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FAU to Celebrate ‘Homecoming 2013: Owl Prowl’

BOCA RATON, Fla. (October 21, 2013) – Florida Atlantic University will celebrate “Homecoming 2013: Owl Prowl,” beginning Saturday, Oct. 26 through Saturday, Nov. 2, on FAU’s Boca Raton, Broward, and Jupiter campuses.

“This year’s homecoming will be filled with unique and sensational events and the first time our parade will be held on a Saturday afternoon,” said Alicia Keating-Polson, 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, Oct. 27
Check-in at 4:15 p.m. and Race at 5:15 p.m.

The Center for Autism and Related Disabilities and Campus Recreation at FAU will host the 2013 Homecoming 5K Run/Walk.  The 5K will begin at 5:15 p.m., and part of the route will run along the field of the FAU football stadium.  A one-mile fun run/walk will begin before the race starting at 4:45 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 via by Wednesday, Oct. 23 at noon in order to receive a T-shirt and race entry. Registration for the public can be found at and fundraising teams can register at . All community runners will receive the opportunity to win a buy one, get one free ticket to attend an FAU football game. For more information, contact Maryellen Quinn-Lunny at  This fundraising event benefits FAU’s Center for Autism & Related Disabilities (CARD), which provides free support and services for people with autism and similar disabilities, their families, schools and community agencies. To learn more about FAU CARD, visit


Homecoming Kick-Off Celebration
Monday, Oct. 28, 5 to 8 p.m.
FAU Stadium
**Media attendance only**  

This year’s kick-off event will include live entertainment, a zip line, bouncy boxing, water balloon launching, human-sphere racing and other fun-filled novelties.  Carnival food and special homecoming promotional items also will be available. For more information, contact Alicia Keating-Polson at


“ExtravaCANza” Canned Food Sculpture Contest 
Tuesday, Oct. 29, 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. For more information, contact Nori Carter at


Timucua Pageant
Tuesday, Oct. 29, 8 p.m.
Marleen and Harold Forkas Alumni Center
**Media attendance only**  

The Timucua Pageant is one of FAU's longest running annual traditions sponsored by Housing and Residential Life. Don't miss the 14th annual event to see who earns the coveted title of Mr. and Ms. Timucua 2013. Contestants will compete in several categories including formal wear, talent, school spirit, interview, and other themed events. For more information, contact Artie Jamison at


Talon Awards Ceremony 
Wednesday, Oct. 30, 6:30 p.m.
Marleen and Harold Forkas Alumni Center
**Media attendance only**  

The 18th annual Talon Awards Ceremony, co-sponsored by the FAU Alumni Association and Student Government, will recognize four outstanding leaders from the community, alumni, faculty and student body. For more information, contact Alicia Keating-Polson at


Homecoming Concert 
Wednesday, Oct. 30, 9 p.m.
Outdoor Stage, Student Union
**Media attendance only** 

FAU’s Homecoming Concert featuring The Dirty Heads and Reel Big Fish will take place outdoors and is free for all FAU students with an Owl Card.  Bags and chairs will not be permitted, but blankets are allowed. For more information, contact Alicia Keating-Polson at


Homecoming Comedy Show
Thursday, Oct. 31, 8 p.m.
Carole and Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium, Student Union
**Media attendance only** 

FAU’s annual Homecoming Comedy Show will feature comedian Judah Friedlander. Tickets are free for FAU students through the Student Union box office. For more information, contact Alicia Keating-Polson at


Fall Family Fest 
Friday, Nov. 1, 5 p.m. 
**Media attendance only**  

FAU Interim President Dennis Crudele 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. This event is open to all students, faculty and staff.  For more information, contact Alicia Keating-Polson at


Homecoming Parade 
Saturday, Nov. 2, 2 p.m.
Boca Raton Campus

The seventh 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. For more information, contact Alicia Keating-Polson at


Homecoming football game – FAU versus Tulane University
Saturday, Nov. 2, kickoff is at 5 p.m.
FAU Stadium

FAU’s Homecoming game will take place in FAU’s 29,419-seat stadium.  The Homecoming King and Queen also will be crowned during the halftime show. For more information, contact Alicia Keating-Polson at


 The following events will take place at FAU’s Broward campuses

Window Painting Contest
Monday, Oct. 28, 11:30 a.m.
Student Union, second floor lobby – Davie campus  

The Broward campus clubs and organizations will have the opportunity to show their school spirit and pride by creating murals on the windows of the Davie Student Union’s second floor lobby. For more information, contact Iris Trevisano at


FAU Spirit Day 
Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 4 to 6 p.m. – Fort Lauderdale campus
Thursday, Oct. 31, from noon to 2 p.m. – Diversity Way, Davie campus
**Media attendance only**

Each Broward campus will celebrate Homecoming 2013 with FAU Spirit Day that will include food, fun and entertainment for students, faculty and staff. For more information, contact Iris Trevisano


Davie Paint Party
Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 3 p.m. – Diversity Way, Davie campus  

Students will be led by an instructor in creating Homecoming Spirit Day masterpieces. Each student will have the opportunity to create a painting on canvas interpreting the Homecoming theme. For more information, contact Iris Trevisano at


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

“CarnivOWL”: Homecoming Kick-off Carnival 
Monday, Oct. 28, from 5 to 7 p.m.
South Housing Field
**Media attendance only**

The northern campus’ 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. For more information, contact Leigh Clay at


The Show-Off Show
Tuesday, Oct. 29, 7 p.m.
AD 119
**Media attendance only**

Program Board presents The Show-Off Show, an interactive performance of tricks, stunts, and comedy. Students are sure to have a blast and can even take home some tips and tricks to show themselves. For more information, contact Leigh Clay at


Finish the Float Ice Cream Social 
Thursday, Oct. 31, 2 to 4 p.m.
The Burrow
**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 campus float, which will be featured in the Boca Raton campus Homecoming parade.  For more information, contact Leigh Clay at



 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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