Homecoming ’08 set for Oct. 3-5 at Western

Above: WCU's Homecoming parade is held in downtown Sylva.

Above: WCU’s Homecoming parade is held in downtown Sylva.

Western Carolina University fans and supporters will gather Oct. 3-5 to celebrate Homecoming 2008, themed “Catamounts…Our Time to Climb,” at events ranging from fireworks and football to the inaugural Last Lecture address.

Don Livingston, a political science professor for nearly 30 years, will deliver WCU’s first Last Lecture – the words a faculty member would share if the lecture was to be his last – at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, in the theater of A.K. Hinds University Center. Students selected Livingston to deliver the address based on his passion for teaching and ability to inspire others. His 50-minute address, titled “Political Wisdom Applied to a Layperson’s Life,” is free and open to the public.

A few hours later, Western will hold its 13th annual Homecoming parade starting at 6:15 p.m. on Main Street in downtown Sylva. The parade features floats, WCU’s Homecoming court, athletes, cheerleaders and the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band.

Then following the parade and the 6 p.m. women’s soccer game against Wofford College, a free Spirit Night pep rally featuring music and fireworks will be held in the Catamount Athletic Complex.

homecoming_tailgating_web08On Saturday, kickoff for the Homecoming football game against the Samford University Bulldogs is at 1 p.m. Special tailgating parties begin at 10 a.m. Information about tailgating parking areas and policies is posted on the tailgating Web site. Tickets for the game can be purchased by calling (800) 34-GOWCU.

Post-game activities include StompFest 2008, a step show competition among African-American fraternity and sorority groups. Comedian Tony Woods will emcee the competition, which begins at 7 p.m. at Ramsey Regional Activity Center. Tickets can be purchased for $8 in advance by calling the Office of Multicultural Affairs at (828) 227-2276, and $10 at the door.

homecoming_fans_web08The weekend festivities conclude Sunday with the women’s soccer game against Furman University at 2 p.m. in the Catamount Athletic Complex, and the annual Inspirational Choir concert at 3 p.m. in the Grandroom of the University Center. The concert is free and open to the public.

Special events for alumni include the Alumni Scholarship Golf Tournament, teeing off at noon Friday, Oct. 3, at Laurel Ridge Country Club in Waynesville. On Saturday, an alumni breakfast and reunion brunches for the classes of 1998, 1988, 1978, 1968 and 1958 will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the multipurpose room of the University Center.

Call WCU’s Office of Alumni Affairs at (828) 227-7335 for more information about Homecoming or to make reservations for the golf tournament.