10/8/13 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University alumni and students will be renewing the annual tradition of Homecoming with a weekend of activities slated for Oct. 11-13. The theme for this year’s event is “Check-In.”
Highlights for the week include the CAB homecoming dance on Friday night in Redwood Hall, the Pizza Pizza Pizza Fan Fest prior to Saturday’s football game, the Division II football game between the Eagles and Ohio Dominican University, the crowning of the Homecoming king and queen during halftime of the game, the annual Purple Eagle Silent Auction following the game and the All-Alumni Reception on Saturday night.
“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.
The week of student activities will include a window painting competition as student organizations compete to decorate the student center with images of school spirit and a powder puff football game on Oct. 10 at 9 p.m. in Jack Miller Stadium/Martinelli Field.
There are many events and activities scheduled for Oct. 12.
A band reunion is scheduled for 9 to 11 a.m. in the Gridiron Club Room inside the Troop Center.
At 9:30 a.m., walkers will hit the streets as part of the 5K Fun Walk/Run followed by the runners at 10 a.m. The start will be set up in front of the Recreation Center off King Road and will cost $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.
A Legacy Visit Day for high school students has been set for the morning of Oct. 12. 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 11 a.m. An Interest Inventory/Career Coaching session in the Career Services Center will be held at 10 a.m. Those interested in attending should call 419-289-5055.
Also, at 9:30 a.m., the Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Brunch will be held in Myers Convocation Center and reservations, which are required, can be made by contacting Rachel Bixler at 419.289.5954 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Seven people have distinguished themselves in the field of intercollegiate athletics at Ashland University and will be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame. These include: Billy Conley, class of 1954, basketball 1952-1953; Tiffany Crooks, class of 2002, soccer 1998-2001; Brad Evans `98 M.Ed, 1994-2001 Head AU Coach, soccer; Nathan Moore, class of 2002, baseball 1998-2002; Bryan Parsons, classes of 1999 and 2003, swimming 1996-1999; Jaclyn Jescheling Ulm, class of 2003, track & field 1998-2003; and Maxine Swaisgood, Eagle Forever Award.
At 10 a.m. the Ashbrook Center will host a reception for alumni of the Ashbrook Scholar and Master of American History and Government reception with Dr. Peter Schramm and Roger Beckett leading the event. Those interested in attending can make a reservation at www.ashbrook.org/events.
The University Bookstore will hold a book signing event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for two alumni authors. Author and alumna Laurel Rausch Greshel, class of 1981, is the author of “Amanda, Perfectly Made,” while author and Ashland Theological Seminary alumna LuAnn Topovski-Mason, class of 2008, is author of “Rising Above.”
At 11:30 a.m. the Pizza, Pizza, Pizza Fan Fest for alumni and family will be held in the Amstutz Hall parking lot and lawn area, with many Ashland pizzerias going head-to-head serving your favorite pizza. This celebration will include cotton candy, bounce houses and more. Please note that Broad Street between Walnut Street and Jefferson Street will be closed from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. because of the activity in that area.
Kickoff of the football game with the Eagles taking on Ohio Dominican University at Jack Miller Stadium/Martinelli Field is set for 1 p.m. The cost is $10 general seating and $15 for reserved. The crowning of the homecoming king and queen will take place at halftime of the game.
Following the game, the public is invited to attend the 31st annual Purple Eagle Silent Auction & Raffle from 3:30 to 6 p.m. in Myers Convocation Center. This popular event will feature more than 200 items on which bids will be taken as well as a raffle for cash prizes of $500, $250 and $100. Raffle tickets are $5 each or three for $10 and available from the Alumni Office at Ashland University and during the auction. The drawing for the raffle will take place at 5 p.m. Proceeds from this year’s auction will support the Legacy Scholarship Fund and the Ashland Fund.
At 5 p.m., the All-Alumni Reception will be held in Myers Convocation Center and also will include a number of class reunions. These reunions will include Class of 1973, Class of 1983, Class of 1988, Class of 1993 and Class of 2003. Reservations are not required and more information is available at 419.289.5082 or by visiting www.ashlandspace.com
On Oct. 13, the fall choral concert will be held in Jack & Deb Miller Chapel at 4 p.m.
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.
Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2012, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) 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. ###