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FAU to Celebrate ‘Homecoming 2009: Past, Present and Future’

BOCA RATON, FL (October 9, 2009) – Florida Atlantic University will celebrate “Homecoming 2009: Past, Present and Future,” from Friday, October 23 through Sunday, November 1 on FAU’s Boca Raton, Broward, Jupiter and Treasure Coast campuses.

“This year’s Homecoming is for the FAU community to remember the past, celebrate the present and anticipate the future of this growing university,” said Michelle Perkins, associate director for student activities in the department of student affairs at FAU. “We are excited to see the FAU community and beyond get involved with all aspects of Homecoming. This is an opportunity to celebrate and share in the Owl spirit.”

All events are open to the public unless otherwise indicated. The Homecoming Week schedule of events for the Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road, is as follows:

Friday, October 23
2009 Freaker’s Ball Concert featuring Fabolous and Pitbull
8 p.m., Carole and Barry Kaye Auditorium, Student Union

FAU’s 2009 Freaker’s Ball Concert will feature Hip-Hop artist Fabolous and rapper Pitbull.  Attendees must be 16 years of age or older due to mature content. Cost is $25 before October 23 and $30 thereafter.  To purchase tickets, visit or visit the Student Union Box Office at the Boca Raton campus.

Sunday, October 25
Third annual 5K Fun Run
10 a.m., FAU Recreation and Fitness Center

The third annual Homecoming 5K Fun Run, sponsored by FAU’s Department of Campus Recreation and the Office of Alumni Affairs, will start and finish at the Recreation and Fitness Center.  The route consists of a 5K loop around the Boca Raton campus.  T-shirts will be given to all participants, and the race is free for students with their Owl Card. Cost is $10 for FAU affiliates, faculty, staff, FAU National Alumni Association members, and $20 for the general public.  Refreshments will be served, and prizes will be raffled off. Awards also will be given to place finishers.  For more information or to register, visit .   


Tuesday, October 27

‘extravaCANza,’ a canned food drive competition
10 to 11:30 a.m., 
Student Union lobby
**Media Attendance only**

FAU’s Weppner Center for Civic Engagement and Service will host “extravaCANza,” a canned food drive competition.  FAU faculty, staff and students are invited to form a team, collect canned goods and use them to build a sculpture based on the 2009 Homecoming theme, “Past, Present and Future.”  All canned goods used during the event will be donated to Boca Helping Hands.


Tuesday, October 27

Talon Awards
6:30 p.m., Marleen and Harold Forkas Alumni Center
**Media Attendance Only**

The Talon Awards are given by the Florida Atlantic University Alumni Association to select individuals who demonstrate service and leadership to FAU and the community. An award will be given to one student, one alumna, one faculty member and one community member. A reception in the Marleen and Harold Forkas Alumni Center will follow the award ceremony. 


Thursday, October 29
Homecoming Parade
**Broward, Jupiter & Treasure Coast campuses included
5 p.m., Parade Route

The third annual Homecoming Parade will run through FAU’s Boca Raton campus and feature FAU Interim President John Pritchett, local middle and high school marching bands, along with accompanying floats from various FAU student organizations, university departments and athletics.  Owsley, FAU’s mascot, also will be on hand to greet the community. _________________________________________________________________  

Thursday, October 29

FAU Greek Alumni Homecoming Wine Social
6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Rustic Cellar, 409 SE Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton
**Open to FAU Alumni affiliated with a Greek organization only**

The Florida Atlantic University National Alumni Association’s Greek Alumni Constituency Group is hosting an “FAU Greek Alumni Homecoming Wine Social” for all FAU alumni that were members of Greek fraternities and sororities.  The event will offer Greek alumni a chance to mingle with old friends, make new ones, as well as network and develop contacts. RSVP to attend at 561-297-3011 or


Friday, October 30

Fall Family Fest 
**Broward, Jupiter & Treasure Coast campuses included
5  to 8 p.m., Housing Lawn

Fall Family Fest is a fun-filled, carnival-themed event with music, games and prizes, a bounce hounce, face painting, balloon art and free food. The Homecoming bonfire will take place at 8 p.m., celebrating the anticipation of FAU’s football game against Middle Tennessee State University on Saturday, October 31.


Saturday, October 31

FAU vs. Middle Tennessee State University Football Game
4 p.m., Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale

Come watch the FAU Owls as they take on the Blue Raiders of Middle Tennessee State University. The Homecoming King and Queen will be crowned during halftime. Tickets in the “Crunch Zone” are $12 for adults and $10 for children and seniors. Tickets on the sidelines are $25. FAU students get in free with their Owl card.


The Homecoming Week schedule of events for the Broward campuses, are as follows:

FAU Spirit Day

  • Monday, October 26 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. – SD patio, Davie campus
  • Tuesday, October 27 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. – College Plaza, Downtown Fort Lauderdale campus
  • Wednesday, October 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – SeaTech, Dania Beach campus

** Media Attendance only **

Each Broward campus of Florida Atlantic University will celebrate Homecoming 2009 with FAU Spirit Day that will include food, fun and an assortment of games for FAU students, faculty and staff.


The Homecoming Week schedule of events for FAU’s Jupiter campus, 5353 Parkside Drive, is as follows:

Wednesday, Oct. 28

Golf Cart Parade & Ice Cream Social
3 p.m., Parade Route then The Burrow

**Media Attendance Only**

The third annual Golf Cart Parade will take participants through the FAU Jupiter and Abacoa community. Golf carts on-campus will be provided to student groups and campus departments to decorate. Submissions to the parade will be judged on the following: decorations, display of school spirit, use of the Homecoming theme, creativity and any costumes worn related to the theme. Following the parade, participants and parade followers will be treated to ice cream in The Burrow.  


Sunday, November 1

Campus Cleanup
2 p.m. in The Burrow

**Media attendance only**

In celebration of Homecoming, the Jupiter campus invites students, faculty and staff to help clean up the Housing courtyard, parking lots and the campus butterfly garden as part of the campus beautification service project.


The Homecoming Week schedule of events for the Treasure Coast campus, 500 NW California Blvd., is as follows:

Monday, October 26

3:30 to 7:30 p.m., St. Lucie Building

**Media attendance only**

CarnivOWL will feature a live DJ, food from Sonny’s BBQ, a dunk tank with Treasure Coast campus professors, face painting, and other games and prizes.


Thursday, October 29

Pumpkin Carving Contest
4 to 7:30 p.m., MP Breezeway

**Media attendance only**

The Pumpkin Carving Contest, sponsored by FAU’s Student Government, includes pumpkins, pumpkin carving kits, candy apples, Halloween candy and bobbing for apples.  Families are welcome.


For more information, contact Michelle Perkins at 561-297-3735 or,  or visit


About Florida Atlantic University:

Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses. Building on its rich tradition as a teaching university, with a world-class faculty, FAU hosts ten colleges:  College of Architecture, Urban & Public Affairs, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science, the College of Business, the College of  Education, the College of  Engineering & Computer Science, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Graduate College,  the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science.  

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