel (Fri, Apr 11)
A time of worship, hearing from guest speakers, and a sneak peak of Friday night's show! (Free, Open to the Public, Livestream Available)


 NEW: Prayer Time in Speer Chapel (Fri, Apr 11)
Visit the historic Speer Chapel on campus and spend some time praying for our university and our LeTourneau community.


FAVORITE: Campus Tour with Dr. Terry Zeitlow ('87) (Fri, Apr 11)
Take this behind-the-scenes tour of LeTourneau University with Dr. Terry Zeitlow, a 1987, record-holding athlete and our Vice President of Development and Alumni.  This tour will provide a look back at our past, a sense of our present, and an exciting look into what the future holds for the Christian Polytechnic University! 


FAVORITE: LeTourneau YellowJackets  (Fri & Sat, Apr 11-12)
Cheer on our YellowJackets!!  Soccer Scrimmage, Basball, Volleyball, Tennis & Alumni Rugby games (Free Admission, Livestream Available)


NEW: Hootenanny Dinner on the Patio  (Fri, Apr 11)
Kick off the fun with local favorite food! Enjoy games on the Green! ($15/person includes meal)


TRADITION: Hootenanny Show (Fri, Apr 11)
For over 120 years, this variety and talent show has brought laughter, fun, and a RG-sized truck load of old and new memories! Don't miss this opportunity to kick back, laugh, and get a glimpse into the funnier moments of student life on campus. ($5/ticket; Live (coming soon)

FAVORITE: Alumni Rugby game | 12:00 pm | Free

TRADITION: Go-Kart Races (Sat, Apr 12)
After a 20+ year hiatus, the Go-Kart Races roared back onto campus in April 2022! From 1970-2000, teams of students built their own go-karts and raced them on-campus every Spring.  Alumni, students, and faculty-staff sponsored teams are invited to participate in this year's races! Join us for this year's races.  Want to race? Register your team via the main Hootenanny Weekend registration.


FAVORITE: Drone Races (Sat, Apr 12)
Taking Hootenanny to new heights, the Model Aviation Club presents: Drone Races! Join us at the field between auto society and the pond as we soar above campus! Alumni, Students and faculty-staff are invited to participate for this year’s race! 


NEW: Student Expo (Opportunity & Innovation Showcase) (Sat, Apr 12)
We are a community of innovators and creators! Come check out the great work our students are doing this year, alongside alumni authors, inventors, and creators! Interested in having a table to showcase your work or your company? Contact us at alumni@letu.edu.


NEW: Student Achievement Celebration (Sat, Apr 12)
Join us as we celebrate student achievement, including our Distinguished Seniors, student athletes, and much more! Keynote Speaker: Dr. Karen Jacobs, Professor of Business and the 2024 Selby Award Winner. ($35/person) (Live



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Hootenanny Go Kart Races




To begin your registration, please select the number of people in each category below that make up your group, then click "Continue" and register each individual for their desired events.  If you have any questions, please contact our Alumni Relations Team: 903-233-3840.

Need to make changes to your Hootenanny Weekend registration?
If so, click below:

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Registration & check-in the Allen Family Student Center from 9:00am-4:00pm.


Alumni & Parent Meet & Greet | 9:30am-10:30am, Allen Family Student Center
After checking-in at Registration, enjoy an opportunity to meet other parents, alumni, and family who are here for the weekend.  Light refreshments provided.


Hootenanny Weekend Chapel | 10:35 am, Belcher Center 
A time of worship and hearing from guest speakers. (Livestream Available)


NEW: Prayer Time in Speer Chapel | 11:45am-12:15pm, Speer Chapel
Visit the historic Speer Chapel on campus and spend some time praying for our university and our LeTourneau community.


NEW: Hootenanny Celebration Lunch | 12:00pm-1:15pm, Corner Cafe | Price Varies
The Weekend Celebration is coming to the Corner Cafe! Join us for lunch in the Corner Cafe amid the festivities of the weekend.

Campus Tour with Terry Zeitlow | 3:45pm, Allen Family Student Center
Ever wondered how we got to where we are or where we're headed as a university? Come get the insider tour of LeTourneau from Terry Zeitlow, a 1987 graduate and the Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations at LeTourneau.

LETU YellowJacket Soccer Scrimmage | 5:00 PM, Conrad Vernon Field | Free
Cheer on the YellowJackets! 

FAVORITE: Hootenanny Dinner on the Patio | 5:00-6:30 pm | $15
Kick off the fun with The Butcher Shop!


HOOTENANNY 2024 SHOW | 7:00 pm, Belcher Center | $5
Join us for a night of laughter and memories as our student body put on this annual variety and talent show.  This is one event you don't want to miss! (Livestream.)

 LETU YellowJacket Baseball | 7:00 PM, Conrad Vernon Field | Free
Cheer on the YellowJackets! (Livestream Available)

Society Block Party | After Hootenanny Show, Society Houses
Students join in as the fun continues at the Society Block Party! Head over to Society Row after the Hootenanny Show. (For students only.)


Registration & check-in will be available at the pond from 10am-1pm.

