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Homecoming keeps growing with an array of events

Florida Atlantic University's homecoming theme this year is Owl Prowl, dedicated to celebrating school spirit and tradition.

Starting Nov. 2 and ending Nov. 9, Homecoming 2008 will include a parade, bonfire, comedy show and more.

Homecoming Committee Director Julie Dias and Assistant Director Chris Adeleke said they hope to make FAU's homecoming more like those of larger, more residential campus schools with more student, alumni and community involvement.

“We want to make it very community-based. We want to bring the community around FAU,” Adeleke said. “FAU's homecoming was started in 2000. We're still growing.”

“Owl Prowl is about representing FAU,” Dias said. She said the committee intends to stay away from a “cheesy” theme and have it more school-related.

Back by popular demand is the Homecoming Dance on Nov. 9, which will include a sit-down dinner in the Student Union's Grand Palm Room. Admission is free for students, and 300 to 400 attendees are expected.

The Homecoming Parade will return on Nov. 6, featuring FAU club-sponsored floats, two high school marching bands, two middle- school bands and a baton team.

That's night's highlight will be a comedy show in the Student Union Auditorium headlined by Mike Epps. Students will be admitted free.

Friday is going to be busy but fun, Dias said. The Fall Family Fest will be on the Housing Department lawn and feature a cookout, inflatable games for children, arts and crafts, a live broadcast and giveaways by Wild 95.5-FM, the Homecoming bonfire and a special presentation of The Athletics Hall of Fame by FAU President Frank Brogan.

Among other events: A window-decorating contest for all FAU student clubs, as well as a canned food sculpture competition to benefit local hunger relief organizations.

The week's climax will be the FAU-University of North Texas football game at 4 p.m. Nov. 8, at Lockhart Stadium on Commercial Boulevard just west of Interstate 95 in Fort Lauderdale.

A tailgate party will sponsored by the Boca Ale House, and will include a Caribbean band, face-painting and giveaways including temporary tattoos, FAU foam fingers and Owl towels.

“We're working with [the Athletics Department] and giving out FAU blue homecoming T-shirts,” Dias said.

The committee has designated the game a “blue out.” Students and fans will be encouraged to wear all blue to show their owl spirit.

“There are events all week long and we encourage students to get involved,” Dias said.

For a complete list of Homecoming events, times and how to become involved, visit the FAU Homecoming Web site www.fau.edu/homecoming.




Homecoming keeps growing with an array of events