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University of Wisconsin Oshkosh students, faculty, staff and alumni will all be winners as they celebrate U Game? Homecoming 2011, set for the week of Oct. 16-22.

“We have a wide variety of family-friendly events planned on campus this year,” said UW Oshkosh Alumni Director Christine Gantner. “The board-game theme ‘U Game?’ will offer something fun for everyone.”

Homecoming activities for students begin Monday, Oct. 16, with window painting in Reeve Marketplace and continue throughout the week with hall, house and office decorating; a talent show; a Comedy Central on Campus performance; a Spoons tournament; Yell Like Hell; and more.

“We always are thrilled to invite our UW Oshkosh alumni back to campus for Homecoming weekend,” Gantner said. “It is wonderful to see the interaction between current students and alumni as they share their pride for UW Oshkosh.”

On Friday, Oct. 21, alumni will talk about their professional experiences with students during  the radio-TV-film industry panel, “Pro Perspectives: A Dialog with Media Insiders,” 2-3 p.m., Arts and Communication Center; and the journalism department’s panel session, “How the Department of Journalism Helped Me Get from Here to There,” 2:30-3:45 p.m., Sage Hall, Room 3231.

The UW Oshkosh Alumni Association will honor seven top graduates at the annual awards dinner at 5 p.m., Oct. 21, in Reeve Memorial Union Ballroom. Reservations are required. The meal costs $25 per person.

A full day is planned for Saturday, Oct. 22, beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Pollock Alumni House, with a continental breakfast and open house.

At 10 a.m., the dedication of an historical marker in the lobby of Swart Hall will recognize the first kindergarten in the nation at a public Normal school. Also, from 10 a.m. to noon, a geology alumni reception will take place in Harrington Hall, Room 114.

Participants in the Tour de Titan 3 Bike Ride will line up and depart from Pollock Alumni House at 11 a.m. The casual cruiser ride will end at Tent City on Josslyn Street.

The traditional pregame celebration at Tent City will begin at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at a new location closer to the Oshkosh Sports Complex on Josslyn Street behind the softball field. All are welcome to enjoy the free food and refreshments as well as music by Old Mil.

At 1:30 p.m., fans will cheer for the Titan football team as it takes on UW-Whitewater at J. J. Keller Field. After the game, alumni are invited to enjoy the Fifth Quarter celebration at Hilton Garden Inn in Oshkosh.

For more information or to make reservations for the awards dinner, call (920) 424-3229 or send an email.

Check out a full Homecoming 2011 schedule of events.

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