Ashland University Slates 2012 Homecoming Festivities

Ashland University Slates 2012 Homecoming Festivities

9/6/2012 - ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University alumni and students will be renewing the annual tradition of Homecoming with a full week of activities slated for Oct. 8 through Oct. 14. The theme for this year’s event is “Connect to the Eagle Network.”

Highlights for the week include an evening of comedy with Jeff Dye; the Pizza Pizza Pizza Fan Fest prior to Saturday’s football game; the annual Purple Eagle Silent Auction, the All-Alumni Party, the crowning of the Homecoming king and queen, and Division II football game between the Eagles and Walsh University.

“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. 10, 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.

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 spirit day on Oct. 10 and a powder puff football game on Oct. 11 at 9 p.m. in Jack Miller Stadium/Martinelli Field.

A dinner for the Eagle Emeriti alumni and the Class of 1962 Reunion group will be held Oct. 12 at 5 p.m. in Myers Convocation Center.

At 8 p.m. on Oct. 12, comedian Jeff Dye will perform in Redwood Hall. This comedian is sponsored by CAB and Tech Crew. Tickets for the comedy event are $10 for general admission, $8 for Ashland University faculty and staff, and $2 for Ashland University students with ID and are available at the AU Box Office at 419.289.5125. 

Dye began his standup comedy career at the Giggles Comedy Club in his hometown of Seattle, Wash. In 2008, he took third place in the sixth season of NBC’s Last Comic Standing and since then, he’s been living his dream touring clubs and colleges across the country. He was selected for the prestigious “Just for Laughs” comedy festivals in both Montreal and Chicago and has been seen on NESN Comedy All-Stars,” Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham,” and on the TBS “Very Funny Show.”  

There are many events and activities scheduled for Oct. 13.

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 held 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. 13. 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 10:15 a.m. Those interested in attending should contact Megan Sherar at 419-289-5973 or

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 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: Sam Hohler, football; Kristy Ritchie, soccer; James Runyon, baseball and basketball; Tim Seder, football; Scott Valentine, football; Robert Wendling, instrumental in establishing the GLVC; and Don Rinehart, who will receive The Eagle Forever Award.

Little Eagle Day, sponsored by the Alumni Office and the Department of Recreational Services, will give alumni an opportunity to bring children ages 4 to 12 to the Rec Center on Oct. 13 for age-appropriate activities including swimming, climbing wall and various sports. These events will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 noon or from 12:30 to 4 p.m. at a cost of $5 per camper or a Dive-in Movie from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at a cost of $10 per camper. For information, contact 419-289-5440.

At 11:30 a.m. the Pizza, Pizza, Pizza Fan Fest for alumni and family will be held in the Amstutz Hall parking lot, 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 Walsh University at Jack Miller Stadium/Martinelli Field is set for 1 p.m. The cost is $8 general seating and $12 for reserved.

Following the game, the public is invited to attend the 30th annual Purple Eagle Silent Auction & Raffle from 4 to 6 p.m. in Myers Convocation Center. This popular event will feature more than 150 items on which bids will be taken as well as a raffle for two OSU vs. Michigan football tickets or $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 5 p.m. Proceeds from this year’s auction will support the Legacy Scholarship Fund and the Ashland Fund.

At 6 p.m., a number of class reunions will be held in Myers Convocation Center. These reunions will include Class of 1972, Class of 1982, Class of 1987, Class of 1992 and Class of 2002. RSVP is required for these reunions and can be made at 419.289.5082 or by visiting

At 6 p.m., the All-Alumni Party will be held in Myers Convocation Center, while at 9 p.m., the CAB Homecoming Dance for students will be held in Redwood Hall.

On Oct. 14, the fall choral concert will be held in Jack & Deb Miller Chapel at 4 p.m.

Several other special events will take place during the weekend, including:

  • a Sigma Nu Fraternity Founders Reunion on Oct. 12 at 6 p.m. in the Heritage Room of the Convocation Center and 6 p.m. dinner on Oct. 13 in the Accent Room.
  • a Band Reunion honoring Len Salvo for 25 years of service as band director on Oct. 13 at 1 p.m. at the football game and a dinner in the evening.
  • Alpha Phi 45th Reunion Dinner at 6:30 p.m. at Pump House Ministries in Ashland.
  • a Nursing Alumni banquet on Oct. 14 at 1 p.m. at the Ontario Events Center in Mansfield.

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

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 ( 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.