Special to the Register
Eastern Kentucky University graduates, their families and other friends of the university are invited to the Richmond campus Oct. 12-14 for Homecoming 2012, “A Celebration of Heroes.”
Thousands are expected for a weekend full of floats, football, music, family fun and fellowship.
“It is a great time for students, faculty, staff, alumni, family and friends to come together to celebrate the difference Eastern has made in so many lives,” said Jackie Collier, alumni relations director.
Activities on Friday, Oct. 12, include:
• Reunions for African-American Alumni, Beta Theta Pi, Department of Recreation and Park Administration, College of Justice and Safety, and the Association of Fire Science Technicians
• Open houses by the Alumni Office and Wellness Center and a special dinner for members of the Circle of Opportunity Giving Society.
Saturday will be packed with activities.
The 35th annual Homecoming Run and the Homecoming Parade begin 11 a.m. along the traditional Lancaster Avenue-Main Street route. Early bird race registration ($15) ends Friday, Oct. 1. Registration will be available on race day in the Weaver Building gymnasium from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. for $20. (Cost without a T-shirt is $5.) For additional race entry information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.campusrec.eku.edu/eku-homecoming-5k-2012.
The largest tailgate party on campus, the Colonel Country Tailgate, follows from noon to 2:30 p.m. in the Alumni Coliseum Parking Lot. The event will feature booths sponsored by campus clubs, organizations and departments; and a variety of foods from on- and off-campus vendors and restaurants.
Another Saturday highlight will be a performance by The Torques from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. in Schwendeman Green, the outdoor area between the Combs Building and the John Grant Crabbe Main Library. The concert by the Lexington-based 60s group is sponsored by the College of Education.
In addition, numerous campus departments and organizations have scheduled reunion events Saturday, including the Departments of Education, Technology and Family and Consumer Sciences, African-American Alumni Beta Theta Pi and the Association of Fire Science Technicians.
Also on Saturday, tours will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. of the EKU Library and the Ron and Sherrie Lou Noel Studio for Academic Creativity and open houses will continue for the Alumni Office and the Wellness Center.
At 3 p.m., the Colonels will take on Ohio Valley Conference rival Austin Peay State University at Roy Kidd Stadium. The coronation of a Homecoming king and queen will take place at halftime. Game tickets may be reserved by calling the EKU athletic ticket office at 622-2122 or by visiting ekusports.com.
The weekend will conclude Sunday, Oct. 14, with the African-American Alumni worship service in the EKU Chapel of Meditation from 11 a.m. to noon, and tours of the Wellness Center from 1 to 10 p.m.
For details about homecoming activities, contact the Alumni Relations Office at 622-1260 or, toll-free in Kentucky, 1-800-262-7493, Ext. 1260, or visit alumni.eku.edu/homecoming-2012-schedule.