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UW-Eau Claire Homecoming Sept. 28-Oct. 5
to Feature Activities for Students, Alumni

RELEASED: Sept. 26, 2008

Homecoming 2008 buttonEAU CLAIRE — Homecoming Week, one of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's largest annual events, will be held Sept. 28-Oct. 5.

Homecoming — highlighted by numerous activities for students and alumni, including 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 the 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 appear on Davies Center Axis TVs and the Universities Activities Commission Web site.

The student talent show "Varsity Night Live!" will begin at 7 p.m. Oct. 3 in Zorn Arena. The variety show will feature UW-Eau Claire students and comedian Kelly Taylor as emcee. The coronation of Homecoming royalty will take place immediately following the show.

Tickets are available at the Service Center counter in the east 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 2008 Homecoming button.

Higherground in Crest Wellness Center will host a Homecoming dance party on Oct. 3 and a Toga Party Oct. 4. Both events start at 10 p.m. Higherground is open to college/university ID holders and their guests. Admission is $1, or free to anyone wearing a 2008 Homecoming button.

The Homecoming parade will begin at 10 a.m. Oct. 4 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 associate professor of music Randy Dickerson, will lead the parade, which will include floats and non-musical marching units. High school bands will perform and compete along the route. Dr. Matt Germonprez, assistant professor of information systems and winner of the 2008 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 Oshkosh Titans at 1 p.m. Oct. 4 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 University Service Center and can be purchased at the gate. Tickets are $8 for the general public; $6 for UW-Eau Claire faculty/staff and for those age 62 and older; and $4 for those age 17 and younger and for UW Oshkosh 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 clean up 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 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, 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 and departments sponsor individual events and reunions. A complete schedule of alumni events is available online.

For more information about student 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.

Ticket information is available from the 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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