Homecoming 2005 at Western set for October 27-30

CULLOWHEE – Western Carolina University students past and present will gather Oct. 27-30 to celebrate Homecoming 2005, with activities on campus and in the university’s hometown of Sylva.

Western will hold its tenth annual Homecoming parade in downtown Sylva beginning at 6:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28. 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 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, in the Ramsey Regional Activity Center.

Following Friday’s parade, a “Spirit Night” celebration – including a pep rally, music, food, fireworks and more – will begin at 8 p.m. on the lawn of the A.K. Hinds University Center. 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. 29, football game between Western and Southern Conference foe Elon University. Kickoff is at 2 p.m.

Saturday’s pre-game events will include tailgate parties and reunions, a dedication ceremony for a new campus housing facility, groundbreaking for a new student recreation center, tours of new recording and television studios in the Center for Applied Technology Building, an alumni 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 2005, a step show competition in the Ramsey Center among African-American fraternity and sorority groups. Homecoming concludes with a performance by Western’s Inspirational Choir at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, in the recital hall in the Coulter Building .

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.