Western Carolina University fans will celebrate “purple pride” at Homecoming 2009 festivities, which take place Thursday, Oct. 15, through Sunday, Oct. 18.
Catamount cheerleaders, football players, band members, the Homecoming court and floats will join the annual Homecoming parade on Main Street in downtown Sylva beginning at 6:15 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 16.
The celebration continues on WCU’s campus at the Spirit Night pep rally, which will start about 8 p.m. in the Catamount Athletic Complex after WCU’s defending Southern Conference championship soccer team takes on College of Charleston.
On Saturday, Oct. 17, open houses and receptions will be held across campus during the morning and early afternoon.
The annual WCU Alumni brunch begins at 10 a.m. Reservations can be made by calling the Office of Alumni Affairs at (828) 227-7335 or sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tailgating begins at 1 p.m. prior to the 4 p.m. kickoff of the WCU Homecoming football game against The Citadel on Bob Waters Field at E.J. Whitmire Stadium. For ticket information, call the WCU ticket office at (800) 344-6928.
After the football game, Stompfest 2009, a step show competition featuring African-American fraternities and sororities will begin at 8:30 p.m. in Ramsey Regional Activity Center. For tickets or more information, contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs at (828) 227-2276.
The weekend will conclude with a home soccer match against The Citadel at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, in the Catamount Athletic Complex and the annual Inspirational Choir concert at 3 p.m. in the Grandroom of A.K. Hinds University Center.
In addition, WCU Homecoming 2009 coincides with display of The Moving Wall, a half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., at Monteith Park in Dillsboro from 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, through noon Monday, Oct. 19. A memorial service is set for noon Saturday, Oct. 17. The event is sponsored by the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce.
“The Vietnam Moving Wall is a significant part of history, and we feel blessed and privileged to be able to offer this experience in Jackson County,” said Julie Spiro, executive director of the chamber. “We expect as many as 40,000 people to visit during the four-day period, and we encourage all WCU alumni and fans who plan to attend Homecoming to take advantage of this opportunity.”
For a full schedule of events, check out the Homecoming 2009 Web site or call the Office of Alumni Affairs at (828) 227-7335 or (877) 440-9990.