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September 23, 2011
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab



SRU homecoming includes Sean Kingston concert  


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University will celebrate its annual homecoming Oct. 11-15 with a variety of traditional activities and some new twists, including a “Wings Competition” and a Sean Kingston concert.

           This year’s homecoming theme is “Rock Around the World.”

           “Of course, the annual homecoming parade, which kicks off at 10 a.m., Oct. 15, from the Giant Eagle Parking Lot and travels through the downtown to campus, will be a highlight. As will all the athletic events. We are hoping for good weather,” said Brad Kovaleski, director of SRU’s Center for Student Involvement and Leadership and event coordinator. “And, this year, we will offer a ‘Wings Competition’ allowing campus organizations the opportunity to show off their skills at creating wing sauces as part of the Homecoming Pep Rally.”

           Homecoming activities kick off Oct. 12 with the annual “Paint the Town Competition” during which student organizations decorate downtown merchants’ store windows and compete for prizes.           

           A “Make Your Own Bamboo Crafts” event will run 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oct. 12, in the University Union and Boozel Dining Hall will offer a “RocktoberFest”-themed dinner.

           A “Stuff a Plush” event is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oct. 13, in the University Union.

           SRU’s annual Empty Bowls Dinner, designed to draw attention to local and worldwide hunger, will be offered from 4-7 p.m., Oct. 13, in the University Union. The event, sponsored by SRU’s CSIL, offers a meager meal of bread and soup, with participants permitted to take home their student-made soup bowl as a reminder of those who go to bed hungry. Proceeds from the dinner benefit local food pantries.

            The SGA Bookstore in the University Union will offer a 20 percent discount on SRU merchandise Oct. 14-15.

Students living in campus residence halls are urged to participate in the annual “Door Decorating Contest,” which will be judged at noon, Oct. 14.

“We want students to wear SRU Green and White throughout the week to show their support of SRU, and we have designated Oct. 14 as ‘Green and White Friday,’” Kovaleski said.

            The SRU Alumni Association will host its annual Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner at 7 p.m., Oct. 14, in the Russell Wright Alumni House and Conference Center.

Boozel Dining Hall will offer a “Rock Pride Dinner” Oct. 14.

The traditional 8 p.m. Homecoming Pep Rally Oct. 14 will include members and coaches from a variety of SRU athletic teams, including George Mihalik, SRU’s head football coach. The SRU cheerleaders, SRU Marching Pride, SRU Dance Team, Student Government Association, the Green and White Society, University Program Board and other student organizations will join in the festivities. The 2012 homecoming court and the door decorating competition winners will be announced at the rally.

            AVI, the campus contract food vendor; Quaker Steak and Lube, a franchise restaurant based in Sharon; and the Green and White Society are sponsoring this year’s new event, a “Wings Competition.” There will be fireworks following the event.

           Tickets to the 9 p.m., Oct. 14, Kingston concert in the Aebersold Student Recreation Center are sale at the University Union Information Desk. Tickets are $5 for SRU students, with a four ticket limit; or $10 for the general public, with no purchase limit.

           Kingston is a Jamaican-American singer known for his singles “Beautiful Girls” and “Me Love,” and his album “Tomorrow” He has opened for Gwen Stefani and Beyonce.

            Oct. 15, Homecoming Saturday, opens with “Rock the ARC” at 9 a.m. in the ARC, followed by the 10 a.m. parade through the downtown.

The alumni association’s Annual Pre-Game Alumni Tailgate Tent on the Blase Scarnati Band Field opens at 11:30 a.m., and will reopen after the football game. Phi Beta Sigma, social fraternity, will host a “Blue and White Homecoming BBQ” at 1 p.m. on the University Union’s Patio.

           The class of 1961 will gather for a post-game reception at 5:30 p.m. at the President’s Residence and SRU’s Black Action Society will host a “Homecoming Party” at 10 p.m. in the University Union.

Athletic events for the weekend include:

·         Women’s volleyball hosts IUP at 7 p.m., Oct. 14, in Morrow Field House;

·         SRU football vs. California University of Pennsylvania, at 2 p.m., Oct. 15, at Mihalik-Thompson Stadium (the homecoming king and queen will be announced at halftime);

·         Women’s soccer hosts Wheeling Jesuit, at 1 p.m., Oct. 15, on Egli Field;

·         Women’s volleyball hosts California University of Pennsylvania at 2 p.m., Oct. 15, in Morrow Field House; and           

·         Men’s soccer hosts Pitt-Johnstown at 7 p.m., Oct. 15, in Mihalik-Thompson Stadium

Kovaleski said Oct. 17 will be used as a clean up and “Polish the Rock” day for the campus and community beginning at 1 p.m.


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