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The Ohio University Marching 110 performs during halftime of the 2012 Homecoming Football Game.

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Nominations being sought for Homecoming Court

King, queen to be announced at Homecoming game

Fall semester has just begun, but Ohio University is already preparing for one of the year’s largest – and most spirited – events.

Homecoming Week will be celebrated Oct. 7-12 and will offer something for everyone. The theme of this year’s event is “OUr Past, OUr Present, OUr Future,” and the Homecoming Steering Committee is calling on everyone to nominate some of the University’s graduating seniors to serve on this year’s Homecoming Court.

Those submitting nominations should nominate a senior who promotes the values of Ohio University, takes pride in the University, represents the student body and enhances the University as a whole.

This year’s Homecoming Court will be made up entirely of seniors. Everyone is invited to submit a nomination at http://www.ohio.edu/homecoming/homecoming-court-nomination.cfm. Seniors may also nominate themselves.

The nomination period begins today (Aug. 26) and ends at 5 p.m. Sept. 20. This year’s nomination process – as well as registration for some of the larger Homecoming events – is being done entirely online, making it convenient and easy.

Students who are nominated for Homecoming Court will be notified and will then decide whether to apply as a candidate for Homecoming Court. After candidates apply for the court, they will receive an e-mail with instructions. The application process will close at 5 p.m. Sept. 25.

Based on the applications, 20 candidates – 10 men and 10 women – will be selected to move on to an interview process. Interviews will take place the first week of October. Based on the interviews, five men and five women will be chosen to represent Ohio University on the 2013 Homecoming Court.

During Homecoming Week, the OHIO student body will vote on who among the Homecoming Court will be selected to serve as the 2013 Homecoming King and Queen. The king and queen will be announced during the Bobcats’ Homecoming football game on Saturday, Oct. 12.

“This year, members of the Homecoming Court will be involved in many activities, including the new Yell Like Hell Bonfire,” said Brian Heilmeier, assistant director of student activities. “The king and queen will be announced at the Homecoming football game after being in the Homecoming parade that morning.”

This year’s Homecoming – the University’s 91st – will celebrate past, present and future Bobcats and promises a little something for everyone. For a complete list of Homecoming events, visit http://www.ohio.edu/homecoming and follow OHIO Homecoming on Twitter @OUHC2013.

A sneak peek at Homecoming Week

Homecoming Week at Ohio University this year celebrates the past, present and future generations of Bobcat Nation and promises a little something for everyone.

A complete list of Homecoming events can be found at http://www.ohio.edu/homecoming, but here are a few highlights:

Monday, Oct. 7

The Fourth Annual Homecoming Kickoff – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Baker University Center, hosted by Ohio University Student Affairs.

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 will be announced at http://www.ohio.edu/homecoming/schedule.cfm.

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.

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.

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.

Yell Like Hell Bonfire and Pep Rally – 9 p.m., Pepsi Tailgreat Park. While the Yell Like Hell Pep Rally has been a popular Homecoming Weekend kick-off event for several years, the bonfire is new to OHIO's Homecoming celebration. Hosted by the Student Alumni Board, the event will feature performances by the Marching 110, the OHIO Dance Team, the Singing Men of Ohio and more. This event is free; no registration is required.

Saturday, Oct. 12

Homecoming Parade – 10 a.m. This event is hosted by the University Program Council and will feature floats, banners and displays – all celebrating "OUr Past, OUr Present, and OUr Future" – from the OHIO and surrounding communities. This year's parade route will follow the same route that debuted during last year's celebration. Parade entry forms are available at http://www.ohio.edu/homecoming/parade.cfm.

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. Halftime will feature a performance by the Marching 110 and the presentation of the 2013 Alumni Awardees. Tickets are available online 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.

Note: Organizations hosting other Homecoming events may submit that event to be included in the University's official Homecoming website by visiting http://www.ohio.edu/homecoming/submitevent.cfm.