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FAU to Celebrate ‘Homecoming 2012: Owl Prowl’

BOCA RATON, FL (September 14, 2012) – Florida Atlantic University will celebrate “Homecoming 2012: Owl Prowl,” beginning Saturday, October 20 through Saturday, October 27, on FAU’s Boca Raton, Broward, and Jupiter campuses.

“This year’s homecoming will be filled with unique and exciting events for students and the community at every campus,” said Alicia Keating, director of student involvement and leadership within FAU’s Division of Student Affairs. “We look forward to sharing our Owl spirit with everyone as we celebrate another homecoming week in our school’s history together.”

All events are open to the public unless otherwise indicated. The following events will take place on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road: 

Center for Autism Homecoming 5K Run/Walk
Sunday, October 21
Check in at 4:15 p.m. & Race at 5:15 p.m.

The Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at FAU will host the 2012 Homecoming 5K Run/Walk. The 5K will begin at 5:15 p.m., and part of the route will run along the field of FAU Stadium. A one-mile fun run/walk will begin at 6:15 p.m., and a run for children ages 8 and younger will begin at 6:30 p.m. FAU students are free, but must pre-register at by Wednesday, October 17 at noon in order to receive a t-shirt and race entry. Students who miss the pre-registration deadline may register on or on race day at the event for $20.

Registration for the public can be found at and fundraising teams can register on For more information, contact Ali Cunningham at This fundraising event is to benefit the FAU Center for Autism & Related Disabilities (CARD), which provides free supports and services for people with autism and similar disabilities, their families, schools and community agencies. To learn more about FAU CARD, please visit


Homecoming Kick-Off Celebration 
Monday, October 22, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Housing Lawn
**Media Attendance only**

This year’s kick-off event will include live entertainment, including a gladiator joust, bouncy boxing, water balloon launching, human-sphere racing and other fun-filled novelties. Carnival food and special homecoming promotional items also will be available.


“ExtravaCANza” Canned Food Sculpture Contest 
Tuesday, October 23, beginning at 10 a.m.
SO Building
**Media Attendance only**

FAU’s Weppner Center for Civic Engagement & Service and Students Advocating Volunteer Involvement (SAVI) will host “ExtravaCANza,” a unique tin-can food drive competition.  Teams will race to build the best sculpture out of canned food items. After the event, all non-perishable items used will be donated to Boca Helping Hands.


Homecoming Comedy Show
Wednesday, October 24, beginning at 8 p.m.
Carole and Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium, Student Union

**Media Attendance only**

FAU’s annual Homecoming Comedy Show will feature comedian Ralphie May. Tickets are free for FAU students and can be obtained at FAU’s Box Office located in the student union.


Talon Awards Ceremony 
Thursday, October 24, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Marleen and Harold Forkas Alumni Center
**Media Attendance only**

The 17th annual Talon Awards Ceremony, co-sponsored by the FAU National Alumni Association and Student Government, will recognize four outstanding leaders from the community, alumni, faculty and student body.


Homecoming Concert 
Thursday, October 25, beginning at 9 p.m.
Outdoor Stage, Student Union

**Media Attendance only**

FAU’s Homecoming Concert will be held outdoors and it is free for all FAU students with an Owl Card. Bags and chairs will not be permitted, but blankets will be allowed.


Homecoming Parade 
Friday, October 26, beginning at 5 p.m.
Boca Raton Campus

The sixth annual FAU Homecoming Parade will feature more than 60 entries, including student organization floats, decorated golf carts, specialty cars and motorcycles, walking units, as well as several marching bands. The public is encouraged to attend.


Fall Family Fest 
Friday, October 26, immediately following the conclusion of the Homecoming Parade
Boca Raton Campus
**Media Attendance only**

Following the Homecoming Parade, FAU President Mary Jane Saunders will host Fall Family Fest, which will include carnival games, bounce houses, face painting, balloon art, photo booth novelties, sand art, caricature artists, circus performers and more. 


Homecoming football game vs. Troy University
Saturday, October 27, 5 p.m.
FAU Stadium

FAU’s Homecoming game will be hosted in the 30,000-seat FAU Stadium. The Homecoming King and Queen also will be crowned during the halftime show.


 The following events will take place on FAU’s Broward campuses:

FAU Spirit Day
Tuesday, October 23, from 12 to 3 p.m. – Davie Plaza, Davie campus
Wednesday, October 24, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – AT Breezeway, Fort Lauderdale campus 
**Media attendance only**

Each Broward campus will celebrate Homecoming 2012 with FAU Spirit Day that will include food, fun and entertainment for students, faculty and staff.


The following events will take place on FAU’s John D. MacArthur Campus, 5353 Parkside Drive, Jupiter:

“CarnivOWL”: Homecoming Kick-off Carnival 
Monday, October 22, from 4 to 7 p.m.
South Housing Field
**Media attendance only**

The northern campuses’ largest event, “CarnivOWL” is sponsored by Council of Student Organizations, Housing & Residential Life, Jupiter Program Board, MacRSA and Student Involvement & Leadership. FAU’s signature carnival will feature large-scale rides, classic carnival foods, games, side-show acts, music and other attractions.


Finish the Float Ice Cream Social 
Wednesday, October 24, from 2 to 4 p.m.
SR Atrium
**Media attendance only**

The Finish the Float ice cream social is sponsored by Student Involvement & Leadership and the Homecoming Committee. Students will enjoy ice cream between classes as they help craft part of the Northern Campuses’ float which will be featured in the Boca Raton campus’ Homecoming Parade. 


For more information, contact Alicia Keating at 561-297-3735 or, or visit


About Florida Atlantic University:
Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit

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