Homecoming ’04 set for October 20-24 at Western Carolina University

CULLOWHEE – Western Carolina University students past and present will gather Oct. 20-24 to celebrate Homecoming 2004, with activities on campus and in the university’s hometown of Sylva.

Western will hold its ninth annual Homecoming parade in downtown Sylva beginning at 6:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22. The parade will include community and university floats, the Homecoming court, and Western athletes, cheerleaders and the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band. A pre-parade float-building party begins at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, in the Ramsey Regional Activity Center.

Following Friday’s parade, a “Spirit Night” celebration – including a pep rally, bonfire, music, food, fireworks and more – will begin at 8 p.m. on the field adjacent to Reid Gymnasium. Also Friday is the Alumni Golf Tournament, teeing off at noon at Waynesville’s Laurel Ridge Country Club. Reservations are required.

The Homecoming king and queen will be announced at halftime during the Saturday, Oct. 23, football game between Western and Southern Conference foe University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Kickoff is at 2 p.m.

Before the game, Saturday events will include special tailgate parties and reunions, dedication ceremonies for two new campus housing facilities and the recently renovated Breese Gymnasium, an African-American Alumni and Friends breakfast, and a champagne brunch to honor recipients of major university alumni and service awards. Reservations are required for the breakfast and brunch.

Post-game activities include StompFest 2004, a step show competition among African-American fraternity and sorority groups. Homecoming concludes with a performance by Western’s Inspirational Choir at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24, in the Grandroom of A.K. Hinds University Center.

For reservations or more information, call the Office of Alumni Affairs at (877) 440-9990 or (828) 227-7335; or the A.K. Hinds University Center offices at (828) 227-7206.