Ashland University Slates 2011 Homecoming Festivities

9/19/11 ASHLAND, OH -- Ashland University alumni and students will be renewing the annual tradition of Homecoming with a full week of activities slated for Oct. 9 through Oct. 15. The theme for this year's event is "Cherish the past, soar into the future."

Highlights for the week include an evening of comedy with Sarah Colonna; the Pizza Pizza Pizza Fan Fest prior to Saturday's football game; the annual Purple Eagle Silent Auction, the All-Alumni Party, the Alumni Awards Brunch, the crowning of the Homecoming king and queen, and Division II football game between the Eagles and Wayne State.

"We expect another great Homecoming weekend this year with record numbers of alumni returning to Ashland to meet up with old friends, create new memories and see the changes that have taken place on campus," said Jeff Alix, director of alumni and parent relations. "There are many activities throughout the weekend for people of all ages. We promise a weekend that will be remembered."

The annual Banana Splittin' Day is slated for Oct. 12, rain or shine. Faculty, staff and students will participate with members of the community in building the Midwest's largest banana split down College Avenue following the 5 p.m. coronation of the Homecoming King and Queen. A picnic will be served on the front lawn of Founders Hall. The meal is free to University students who are on a meal plan and $10 for faculty, staff and members of the public.

The week of student activities will include a window painting competition as student organizations compete to decorate the campus with images of school spirit, a Rec Services-Homecoming kickball tournament on Oct. 11, a spirit day on Oct. 12 and a powder puff football game on Oct. 13.

A dinner for the Eagle Emeriti alumni and the Class of 1961 Reunion group will be held Oct. 14 at 5 p.m. in Myers Convocation Center.

At 8 p.m. on Oct. 14, comedian Sarah Colonna will perform in Redwood Hall. Tickets for the comedy event are $15 for general admission, $10 for Ashland University faculty and staff, and free for Ashland University students with ID (in advance only) and are available at the AU Box Office at 419.289.5125.

Colonna is currently a writer and roundtable regular on the hit late night talk show "Chelsea Lately." She is also a producer and star on E!'s "After Lately." Colonna tours across the country headlining comedy clubs as well as a part of the Comedians of Chelsea Lately Tour. She's appeared on several other TV shows, including "The United States of Tara," "Scare Tactics," and "Monk." Some of her accomplishments in standup comedy include the Las Vegas Comedy Festival, a semi-finalist on "Last Comic Standing," and BBC's "The World Stands Up," an international show featuring the best comedians from around the world.

At 9 a.m. on Oct. 15, the Athletic Hall of Fame induction brunch will be held in Myers Convocation Center. Alumni being inducted will include: Marc Crevier, football, Class of 1973; Maurice Crevier, football, Class of 1972; Gail Klippert Hackett, tennis, Class of 1975; Tara Ringler Hootman, softball, Class of 1998; Kirt Thompson, track & field, Class of 1997; and Karen Little, who will be recognized with the Eagle Forever Award. Tickets for the event are $15. For reservation, contact Rachel Bixler at 419-289-5954 or rbixler@ashland.edu<mailto:rbixler@ashland.edu>.

A Legacy Visit Day for high school students has been set for the morning of Oct. 15. These prospective students will check in at the Student Center Piano Lounge at 9:15 a.m. and will attend an admission presentation in the Student Center Auditorium at 9:30 a.m. followed by a student-led campus tour at 10:15 a.m. An Interest Inventory/Career Coaching session in the Career Services Center will be held at 11:30 a.m. Those interested in attending should contact Megan Sherar at 419-289-5973 or msherar@ashland.edu<mailto:msherar@ashland.edu>.

Little Eagle Day, sponsored by the Alumni Office and the Department of Recreational Services, will be held on Oct. 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at a cost of $5 per camper and from 1:30 to 5 p.m. at a cost of $10 per camper. Alumni have the opportunity to bring children ages 4 to 12 to the Rec Center for age-appropriate activities including swimming, climbing wall and various sports. The day will include a pizza party and conclude with a "Dive-in Movie" at the pool. For information, contact 419-289-5440.

At 10 a.m., a 5K Fun Run will be held at Jack Miller Stadium off Broad Street at a cost of $5 per registrant. The event is open to everyone and the first 100 registrants will receive a free giveaway. Prizes will be awarded to the first male and first female to finish the race and all who participate will be entered into a raffle for a prize pack. Official results will not be recorded. Reservations are required and those interested should contact the Alumni Office at 419.289.5082.

Several other events will take place at 10 a.m. on Oct. 15, including:

*         a Center of Religious Life reception at the Jack and Deb Miller Chapel. Call 419.289.5489 to RSVP.

*         a Students in Free Enterprise 20th Anniversary Reception in the Ridenour Room of the Dauch College of Business and Economics. Call 419.289.5228 to RSVP.

*         an Alumni Band Reunion Breakfast in Tuffy's Smoothie Bar in the Recreation Center.  Call Len Salvo at 419.289.5132 to RSVP.

*         an alumni and friends pre-game tailgate party for the 21 and older crowd at the rear of Buffalo Wild Wings parking lot starting at 10 a.m.

At 11 a.m., the Alumni Awards Brunch will be held in Myers Convocation Center with 10 award recipients being honored. These include Gayle Gorman Freeman '77, who will receive the Outstanding Alumna Award, and Thomas Pickering '58, who will receive the Distinguished Service Award. The Drushal Humanitarian Award will be given to Jennifer Viola '04 and the Raymond D. Bixler Award will be presented to Kay Walther Leath '93 M.Ed. James Hill '02 will be named as the Young Alumnus while Edward '41 and Betty Hood '45 Plank will accept the Special Achievement Award. Gunther and Jeanne Meisse will be named as the Honorary Alumni and Steve Krispinsky will be honored with the Dr. Glenn L. Clayton Award.

This will be followed by the Pizza, Pizza, Pizza Fan Fest for alumni and family in the Amstutz Hall parking lot at 12:30 p.m., with many Ashland pizzerias going head-to-head serving your favorite pizza. This celebration will include cotton candy, bounce houses and give-a-ways.

Please note that Broad Street between Walnut Street and Jefferson Street will be closed from 12 noon to 2 p.m. because of the activity in that area.

Kickoff of the football game with the Eagles taking on Wayne State University at Jack Miller Stadium is set for 2 p.m. The cost is $8 general seating and $12 for reserved.

Following the game, the public is invited to attend the 29th annual Purple Eagle Silent Auction & Raffle from 4 to 6 p.m. in Myers Convocation Center. This popular event will feature more than 100 items on which bids will be taken as well as a raffle for a 47-inch television, a touch screen desktop computer and $500 cash. Raffle tickets are available from the Alumni Office at Ashland University and during the Ashland University football game. The drawing for the raffle will take place at 4:45 p.m. Proceeds from this year's auction will support the Legacy Scholarship Fund and the Annual Fund.

At 6 p.m., a number of class reunions will be held in Myers Convocation Center. These reunions will include Class of 1971, Class of 1981, Class of 1986, Class of 1991 and Class of 2001. RSVP is required for these reunions and can be made at 419.289.5082 or by visiting www.ashlandspace.com<http://www.ashlandspace.com>

At 8 p.m., the All-Alumni Party will be held at O'Bryan's Pub, while at 9 p.m., the CAB Homecoming Dance for students will be held in Redwood Hall.

Those interested in further information about Homecoming activities may contact the AU Alumni and Parent Relations Office at (419) 289-5082 or toll-free at 1-866-GO-TUFFY or check out www.ashlandspace.com<http://www.ashlandspace.com>.

Ashland University (www.ashland.edu<http://www.ashland.edu>) is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.