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Homecoming Week set for Sept. 26-Oct. 3

RELEASED: Sept. 23, 2010

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See complete listings of Homecoming activities on the University Activities Commission and Alumni Association websites.

EAU CLAIRE — Homecoming Week, one of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's largest annual events, will be held Sept. 26-Oct. 3.

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 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 website.

New this year is the UW-Eau Claire Alumni of Color Reunion. UW-Eau Claire alumni of color are invited to attend the Sept. 30 Multicultural Scholarship Recognition Banquet and, on Oct. 1, an alumni of color campus tour and Mix & Mingle event. More information and a link to an attendance form for the reunion can be found online.

Also new this year is the Kell Blugold Burger Fifth Quarter Tailgate Party at 4 p.m. Oct. 2 in Carson Park. The free event, hosted by the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association, will follow the Blugold Homecoming football game, also in Carson Park. The Blugold Marching Band will lead fans to the event, where food and beverages will be available and music will be provided by the local band Home Grown Tomatoes. A silent auction at the event will benefit the UW-Eau Claire football program. Among the items to be auctioned off are two tickets for the Jan. 2 Green Bay Packers game against the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field, and a signed Packers 2009 team collector series football.

Alumni who graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 1960 or earlier are invited to attend Golden Blugolds Weekend Oct 1-2. Golden Blugolds are invited to a reception and Wisconsin fish fry dinner Oct. 1 at 4:30 p.m. in The Dulany of Davies Center, hosted by Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich. RSVPs are required for the reception and dinner. Golden Blugolds also will gather before the Homecoming parade Oct. 2 and ride in the parade. Those interested in attending Golden Blugold events can find more details and RSVP information online.

The student talent show "Varsity Night Live!" will begin at 7 p.m. Oct. 1 in Zorn Arena. The variety show will feature UW-Eau Claire students and comedian KT Tatara. 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 2010 Homecoming button.

Higherground in Crest Wellness Center will host Homecoming dance parties at 10 p.m. Oct. 1 and 2. Higherground is open to college/university ID holders and their guests. Admission is $1 or free for anyone wearing a 2010 Homecoming button.

The Homecoming parade will begin at 10 a.m. Oct. 2 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. Randal 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. April Bleske-Rechek, associate professor of psychology and recipient of UW-Eau Claire's 2010 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 Homecoming football 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 pregame 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-Stevens Point Pointers at 1 p.m. Oct. 2 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 those age 62 and older; and $4 for those age 17 and younger and UW-Stevens Point students (ID required).

Student Homecoming activities will culminate in the annual Adopt-a-Block neighborhood cleanup on the afternoon of Oct. 3. Student teams will spread out over the Historic Randall Park neighborhood to pick up any litter left from the weekend's festivities.

Homecoming buttons will be on sale for $1 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. weekdays through Oct. 1 in the east lobby of Davies Center and will be available for purchase at Homecoming events. The 2010 Homecoming buttons are required to participate in official competitions and games, and 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 alumni events is available on the Alumni Association website.

A complete schedule of student events is available on the University Activities Commission website.

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.

For ticket information, call the University Service Center at 715-836-3727 or 800-949-8932. Telephone orders require payment by MasterCard or Visa; a $3 handling charge will be added to all telephone orders.



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