The College of Idaho is set to celebrate Homecoming 2013, which returns to late September this year and will once again feature the popular Taste of the Harvest festival. A full slate of events is planned for Sept. 26-29, including a tailgate party for the C of I vs. Southern Oregon volleyball match, the annual Distinguished Alumni Awards dinner, a special “Seek the Greeks” reunion for fraternity and sorority members and “Embrace the Eights” reunions for the Classes of 1948, ’58, ’68, ’78, ’88, ’98 and ’08.
“Homecoming 2013 is going to be great fun!” said Sally Skinner ’78, director of alumni and parent relations. “We are excited to welcome alumni back to the campus with events that will offer nonstop entertainment along with plenty of time for visiting and reminiscing.”
A full schedule of events also is available online. Some of the weekend’s highlights include:
C of I Quiz Bowl: 8:30 p.m. Thursday, McCain Pub. Professor Jasper LiCalzi hosts a campus trivia contest for students, faculty and alumni. Free admission.
Coyote Open golf tournament: 11 a.m. Friday, Falcon Crest Golf Course (Kuna). Five-person scramble includes golf, cart, BBQ dinner, drinks, prizes and more for $100 per player. To register, contact Joe Hughes at (208) 459-5917 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
College Store Grand Opening: 3:30 p.m. Sept. 27, McCain Student Center. Celebrate the opening of the C of I's new College Store, including entry into prize drawings for those who attend the grand opening and purchase C of I apparel or gifts during Homecoming Weekend.
Volleyball match and tailgate: 5 p.m. Friday, Simplot Dining Hall and J.A. Albertson Activities Center. Tailgate party begins at 5 p.m., followed by C of I versus Southern Oregon at 7 p.m. $20 gets you dinner, your first drink and a C of I t-shirt. The game will be followed by a fraternity alumni bonfire. Go Yotes!
Night at the Museum: 7 p.m. Friday, Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History (Boone Hall basement). This event includes museum awards and a special presentation by Dr. Don Zaroban, the museum’s curator of fishes and author of Native Fishes of Idaho. Free admission.
Coyote Classic 4K: 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Terteling Library lawn. Join us for a free fun run complete with prizes and C of I goodies! The race will be followed by the Coyote football team’s first public practice at 9:30 a.m.
Sorority Mimosa Alumni Brunch: 10 a.m. Saturday, McCain Pub/Patio. Alumni from all sororities are invited to attend this special reunion celebrating Greek life at the C of I. $15 covers brunch and mimosas.
Taste of the Harvest: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Morrison Quadrangle. This family-friendly event includes music, multicultural entertainment, activities for children and great local crafts, food and beverage. All proceeds benefit a C of I scholarship fund for first generation students whose parents are agricultural workers. Tickets cost $15 at the door.
Distinguished Alumni Awards dinner: 7 p.m., Simplot Dining Hall. The C of I honors its Distinguished Alumni Award winners. Tickets cost $30. To be followed by the “Purple Tie Affair” dance at 9 p.m. – open to all students, alumni, faculty and staff with free admission for those who wear a purple tie!
Inspirational service: 10 a.m. Sunday, Langroise Center. The final event of homecoming is an inspirational church service featuring an alumni choir. The service will be preceded by an 8:30 a.m. choir practice, and all alumni and friends are invited to participate.
Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another 11 Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu.