Ashland University Slates 2016 Homecoming Festivities

Ashland University Slates 2016 Homecoming Festivities

9/26/16 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University alumni and students will be renewing the annual tradition of Homecoming with a weekend of activities slated for Oct. 7-9.

Highlights for the Homecoming celebration include the Pizza Pizza Pizza Fan Fest prior to Saturday’s Division II football game between the Eagles and Northwood University Timberwolves, the crowning of the Homecoming king and queen during halftime of the game, the annual Purple Eagle Silent Auction and All-Alumni Reunion.

“Homecoming is a wonderful tradition for alumni all over the country, coast-to-coast, to ‘come back home’ to reminisce and reconnect with roommates, classmates and friends. To interact with current students, see improvements to campus and realize even though the physical elements of campus may have changed over the years the spirit you feel walking on campus remains the same,” 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 Thursday, Oct. 6 at 9 p.m. in Jack Miller Stadium/Martinelli Field.

On Friday, Oct. 7, Ashland University will host a tribute concert titled, “Tenderly: A Tribute to Rosemary Clooney,” that will cover all of Rosemary Clooney’s most memorable songs and take the audience back to another era.

The concert, which will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Myers Convocation Center on the AU campus, will feature Cathi Muckle, the daughter of Betty Clooney, who is Rosemary Clooney’s sister. Muckle, a professional singer and educator who lives in Las Vegas, actually toured with her legendary aunt and even recorded “The Coffee Song” with Rosemary Clooney.

“We are very excited to be able to offer this special concert event as part of our homecoming celebration this year,” said Dr. Carlos Campo, who is slated to emcee the event. Campo is the brother of Muckle.

Muckle will be accompanied at the event by the Ashland University Jazz Orchestra directed by AU Professor of Music Dr. Scott Garlock and a Jazz trio.

The event is open to the public and general admission tickets are $10 for adult and $5 for senior citizens, students and AU employees. In addition, a VIP package at $25 per ticket will include a private upscale cocktail reception with the artist preceding the performance at 6:30 p.m. as well as preferred seating at the concert. VIP package sales end Oct. 3.

Those with questions or wanting tickets can contact the AU Box Office at 419.289.5125 or go online at Doors for the concert open at 7 p.m. and a cash bar will be available at the event.

On Saturday, Oct. 8, 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. In lieu of an entrance fee, participants are asked to bring a canned good to benefit the Ashland County Food Bank.

The event is open to everyone and the first 100 registrants will receive a free shirt. 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. 8. 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 419.289.5975.

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

Six 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: Nick Cordes, class of 2003, cross country/track & field; Bayard Elfvin, class of 2003, men’s soccer; Julie Weir Gott, class of 2001, softball; Joseph “Jo Jo” McRae, class of 1979, basketball; Craig Pickering, class of 2003, swimming; and Shami Vanhook, class of 2006, track & field.

The 3rd Annual WRDL Tailgate Party will be held from 10 a.m. until kickoff of the AU football game against Northwood Timberwolves out in front of Jack Miller Stadium, across from Pizza, Pizza, Pizza.  The WRDL Tailgate features free food from Buffalo Wild Wings and Eva's Treats, as well as LIVE music, giveaways, and a LIVE pregame show with AU coaches and athletic personnel. Giveaways include gift cards, a football signed by AU Football head coach Lee Owens and tickets to the Homecoming game between Northwood and Ashland.

At 10:15 a.m. a Game Day Send Off will be held between the Jack & Deb Miller Chapel and Founders Hall, where AU fans are welcome to join the band and cheerleaders as they send off the football team to a Homecoming Day victory against Northwood University. Members of the football team will bring pieces of the Founders Hall foundation from the chapel as a way to honor the history and traditions of Ashland.

At 10:30 a.m. AU President Dr. Carlos Campo will provide an update on Ashland University to alumni and friends followed by a brief Q&A in the Jack and Deb Miller Chapel.

At 11 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  

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 the Northwood University Timberwolves 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 34th 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 prizes offered: $500 or two Ohio State vs. Michigan football tickets. 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.

On Sunday, Oct. 9, the women’s soccer team will host the Ohio Dominican Panthers at 1 p.m. at Ferguson Field.

Those interested in further information about Homecoming activities may contact the AU Alumni Office at the website,; 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 ( 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. ###      

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