SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Alumni, friends and the Slippery Rock University campus community will celebrate Homecoming Week Oct. 13-20. Activities include painting the town, electing a homecoming court and king and queen, a parade down Main Street and a host of athletic competitions.
The campus is encouraged to wear green and white all weeklong.
Homecoming Week opens Oct. 13 with a residence hall door-decorating contest; the office and department contest begins Oct. 14. Judging for both begins at noon, Oct. 18.
Students will gather downtown at 4 p.m., Oct. 13 to paint the windows of Slippery Rock businesses to reflect this year's homecoming theme "Legends of The Rock."
Throughout the week, AVI, the campus contract food vendor, will offer themed meals and give-a-ways in campus dining facilities.
A "Kick Off Student Homecoming" event will be offered from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oct. 14, on the Quad.
The announcement of who will be part of the homecoming court will be made at the Student Government Association 8:45 p.m., Oct. 14, meeting in the Smith Student Center.
Online voting for homecoming king and queen will run 8 a.m., Oct. 15, through 4 p.m., Oct. 18.
A DJ and give-a-ways are planned for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oct. 16, at the SGA Gazebo on the Quad. The SRU's women's soccer team will host Kutztown at 3 p.m., on Egli Field.
SRU's University Program Board will host a homecoming event, including a "Bamboo Bar" from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oct. 17,in the Smith Student Center Ballroom.
Homecoming Weekend festivities kick off today.
Oct. 18 events include:
6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Rock the ARC at the Aebersold Student Recreation Center (also 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Oct. 19 and noon to 7 p.m., Oct. 20);
8 a.m. to 5 p.m., 15 percent discount on SRU merchandise at the SGA Bookstore in the Smith Student Center (also 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 19);
10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Green and White tie-dyeing on the Quad;
Noon, door decorating contest judging;
5 p.m., Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner at the Russell Wright Alumni House and Conference Center (reservations required);
5 p.m., SRU field hockey hosts IUP in Mihalik-Thompson Stadium;
6 p.m., SRU Soccer Ring of Honor Banquet and Induction Ceremony in the Smith Student Center (reservations required);
8-9 p.m., SRU Pep Rally at the ARC, including introduction of the homecoming court, announcement of the door-decorating contest winners and performances by the SRU Marching Pride, the SRU cheerleaders, the SRU Dance Team. SRU President Cheryl Norton and head football coach George Mihalik will offer remarks; and
9:15 p.m. (approximate time) Fireworks on the Quad following the Pep Rally.
Oct. 19 events:
10 a.m., the traditional homecoming parade starts at the Giant Eagle Plaza, travels to Franklin Boulevard to Main Street, then south past the reviewing stand to campus before disbanding.
11 a.m., annual homecoming pre-game alumni tailgate tent opens on the BlasÃ© Scarnati Marching Band Field;
1 p.m., SRU women's soccer team hosts Mansfield on Egli Field;
2 p.m., SRU football hosts Clarion in Mihalik-Thompson Stadium; homecoming king and queen announced at halftime (advance game tickets may be obtained at the Smith Student Center Information Desk);
4:30 p.m., Fifth Quarter Alumni Social opens in the Smith Student Center Theater;
6 p.m., 20th anniversary of women's soccer at The Rock is celebrated with a banquet in the Smith Student Center (reservations required);
7 p.m., SRU men's soccer hosts Mercyhurst in Mihalik-Thompson Stadium; and
10 p.m., Black Action Society at SRU hosts its annual Homecoming Party in the Smith Student Center.
Oct. 20 events:
9 a.m., Alumni Breakfast in the Alumni House (reservations required); and
1 p.m., "Polish the Rock and Slippery Rock Community Clean Up" on campus and along Main Street.
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