WMU News

Homecoming week starts Oct. 11

October 1, 1998

Calendar of Homecoming activities

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends will be treated to a pride-filled series of events during the University's 1998 Homecoming celebration Sunday, Oct. 11, through Sunday, Oct. 18.

In keeping with this year's theme, "Send in the Spirit," WMU pride and tradition will be highlighted throughout the week-long celebration, which peaks at 1 p.m. Saturday with the football game against Eastern Michigan University in the recently expanded Waldo Stadium.

The public is invited to attend the wide variety of athletic and entertainment events scheduled as well as to enjoy some of the traditional Homecoming activities leading up to the football game.

Among the major events slated are the innovative Friday Festival, the coronation of this year's Homecoming king and queen, traditional open houses, and the annual presentation of WMU's Distinguished Alumni Awards.

With no classes on Friday, Oct. 16, students can devote their energies to making Homecoming Spirit Day a fun-filled out-of-class experience. The day features Friday Festival from noon to 5 p.m. at the Goldsworth Valley Pond area. The festival includes numerous popular student activities, such as the Soap Box Derby at noon, Fritter Fest competition at 2:30 p.m. and Western Olympics at 3:30 p.m.

A full roster of Homecoming events is slated for Saturday, beginning with the annual Alumni Association Brunch, which gets under way at 10 a.m. in the East Ballroom of the Bernhard Center. WMU President Elson S. Floyd will welcome guests and rally WMU fans for the afternoon football game. Joining him will be the WMU Bronco Marching Band, Cheer Team of WMU, Buster Bronco and soloist Kevin Barton.

After the game, three University graduates who have gone on to impressive careers will be honored during the 35th annual Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner at 6 p.m. in the West Ballroom of the Bernhard Center.

This year's awards will be presented to David Dombrowski, a 1979 graduate and the executive vice president and general manager of the Florida Marlins; James P. Holden, a 1973 graduate and the executive vice president-sales and marketing for Chrysler Corp.; and Thomas L. Reece, a 1964 graduate and the chief executive officer of Dover Corp.

For more information about WMU's 1998 Homecoming activities, contact the Alumni Association by calling (616) 387-8777 or the Office of Student Life by calling (616) 387-2115. Information also is available on the World Wide Web at <www.wmich.edu/alumni> and at <dosaweb.faunce.wmich.edu/org/cab>.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, 616 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

1998 WMU Homecoming Week Activities

Sunday, Oct. 11

Concert--free performance by Gold Company, WMU's award-winning vocal jazz ensemble, Bronco Mall Center Stage, Bernhard Center, 6 p.m.

Theatre --"Return to the Forbidden Planet" (runs Oct. 9-11 and 15-17) --University Theatre production, Shaw Theatre, Gilmore Theatre Complex, 8 p.m. all days except 2 p.m. Oct. 11.

Monday, Oct. 12

Historical display (through Oct. 26) --WMU Archives and Regional History Collections exhibit, third floor, Waldo Library, regular library hours.

Wednesday, Oct. 14

Noonz Tents--various locations, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 15

Noonz Tents--various locations, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Miller Movie--"Godzilla," Miller Auditorium, 9:30 p.m. and midnight.

Friday, Oct. 16 (Homecoming Spirit Day, no classes)

Student Recreation Center (through Oct. 17) --spontaneous tours and recreational use, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Oct. 16 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 17.

Friday Festival--Goldsworth Valley Pond area, noon-5 p.m. Includes: Soap Box Derby XXVII, noon; Fritter Fest, 2:30 p.m.; and Western Olympics, 3:30 p.m.

Volleyball match--WMU vs. University of Akron, University Arena, 7 p.m.

King and queen coronation, street dance and spirit banner competition--between the Student Recreation Center and University Arena, 8:30 p.m.

Midnight Madness--University Arena, 11 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 17

Alumni registration/Homecoming hospitality--second floor lobby, Bernhard Center, 9-11:30 a.m.

Alumni locator service--second floor lobby, Bernhard Center, 9-11:30 a.m.

Brunch--Alumni Association Annual Homecoming Brunch, East Ballroom, Bernhard Center, 10 a.m. Features: President Elson S. Floyd, the WMU Bronco Marching Band, Cheer Team of WMU, Buster Bronco and soloist Kevin Barton.

Parade of Nations--Waldo Stadium, 1 p.m.

Football game--WMU vs. Eastern Michigan University, Waldo Stadium, 1 p.m.

Step show--National Pan-Hellenic Council Marchdown, step show, Miller Auditorium, 5 p.m.

Volleyball match--WMU vs. Bowling Green State University, University Arena, 5:30 p.m. (free admission with Homecoming football ticket stub).

Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner--West Ballroom, Bernhard Center, 6 p.m.

Dance--Post-Marchdown Dance, Student Recreation Center, 9 p.m.

Sunday, Oct., 18

Gospel Concert--Kanley Chapel, 3:30 p.m.

Fee charged for various events.

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