Special to The Sun
Inspired by “The Wizard of Oz,” the University of Central Oklahoma invites the campus and community to see why “There’s No Place Like Central” for its Homecoming 2013 celebration. The week of events starting Oct. 26 includes a day of service, a dodge ball tournament, a 5K “color run,” Central’s annual Distinguished Alumni Awards and inductions to the UCO Athletic Hall of Fame.
The week will culminate with a tailgate sponsored by the Alumni Association and the UCO-Lincoln University football matchup at 2 p.m. Nov. 2 in Wantland Stadium.
“We selected our homecoming theme, ‘There’s No Place Like Central,’ because it captures the spirit and comfort of being surrounded by your friends and family,” said Courtney James, assistant director of Campus Activities.
“But our theme took on a deeper meaning in being able to serve and celebrate our community — our home — after the May tornadoes. For us, there’s no place like home to show that you care.”
With that in mind, homecoming week will kick off with a day of tornado relief service on Oct. 26 with Serve Moore, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and the Bethel Foundation. The community is encouraged to join UCO students, alumni, faculty and staff in this effort. Register online and see a complete listing of homecoming events by visiting www.uco.edu/homecoming.
Additional homecoming week activities include:
• Lunch on the Lake and Toto Photo Contest, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 28: A “Best Bronze and Blue” and “Best Oz-Theme” pet will be chosen from photo submissions. Owners can submit photos of their pets through Oct. 25 online at www.facebook.com/UCOHomecoming or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Winners will receive a prize pack for their pet.
The Central Oklahoma Humane Society will be on campus with dogs and cats to adopt.
• Bronze and Blueberry Breakfast and Golf Cart Parade, 9 a.m. Oct. 29, Plunkett Park: The pancake breakfast will include comments from UCO President Don Betz and UCO football coach Nick Bobeck, a performance from Lillard, a band made up of UCO faculty and staff members and the crowning of UCO’s Faculty and Staff Homecoming King and Queen.
• Old North Tours, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 29; 10:15-11:15 a.m. Oct. 30; 11:15 a.m. to noon Nov. 2, Old North: Take a guided tour of Old North and learn about the plans for the interior remodel as well as the building’s significance to Oklahoma higher education.
• Get Moore Color 5K, 5:30 p.m. Oct. 29, Plunkett Park: Homecoming’s annual 5K includes “color bomb” stations along the route. Registration begins at 5 p.m. The cost is $20 for non-UCO students and a donation of a children’s book for UCO students. Registrants will receive a commemorative T-shirt. Funds and books donated will aid in the rebuilding of tornado-impacted libraries in Oklahoma.
• Rock the Block, 7 p.m. Oct. 29, Plunkett Park: DJ Saad will provide the music for Central’s biggest dance party.
• Crafternoon, S’mores Bar and Mason Jar Drink Bar, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 30, Broncho Lake Clock Tower: Paint wooden UCO logos, Oklahoma cutouts and tie-dye koozies, and enjoy ice cream sundaes, s’mores and beverages from UCO mason jars.
• Edmond Downtown Carnival, 5:30 p.m. Oct. 31, downtown Edmond: The Edmond community and UCO celebrate the fall community festival with treats, prizes, games and rides.
• Unity Fest, 6 p.m. Oct. 31, Hamilton Field House: Celebrate the wide variety of cultures represented at Central with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.
• Golden Bronchos’ Reunion Breakfast, 9 a.m. Nov. 1, NUC Ballroom C: Celebrate Central’s class of 1963. Admission is free for graduates 1973 and earlier. Register by calling 405-974-2421.
• Cheer and Dance, 9:30 p.m. Nov. 1, Hamilton Field House: Student organizations compete for the title of cheer and dance champion of Homecoming. Admission is free for UCO students and $5 for any non-UCO student. Proceeds benefit Central Pantry.
• Central Legacy Tent and Community Party, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Nov. 2, Alumni House Parking Lot, 320 E. Hurd St.: Alumni can pick up free UCO temporary tattoos and buttons, an inflatable will be available for children and UCO Homecoming Coloring Contest winners will be announced.
• Homecoming Parade, 10 a.m. Nov. 2, UCO campus and downtown Edmond: The parade will be co-marshaled by Robert Romines, superintendent of Moore Public Schools, Greg Herbster, deputy fire chief for the City of Moore and the 2013 NCAA Division II National Championship Broncho Softball team.
• Homecoming tailgating and football game, noon to 2 p.m. Nov. 2, west of Wantland Stadium: UCO’s Alumni Association will provide a tailgate-style lunch, and Broncho football takes on Lincoln University at 2 p.m. in Wantland Stadium.
FOR A complete schedule or more information, visit www.uco.edu/homecoming or contact the Homecoming Activities Board at 974-2363 or email@example.com.