University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

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UW-Eau Claire Homecoming
To Run Sept. 29-Oct. 5

 MAILED:  Sept. 23, 2003

EAU CLAIRE — Homecoming Week, one of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s largest annual events, will be held Sept. 29-Oct. 5 — highlighted by numerous activities, a parade and football game.

With the theme “Deal ‘Em a Royal Flush,” Homecoming is expected to draw thousands of alumni back to Eau Claire to join students, faculty, staff and the public in the celebration.

During the week students will select Homecoming royalty and participate in various activities including window painting, sand sculpture building and competing in games. Clues to the annual medallion hunt began to appear in the student newspaper, The Spectator, on Sept. 22.

The student talent show “Varsity Night Live!” will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, in Zorn Arena. Billy Burr, a comedian who has appeared on NBC’s “Comedy Showcase” and “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” will host the show. The lineup includes Jazz Ensemble I; Joe Schneider, piano and vocals; Alan Hunt and Dave Brown, guitar duo; a martial and healing arts demonstration by the student organization Hwa Rang Do/Tae Soo Do; the Singing Statesmen; the UW-Eau Claire Dance Team; a monologue by Sarah Chiodo; and a cappella group The Innocent Men. The coronation of Homecoming royalty will take place during intermission.

Tickets are available at the University Service Center, in the west lobby of Davies Center, and will be sold at the door. Admission is $7 for the general public, $5 with a UW-Eau Claire student ID card or $2.50 for those wearing a 2003 Homecoming button.
Higherground, in Crest Wellness Center, will host a Homecoming Party on Friday and a Black-Tie Casino Night on Saturday; both events start at 10 p.m. A valid university or college ID is required. Admission is $1 or free to anyone wearing a 2003 Homecoming button.

The Homecoming parade will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at First Avenue and Water Street and proceed west to Ninth Avenue. The UW-Eau Claire Blugold Marching Band, conducted by assistant professor of music and theatre arts Randy Dickerson, will lead the parade that includes floats and non-musical marching units. High school bands will perform and compete along the parade route. Tim Coburn, former president of the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association, will be grand marshal.

After the parade, shuttle buses will take football game 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 are permitted in Carson Park.

The traditional pre-game Homecoming festival will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with music, food and beverage tents in the pavilions at Carson Park. Howard “Guitar” Luedtke and Blue Max, a blues-rock Eau Claire favorite, will perform, and the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association will sponsor an alumni tent. Festival admission is free; proof of age is required to purchase beer at the festival.

The UW-Eau Claire Blugolds will play the Bethel College Royals at the Homecoming football game at 1 p.m. Saturday in Carson Park. Admission is free at the gate for all UW-Eau Claire student ID card holders; for all others, advance ticket purchase is recommended. Tickets are on sale at the University Service Center and can be purchased at the gate. Tickets are $6 for the general public, $5 for UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff, $4 for those 62 and older, and $3 for those 17 and younger and Bethel College students (ID required).

Homecoming buttons are on sale for $1 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays through Oct. 3 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 and free admission to the events at Higherground.

UW-Eau Claire 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.

For more information about events, call the Activities and Programs office, (715) 836-4833. For more information about alumni activities, contact the Alumni Association, (715) 836-3266.

Ticket information is available from the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727 — or, toll-free outside the Eau Claire area, (800) 949-8932. Telephone orders require payment by MasterCard or Visa, and a $3 handling charge is added to all telephone orders.

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 Judy Berthiaume, Director
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Schofield 201
(715) 836-4741
newsbur@uwec.edu

Updated: September 23, 2003