UWO Homecoming 2012 celebrates everything ‘old school’

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh community will be blasting to the past during our Homecoming celebration Oct. 6-14, with the theme of “A Titan Throwback: Everything Old School.”

“I truly think this is going to be our biggest Homecoming to date,” said UW Oshkosh Alumni Relations Director Christine Gantner. “We have an incredible number of student/campus as well as alumni-related events planned for this year, including our first-ever, All-Greek Reunion with more than 200 alumni registered to take part.”

Kicking off the retro week is the annual volunteerism event, Hands on Oshkosh, which begins Saturday, Oct. 6, in Reeve Memorial Union Ballroom at 8:30 a.m. Students, faculty and staff will come together to volunteer and make a difference in the community.

Homecoming week continues with a variety of fun campus events, including:

  •  Monday, window painting in Reeve and office decoration judging on campus, 2-4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, residence hall/ house decorations judging, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; talent show in Reeve Ballroom starts at 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, comedian, singer, songwriter and Internet celebrity Bo Burnham performs at 8 p.m., Albee Hall gym. Tickets can be purchased at the Student Leadership and Involvement front desk in Reeve; prices are $10 for students and $15 for the general public.
  • Thursday, Spoons Tournament, 4 p.m., and first-ever Powder Puff Flag Football game, 6-9 p.m., both at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center.
  • Friday, Campus Food Drive, 3:30-5 p.m., Blackhawk Commons Receiving Dock; Yell like Hell rally and a Lip Sync event, both at 7 p.m., Albee Hall Gym.

“Throughout the week, we also are proud to welcome back noted alumni to UW Oshkosh to share their expertise with students and the entire campus community,” Gantner said.

These events include a piano performance by alumna Janice Meyer ’71, as part of the Transcontinental Piano Duo at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Music Hall; a panel discussion with Radio-TV-Film alumni, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Friday in the broadcast studio, Arts and Communication west building; and a lecture about hydrogeology by alumna Beverly Herzog ’76, 4:10 p.m., Reeve Union Theater.

Nine top alumni will be honored by the UWO Alumni Association at the Alumni Awards Dinner Friday at 5 p.m., in Reeve 227. A multimedia presentation of the Alumni Memories Project will be unveiled at the event. Reservations required.

Homecoming Saturday

Saturday, Oct. 13 kicks off with a groundbreaking ceremony for the Alumni Welcome and Conference Center at 9 a.m. at the northwest corner of Peal Avenue and Wisconsin Street. From 9:30 to 11 a.m., a Continental Breakfast and Open House will take place at Pollock Alumni House, located at 765 Algoma Blvd, followed by a campus highlights tour, departing at 10 a.m.

Registration for the family-friendly Tour de Titan Bike Ride begins at 9:30 a.m. at Pollock. At 11 a.m., the bikes will line up and depart from Pollock and end at Tent City, on Josslyn Street at the Oshkosh Sports Complex.

The pregame celebration at Tent City with free food and music will be held from 12 to 1:30 p.m. This event provides a perfect opportunity for students and alumni to socialize, network and build their UWO pride in a fun, interactive setting.

UWO senior Amy Will, a community development specialist for Residence Life, is helping to coordinate the tent site for the department.

“Coordinating with the awesome Homecoming team has been an amazing experience,” Will said. “I cannot wait for Tent City to arrive and to see all the fun events, especially the caricature artist in the Residence Life tent.”

UW Oshkosh takes on UW-Platteville for the Homecoming football game at J. J. Keller Field at 1:30 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults; $6 for seniors, $4 for K-12 students. Admission is free to all UW Oshkosh students with a valid Titan ID card.

At the start of the game, the 1972 championship football team will be honored during the 40th anniversary celebration of the Wisconsin State University Conference championship game. The team will be presented with plaques by the Titan Touchdown Club—an alumni organization that provides services throughout the football season.

The All-Greek Reunion Celebration will get underway in the Reeve Union Ballroom at 7 p.m., with an hors d’oeuvres buffet and cash bar. An All-Greek Continental Breakfast will be held Sunday morning, Oct. 14, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at George’s Gaslight Inn, located at 1903 Harrison St. Preregistration is required for these events.

by Lori Ligocki

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