||Schofield Hall 218|
||Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004|
Homecoming Activities Slated For|
Sept. 28-Oct. 4 at UW-Eau Claire
MAILED: Sept. 16, 1998|
One of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's largest annual events, Homecoming week, will be held Sept. 28- Oct. 4 complete with numerous activities, a parade and football game.
Under the theme, "They killed Whitewater! Those Blugolds!," a parody on the television show South Park, Homecoming is expected to draw thousands of alumni back to Eau Claire to join students, faculty and the public in the celebration.
During the week students will select Homecoming royalty and participate in various activities including window painting, sand sculpturing, dancing and competing in games. A medallion hunt also will be offered by following clues in the student newspaper, The Spectator, starting Sept. 21.
The student talent show, Varsity Night Live!, will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, in Zorn Arena. Along with a number of student acts, the Singing Statesmen and Jazz Ensemble I will perform. Tim Young, a comedian who combines improvisation and characters into his act, will host the show. Tickets will be sold at the University Service Center and at the door. Prices are $5 general admission, $4 with a UW-Eau Claire student ID or $2.50 to those wearing a 1998 Homecoming button.
The Homecoming parade will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at First Avenue and Lake Street and will proceed south to Water Street and turn west, disbanding at the corner of Water Street and Fifth Avenue. The UW-Eau Claire Blugold Marching Band, conducted by Dr. Todd Fiegel, will lead the parade that includes floats and non-musical marching units. High school marching bands from Altoona, Desoto and Elk Mound will perform and compete along the parade route. James Vance, director of the American Ethnic Coordinating Office and recent recipient of the first UW-System Board of Regents Administrative and Professional Academic Staff Excellence Award, will be the parade grand marshal.
After the parade, shuttle buses will take game fans to Carson Park beginning at 11 a.m. from the corner of Second Avenue and Water Street, Fifth Avenue and Water Street, Towers Hall and "The Inns." Shuttle buses will return to the same locations following the game.
A pre-game Homecoming festival will run from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. with music, food and beverage tents in the pavilions at Carson Park. The Crawlin' Kingsnakes, a blues band, will perform and the Alumni Association will sponsor an Alumni Open House Tent at the festival. Admission is with a Homecoming game ticket or a 1998 Homecoming button. No carry-ins or tailgating will be allowed. Proof of age will be required to purchase beer at the festival.
The football game against the UW-Whitewater Warhawks will kick off at 2 p.m. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Service Center, (715) 836-3727, or at the door. Tickets are $7 for reserved seats, $5 for the general public, $4 for UW-Eau Claire faculty, staff, senior citizens and youth, or $2 with a UW-Eau Claire student ID. Advance ticket purchase is recommended.
Parking is allowed in Carson Park by entering from Lake Street. No carry-ins or tailgating is permitted.
The Homecoming Dance will begin at 9 p.m. Saturday at Sneakers Dance Club in the Crest Wellness Center on upper campus. A valid university or college ID is required. Cost is $2 or free to anyone wearing a 1998 Homecoming Button. Sneakers is an alcohol-free dance club.
A reception and luncheon honoring the six 1998 UW-Eau Claire Hall of Fame inductees will begin at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, in the Tamarack Room of Davies Center.
Homecoming buttons will be on sale for $1 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays Sept. 21-Oct. 3 in the Davies Center East Lobby, while supplies last. The buttons, also available for purchase at the Homecoming events, are required for participation in all activities and are worth free admission to the Sneakers Homecoming dance, Homecoming festival and Starstage Interactive Video Performance, and reduced admission to the Varsity Night Live! show.
Homecoming activities are sponsored by the University Activities Commission of the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate and the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association. Numerous campus organizations sponsor and host individual events.
For more information about events, call the Activities and Programs Office at (715) 836-4833. For more information about alumni activities, contact the Alumni Association at (715) 836-3266.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Sept. 22, 1998