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Get Your Gold On and Attend Homecoming Events This Week

Posted Oct, 6, 2009

Festivities kick off this week and roll through the weekend as Kent State University marks Homecoming 2009 and the start of its Centennial Celebration. From football to art exhibitions to a runner’s race, the activities begin on Tuesday, Oct. 6, and build to a crescendo Saturday, Oct. 10, when more than 30 events are scheduled on that day alone.
Many opportunities exist throughout the weekend for alumni, faculty, staff and the community to enjoy the festivities. From familiar events like the heated football rivalry to the re-dedication of some campus landmarks to the favorite Homecoming parade, there is truly something for everyone. Homecoming celebrants can enjoy Tailgate Alley, which is currently filled to capacity, where Centennial Squirrel judging, among other fun activities, will take place.

Go to the Alumni Association Homecoming page at for details on the nearly 70 events taking place throughout the weekend. That site is a resource for parking details and other specifics on every event scheduled for the celebration.

What follows is a partial list of Homecoming events:

Fashion Museum Open House at Rockwell Hall
Oct. 9 from 10 a.m.-4:45 p.m.
Oct. 10 from 10 a.m.-4:45 p.m.
Oct. 11 from noon-4:45 p.m.
Free admittance on Saturday and Sunday.

Roe Green Visiting Director Series presents 14
Written and directed by John Cameron, Ph.D., ’86
Oct. 9-18, Wednesdays-Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.
At the Wright Curtis Theatre in the Music and Speech Center
Sponsored by the School of Theatre and Dance. Cost: $16 adults, $12 seniors, $8 students.
Call box office at 330-672-2497 to reserve tickets.


Re-dedication of Oscar Ritchie Hall
4-6 p.m. at Oscar Ritchie Hall main entrance and atrium
Sponsored by the President’s Office and the College of Arts and Sciences.
RSVP required. Contact Sandra Morgan at 330-672-8986 or


9th Annual Bowman Cup 5K Race for Ability
Second Annual 1-Mile Walk and Roll
6:30-7:45 a.m. - registration
8 a.m. - 1-mile walk begins
8:30 a.m. - 5K begins
Student Recreation and Wellness Center at 1550 Ted Boyd Dr.
Go to for all the details.

Prentice Gate Re-dedication
9 a.m. at the gate, corner of Lincoln and Main streets

Alumni Breakfast and Parade Viewing
9-11:30 a.m. at the Williamson Alumni Center, 1200 East Main St.

Alumni Memories – Videotaping in Honor of Centennial
9-10 a.m. and 11 a.m.-noon at the Williamson Alumni Center, 1200 East Main St.
If you’re a Kent State alumnus, come over and tell your story.

2009 Homecoming Parade with Athletic Director Laing Kennedy as Grand Marshal
10-11:30 a.m.
Beginning near the Alumni Center on Midway Drive
Ninety diverse entries will take to the streets! Come and enjoy the spectacle, including a scheduled flyover at the beginning of the festivities!

Flash Fan Zone
1-3:30 p.m. in Tailgate Alley at Dix Stadium. Hosted by Varsity K, Blue and Gold and the Kent State Alumni Association. Go to for all the details.

Centennial Squirrel Decorating Contest Judging
1–3:30 p.m. in Tailgate Alley at Dix Stadium
Stop by and vote for your favorite!

Homecoming Football Game — Bowling Green Falcons vs Kent State Golden Flashes
3:30 p.m. Kickoff at Dix Stadium
Purchase tickets at the Intercollegiate Athletics online at

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