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SU Homecoming Week 2005 to feature comedy, wider variety of events, new parade route
SU Homecoming Week 2005 to feature comedy, wider variety of events, new parade routeNovember 01, 2005Carol K. Masiclatclkim@syr.edu
In keeping with the tradition of bringing together Syracuse University alumni and members of the SU community, the Division of Student Affairs and the Office of Alumni Relations at SU present Homecoming Week 2005, Nov. 6-11. This year’s Homecoming celebrates the classes of 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985 and 1995.
“We are especially excited about this year’s Homecoming celebration because we are actively coordinating with the Division of Student Affairs, the newly revived Traditions Commission and SU Athletics. To make it a truly university-wide event, we are engaging all alumni and students in the SU community,” says Donald C. Doerr ’85, ’88 LAW, assistant vice president of alumni relations. “We are also thrilled to have our alumni board of directors and over 30 alumni club presidents from across the country participate for the first time in the Homecoming parade. With the retirement of the legendary No. 44 and Chancellor Cantor’s presentation of the Homecoming awards, this year’s festivities promise to be unforgettable.”
Homecoming Week begins with a residence hall decoration competition that runs all day Sunday, Nov. 6. That evening, University Union Speakers presents The Daily Show’s Rob Corddry at 7 p.m. in Goldstein Auditorium. Tickets are available for $3 with SU I.D., $5 general admission at the Schine Box Office.
On Tuesday, Nov. 8, Syracuse Symposium presents “Imposed Borders: Haudenosaunee Perspectives,” a provocative discussion about historically imposed borders and current land claims, in Grant Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 9, is Slice of Orange Day. From 11 a.m.-2 p.m., visitors will enjoy food, beverages, games and prizes in the Schine Student Center Atrium. Homecoming T-shirts, designed by SU student William Huang ’08, will be given to trivia game winners. Happening simultaneously is Orange Pride, an exhibit of SU memorabilia and presentations by SU historians from Archives and Records Management, in the Schine Student Center Atrium.
On Thursday, Nov. 10, National Public Radio foreign correspondent Anne Garrels will speak at Hendricks Chapel at 7:30 p.m. as part of the University Lectures Series. She will discuss her assignment covering the conflict in Iraq, her impressions of the conflict and her experiences as one of the few female war correspondents in broadcast media.
Homecoming Weekend kicks off with an awards reception and ceremony Friday, Nov. 11, at 4:30 p.m. in the Panasci Lounge in the Schine Student Center. The Homecoming awards honor outstanding alumni, young alumni, alumni clubs and faculty. The awards will be presented by SU Chancellor Nancy Cantor and Neil Gold ’70, president of the SU Alumni Association. New among the Homecoming awards this year is the Orange Spirit Award, given to a student who has demonstrated a genuine respect for University traditions and traditional programs as well as attempts to solidify and enhance University traditions.
The Homecoming parade and pep rally also take place on Nov. 11. The parade begins at 6 p.m. in front of the Schine Student Center and proceeds down Comstock Avenue to Vielbig Outdoor Track (behind Manley fieldhouse), where the pep rally starts at 7 p.m, and concludes with fireworks at 7:20.
At 8 p.m., Pride Union Presents comedian Kathy Griffin in Goldstein Auditorium. Tickets are available at the Schine Box Office and cost $4 with SU I.D., $10 general admission.
On Saturday, Nov. 12, the Orange Friendzy Pre-Game Party will have food andbeverages for purchase on the Quad, three hours before the SU vs. South Florida football game.
The official groundbreaking for the Newhouse III building is also slated for Homecoming Weekend, two hours prior to the football game. Chancellor Cantor, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications Dean David Rubin and Donald Newhouse will participate in the groundbreaking. Renowned New York City-based architecture firm Polshek Partnership Architects will undertake the design and construction of Newhouse III, a 74,000-square-foot addition to the Newhouse School, which currently includes Newhouse I and II. Highlights of the expansion will include an executive education suite, a new media research center and a large interdisciplinary newsroom. The project is scheduled for completion in August 2007. Construction will be funded through a $15 million grant from the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, one of the largest private donations in SU’s history.
Saturday’s main event is the Homecoming football game, in which SU takes on South Florida at the Carrier Dome. In honor of Heisman Trophy winner Ernie Davis ’62, Jim Brown ’57 and Floyd Little ’67, the famed No. 44 will be retired in a special ceremony during halftime of the game. Kickoff time is to be announced.
After the game, the 20th anniversary of the Schine Student Center will be celebrated with the Homecoming Showcase, which will feature 15 dance and vocal groups at Goldstein Auditorium at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at the Schine Student Box Office and cost $3 students, $5 general admission.
“Homecoming is an important tradition, not only to our students but to our alumni, staff, faculty and community members as well,” says Ellen King, director of student events. “It is a time for the University and the City of Syracuse to come together and celebrate the heritage and pride of SU.”
Homecoming 2005 events are sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs and the Office of Alumni Relations at SU.