It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s Edinboro University Homecoming 2017.
Music, art, academic activities and the high-energy excitement of one of the region’s signature fall events will fill the Edinboro campus and the community from Thursday, Oct. 12, through Saturday, Oct.14.
“We are thrilled to welcome our alumni back to campus for Homecoming weekend,” said Assistant Vice President for University Advancement Marilyn Goellner. “Homecoming brings together students, alumni and the entire Edinboro community to celebrate what makes Edinboro University special for each of us.”
This year’s superhero-themed Homecoming celebration opens Thursday, Oct. 12, with two interactive and thought-provoking presentations. Both events are free and open to the public.
The Friends of Baron-Forness Library will sponsor a screening of the documentary film “Bring it to the Table” at 7 p.m., followed by a live discussion with Emmy-nominated director and filmmaker Julie Winokur in Louis C. Cole Auditorium – Memorial Hall. The film is part of a community engagement campaign aimed at engaging citizens in civic action and empowering everyone to take an active role in breaking down political partisanship.
Also beginning at 7 p.m., successful EU alumna Sian Proctor, Ph.D., will present “The Power to Connect” in Compton Hall Room 107A. A planetary science professor at South Mountain Community College in Phoenix, Proctor is a storyteller, explorer, STEM communicator and astronaut who is passionate about sharing her life experiences and the lessons she has learned along the way.
Friday’s festivities include the highly-anticipated crowning of the 2017 Homecoming King and Queen and the traditional coronation bonfire at 7:30 p.m. behind Frank G. Pogue Student Center.
A variety of events and receptions geared toward EU alumni also are planned throughout Friday, concluding with an alumni gathering at Culbertson Hills Golf Resort at 8 p.m.
Saturday morning’s main event, the annual Homecoming Parade, will be preceded at 10:30 a.m. by the running of the Kilted Mile. The parade will step off at 11 a.m., following a route through downtown Edinboro, beginning at the edge of campus on Darrow Road, proceeding north on Meadville Street and looping back to campus via Waterford, High and Normal streets.
After the parade, a family-friendly festival will fill the campus lawns bordering Meadville Street with children’s activities, local vendors and student art club demonstrations and sales. A complimentary lunch for the community will begin at noon on the lawns in front of Cole Auditorium.
New this year, the Borough of Edinboro will host a community party featuring games, vendors and music by Millennium Sound and local musicians from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. in downtown Edinboro.
Of course, no Homecoming celebration would be complete without a fall football game. This year, the EU Fighting Scots will host the Mercyhurst University Lakers at 2 p.m. at Sox Harrison Stadium.
Details about these and the many other events that comprise Edinboro University Homecoming 2017 can be found at homecoming.edinboro.edu.