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Homecoming offers ‘something special’ for all of WKU family

WKU will celebrate Homecoming 2013 with numerous events Oct. 22-27.

Homecoming Logo“Bright Lights, Red City” is the theme of this year’s celebration that includes pep rallies in Glasgow and Bowling Green, concerts, a parade, award presentations, hall of fame inductions, numerous reunions, the crowning of 2013 Homecoming queen and the Homecoming football game between WKU and Troy.

“Homecoming is a tradition on nearly every college campus. But we are unique,” said Ginny Hensley, director of Alumni Programming. “WKU has a Homecoming atmosphere that very few universities can match. 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.”

This year’s theme was chosen by a Homecoming committee of alumni, staff and students, including President Gary Ransdell, and ties in with the overall football season theme of “It’s Show Time,” Hensley said.

Homecoming Friday Night on Oct. 25 will begin at 5 p.m. with the parade from campus to downtown Bowling Green followed by a concert in Fountain Square Park with the Jordan English Band and Big Red’s Roar. Festivities return to campus at 8 p.m. with the Homecoming concert featuring country performers Justin Moore and Corey Smith at Diddle Arena. (More: Homecoming parade parking and street closing information)

“In 2010, we expanded the Homecoming Parade to incorporate the downtown community,” Hensley said. “In typical Bowling Green fashion, the community welcomed the parade, concert in the park, and Big Red’s Roar pep rally with open arms.

“The downtown community not only promotes Homecoming Friday Night but many have chosen to remain open throughout the festivities and offer special discounts to WKU alumni and friends. Students from our Interior Design classes are also decorating the store front windows of downtown businesses in the ‘Bright Lights, Red City’ theme.”

While the parade has grown since 2010 and attracts more community entries each year, Hensley said the parade is still about WKU students. “Our student body works countless hours during Homecoming week perfecting their float for us to enjoy…and for bragging rights! The parade is a great way to see WKU students in action,” she said.

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 22nd class of HODA – Dan Cherry, John D. Minton Jr. and Greg Smith — will be inducted at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 25 at the Sloan Convention Center. Members of the 23rd class of the Athletic Hall of Fame — Brandi Beckwith Carey, Romeo Crennel, James Edwards and Dr. Curtiss Long — will be inducted at 10 a.m. Oct. 26 at Diddle Arena.

In addition to the football game, Homecoming day on Oct. 26 will feature numerous reunions of student organizations, Greek groups, athletic teams, academic programs and more.

The complete Homecoming schedule is available online at http://alumni.wku.edu/homecoming, but here are some of the week’s highlights:

Tuesday, Oct. 22

  • Glasgow Homecoming Chili and Cheese Luncheon and Pep Rally, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at South Central Bank Operations Center, 501 S. L Rogers Wells Blvd., Glasgow. Proceeds benefit Junior Achievement.

Thursday, Oct. 24

  • Homecoming Chili and Cheese Luncheon and Pep Rally, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at First Christian Church, 1106 State St., Bowling Green. Proceeds benefit Junior Achievement.
  • 2013 Summit Awards, honoring WKU’s outstanding volunteers, 6 p.m. at Knicely Conference Center.

Friday, Oct. 25

  • Hall of Distinguished Alumni Luncheon and Induction Ceremony honoring Dan Cherry, John D. Minton Jr. and Greg Smith, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Sloan Convention Center.
  • WKU Photojournalism Homecoming Reception and Gallery Exhibition, 1 p.m. at Mass Media and Technology Hall Atrium.
  • Homecoming Parade (sponsored by Blue Cotton), 5 p.m. from near WKU’s Downing Student Union to Fountain Square Park in downtown Bowling Green. (More: Homecoming parade parking and street closing information)
  • Homecoming Concert in the Park (sponsored by Blue Cotton) featuring WKU’s own Jordan English Band, 5 p.m.-7 p.m. at Fountain Square Park.
  • Big Red’s Roar 2013, the annual Homecoming pep rally, 6:30 p.m. at Fountain Square Park.
  • Homecoming Concert (sponsored by Campus Activities Board) featuring Justin Moore with special guests Corey Smith and Chris Stapleton, 8 p.m. at Diddle Arena. Doors open at 7 p.m. For ticket information, contact the WKU Ticket Office at 1-800-5BIGRED or visit www.ticketmaster.com.

Saturday, Oct. 26

  • Numerous reunions of student organizations, Greek groups, athletic teams, academic programs; open houses; tailgating activities; and more at various locations.
  • Alumni W-Club Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony honoring Brandi Beckwith Carey, Romeo Crennel, James Edwards and Dr. Curtiss Long, 10 a.m. to noon at E.A. Diddle Arena.
  • Opening Act at the Augenstein Alumni Center, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Augenstein Alumni Center.
  • WKU football vs. Troy, 3 p.m. at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium.
  • 2013 Homecoming Step Show, 7 p.m. at Diddle Arena.
  • Homecoming 5th Quarter, 8 p.m. at Augenstein Alumni Center.

Sunday, Oct. 27

  • 17th annual Jim Wayne Miller Celebration of Writing featuring author Silas House, 2 p.m. at Cherry Hall, room 125.

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

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