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Homecoming set for Oct. 17-19

By : Lauren Smith

Now in its eighth year, Homecoming 2008 is a celebration that welcomes alumni back to campus to reminisce, connect and share life experiences with current students, be informed about Binghamton today by faculty and staff and simply become a part of the University family again. 

The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations and Alumni Association played host to more than 1,000 alumni and their families and guests at Homecoming ’07 and expect to see even more this year. 

Tailgate ’08, the main large-scale event of this year’s Homecoming, will be held in the Events Center parking lot from 4-7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 18, leading into the men’s soccer game in the Bearcats Sports Complex. A fireworks display will follow. Tailgate ’08 is open to alumni, faculty, staff, students, and the general public. The event will give everyone a chance to bring their friends, family, food and grills or purchase food, beer and wine under the big tent. Student floats from the Brain Train Parade will be on display. 

Alumni may purchase soccer game tickets for $3 through the Alumni Office and are invited to stop by the Alumni Association’s RV for a gift.

At 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, the University will recognize the 2008 recipients of the Alumni Association Recognition Awards during the Alumni Art Show where more than 40 alumni artists’ work will be on display. Also on Friday, Late Nite Madness will take place at the Events Center, featuring introductions of the men’s and women’s basketball teams, Bearcat Spirit Squad and pep band performances, as well as contests, raffles, prizes, free food and more. Admission is free and doors open at 8:30 p.m., with the event starting at 9 p.m.

A number of events are geared toward specific class years and areas of study.  Homecoming 2008 will include reunions for the Classes of 1958, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1998 and 2008.

In addition, the weekend will include special gatherings for late ’60s graduates (1966-70), young alumni (classes of 2003-07), philosophy majors, economics majors and Outdoor Pursuits.  Newing College alumni will get to visit Broome and Bingham halls for the last time before the East Campus redevelopment project transforms the residential community. And EOP graduates will celebrate the organization’s 40 years on campus.

To see a schedule of events, visit http://homecoming.binghamton.edu.
Some events require advance registration through the Homecoming website. 
If you’d like to volunteer to help with events, contact Rose Frierman, director of alumni and parent operations, at frierman@binghamton.edu or 777-2431.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08