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Homecoming to rock campus and Kalamazoo

Sept. 18, 2008

KALAMAZOO--WMU will be treating the campus community as well as the public to a week of exciting activities during its 2008 Homecoming celebration Monday through Sunday, Sept. 29-Oct. 5.

WMU Homecoming 2008

Among the activities open to the public during the weeklong festivities are a 5K and 1K run/walk, the wild and wacky Western Games, and a variety of shows, concerts and athletic competitions. Many activities are free, and the registrations for some are due this week.

The highpoint of this year's Homecoming celebration, which revolves around the theme "Rock on Western," will be the football game at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, against the Ohio University Bobcats.

Students will help celebrate Homecoming by staging two annual public events Friday, Oct. 3: the Western Games at noon at the Intramural Soccer Fields by the Goldsworth Valley Apartments and the Soap Box Derby at 3 p.m. on Gilkinson Avenue in front of the Sindecuse Health Center.

Hundreds of University and community members will kick off Saturday's activities by enjoying the annual Campus Classic 1K/5K race/walk, either as participants, volunteers or spectators. The first race/walk will begin at 8:15 a.m. near the Seibert Administration Building.

Many Bronco alumni, fans and friends will rev up for the Homecoming football game by congregating at one of the organizational or corporate tents that will be set up off of Oakland Drive by the College of Health and Human Services Building.

A favorite gathering site for WMU graduates is the Alumni Association Homecoming PepFest, which is the official Homecoming celebration for alumni of all ages. The event is being staged from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Admission is free, but registration is required. Online registrations are being accepted through Friday, Sept. 19. For food cost and other details, call (269) 387-8777 or visit wmich.edu/alumni.

Other activities taking place during Homecoming week

Monday, Sept. 29--the "Man o' War" art exhibit by David Henderson from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Oct. 18 at the Monroe-Brown Gallery in the Richmond Center for Visual Arts and the student Homecoming Kick-Off at 7 p.m. at Goldsworth Valley Pond.

Wednesday, Oct. 1--a special Homecoming edition of Western Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the flagpoles near the Lee Honors College Building, with students getting a free gift for wearing their favorite Western gear, and Skit Night starting at 6 p.m. in the Dalton Center Recital Hall, with student organizations displaying their acting and dancing talents while competing to show the most WMU spirit.

Thursday, Oct. 2--the University Theatre production of "How I Learned to Drive" at 8 p.m. in York Arena Theatre and at various times through Oct. 5.

Friday, Oct. 3--the College of Aviation Open House from 2 to 4 p.m. on the college's campus at the W.K. Kellogg Airport in Battle Creek, Mich., and the WMU Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award reception and dinner starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Bernhard Center's West Ballroom (online registration is available through Sept. 19).

Saturday, Oct. 4--a special campus tour from 10 to 11:30 a.m. for relatives and friends of WMU alumni who are thinking about attending or transferring to WMU; the National Pan-Hellenic Council March Down, which will be held this year in Read Field House and usually starts between 6 and 7 p.m.; an exhibition hockey game against the University of Windsor Lancers at 7:35 p.m. in Lawson Ice Arena; political satire by the Capitol Steps at 8 p.m. in Miller Auditorium; and the Onyx Society Scholarship Ball from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. in the Radisson Plaza Hotel and Suites in downtown Kalamazoo.

Sunday, Oct. 5--a University Symphony Orchestra concert at 3 p.m. in Miler Auditorium.

More events

More information about WMU-sponsored activities taking place during Homecoming week, including cost and registration details, is available by visiting wmich.edu/homecoming. For information about general activities taking place around town, visit the city of Kalamazoo's events calendar online.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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