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‘Red, White, and WKU’: Homecoming to celebrate Hilltopper, American spirit

The WKU Spirit and the American spirit will be celebrated during 2012 Homecoming activities Oct. 13-21.

“Homecoming is a special time each year for students, alumni and friends to celebrate the WKU Spirit,” said Ginny Hensley, director of Alumni Programming. “Because this year’s Homecoming festivities occur two weeks prior to our Presidential Election, WKU will also celebrate the American spirit, with a Homecoming theme of ‘Red, White, and WKU’.”

WKU will host Louisiana-Monroe in the Homecoming football game at 3 p.m. Oct. 20 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium.

“There’s no better time than Homecoming to return to WKU,” Hensley said. “Regardless of when you spent your time on campus or where you call home today, Homecoming has something special for every member of the WKU family.

“The WKU campus is full of energy. With the completion of a successful capital campaign and the excitement around our athletic programs, we expect this year’s Homecoming attendance to be one for the record books.”

Homecoming activities will include pep rallies in Glasgow and Bowling Green, concerts, a parade, award presentations, hall of fame inductions, numerous reunions and the crowning of 2012 Homecoming queen. Homecoming 2012 shirts are available for purchase on the Alumni Association website.

Country singer Dierks Bentley will headline the Homecoming concert on Oct. 18 with his Country & Cold Cans: Back to College Tour. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. at WKU’s Diddle Arena; doors will open at 6 p.m. Special guests include Jon Pardi, A-Ray and Natalie Stovall.

The Homecoming Parade will begin at 5 p.m. Oct. 19 on the WKU Campus near Parking Structure 1 and make its way up College Heights Boulevard to State Street and down the Hill to Fountain Square Park in downtown Bowling Green.

“Our student body works countless hours during Homecoming week perfecting their floats for us to enjoy — and for bragging rights,” Hensley said. “The parade is a great way to see WKU students in action.”

The Ernie Small Blues Band will perform at Fountain Square Park at 5 p.m. followed by Big Red’s Roar, the annual Homecoming student pep rally, at 6:30 p.m.

“We encourage downtown businesses, the Bowling Green community, alumni, students and fans to bring their lawn chairs to Fountain Square Park for the Homecoming Concert in the Park as the Homecoming Parade makes its way from campus to downtown Bowling Green,” Hensley said.

Downtown businesses will offer special discounts during the Friday night Homecoming festivities. Visit http://www.alumni.wku.edu/homecoming for a list of participating businesses.

“Following the parade, the student body will fill Fountain Square Park as the concert wraps up and the annual Big Red’s Roar pep rally begins,” Hensley said. “Coach Willie Taggart and members of the WKU football team will rally the student body in preparation for Saturday’s Homecoming football game against the University of Louisiana-Monroe.”

As part of Homecoming week, the Hall of Distinguished Alumni and the WKU Athletic Hall of Fame will induct their newest members. Members of the 21st class of HODA – Russ Faxon, Margaret Munday and Victor Strahm — will be inducted at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 19 at the Sloan Convention Center. Members of the 22nd class of the Athletic Hall of Fame — John Hall, Stan Markham, David Murphy and Joel Murrie — will be inducted at 10 a.m. Oct. 20 at Diddle Arena.

In addition to the football game, Homecoming day on Oct. 20 will feature numerous reunions of student organizations, Greek groups, athletic teams, academic programs and more. Because of construction projects, the Festival of Friends tailgating will be held in various locations across the WKU campus. (More: 2012 Festival of Friends tent locations)

A tailgating map, as well as traffic advisories related to Homecoming festivities will be available on the Alumni Association website beginning Oct. 18.

The complete Homecoming schedule is available online, but here are some of the week’s highlights:

Saturday, Oct. 13-Tuesday, Oct. 16

  •  Kenny Perry/WKU Collegiate Invitational golf tournament, The Club at Olde Stone.

Tuesday, Oct. 16

  • Glasgow Chili and Cheese Luncheon & Pep Rally, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at US Bank Conference Room, 200 S. Green St., Glasgow. Sponsored by Junior Achievement of South Central Kentucky and the Barren County Alumni Chapter.

Thursday, Oct. 18

  • Homecoming Chili and Cheese Luncheon and Pep Rally, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at First Christian Church, 1106 State St., Bowling Green. Sponsored by Junior Achievement of South Central Kentucky and the Warren County Alumni Chapter.
  • 2012 Summit Awards, 6 p.m. at Carroll Knicely Conference Center. WKU honors its outstanding volunteers at this recognition and awards ceremony.
  • 2012 Homecoming Concert featuring Dierks Bentley and special guests Jon Pardi, A-Ray and Natalie Stovall, 7 p.m. at Diddle Arena.

Friday, Oct. 19

  • Hall of Distinguished Alumni Luncheon & Induction Ceremony, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Sloan Convention Center. The 2012 inductees are Russ Faxon, Margaret Munday and Victor Strahm.
  • Homecoming Parade, 5 p.m. from College Heights Boulevard to downtown Bowling Green. Hosted by the Warren County Alumni Chapter.
  • Homecoming Concert in the Park, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Fountain Square Park in downtown Bowling Green. Music by Ernie Small Blues Band.
  • Big Red’s Roar, 6:30 p.m. at Fountain Square Park in downtown Bowling Green. Sponsored by Campus Activities Board.

Saturday, Oct. 20

  • Numerous reunions of student organizations, Greek groups, athletic teams, academic programs, Festival of Friends/Tailgating and more at various locations.
  • Alumni W-Club Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, 10 a.m. to noon at E.A. Diddle Arena. The 2012 inductees are John Hall, Stan Markham, David Murphy and Joel Murrie.
  • 20th anniversary celebration of Preston Health and Activities Center, 11 a.m. at Preston Center. The Preston family and the 1992 Intramural Recreational Sports professional and student staff members will be recognized.
  • Hilltoppers vs. University of Louisiana-Monroe, 3 p.m. at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium.

Sunday, Oct. 21

  • Gospel Benefit Concert, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Kentucky Museum. Sponsored by the Tabitha Briggs Memorial Scholarship Committee.
  • 16th Annual Jim Wayne Miller Celebration of Writing, 2 p.m. at Cherry Hall, room 125. Featuring author Ed McClanahan. A reception and book signing will follow. Sponsored by the English Department and the Dean of Potter College of Arts & Letters.

Contact: Ginny Hensley, (270) 745-4395.

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