9/29/14 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University alumni and students will be renewing the annual tradition of Homecoming with a weekend of activities slated for Oct. 10-12.
Highlights for the week include the Pizza Pizza Pizza Fan Fest prior to Saturday’s football game, the Division II football game between the Eagles and Saginaw Valley State University, the crowning of the Homecoming king and queen during halftime of the game, the annual Purple Eagle Silent Auction and All-Alumni Reunion.
“We expect another great Homecoming weekend this year with large 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 development and alumni engagement.
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. 9 at 9 p.m. in Jack Miller Stadium/Martinelli Field.
There are many other events and activities scheduled for the weekend.
On Oct. 10, the women’s soccer team will play Tiffin University at 3 p.m. at Ferguson Field, while the women’s volleyball team will play Saginaw Valley State University at 7 p.m. in Kates Gymnasium.
A religious life reunion to celebrate all the amazing things God has accomplished throughout the history of the Center of Religious Life at AU is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Jack and Deb Miller Chapel. A worship service, featuring former student leaders and Religious Life staff, will be held as part of the reunion.
AU Theatre will kick off its 2014-15 season with the production of “Saint Joan” at 7:30 p.m. in Hugo Young Theatre. The George Bernard Shaw show will be directed by Dr. Teresa Durbin-Ames. For tickets, go to www.ashland.edu/tickets.
On Saturday, Oct. 11, walkers will hit the streets at 9:30 a.m. 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 pre-registrant and $10 the day of the race. 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 Rec Services at 419.289.5440.
From 9 to 11 a.m., a band reunion reconnecting former band comrades will be held in the Troop Center.
A Legacy Visit Day for high school students has been set for the morning of Oct. 11. 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 419-289-5063.
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 Elaine Obrecht at 419.289.5441 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: Terry Adsit, class of 1968, baseball and football; Rebecca Richards Allen, class of 2004, soccer; Toure Carter, class of 2004, track and football; Josie Nelson Henry, class of 2004, softball; Keith Weaver, class of 1996, football; Adriane Blewitt Wilson, class of 2004, track; and Dr. Ella Shannon, Class of 1963, 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 programs with Dr. Peter Schramm, Dr. Jeff Sikkenga and Dr. Chris Burkett leading the event. Those interested in attending can make a reservation at www.ashbrook.org/events.
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 Saginaw Valley State 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 32nd annual Purple Eagle Silent Auction & All Alumni Reunion from 3:30 to 6 p.m. in Myers Convocation Center. This popular event will feature more than 300 items on which bids will be taken as well as a raffle for OSU vs. Michigan tickets or $500 in cash. Raffle tickets are $10 each or three for $25 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. Also, those in attendance at the All Alumni Reunion will be able to wish longtime AU staff member Ralph Tomassi well in his retirement.
At 6 p.m., the women’s volleyball team will host the Wayne State Warriors in Kates Gymnasium followed by the 7:30 p.m. AU theatre production of “Saint Joan” in Hugo Young Theatre.
On Sunday, Oct. 12, the women’s soccer team will host the Seton Hall University Griffins at 2 p.m. at Ferguson Field, while at 4 p.m., the Fall Choral Concert will be held in Jack & Deb Miller Chapel.
Those interested in further information about Homecoming activities may contact the AU Alumni Office at the website, www.ashlandspace.com; at (419) 289-5082; or toll-free at 1-866-GO-TUFFY.
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. ###