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Homecoming Week 2013 is in full swing

‘Yell Like Hell’ weekend kickoff to include bonfire

Ohio University is kicking off its 91st Homecoming celebration today. With the theme “OUr Past, OUr Present, OUr Future,” Homecoming 2013 celebrates the past, present and future generations of Bobcat Nation and promises a little something for everyone.

Homecoming Week officially begins at 10 a.m. today with Ohio University Student Affairs hosting Homecoming kickoff events throughout the day at Baker University Center. Several other events are planned throughout the week on the Athens Campus, all leading up to the kickoff of Homecoming Weekend with the “Yell Like Hell” Bonfire and Pep Rally, which begins at 9 p.m. Friday at Pepsi Tailgreat Park across from Peden Stadium.

Sponsored by the Student Alumni Board and the Ohio University Alumni Association, the “Yell Like Hell” event has been one of the most popular Homecoming traditions. This year’s event promises to be bigger and better with the addition of a bonfire to OHIO’s Homecoming celebration line-up.

“We couldn’t be more excited about adding a bonfire to the long-standing tradition of the ‘Yell Like Hell’ pep rally. It has been such a pleasure working with the Student Alumni Board to create something new for the entire OHIO community,” said Dawn Werry, director of external relations for the Ohio University Alumni Association. “We look forward to seeing everyone as we gear up for the Homecoming parade and the game on Saturday.”

The “Yell Like Hell” Bonfire and Pep Rally will feature a DJ, performances by OHIO a cappella groups, and appearances by Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis and the 2013 Homecoming Court (to vote for OHIO's 2013 Homecoming King & Queen, click HERE).

Event organizers of "Yell Like Hell" will be providing free hot chocolate and hot apple cider, and the first 500 attendees will receive a free OHIO mug. This event is free and open to everyone. For more information, visit: http://www.ohio.edu/homecoming/schedule.cfm#YellLikeHell\

Homecoming organizers are also pleased to announce that this year’s Homecoming parade – an annual tradition of Bobcat pride and a longtime favorite of Bobcat supporters – is going to be one of the biggest ever.

According to Brian Heilmeier, assistant director of student activities, 93 units have signed up to participate in the parade, which is about 25 more units than last year. Parade organizers attribute the increase in participation to making parade entry forms available online and to waiving the entry fee.

This year’s Homecoming parade kicks off at 10 a.m. Hosted by the University Program Council, the parade will feature floats, banners and displays of Bobcat spirit from the OHIO and surrounding communities. The Ohio University Class of 1963 will be serving as the honorary grand marshal for this year’s parade in honor of the class’ golden anniversary.

This year’s parade route will follow the same route that debuted during last year’s celebration, navigating city streets before heading onto the Athens Campus. The parade will start on Factory Street, turn right onto Union Street and then turn right onto Court Street (traveling in the opposite direction of the normal traffic flow). The parade will go past Baker University Center where the units will be scored by judges before proceeding left onto Park Place. The parade will then turn right onto University Terrace and proceed to parking lot 93 (outside the golf and tennis facility) for float dismantling and recycling.

For those unable to attend Saturday's Homecoming parade, never fear. Two organizations will be broadcasting live from the event.

WOUB will be broadcasting from the corner of Court and Union Streets beginning at 10 a.m. To watch WOUB's broadcast, visit http://woub.org/2013/10/07/wouborg-stream-ohio-university-homecoming-parade.

AVW Productions, an entirely student-run media production house at OHIO, will be broadcasting from outside the fourth floor of Baker University Center beginning at 9:30 a.m. To watch AVW's broadcast, visit http://www.ohio.edu/mediaserver/live.cfm?videoid=7a080a74838b.

For more information about the Homecoming parade, visit http://www.ohio.edu/homecoming/parade.cfm

Other highlights of Homecoming Week 2013 include:

Monday, Oct. 7

Paint the Town Green – Held throughout Homecoming Week, the Student Alumni Board is partnering with local business and organizations on campus to collect canned food for the Athens Food Pantry. Locations for collection boxes are available throughout Baker Center and many uptown businesses. A complete list will be posted to the Homecoming website soon, so stay tuned!

Wednesday, Oct. 9

OHIO Cellphone Cover Art Giveaway – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., third floor of Baker University Center. Students are invited to come in and receive customized, Homecoming-themed skins for their cellphones.

Fighting for Legacy Benefit Concert – 7 p.m., Baker University Center Theater. This event will benefit OHIO alumnus Derrick A. Jones whose infant son was diagnosed with a potentially fatal condition. Admission is $2.

Thursday, Oct. 10

Craig Robinson Comedy Show – 8 p.m., Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. Best known for his role as Darryl Philbin on NBC’s “The Office,” Robinson has appeared in several Hollywood blockbusters and is coming to OHIO courtesy of the Office of Student Affairs. Tickets range from $25 to $35 and are available through the ticket office at Memorial Auditorium or by visiting:http://www.ohio.edu/performingarts.

Friday, Oct. 11

Archives Display – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Alden Library. Ohio University Archives will have 20 tables piled high with historic materials representing the University’s unique and storied past.

Ohio University Alumni Association’s Alumni Awards Gala – 5:30 p.m., Baker University Center. Come and see who among the University’s outstanding alumni and friends will be celebrated at this event hosted by the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors and OHIO Intercollegiate Athletics.Registration is required for this event, and tickets are limited.

Historical Hayrides and Walking Tours of The Ridges – beginning at 5:30 p.m. This event will include horse-drawn wagon and walking tours during which participants will learn the history of the buildings at The Ridges and how Ohio University is using those buildings today.Registration is required.

Saturday, Oct. 12

Archives Display – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Alden Library.

Bobcat Bash – 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Atrium Café in Grover Center. Immediately following the parade, Bobcats and Bobcat supporters are invited to this pre-Homecoming game celebration that will include music, food, beverages and free OHIO merchandise.Registration is required.

Homecoming Football Game, OHIO vs. Central Michigan University – 2 p.m., Peden Stadium. The Homecoming king and queen will be announced during the game, and halftime will feature a performance by the Marching 110 and the presentation of the 2013 Alumni Awardees.Tickets are available online here or by calling 1-800-575-2287.

Golden Class of 1963 Post-Game Reception – 6 p.m., Konneker Alumni Center. This event, hosted by the Ohio University Alumni Association, is in honor of the Class of 1963’s golden anniversary. Several Golden Bobcat Class events are planned for Homecoming Weekend.

Star Gazing at The Ridges – 7:30 p.m. Spend the evening roasting marshmallows, spotting constellations, gazing through a telescope and listening to tales of the night sky with astronomer George Eberts.Registration is required.

For more information on these and other Homecoming Week events, visit http://www.ohio.edu/homecoming/and follow OHIO Homecoming on Twitter @OUHC2013.

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Interactive map, parking information available on Homecoming website

The official Ohio University Homecoming 2013 website is your one-stop shop for all Homecoming-related information.

With so many activities planned for this year’s celebration, event organizers have partnered with University Communications and Marketing to provide Homecoming attendees with an interactive Google map that provides directions to all Homecoming-related events.

The map, which also outlines this year’s parade route, is available here.

The Homecoming website also includes an area dedicated to parking information and lot closures that will be in effect during Homecoming Weekend. For all Homecoming-related parking information, click here.