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Tradition continues with Homecoming 2004
Continuing a celebration rich in tradition and heritage for the University community and its alumni, the Division of Student Affairs and the Office of Alumni Relations will sponsor Syracuse University’s Homecoming 2004, Oct. 4-10.
For complete information on Homecoming Weekend events, visit http://alumni.syr.edu/Homecoming04/Homepage04.htm/.
“Homecoming continues to be an exciting tradition for us on campus, as well as for our alumni who return to SU to celebrate the traditions they enjoyed while they were students here,” says Barry L. Wells, senior vice president and dean of student affairs. “It is evident from the activities planned across campus all week that the Homecoming traditions are alive and well, and truly an important part of Syracuse University life past and present.”
Says Assistant Vice President of Alumni Relations Donald C. Doerr, “Homecoming presents a unique opportunity for students and alumni to share in both age-old traditions as well as new traditions at our alma mater. The experiences that students have on campus will stay with them forever, even as they come back to campus as alumni.”
Homecoming activities begin early in the week with campus decorating.
On Oct. 6-7, Slice of Orange Day will feature games and prizes, food, drinks and “Traditions Trivia” with Homecoming t-shirt giveaways in the Schine Student Center Atrium from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Also on display at this time is Orange Pride: SU History and Tradition, offering an opportunity to see memorabilia and chat with SU historians from Archives and Records Management.
On Oct. 7, University Lectures presents Tobias Wolff, award-winning author of “Old School” and “This Boy’s Life,” at 4:30 p.m. at Hendricks Chapel.
On Oct. 8 at 4:30 p.m., Chancellor Nancy Cantor will conduct the Chancellor’s Alumni Welcome in Room 304 of the Schine Student Center. This will be immediately followed by the Alumni Awards presentation. The Homecoming Parade begins at 6 p.m. in front of the Schine Student Center. All are welcome to join the SU Homecoming Parade as community members march and cheer to the Dome. At 10 p.m., Pride Union will celebrate the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community with the Big Gay Dance in the Schine Underground.
At 7:30 p.m., the Homecoming King and Queen will be crowned at the Carrier Dome as part of the Rock the Dome at the Homecoming Pep Rally. A fireworks display will fill the sky with colors and designs at 8 p.m., with best views from the Quad and Schine Student Center. At 9 p.m., nationally renowned magician Jim Karol brings his show to Goldstein Auditorium.
On Oct. 9, at 4 p.m., Orange Friendzy at the Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Football Fun Zone will bring pre-game festivities to the Quad. The Office of Alumni Relations, the Orange Pack Office and the Athletic Department help fans get ready for the Orange to take on the Florida State Seminoles at 7 p.m.
Beginning at 7:30 p.m., Perc Place will celebrate Latino Pride Day in the Panasci Lounge. At 9 p.m. in the Schine Student Center, the Black Artist League presents You Got Jokes? Comedy Tour featuring Michael Blackson, B-Phlat and Robert Stapleton. Tickets are available at the Schine Box Office.
Additionally, the weekend offers opportunities to participate in seminars, workshops and tours, including admissions information sessions for all alumni with college-aged children; Daily Orange open house and tour; the Apple Festival in the Goldstein Alumni and Faculty Center; and campus art walking tours.
“Homecoming features activities that have appeal for the entire campus community as well as our alumni,” says Ellen King, director of student events. “We have received tremendous ideas from students in developing programs that not only offer social activities to unite the community through rich traditions, but provide educational programming that deepens students’ connections to Syracuse University and their experiences here as students.”
For more information, call 443-9592 or visit http://students.syr.edu/homecoming/.