Homecoming 2010 is here

October 4, 2010

Indiana State University's 2010 Homecoming will celebrate the university's past, present and future while honoring a longtime staff member for her accomplishments.

Top 40 music act and hip-hop group LMFAO will perform Oct. 7, in conjunction with Homecoming. Universal Motown artists Hyper Crush will also take the Hulman Center stage that evening. Doors will open at 8 p.m. with the concert scheduled to begin at 9 p.m.

ISU and high school students will receive a break on tickets. Students presenting a valid student ID can purchase tickets for $11. These discounted tickets can only be purchased at the Hulman Center ticket office. Tickets for the general public will be on sale for $17. Tickets will be available at ISU Hulman Center or online at www.ticketmaster.com  .

Terre Haute residents are encouraged to wear blue and white on Friday, Oct. 8 and Saturday, Oct. 9 to support the Sycamores in "Paint the Town Blue."

"It doesn't matter if you're an alum, student, faculty/staff member, donor or a friend of the University, you can show that you are a proud member of the Sycamore family by simply wearing blue and white," said Chris Hancock, executive director of the ISU Alumni Association.

"We hope everyone will turn out in blue and white for Saturday's festivities," Hancock added.

Homecoming weekend will kick off with the 48th annual Sycamore Tricycle Derby beginning at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct 8. More than 20 teams will compete in two separate races. The teams reflect campus life - sororities, fraternities, residence halls and student organizations.

The Indiana State University Alumni Association will hold the Inaugural Alumni Trike Race, sandwiched between the men's and women's races.

"Over the years we know what an important role this event has played in the history of Indiana State and have decided to provide alumni the opportunity to relive the memories," Hancock said.

Teams will consist of six members, with each member riding at least one lap. The men will complete 10 total laps as a team and women's teams will complete six laps.

"We have approximately 12 alumni teams entered," Hancock said. "We expect that number to climb as we plan for future races."

Activities ramp up on Saturday, Oct. 9, beginning with the annual Blue and White Parade at 9 a.m.

 

Dale Ann O'Neal, one of the first graduates of Indiana State's College of Nursing and longtime faculty member, will serve as the Homecoming Grand Parade Marshal. She retired in May after 35 years of teaching future nurses.

 

The parade, which features 145 entries, will begin at Ninth and Cherry streets, traveling down Wabash Avenue to Fifth Street and finishing up on campus.

"This year's parade will feature six marching bands," said Freda Luers, associate director of Union Board and Family Services.

In addition to the excitement provided by the floats and marching bands, the ISU Foundation will be giving away 10 $100 and two $500 gift cards to the new ISU Barnes and Noble Bookstore, slated to open early next year.

Following the parade, the festivities continue at Memorial Stadium with Tent City, featuring live entertainment as well as more than 60 tents.

"We are inviting the general public to celebrate Homecoming with us," Hancock said. "You are always welcome in the Sycamore Family!"

Homecoming wouldn't be complete without football. Indiana State will host Illinois State beginning at 3:05 p.m.

Saturday's festivities will close with the inaugural "It's All Greek To Me" an All-Greek alumni event from 7 pm - midnight in Hulman Center. The event, featuring musical entertainment by Otis Day and the Knights, is a chance for alumni who were active in fraternities and sororities to rekindle friendships. Tickets are $35 and are available by calling the ISU Alumni Association at 812-237-8671 or through www.Ticketmaster.com  .

A complete schedule can be found at http://www.indstate.edu/sao/homecoming.htm

For more information about ISU Homecoming activities, email ISU-HomeComing@indstate.edu  or call 812-237-3852.


Homecoming highlights

Thursday, October 7
*Athletics Hall of Fame Dinner (reservations needed) 6 pm Heritage Lounge and Ballroom
Torchlight Parade & Pep Rally 6:30 pm Dede Plaza and HHS South Gym
*LMFAO Concert 8 pm Hulman Center

Friday, October 8
Paint the Town Blue - Wear Blue and White to support the Sycamores
*Sycamore Tricycle Derby 4:30 pm Michael Simmons Student Activity Center
*Women's Race
Alumni Race
*Men's Race
Cultural Center Open House 5- 9 pm African American Cultural Center
Distinguished Alumni Awards (invitation only) 7- 10 pm University Hall
*Unity Homecoming Student Dance 10:00 pm HMSU Commons

Saturday, October 9
Paint the Town Blue - Wear Blue and White to support the Sycamores
Blue and White Homecoming Parade 9 am 9th and Cherry to Wabash to
5th to Chestnut
Tent City 11 am - 3 pm Memorial Stadium
*Football Game 3:05 pm Memorial Stadium
*It's All Greek to Me" (reservations required) 7 pm Hulman Center
(Fraternity &Sorority Alumni Reunion)

Sunday, October 10
Praise Service Breakfast (reservations required) 9 am Dede I
(No charge for students)
Praise Service 10:30 am Dede I

Media contact and writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, 812-237-3783 or paula.meyer@indstate.edu