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Welcome to Bicentennial Homecoming 2003

Homecoming 1965
Phi Kappa Tau's float won first place in the 1965 Homecoming competition. Alumnus Jim McAtee, BBA '67 and BSIT '67, a Phi Kappa Tau member from Columbus who submitted this photo, says it was self-propelled and built on top of a junk car chassis. The dimensions of the float were 9 feet wide; 12 feet, 6 inches tall; and 34 feet long. "The campus was flooded with rumors that Phi Kappa Tau had outdone ourselves -- that we had built the float so big that we would not be able to get it out of the garage that we had rented," McAtee remembers. "There were a number of huge laughs on us, until approximately 3:15 a.m. when we removed the back two-thirds of the float, drove out of the garage area, and re-attached the back of the float and arrived on time at 7 a.m. for the parade." The theme for Homecoming that year was "It all 'ADS' up to Homecoming."
ATHENS, Ohio -- Ohio University's Bicentennial Homecoming 2003, Oct. 9-12, is chock-full of activities that will appeal to alumni, faculty, staff, students and the community.

Activities include alumni gatherings, sporting events, musical and theatrical entertainment, book signings, tailgate parties and a parade.

The action started Thursday when Ohio University Head Football Coach Brian Knorr joined the Ohio University Marching 110 and the Bobcat football team and cheerleaders at the fifth-annual "Yell Like Hell" pep rally on the front steps of Baker University Center.

Things heat up early on Friday with the unveiling of the official Ohio University U.S. Post Office Bicentennial Postcard, which commemorates Ohio University's 200th anniversary and its excellent service to the region. The ceremony begins at 10:30 a.m. at Cutler Hall.

The Ohio University Alumni Association Alumni Awards Gala begins at 8 p.m. Friday at Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. The evening includes awards given to several distinguished alumni and musical performances by local entertainers, including The Local Girls, who will debut the new CD, "Four Year Heaven."

Virginia Patton Moss will be presented with the 2003 Honorary Alumna Award for her service to the University. Also at the Gala, the Ohio University Board of Trustees will present alumna Leona Hughes with a Founders Citation, which is the most prestigious honor awarded by the University's Board of Trustees. The event requires formal attire and is open to the public.

Children enjoy the 2002 Homecoming parade.The Ohio University School of Theater is sponsoring alumna Ann Randolph, who will perform her one-woman theatrical production, "Squeeze Box," at 10 p.m. Friday at Kantner Hall. She will also perform at 8 p.m. Saturday night and tickets are $12 general admission and $10 for adults. Call (740) 593-4800 for ticket information.

On Saturday, author Betty Hollow will sign her new bicentennial book, "Ohio University, 1804-2004: The Spirit of a Singular Place," from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Konneker Alumni Center and noon to 2 p.m. at the Ohio University Visitors Center.

The Bicentennial Homecoming Parade and Float Competition begins at 10 a.m. and the football game between the Bobcats and the University of Central Florida begins at 2 p.m. at Peden Stadium. For tickets, call (740) 593-1300 or visit www.ohiobobobcats.com.

Bobcat footballLeading up to the game, the Bicentennial Homecoming Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Pepsi Tailgreat Park. The free event will feature historical costumes and displays, vendors, food and beverages. The children's play area will include a moon bounce, fishing pond, face painting and coloring. There also will be inflatable sumo wrestling, a football bungee run, a Ring-a-Bell strength tester and an inflatable jousting game.

On Saturday evening, musicians Michelle Branch and Jason Mraz will perform at 8 p.m. at the Convocation Center. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium box office at (740) 593-1780 or by visiting www.ohioutickets.musictoday.com.

For a complete schedule of events and a map of the parade route, call the Alumni Office at (740) 593-4300 or visit www.ohiou.edu/homecoming.

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