Drone Races | 11:00am-1pm, Field by the Pond | FREE
Join us near the Pavilion just south of Glaske for our 3rd bi-annual drone race event!


Picnic at the Pond | 11:30am-1pm, The Pavilion & The Pond | $12 adult, $7 child
Join us for a lunch at the Pavilion from local favorite, Bodacious BBQ.  


LETU Athletics:

Alumni Rugby game | 12:00 pm | Free

YellowJacket Baseball | 1:00 & 3:30 pm | Free, Conrad Vernon Field

Volleyball Scrimmages | 12:00 & 4:00 pm | Free, Solheim

YellowJacket Tennis| 1:00 | Free, Tennis Courts

Cheer on our YellowJacket teams! (Livestream Available)


NEW: Student Expo (Opportunity & Innovation Showcase) | 2pm-4pm, Allen Student Center | Free
We are a community of innovators and creators! Come check out the great work our students are doing this year, alongside alumni authors, inventors, and creators! Interested in having a table to showcase your work or your company? Contact us at alumni@letu.edu.

FAVORITE: Memories with Mason | 2:45pm, Memorial Student Center 3rd Floor
Join President Mason to hear about what God is doing at LeTourneau and where He is leading us in the days and years to come.

 NEW: Student Achievement Celebration Dinner | 4:45 pm-7pm, Allen Student Center Great Room  | $35
Join us as we celebrate student achievement, including our Distinguished Seniors, student athletes, and much more! Keynote Speaker: Mr. John Tixier, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology and the 2023 Selby Award Winner. (Live)

FAVORITE: Go-Kart Enduro | 6pm-midnight, Glaske Parking Lot | Free
Cheer on the student, alumni, and faculty-staff sponsored teams in this year's Go-Kart Enduro.  To register or find out more about the races, click on the Go-Karts tab (drop-down box if on mobile device) to find out more.


 Race Registration

To register for the Spring 2024 races:

  1. Register for Hootenanny Weekend (click here).
  2. When filling out the details for either a student an adult, click "Yes" under "Would you like to register for the Go Kart races?"
    NOTE: Only one individual registration required per team.
  3. When you submit your Hootenanny Weekend registration, your Go Kart registration will also be submitted.  



Contact Automotive Society President: Jared Harder (jaredharder@letu.edu



Below are answers to some of the most common questions we receive. Feel free to reach out to our Alumni Office if you have questions that are not answered below (903-233-3840, alumni@letu.edu).

  1. I'm a parent of a current student.  Is Hootenanny Weekend for me?
    Yes! Hootenanny Weekend is an opportunity to join our students in laughing, making memories, and celebrating their accomplishments from this year.  Parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts and uncles are invited to join in the laughter and celebration.

  2. I'm an alumni.  Is Hootenanny Weekend for me?
    Yes! Hootenanny has been a memorable part of our time at LeTourneau for more than 50 years! In addition, this year marks the return of the Go-Kart races, with alumni invited to register a team and even bring back the go-kart from their student days to race in the Vintage Class.  In addition, alumni will have an opportunity to celebrate the achievements and stories of fellow alumni and our current students!

  3. How do I register for Hootenanny Weekend?
    Click on the "Registration" tab above (or select it from the drop-down menu on a mobile device).  You can then register for each individual in your group there. 

  4. I've registered, but need to make changes to my registration.  How do I do that? 
    You can use the edit link included in your confirmation email, click here to search for your registration and make changes, or give our Alumni Relations Team a call and we can help you make those changes over the phone (903-233-3840).

  5. What is the cost for attending Hootenanny Weekend?
    Most of the weekend's events are free.  Whether or not you are attending a paid event, please register so that we can plan for you and plan accordingly so that all can enjoy a great weekend together.  If you are not registering for any paid events, the registration process is automatically streamlined.

  6. Who can compete in Saturday's Go-Kart Races?
    Alumni, faculty, and students (and a mix of all three) are invited to participate in this year's Go-Kart Races.  Please see the rules and guidelines for the two classes of racing to ensure your kart will meet the requirements for participation.  Registration is required.  

  7. Can I eat in the Corner Cafe during the weekend?
    Yes! We'd love for you to enjoy a meal in the university dining hall, the Corner Cafe, throughout the weekend.  For cafe hours, the latest menu, and more, visit the HootHub.

  8. Will the Campus Store be open throughout the weekend?
    Yes! The Campus Store will be open on both Friday and Saturday. Stop by to pick-up a shirt, hoodie, a LETU Mom/Dad mug, or one of the other great LETU items. Alumni, as a thank you for attending LeTourneau, enjoy a 20% discount off your purchases.

  9. Does the university have a list of local hotel accommodation?
    Yes! LeTourneau University has secured special pricing at several hotels in Longview and surrounding areas. If you're staying at one of these properties, simply mention that you will be visiting LeTourneau University and would like the discount rate.

  10. What airports are nearby?
    While Gregg County Regional Airport is minutes from campus - and home to our Abbot Aviation Center - there are a number of airports within a few hours drive: Shreveport Regional Airport, Dallas Love Field, Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, and Houston's George Bush Airport.  Find out more information on these nearby airports and rental car options by clicking here.