MAILED: Sept. 29, 2000
Homecoming Week, one of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's largest annual events, will be held Oct. 9-14 highlighted by numerous activities, a parade and football game.
With the theme "Give 'em the Bird," 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 will appear in the student newspaper, The Spectator, starting Oct. 2.
The student talent show, "Varsity Night Live!," will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, in Zorn Arena. Comedian Buzz Sutherland will host the show, which features a variety of student acts. Blending homespun characters and outrageous facial expressions, Sutherland has performed on hundreds of campuses in addition to television appearances on HBO's "Comic Relief" and MTV's "Half Hour Comedy Hour." He has been named Comedy Artist of the Year by the National Association for Campus Activities for two years running.
The "Varsity Night Live!" lineup includes Jazz Ensemble I; the Concert Dance Company; pianist senior Erik Christianson; the West African Music Society drum group; a martial and healing arts demonstration by the student organization Hwa Rang Do/Tae Soo Do; the Singing Statesmen; a cappella brass group Majik Horns; vocal/piano duo seniors Meredith Sipe and Shanin Buhr; the UW-Eau Claire Dance Team; and a cappella group Fifth Element. 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 at the door. Admission is $6 for the general public, $5 with a UW-Eau Claire student ID, or $2.50 for those wearing a 2000 Homecoming button.
The Homecoming parade will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, 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 nonmusical marching units. High school bands will perform and compete along the parade route. Dr. Lucretia Mattson, UW-Eau Claire associate professor of accounting and finance, 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 is 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. The Kingsnakes, a blues and swing band, will perform, and the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association will sponsor an Alumni Open House Tent at the festival. Admission requires a Homecoming football game ticket or a 2000 Homecoming button. Proof of age is required to purchase beer at the festival.
The UW-Eau Claire Blugolds will play the UW-River Falls Falcons at the Homecoming football game Saturday at 1 p.m. in Carson Park. Advance ticket purchase is recommended. Tickets are on sale at the University Service Center and can be purchased at the gate. Tickets are $5 for the general public; $4 for UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff and those ages 62 and older; $3 for those ages 17 and younger; or $2 with a UW-Eau Claire student ID.
A post-Homecoming toga dance party will begin at 10 p.m. Saturday at The Club formerly known as Sneakers, the alcohol-free nightclub in Crest Wellness Center. A valid university or college ID is required. Admission is $1 or free to anyone wearing a toga or a 2000 Homecoming button.
Homecoming buttons will be on sale for $1 weekdays, Oct. 2-6 and Oct. 9-13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 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, free admission to the pre-game Homecoming festival, and free admission to the post-Homecoming toga dance party at The Club formerly known as Sneakers.
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.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Sept. 29, 2000