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MEDIA CONTACT: Megaan Schraeder
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FAU to Celebrate ‘Homecoming 2011: Building Traditions for 50 Years’

BOCA RATON, FL (October 19, 2011) – Florida Atlantic University will celebrate "Homecoming 2011: Building Traditions for 50 Years," beginning Sunday, October 30 through Saturday, November 5, on FAU's Boca Raton, Broward, Jupiter and Treasure Coast campuses.

"This year's homecoming commemorates our first 50 years with unique and exciting events for students and the community at every campus," said Alicia Keating, associate director for student activities within the Division of Student Affairs at FAU.  "We look forward to showing Owl spirit with everyone as we celebrate this milestone 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:

Homecoming 5K Run/Walk  
Sunday, October 30, beginning at 5:15 p.m.

FAU Track and Field Complex
The Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at FAU will host the 2011 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 newly-opened 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.  Registration for the public can be found at www.active.com/donate/faucard or in person at The Runner's Edge, 3195 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton, from Friday, October 21 through Saturday, October 29.  FAU students can register for free by Thursday, October 27 at noon at www.fau.edu/campusrec.  FAU students who miss the pre-registration deadline may register on race day for $20.  For more information, contact Ali Cunningham at 561-297-4247 or acunnin5@fau.edu.  

 



Homecoming Kick-Off Celebration 

Monday, October 31, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Housing Lawn
**Media Attendance only**

This year's kick-off event will include live entertainment, including bumper cars, a gladiator joust, bouncy boxing, 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, November 1, 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.

 



Talon Awards Ceremony

Thursday, November 3, beginning at 6 p.m.
Maureen and Harold Forkas Alumni Center
**Media Attendance only**

The 16th 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 Country Concert

Thursday, November 3, beginning at 9 p.m.
Outdoor Stage, Live Oak Pavilion
**Media Attendance only**
For the first time, FAU's Homecoming concert will be held outdoors and will feature country music star James Otto.  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, November 4, beginning at 4:30 p.m.
Lee Street, Volusia and Dade avenues
The fifth 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, November 4, beginning at 5 p.m.
Housing Lawn
**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. Arkansas State University

Saturday, November 5, beginning at 4 p.m.
FAU Stadium
This will be FAU's first Homecoming game in its brand new on-campus 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, November 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Oasis Lounge, Davie Campus
Wednesday, November 2, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - poolide, SeaTech campus
Thursday, November 3, from 4 to 6 p.m.- College Plaza, Fort Lauderdale campus
**Media attendance only**
Each Broward campus will celebrate Homecoming 2011 with FAU Spirit Day that will include food, fun and entertainment for students, facutly 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 31, 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, November 2, 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

 



Campus Cleanup 

Sunday, November 6, from noon to 1 p.m.
SR Atrium
**Media attendance only**
The Jupiter Homecoming Committee invites Jupiter campus 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 following events will take place on FAU's Treasure Coast campus, 500 NW California Blvd., Port St. Lucie:

Pumpkin Carving Contest
Monday, October 31, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
MP Breezeway
**Media attendance only**
The Pumpkin Carving Contest, sponsored by TCC Program Board, will include pumpkins, pumpkin carving kits, candy apples, Halloween candy and bobbing for apples

 



FAU Spirit Day

Tuesday, November 1, from noon to 8 p.m.
Student Lounge
**Media attendance only**

The Treasure Coast campus will celebrate Homecoming 2011 with FAU Spirit Day that will include food, fun and entertainment for students, faculty and staff. The event is sponsored by TCC Program Board and Student Government.

 



CarnivOWL

Wednesday, November 2, from 3:30 to 7 p.m.
MP Parking Lot
CarnivOWL is open to the public and will feature inflatable rides, classic carnival foods, games, side-show acts, music and other attractions. It is sponsored by the TCC Program Board and Student Government.

 


 

For more information, contact Alicia Keating at 561-297-3735 or akeatin1@fau.edu, or visit www.fau.edu/homecoming.

-FAU-

About Florida Atlantic University:
Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. In commemoration of its origin, FAU is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout 2011. Today, the University serves more than 29,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. 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. For more information, visit www.fau.edu.

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