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New events, speakers and revitalized parade mark Edinboro’s 2013 Homecoming celebration

09/23/2013

Mark your calendars for Edinboro University Homecoming 2013: Destination Excellence, Oct. 3-5.

This year’s celebration has been revitalized to better showcase the excellence found at the University and exemplified by its students and alumni. The university is building on the long and honored tradition of Homecoming by expanding it. It's still Homecoming, but it's more. It's BoroPalooza, an overarching theme chosen because the event-filled festival is envisioned as a three-day party that will celebrate all that is special and unique about Edinboro University.

“BoroPalooza is a fun-filled celebration of all the great things about Edinboro,” said Tina Mengine, Vice President for University Advancement. “In every way, this year’s Homecoming will showcase and involve our wonderful students as well as the greater Edinboro community.”

This year’s Homecoming weekend will kick off with nationally acclaimed keynote speaker Erin Gruwell on Thursday, Oct. 3, at 8 p.m. in Louis C. Cole Auditorium – Memorial Hall. Gruwell’s innovative teaching methods have been applauded by educators around the country. The story of her success in an urban Los Angeles school inspired the feature film “Freedom Writers,” the title of which is taken from “The Freedom Writers Diary,” the bestseller written by Gruwell and her students. You won’t want to miss this inspiring story.

Prior to Gruwell’s address, an Open House for Butterfield Hall will be held from 4-6 p.m. Tour the newly renovated Butterfield Hall, home of the University’s School of Education, and see how tomorrow’s teachers are being taught today. Highlights of the facility’s new features include science and math labs, a literacy center, an integrated arts classroom and enhanced technology throughout the building. RSVP for the Open House by Monday, Sept. 30, by calling 814-732-2711 or emailing bplunkett@edinboro.edu.

Edinboro was founded as a normal school in 1857 and is proud of its long history and tradition of educating the best teachers. Showcasing the Butterfield education facility and bringing Gruwell to campus illustrate the vital role education continues to play at the University.

Homecoming 2013 also sees the return of the Kilted Mile Run. Established in 1993, the Kilted Mile was a favorite for many years and on its 20th anniversary, it returns to the EU campus. The race begins at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5, at the corner of Perry Lane and Darrow Road and ends at Edinboro Fire Department on Meadville Street.

The BoroPalooza Homecoming parade will follow at 10 a.m. on Saturday. The parade, an annual community favorite, will be bigger, brighter and more student-focused than ever. Featuring special appearances by the Mummers All-Star Band, Zem Zem Shriners and Edinboro University Alumni Marching Band, the parade will be distinguished from previous years by the introduction of student-made, parade-sized puppets and other unique floats and entries.

Frequent attendees of past EU Homecoming parades are advised of the new 10 a.m. start time, as the parade has in previous years begun at 11 a.m.

The parade will be followed by the BoroPalooza On-Campus Festival.

Beginning with the President’s Lunch, hosted by Wesbury United Methodist Retirement Community, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the lawn in front of Doucette Hall, the festival will include music, children’s activities, demonstrating artists and much more.

The Mummers All-Star Band will perform on the steps of Cole Memorial Auditorium from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Cross-campus hayrides to the Pumpkin Launch on the Perry Lane Soccer Fields, featuring a trebuchet (a siege engine used in the Middle Ages that uses the energy of a raised counterweight to throw a projectile) built by the EU Physics Department, will be held from noon to 2 p.m.

A number of tents will be set up on the grounds near Reeder, Doucette and Memorial Halls, including the Q – Music Coffee House, featuring coffee and folk music sponsored by WQLN, and the Artists’ Colony, where Art Department alumni as well as community artists will demonstrate crafts from glass blowing to ceramics as a tribute to the University’s rich art school history. There will also be a “KidsZone” tent for cornhole games, instrument-making, face painting and other crafts for kids hosted by EU's School of Education. Children will also have the opportunity to meet Clifford the Big Red Dog at the tent.

In addition, faculty and staff from Early Childhood and Reading, Friends of the Library, Middle & Secondary Education/Educational Leadership, History and World Languages, Math and Computer Sciences, Admissions Recruitment and Graduate Programs Recruitment will be on hand to showcase the excellence of Edinboro's academic programs.

Following the parade and festival will be the Homecoming football game. Watch the Fighting Scots take on Lock Haven University at 2 p.m. at Sox Harrison Stadium.

From parade to festival to the football game, festivalgoers’ Saturday will be in the true spirit of BoroPalooza!

Saturday evening will feature another of the many art-related events of BoroPalooza. The StARTup Incubator will host Art Alumni & Friends Celebration: Animation Through the Ages from 6-9 p.m. Admission to the event is a $10 donation to support the Incubator. Stop by Biggers House for this party, which will include food, music by Tiger Maple String Band and green screen photo ops. An amazing show of artwork by alumni and friends will be on display.

BoroPalooza, Homecoming 2013: Destination Excellence will conclude with the new Illumination Celebration at 9 p.m. on the banks of Mallory Lake. (Crowds are encouraged to begin to gather at around 8 p.m. to pick up supplies to participate.) Join as the night sky above the University is lit up with breathtaking sky lanterns. 

The public is encouraged to join the Edinboro University community for this exciting, three-day celebration of all that EU has to offer. Additional information is available on the Homecoming website, www.homecoming.edinboro.edu.