KALAMAZOO—A week of "We Bleed Brown and Gold" activities will culminate Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5-6, when Western Michigan University students, alumni, families and fans gather for Homecoming Weekend 2012.
Restaurants, retailers and other downtown Kalamazoo businesses will be vying Oct. 1-5 to become the champs of “Spirit Week,” creatively displaying WMU colors and emblems, flying WMU flags and offering special student discounts.
Friday, Oct. 5
Distinguished Alumni Award Dinner, honoring Dr. Jan A. Huston and C. Wesley Smith, Bernhard Center Ballroom, 6:15 p.m. Reservations required by Oct. 1, $40 per person.
Downtown Pep Rally, Bronco Marching Band, Cheer and Dance teams, and WMU football team will march the length of the Kalamazoo Mall to kick off a pep rally, North Kalamazoo Mall next to the Radisson Plaza, 8:30 p.m. Free.
Saturday, Oct. 6
Homecoming Campus Classic 5K and 1K races, Student Recreation Center, race-day registration opens at 7 a.m.; 1K Fun Run, 8:45 a.m.; 5K Run and Walk, 9:15 a.m. Register online by Oct. 4 for reduced entry fee.
- Homecoming King and Queen online voting, Oct. 1-5
- Richmond Center art exhibitions, Oct. 1-5
- Qdoba Homecoming Kickoff and "Canstruction" design competition, Oct. 1
- Yell Like Hell, Oct. 2
- School of Music concerts, Oct. 3, 4, 6 and 7
- Comedian Ty Barnett, Oct. 4
- University Theatre presents "Fuddy Meers," Oct. 4-7
- Soapbox Derby, Oct. 5
Go to wmich.edu/visit/hotels for Kalamazoo area hotel accommodations and more links for visitors.