Homecoming Week Set for October 11-18
Homecoming Week, one of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's largest annual events, will be held Oct. 11-18.
Homecoming — highlighted by numerous activities, a parade and football game — is expected to draw thousands of alumni back to Eau Claire to join students, faculty, staff and the public in celebration.
During the week students will select Homecoming royalty and participate in various activities including window painting, sand sculpture building and game competitions. Clues to the annual medallion hunt will appear on Davies Center's Axis TVs and on the University Activities Commission Web site.
New this year is the 1969-89 Class Reunion. UW-Eau Claire alumni who graduated between 1969 and 1989 are invited to a special gathering Oct. 16 to reconnect with other Blugolds of that era. A reception in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center will feature snacks, a Music in Motion DJ and door prizes. Those interested in participating are asked to register by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (715-836-3266).
Also new this year is the Golden Blugolds Weekend. UW-Eau Claire alumni who graduated in 1959 or earlier have earned the title of "Golden Blugold" and are invited to a special weekend on campus Oct. 16-17. Golden Blugolds will be invited to an Oct. 16 reception at 4:30 p.m. in The Dulany of Davies Center, hosted by Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich and Debi Levin-Stankevich. Golden Blugolds also will be recognized during the Homecoming parade Oct. 17.
The student talent show "Varsity Night Live!" will begin at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 in Zorn Arena. The variety show will feature UW-Eau Claire students and high-energy comedian Adam Ace as emcee. The coronation of Homecoming royalty will take place immediately following the show.
Tickets for the talent show, available at the Service Center and at the door, are $7 for the general public, $5 with a UW-Eau Claire student ID or $2.50 for those wearing a 2009 Homecoming button.
Higherground in Crest Wellness Center will host a "Western Axe Pickers" dance party Oct. 16 and a "Gold Diggers" dance party Oct. 17. Both events start at 10 p.m.
Higherground is open to college/university ID holders and their guests. Admission is $1 or free for anyone wearing a 2009 Homecoming button.
The Homecoming parade will begin at 10 a.m. Oct. 17 at Grand and First Avenues, proceeding south to Water Street, turning down Water Street and ending at Second Avenue. The Blugold Marching Band, conducted by Dr. Randy Dickerson, associate professor of music, will lead the parade, which will include floats and nonmusical marching units. High school bands will perform and compete along the route. Dr. Michael Kolis, associate professor of education studies and winner of the 2009 Excellence in Teaching Award, will be grand marshal. After the parade, shuttle buses will take football fans to Carson Park beginning at 11 a.m. from the corner of Second Avenue and Water Street, Fifth Avenue and Water Street, and Towers Hall. Shuttles will run continuously until 30 minutes after the game. Parking is allowed in Carson Park by entering from Lake Street. No carry-ins or tailgating is permitted in Carson Park.
The traditional alumni pre-game Homecoming festival, "Blugold Fever Fest," will begin at 11 a.m. with music, food and beverage tents at Carson Park. The Blugold Marching Band will perform, and the Alumni Association will sponsor an alumni tent. Admission is free; proof of age is required to purchase beer at the festival.
The Blugolds football team will play the UW-Platteville Pioneers at 1 p.m. Oct. 17 in Carson Park. Admission is free at the gate for all UW-Eau Claire student ID card holders; for others, advance ticket purchase is recommended. Tickets are on sale at the Service Center and can be purchased at the gate. Tickets are $8 for the general public; $6 for UW-Eau Claire faculty, staff and those age 62 and older; and $4 for those age 17 and younger and UW-Platteville students (ID required).
The Fifth Quarter, a free post-game party hosted by the Alumni Association, will follow the game at 4 p.m. The Blugold Marching Band will lead fans to the tent below the stadium for a gathering including music by the band Home-Grown Tomatoes, prizes, snacks, beverages and lots of Blugold fun and camaraderie.
Homecoming competitions will culminate with the annual Adopt-a-Block neighborhood cleanup on Sunday afternoon. Student teams will spread out over the Historic Randall Park Neighborhood to pick up trash left from the weekend's festivities.
Homecoming buttons will be on sale for $1 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays through Oct. 16 in the east lobby of Davies Center. Also sold at Homecoming events, Homecoming buttons are required for participation in all activities. Buttons are worth reduced admission to the "Varsity Night Live!" show, discounts on select University Bookstore items and free admission to the events at Higherground.
Homecoming activities are sponsored by the University Activities Commission of the Student Senate and the Alumni Association. Numerous campus organizations sponsor and host individual events and reunions. A complete schedule of group reunions and events is available online.
For more information about student events, call the Activities and Programs office, 715-836-4833. For more information about alumni activities, contact the Alumni Association, 715-836-3266. A schedule is available online.
For ticket information, call the Service Center at 715-836-3727 or 800-949-8932. Telephone orders require payment by MasterCard or Visa and a $3 handling charge will be added to all telephone orders.
Source: UW-Eau Claire News Bureau