10/1/15 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University alumni and students will be renewing the annual tradition of Homecoming with a weekend of activities slated for Oct. 16-18.
Highlights for the Homecoming celebration include the Pizza Pizza Pizza Fan Fest prior to Saturday’s football game, the Division II football game between the Eagles and Hillsdale College Chargers, 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. 15 at 9 p.m. in Jack Miller Stadium/Martinelli Field.
There are many other events and activities beginning on Thursday evening.
On Thursday, Oct. 15, AU Theatre will hold its production of “Quilters” at 7:30 p.m. in Hugo Young Theatre. Molly Newman and Barbara Damashek are the directors of the show. For tickets, go to www.ashland.edu/tickets.
On Friday, Oct. 16, the University will inaugurate Dr. Carlos Campo as the University’s 30th president during a ceremony at 2 p.m. in the Jack & Deb Miller Chapel. This event, which is free and open to the public, will include former Attorney General John Ashcroft delivering the speech providing the challenge for Dr. Campo.
On Saturday, Oct. 17, walkers will hit the streets at 9:30 a.m. as part of the 5K Fun 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 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.
A Legacy Visit Day for high school students who have parents or grandparents who graduated from Ashland has been set for the morning of Oct. 17. These prospective students will check in at the Student Center Piano Lounge at 10:15 a.m. and will attend an admission presentation in the Student Center Auditorium at 10:30 a.m. followed by a student-led campus tour at 11 a.m. Those interested in attending should contact the Office of Admissions at 419.289.5063.
Also, at 9:30 a.m., the Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Brunch will be held in the Faculty Room at Myers Convocation Center and reservations, which are required, can be made by contacting Kimberly Oberholtzer at 419.289.5441 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eight 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: Alicia Longstreth Gaffney, class of 2002, softball; Ryan Hartzell, class of 2005, baseball; Brandie Potter Albert, class of 1999, volleyball; David Kalange, class of 1997, swimming; Jack Keefe, class of 1985, tennis; Antoine Campbell, class of 1998, basketball; Gary Keller, assistant football coach, 1982-93 and head football coach, 1994-2003; and Ralph Tomassi, class of 1977, Eagle Forever Award.
At 9:45 a.m. a Homecoming Chapel Service will be held in the Jack & Deb Miller Chapel with Tommy Brenner, AU alumnus and former AU football player, giving a short address followed by a few words by AU Head Football Coach Lee Owens. After the team and cheerleaders are dismissed, there will be student-led worship and testimonies. Following the service, alumni are invited to lower chapel for refreshments.
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. This reception will shed an update on the Center’s work as well as a discussion on current events. Those interested in attending can make a reservation at www.ashbrook.org/events.
At 11:30 a.m. there will be a book signing on “The Fabulous ‘50s” by class of 1979 graduate James Foster. This will take place in the AU Bookstore until 1 p.m. Foster’s books will be available to purchase at the bookstore.
Also, at 11:30 a.m., the Pizza, Pizza, Pizza Fan Fest for alumni and students will be held in 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 for kids, face painting clowns 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 for the football game with the Eagles taking on Hillsdale College Chargers 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 33rd annual Purple Eagle Silent Auction & All Alumni Reunion from 3:30 to 7 p.m. in the Alumni Room in the Upper Convocation Center. This popular event will feature more than 250 items on which bids will be taken as well as a raffle with two cash prizes offered: $500 and $250. Raffle tickets are $10 each or three for $25 and available from the Alumni Office at Ashland University and during the auction. Proceeds from this year’s auction will support the Legacy Scholarship Program, the Ashland Fund and Alumni Association programming.
At 7:30 p.m., AU Theatre’s production of “Quilters” will take place in Hugo Young Theatre.
On Sunday, Oct. 18, the women’s soccer team will host the Lake Erie Storm at 1 p.m. at Ferguson Field.
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 2016, 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.