Homecoming Week packed with activities for students, alumni and fans

Monday, October 26, 2009

Writer: Wendy Jones, 706/542-6927, wfjones@uga.edu

Athens, Ga. - "Take Me Down to the Classic City," is the theme of this year's Homecoming Week festivities, which begin Nov. 1. Activities for students are scheduled throughout the week, and the weekend is crowded with events for alumni and the Nov. 7 football game against Tennessee Tech, which will feature the crowning of the Homecoming King and Queen.

Sponsored by the Student Homecoming Committee, a part of University Union, Homecoming activities begin at midnight Nov. 1 as student organizations compete in a street painting contest on Sanford Drive in front of the Tate Student Center.

The official Homecoming kickoff will be the Tate Center Plaza Extravaganza on Nov. 2 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. with games, free food and giveaways.

Augustana will headline the annual Homecoming concert on Nov. 3 at 8 p.m. in the Grand Hall of the Tate Student Center. This performance is free for students with valid UGACards. Tickets for non-students are $10 in advance and $15 the day of the show, and are on sale at the Tate Student Center cashier's window.

Nationally known comedian Eliot Chang will perform Nov. 4 at 8 p.m. in the Tate Student Center Theater. This performance is free for students with valid UGACards and $5 for non-students.

On Nov. 5, there will be food and spirit activities at a pre-tailgate party from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on the Tate Student Center Plaza .

Courtney Kupets, former UGA gymnast and winner of several national athletic awards, will be the grand marshal for the Homecoming parade, which will step off Nov. 6 at 6 p.m. and wind through downtown Athens. Led by the Redcoat Band, the parade will include floats, displays and appearances by the UGA cheerleaders, athletes and university and Athens dignitaries.

Following the parade, a carnival will be held on Legion Field from 7-11 p.m. with games, midway rides and free food. Admission is free for students with a valid ID card and $5 for everyone else.

Students will vote online during the week of Nov. 1 to choose the Homecoming King and Queen from among 10 students on the Homecoming Court. The king and queen will be crowned during halftime of the football game.

For more information about Campus Life Homecoming events, call 706/542-6396 or see www.uga.edu/union.

Several schools and colleges will hold Homecoming events.

The School of Law 's graduating classes celebrating an anniversary reunion this year (check online at www.law.uga.edu/reunion-weekend) will have a candlelight dinner on the North Campus quadrangle in front of the Law School Nov. 6 from 6:30-9 p.m. The 19th annual Law School Homecoming Barbecue will be held Nov. 7 at 10:30 a.m. on the quad in front of the Law School. Registration and more information are available at www.law.uga.edu/alumni/.

The Franklin College of Arts and Sciences will host a tailgate in partnership with the UGA at Oxford Program on Nov. 7 at 10:30 a.m. on the Park Hall patio. Contact Linda Bachman at lbachman@franklin.uga.edu or 706/583-5524 for more information.

The College of Environment and Design will host a tailgate on Nov. 7 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Founders Garden Courtyard. J. Gary Morgan, BLA '72 of J. Gary Morgan & Associates in Charlotte , is sponsoring the event. Contact Audra Lofton at alofton@uga.edu   or 706/542-4724 for more information.

The Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources will host a variety of events for alumni beginning with a golf tournament at the UGA Golf Course at 8:30 a.m. on Nov. 6. There will be sporting clays at 10 a.m. at the Brush Creek Sporting Club in Colbert. Tours of the Warnell facilities and grounds begin at 2 p.m. and the Whitehall Mansion will host an open house, 4-5 p.m. The annual alumni association meeting at Flinchum's Phoenix will begin at 5:15 p.m. and will be followed by the alumni dinner which starts at 6 p.m. The game day brunch and barbecue will be 9 a.m. -noon at Finchum's Phoenix . A ticketed shuttle will be available to and from the game and those without tickets can watch the game on the big screen at Flinchum's Phoenix . Contact the Alumni Relations Office at bharden@warnell.uga.edu or 706/542-7602 for more information.

The College of Pharmacy will host a tailgate lunch and reunions for the classes of 2004, 1999, 1994, 1989 and 1984. Registration begins at 9 a.m. with tours of the new Pharmacy South building at 9:30 a.m., 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. for registrants. There will be an alumni association meeting and barbecue lunch at 11 a.m. All events will be held on the Brooks Mall in front of the Wilson Pharmacy Building . More information is available at https://www.externalaffairs.uga.edu/os/pages/pharmacy1 .

The School of Public and International Affairs will host a dessert and coffee tailgate Nov. 7 at 10:30 a.m. in the President's Garden on North Campus. Contact Sarah Baines at sbaines@uga.edu or 706/542-9661; or Joy Holloway at joyh@uga.edu or 706/410-5182 for more information

The Terry College of Business will host a M.B.A. alumni reception Nov. 6 from 6:30-8 p.m. on the lawn of Brooks Hall. The Terry College tailgate will take place Nov. 7, also on the Brooks Hall lawn, at 10 a.m. For more information, contact 706/542-3210 or alumni@terry.uga.edu .

The Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication will hold its annual Homecoming tailgate on the Grady lawn starting at 11 a.m. on Nov. 7. Tailgate meal tickets are $15 per person. Children ages 5 and younger can eat for free. Reservations can be made online at www.grady.uga.edu/homecoming.

The Alumni Association's Multicultural Program will host the Multicultural Homecoming Tailgate on Nov. 7 at 10 a.m. on the Myers Quad. Contact Frankie Grooms at 1-800-606-8786 or fwg475@uga.edu for more information.

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