The Falcons take on the Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers this weekend in their Homecoming game. Kickoff is at 6 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 29). The game caps a spirit-filled weekend of reunions, entertainment and activities for alumni, current students, faculty and staff, and community friends.
Homecoming 2007 events take place on campus all week, but the festivities go into high gear this Friday (Sept. 28) with Falcon Fest, BGSU’s brand new party. Alumni, friends and community members are invited for an evening of entertainment, food and fun for all ages, including a tour of the new Sebo Athletic Center.
Located in Lot L on the north end of Doyt Perry Stadium, from 7:30-9:30 p.m., Falcon Fest will feature live music by Velvet Jones and other entertainment, along with hands-on creative activities. Tickets are $5 per person and free for children under 5, and include food and beverages. Reservations may be made at bgsualumni.com or by calling 1-888-839-2586.
Before Falcon Fest, BGSU “paints the town orange and brown” at 5 p.m. Friday when the Homecoming Parade gets under way, complete with floats, decorated cars and walking units. The parade will travel along Wooster Street by the campus. To view the route and road closings, visit http://homecoming.bgsu.edu.
Following the parade, join the pep rally at 6:15 p.m. outside University Hall to see the crowning of the Homecoming king and queen, and show your support for the Falcons.
Mileti Alumni Center is the official Homecoming headquarters. Everyone is invited to stop in from 3-6 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday for a Homecoming Survival Kit including a schedule of events, community coupons, shuttle information and more.
For students and more
The BGSU Homecoming Student Steering Committee has planned various activities throughout the week, mostly geared for BGSU students, but open to all Falcon fans. Homecoming kickoff, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today (Sept. 24) in front of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union, will feature interactive activities, food and beverages. On Tuesday (Sept. 25), Bird Bash, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on the Union Oval, offers a unique obstacle course for participants.
Wednesday’s events (Sept. 26) include Cow Chip Bingo in front of University Hall from 1-3 p.m. and an All-You-Can-Eat Pizza Dinner from 7-9 p.m. in the union’s Lenhart Grand Ballroom. Proceeds from the dinner will benefit Fisher House, a public-private partnership that supports America’s military families in their time of need. Following the dinner, students will compete in the annual Shake Yo’ Tail Feathers Lip Sync Competition, also in the ballroom.
Throughout the week, Homecoming merchandise will be sold in the lobby of the union from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3-5 p.m. During those same hours, Monday through Thursday, students will also be able to vote for Homecoming king and queen in the union lobby.
The day of the big game begins with the annual Freddie and Frieda 5k run/walk at the Student Recreation Center. Sponsored by the Student Alumni Connection, the event is open to all. Registration begins at 7 a.m., and the run/walk starts at 9 a.m. Cost is $20 for adults over 18 and $10 for BGSU students and those 18 and under, and 60 and over.
Fortify yourself to cheer the Falcons on at the Alumni B!G Family Barbecue, from 3:30-6 p.m. in Meijer Tailgate Park in the Doyt Perry Stadium lot,. Enjoy anniversary celebrations, puppet shows and other entertainment at the many hospitality tents at the tailgate park. The cost of the barbecue is $5 for people ages 5 and older.
Reservations for this event also may be made at www.bgsualumni.com or by calling 1-888-839-2586.
This year's University Activities Organization (UAO) concert is the band Third Eye Blind. The group will perform at 9:30 p.m. Saturday in Anderson Arena. Tickets, available at the information desk in the union, are $20 for BGSU students and $25 for general admission. For additional information, contact the UAO office at 2-2486 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also Saturday, the admissions office will be giving a campus tour at 10 a.m. and presentation at 11 a.m., with a special welcome to alumni sons and daughters. Register in advance at www.bgsu.edu.
Homecoming Weekend reunions
As always, Homecoming is a time for alumni to reconnect. Several special reunions are planned this year, including the 50th/Pioneer Reunion Brunch, on Saturday, for those who graduated in 1957 or earlier. A special reception for the class of 1957 will be held on Friday. The Class of 1947 will also host a brunch on Saturday and a reception on Friday to celebrate its 60-year reunion.
The BG News Alumni Society will get together from 4-6 p.m. Saturday at the Meijer Tailgate Park. For more information on that event, call 2-2607 or email bgnewsalumni.com. Also meeting from 4-6 p.m. at the tailgate park will be the Honors Alumni Society. Call Jodi Devine at 2-8504 or email email@example.com to sign up.
For additional Homecoming information, visit http://homecoming.bgsu.edu.