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Edinboro University’s Homecoming 2011 shaping up as an exciting fall weekend both on and off campus

10/04/2011

Homecoming2011EDINBORO, Pa. – With the leaves becoming more colorful and the sighting of plaid all around, Edinboro University’s campus and the surrounding community will become the region’s premier destination location this weekend.

That’s because “Break Out the Plaid” – Homecoming Weekend – begins Friday morning. The University’s annual rite of autumn, during which hundreds of alumni are welcomed back to campus and the community, is filled with myriad events for previous grads, current students and members of the community of all ages.

The wide range of Homecoming activities begins with the 20th Annual Homecoming Alumni and Friends Golf Outing at the Culbertson Hills Golf Resort, and concludes with a new 5th Quarter Celebration in downtown Edinboro.

As always at Homecoming celebrations, Edinboro University recognizes specific graduating classes. During this year’s Homecoming weekend, classes with graduation years ending in a “1” or “6” will be honored by the University as five-year interval anniversaries are observed. 

Sponsored by the Edinboro University Alumni Association, Friday morning’s golf outing, always a sell-out, is the association’s largest fund-raising event of the year.

The same morning, the University’s 23rd Annual Speech and Hearing Alumni Conference will be held on campus at the Frank G. Pogue Student Center. This year, the Conference will honor Edinboro faculty member, Dr. Roy Shinn, who has been named an American Speech-Language-Hearing Association 2011 Fellow, one of the highest recognitions afforded by this academic discipline. In addition, the Conference will announce seven graduate-level awards and/or scholarships, all funded by Edinboro alumni from this program.

At 12:15 p.m. Friday in the Dr. William P. Alexander Music Center’s Recital Hall, Music Department faculty member Dr. Kristine Denton will perform on piano a wide range of American music as part of the monthly lunch hour First Friday Concert Series.

The opening of the Bruce Gallery’s exhibition displaying the photographic work of Edinboro alumna LaToya Ruby Frazier Friday evening is expected to be an extraordinary viewing. Frazier’s work will honor that of her former Edinboro professor, Kathe Kowalski.

Other Friday events include the 2nd Annual Alumni Art Show, Retired Faculty Reception, Men’s and Women’s Alumni Basketball Game, and the much anticipated crowning of the 2011 Homecoming King and Queen.  Alumni will again gather in the evening at the Culbertson Hills Golf Resort for Edinboro’s traditional Homecoming eve celebration.    

Throughout the day on Saturday, events for all ages and interests will take place on Edinboro’s campus and in downtown Edinboro.  Festivities begin as early as 9 a.m. with a Classic Car Show, Vendor Fair, and Alumni Welcome Tent, then and continue throughout the afternoon and into the evening ending with the Athletes and Classmates of the 1950s and 1960s Dinner on campus and the new 5th Quarter Celebration in the Borough of Edinboro.

The Vendor Fair will feature participating businesses from the community on the front lawn of the Pogue Student Center.

As part of a longstanding tradition at Edinboro, Interim President James Moran will host a Homecoming Brunch on the Doucette Hall lawns, Meadville Street (Route 99), from 9 to 11 a.m.

Edinboro’s popular Homecoming Parade, with more than 130 units, will traverse a campus route and, for the first time in three years travel along Borough Streets (Meadville, Waterford, High and Normal Streets). With a “Jungle Safari” theme, the parade kicks off at 11 a.m. with Erie’s popular “Zoo Guy” Scott Mitchell, executive director of the Erie Zoo, serving as Grand Marshal. At the reviewing stand in front of Reeder Hall on Meadville Street, WJET-TV News Director Lou Baxter, an Edinboro graduate, and his niece, Edinboro Communications and Media Studies Major Jessica Kunz, will share the MC/announcing duties.

(Important Parade Route Revision Note! Because of weather delays in completing the Darrow Road construction project, just south of the Edinboro campus, the parade route will no longer include Darrow Road, but instead will first travel the campus loop, starting at the Fighting Scot Plaza on Scotland Road, then head onto Edinboro Borough’s Normal, High, Waterford and Meadville Streets, ending at the Reviewing Stand in front of Reeder Hall on Meadville Street.)    

 At 2 p.m., the Homecoming football game – a staple event for the weekend – pits the Edinboro Fighting Scots against the Slippery Rock Rockets in an exciting PSAC-West matchup at Sox Harrison Stadium.

Not only will Homecoming parade floats be presented at the football game, but current and former members of the Spirit of the Scots Marching Band will also perform together in a rousing version of “Scotland the Brave.”

Attractions for the young ones during the day include the Wee Scots Play Spot in front of the Diebold Center for the Performing Arts. Children of all ages will have opportunities for playground fun and face painting from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Following the football game, Homecoming 2011 shifts from campus to the community where the new 5th Quarter Celebration is destined to become an annual highlight of the special weekend. The event is a collaborative effort between Edinboro University and the local business community with hot sounds, great food, and plenty of retail specials offered by Edinboro merchants.

For example, music from 5 to 7 p.m. will be provided by Millennium Sound’s D.J. Mark Eisert, a proud member of Edinboro’s Class of 1988. Alumni art will be showcased by the Catwater Who Gallery, while John’s Wildwood Pizza will be offering Homecoming T-shirts and pizza by the slice. The alums who own and operate Earthshine Company will stage a sidewalk sale from 5 to 8 p.m., and the Edinboro Hotel will be grilling outside – featuring signature burgers, hotdogs and hot sausage sandwiches.

Other participants in the post-game 5th Quarter Celebration include Eclectic Etceteras Coffee House featuring live music, and Parker’s Framing Gallery offering special Edinboro prints on sale all day. We Bleed Plaid and Brink Ink will also offer T-shirts and sweatshirts, and the Lakeside Health Mart Pharmacy will provide important health information and samples.

For a complete schedule of all Homecoming 2011 activities, including event and parking maps, please log onto www.edinboro.edu and type “Break Out the Plaid” in the keyword search bar at the top right of the Homepage.