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C of I set for revamped Homecoming week

With its date moved back to coincide with the Nov. 8 C of I/NNU rivalry basketball game, Homecoming 2012 will be the latest in College of Idaho history.

Alumni relations director Sally Skinner ’78 also is hoping to make it the greatest. With a “Bringing Back the Pack” theme and a week full of events aimed at attracting more alumni, more students and more fun, Skinner hopes Homecoming will indeed bring more Coyotes back to campus than ever before.

“We’re trying to build something that people will look forward to,” Skinner said. “Our alumni really treasure the College, so we want to see them come back to campus and reconnect with the school, with each other, and with the experiences we all enjoyed here.”

Homecoming festivities begin Tuesday, Nov. 6, with a presidential election watch party featuring political economy professor Kerry Hunter. The week concludes Sunday, Nov. 11, with a non-denominational church service featuring an alumni choir. In between, more than two dozen events are planned for alumni and their families as well as C of I students, faculty and staff. For a full schedule of events, click here. Online registration before Oct. 31 is highly recommended and is available by clicking here. Here are some Homecoming highlights to look forward to:

Thursday, Nov. 8: United Heritage Insurance Mayors’ Cup basketball game featuring the C of I men’s team taking on archrival NNU. Festivities begin with a pre-game tailgate BBQ, followed by a 7:05 p.m. tipoff inside the J.A. Albertson Activities Center. All attendees are encouraged to wear purple to the game, and free purple T-shirts will be included in admission to the tailgate. For tickets, contact the alumni office at [email protected].

Friday, Nov. 9: Friday’s events include a wine pairing dinner for the Connect ’87 alumni celebrating their 25-year class reunion. This is a new tradition that Skinner hopes to continue every year as alumni reach the halfway milestone to their 50-year Golden Jubilee reunion. The highlight of the night – and for many, the entire week – will be the Homecoming Dance, themed “A Purple Tie Affair.” The dance is open to all C of I students, alumni, faculty and staff. Admission is free and there will be a no-host bar. Dress is business casual to semi-formal, with purple ties left open to creative interpretation. Music will include dance hits from the decades, as well as live music by Innocent Man, an alumni band from Boise. “We really wanted to involve students in homecoming this year,” alumni coordinator Jake McClean ’06 said. “This dance was the students’ idea, and I think alumni will enjoy seeing their energy on campus.”

Saturday, Nov. 10: The activities start early with the inaugural C of I 4K Classic run, which is free and will feature prizes for winners and fun for all. In the afternoon, settle in for the “Yote U” lecture series featuring alumni winemakers Ron Bitner ’68, John Danielson ’76 and Martin Fujishin ’01 along with professor Scott Johnson. Guests will have the chance to sample, purchase and drink wine during the lectures. The evening brings the annual Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner featuring Professor Joe Golden and honoring award recipients Dr. Richard Moore ’79, Dr. Mary Barinaga ’91, Gene ’67 and Sandy Ralston ’69, and Abbey Griffitts ’02. Festivities conclude with the C of I Quiz Bowl Extravaganza, a team trivia contest hosted by Professor Jasper LiCalzi. It will be a night full of prizes and laughs – and admission is free for those who RSVP before Oct. 31!

For more information about Homecoming, or to RSVP for events, please contact Skinner at (208) 459-5770 or McClean at (208) 459-5306. Inquiries also may be sent to [email protected].

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