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Homecoming at Illinois Oct.
24-31 will be 'Undeniably Illini'
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
will celebrate its 94th annual Homecoming with a week of events from Oct. 24 to Oct. 31.
The week’s activities will include a kickoff celebration at Hessel
Park in Champaign, a parade, and a lunch on the Quad featuring athletes
and the Homecoming court. This year’s slogan is “Undeniably
Homecoming kickoff celebration, noon to 2 p.m at Hessel Park. This family-oriented
event includes musical performances, the Marching Illini drum line,
and fan competitions for prizes. Free food will be served to the first
Illini Stride Homecoming 5k Run/Walk, 11 a.m. at Hessel Park. Register
online at www.uiaa.org/urbana or on-site at 10 a.m. Fees are $10 prior
to race and $15 the day of the race.
Homecoming Volunteer Project, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Quad. Volunteers
from a wide range of student organizations will make a mural representing
cultural diversity on campus.
Lunch on the Quad, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost: $5 per person or swipe of
residence hall meal card. Event will feature live entertainment, U.
of I. officials, athletes and the introduction of the Homecoming court.
Build for Habitat for Humanity, all day between Everitt Laboratory and
Engineering Hall. A shed will be built for the organization’s
Homecoming float and later shipped to aHabitat site.
Illini Soccer vs. St. Louis at the Illini Soccer field at 7 p.m.
Homecoming parade, 6-8 p.m. The parade starts at Sixth Street and Taft
Drive in Champaign and travels through Campustown , turning South on
Mathews Drive and ending at the Quad.
Homecoming pep rally, immediately following the parade on the Quad.
Event features campus groups, U. of I. football players and a fireworks
IUB Homecoming variety show, immediately following pep rally in Foellinger
Auditorium. Student performers vie for prizes in several different categories.
Illinois vs. Iowa football game, Memorial Stadium. Cost: $35 for main
balcony tickets, $17 for horseshoe tickets. For tickets, call toll-free
866-ILLINI-1 or visit www.fightingillini.com.
IUB African-American Homecoming event, Foellinger Auditorium.
IUB African-American Homecoming dance, 10 p.m., Illini Union I Rooms.
Tickets available at Illini Union Ticket Central or Assembly Hall.
Four distinguished alumni will return to campus as participants in Homecoming
weekend. The Illini Comeback guests will meet with students from their
colleges, discuss their professional experiences since leaving the U.
of I., and participate in the parade and pep rally.
• Mary Frances Fagan, College of Communications, 1976
Director of American Airlines’ public relations activities for
Chicago, St. Louis and Washington, D.C., Fagan is a public relations
specialist and former broadcast journalist. She has served as assistant
press secretary to former Illinois Gov. Jim Thompson, as Springfield-based
bureau chief for WUIS-FM and Illinois public radio stations, and as
a reporter and news anchor for several radio and television stations.
• Bridget Later Lamont, library and information sciences, 1972
Member of the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board and vice chairman
of the National Commission on Libraries and Information Sciences, Lamont
began her career in 1972 working in the Champaign Public Library, which
led her eventually to the directorship of the Illinois State Library.
• John David Mooney, College of Fine and Applied Arts, 1965
Internationally recognized for his large-scale, public sculptures, Mooney
has created major sculptures and installations in Australia, Croatia,
England, Italy and Malta. His most recent work, “Miami Wave,”
will be installed at the Miami International Airport this spring.
• Grover “Russ” Whitehurst, College of Liberal Arts
and Sciences, 1968
Director of the Institute of Education Sciences in the U.S. Department
of Education, Whitehurst established the What Works Clearinghouse and
initiated programs of research to answer pressing policy issues. He
has served as U.S. assistant secretary for educational research, a professor
of psychology and pediatrics, and chairman of the department of psychology
at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.