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WKU to celebrate ‘Oh, the Places You’ll Go! A Ransdell Story’ during Homecoming 2016

WKU will celebrate “Oh, the Places You’ll Go! A Ransdell Story” during Homecoming 2016 activities Oct. 19-23.

homecoming 2016 logoHomecoming week activities include pep rallies, parade, reunions, concerts, award presentations and hall of fame inductions. Homecoming Day on Oct. 22 will feature tailgating, crowning of the Homecoming queen and the football game between the Hilltoppers and Old Dominion. With the football game kicking off at 6 p.m., the Festival of Friends Tailgating will be extended for Homecoming activities from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“WKU has a Homecoming atmosphere that very few universities can match,” said Ginny Hensley, director of Alumni Programming. “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.”

hc-concertWKU’s Campus Activities Board will present a Homecoming Kick-Off Concert on Oct. 13 at Van Meter Hall, featuring Canaan Smith with special guest Walker Hayes. The concert begins at 8 p.m.; doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are available online at https://wku.showare.com. General admission is $15 in advance or $20 day of show; student tickets are $10 in advance and $15 day of show.

On Oct. 20, the Homecoming Chili and Cheese Luncheon and Pep Rally, presented by Junior Achievement of South Central Kentucky and the WKU Alumni Association and sponsored by Jennings Perry Schmitt Financial Group, will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 6.4.3 Sports Bar, 360 E. Eighth Ave., in downtown Bowling Green. Tickets are $5. Purchase tickets in advance at www.alumni.wku.edu/chilicheese16 or at the door.

On Oct. 21, Homecoming Friday Night, sponsored by Midtown by Brookside, will be highlighted by the parade, Concert in the Park featuring the Jordan English Band and Big Red’s Roar and will begin at 5 p.m. near the Downing Student Union and will make its way up College Heights Boulevard then down State Street to Fountain Square Park in downtown Bowling Green.

WKU President Gary A. Ransdell and his wife, Julie, participated in the Homecoming 2015 parade. The 2016 theme is "Oh, the Places You'll Go! A Ransdell Story" as WKU celebrates the Ransdells' final year as President and First Lady. (WKU photo by Clinton Lewis)

WKU President Gary A. Ransdell and his wife, Julie, participated in the Homecoming 2015 parade. The 2016 theme is “Oh, the Places You’ll Go! A Ransdell Story” as WKU celebrates the Ransdells’ final year as President and First Lady. (WKU photo by Clinton Lewis)

“The annual Midtown Homecoming Parade allows our student body to bring the Homecoming theme, ‘Oh, the Places You’ll Go! A Ransdell Story’ to life,” Hensley said.  “The theme can represent the popular graduation book by Dr. Seuss, which suggests graduates of all ages, from high school to college, to even retirement can control their own destiny.”

The theme can also represent President Gary and Julie Ransdell’s WKU career.  “Homecoming will be bittersweet as it is the Ransdells’ final Homecoming as President and First Lady of WKU. Their journey together began as WKU college students. Our university gave them the opportunity to see ‘great places’ and ‘move mountains.’ Along the way, they created life long memories and a better WKU,” Hensley said.

The Hall of Distinguished Alumni and the WKU Athletic Hall of Fame also will induct new members. Members of the 25th class of HODA — Bill “Doc E” Edwards, the Hon. Tom Emberton Sr. and Dr. Chester C. Travelstead – will be inducted during a luncheon at 11 a.m. Oct. 21 at the Sloan Convention Center. Members of the 26th class of the Athletic Hall of Fame —Buster Ashley, Sharon Lee Miller, Tiffany Porter-Talbert and Mike Wells – will be inducted during a brunch at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 22 at Diddle Arena.

Homecoming festivities will conclude on Oct. 23 with the 20th annual Jim Wayne Miller Celebration of Writing, featuring author Silas House. The event begins at 2 p.m. at the Kentucky Room of the Kentucky Library and Museum.

Homecoming 2016 highlights

The complete Homecoming 2016 schedule of events can be found at www.alumni.wku.edu/homecoming; here are some highlights:

Thursday, October 20

  • Homecoming Chili and Cheese Luncheon and Pep Rally, presented by Junior Achievement of South Central Kentucky and the WKU Alumni Association, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at 6-4-3 Sports Bar, 360 E. Eighth Ave.
  • 2016 Summit Awards Dinner, presented by Service One Credit Union 6 p.m. at Knicely Conference Center.
  • WKU Soccer vs. UTSA, 7 p.m. at WKU Soccer Complex.
  • Cultural Enhancement Series presents Ben Sollee in Concert, 7:30 p.m. at Van Meter Hall.

Friday, October 21

  • Hall of Distinguished Alumni Luncheon and Induction Ceremony, presented by Franklin Bank & Trust. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Sloan Convention Center. Inductees are Bill “Doc E” Edwards, the Hon. Tom Emberton Sr. and Dr. Chester C. Travelstead.
  • Children’s Theatre production of Cinderella Confidential. 4 p.m. at Gordon Wilson Hall Lab Theatre.
  • Homecoming Parade, presented by Midtown at Brookside. 5 p.m. from WKU Campus to downtown Bowling Green. Part of Homecoming 2016. Contact Alumni, (270) 745-4395.
  • Homecoming Concert in the Park, featuring Jordan English, presented by Midtown at Brookside. 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m. at Fountain Square Park, downtown Bowling Green.
  • Big Red’s Roar. 6:30 p.m. at Fountain Square Park, downtown Bowling Green.
  • Homecoming Step Show. Sponsored by WKU National Pan-Hellenic Council. 8 p.m. at Van Meter Hall. Student tickets are $12 in advance or $17 at the door. Non-student tickets are $17 presale and $23 the night of the show.

Saturday, October 22

  • Alumni W-Club Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. 10:30 a.m. at Diddle Arena. Inductees are Buster Ashley, Sharon Lee Miller, Tiffany Porter-Talbert and Mike Wells.
  • Opening Act at the Augenstein Alumni Center, sponsored by US Bank. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at Augenstein Alumni Center, 292 Alumni Ave.
  • Children’s Theatre production of Cinderella Confidential. 3 p.m. at Gordon Wilson Hall Lab Theatre.
  • Hilltopper Basketball Open Scrimmage. 3:30 p.m. at Diddle Arena.
  • WKU Football vs. Old Dominion. 6 p.m. at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium.

Sunday, October 23

  • 20th Annual Jim Wayne Miller Celebration of Writing, featuring author Silas House. Kentucky Room at Kentucky Library and Museum.
  • Children’s Theatre production of Cinderella Confidential. 3 p.m. at Gordon Wilson Hall Lab Theatre.

Contact: Ginny Hensley, (270) 745-4395

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