Thursday, October 5, 2006
Ole Miss homecoming this weekend
University of Mississippi students, alumni and friends look forward to a wide array of activities Friday and Saturday, Oct. 6-7, during Homecoming Weekend, planned around the theme “There’s No Place Like Home.”
“Homecoming is an important part of the university because it brings together current students, alumni and dedicated Ole Miss supporters of all ages,” said Bradley Baker, program coordinator for Campus Programming. “A key component of homecoming is that it instills a strong sense of school spirit and pride in everyone.”
Highlights include the Alumni Awards Day Ceremony, special activities for prospective students, a parade and gridiron match with Vanderbilt University. Fans are encouraged to participate in Red Alert by wearing red to show their support for the football team.
Activities get underway at 3:30 p.m. Friday (Oct. 6) in the Ford Center for the Performing Arts, with presentation of the university’s highest alumni award, the Ole Miss Alumni Hall of Fame. Inductees are Thomas R. Ethridge of Oxford, Edgar L. Caples of Richardson, Texas, Dr. James E. Darnell Jr. of Larchmont, N.Y., Lt. Gen. James E. Sherrard III of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and Brad J. Dye Jr. of Ridgeland.
The free, public event also honors Robert E. Seibels III of Montgomery, Ala., who is to receive the Alumni Service Award for his service to the university and the Alumni Association over an extended period, and Daniel Eric Kimbrough of Tupelo, who has been chosen for the Outstanding Young Alumni Award.
At 5:30 p.m., the Pride of the South Band strikes up for the annual homecoming parade, beginning on campus at the Lyceum Circle and continuing on University Avenue to the Oxford Square. A pep rally is scheduled at the end of the parade route.
Best-selling writer Michael Lewis, author of “Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game” (W.W. Norton, 2003) and “The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game” (W.W. Norton, 2006), is scheduled to ride in the parade and hold a book signing at Off Square Books following the pep rally. Lewis spent time in Oxford researching his latest book. Earlier that day, at 1:30 p.m. in Holman Hall room 30, Lewis - considered one of the nation’s shrewdest observers of politics, finance and the American scene - delivers a lecture in the Otho Smith Lecture Series in the School of Business Administration.
On Saturday (Oct. 7), Fall Visit Day activities are planned for prospective students to get a firsthand look at campus life. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. in front of Martindale Student Services Center. Campus tours and maps are to be available, along with a schedule of the day’s activities.
“This is a great way for students to learn about the many opportunities Ole Miss has to offer in a fun and friendly atmosphere,” said Jody Lowe, associate director of admissions. “Students and their parents can investigate academic programs, student organizations, student life and student support programs.”
Pregame ceremonies at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium are set for 12:45 p.m. and include introduction of Alumni Hall of Fame inductees and recipients of other alumni awards. The Ole Miss Rebels take on the Vanderbilt Commodores at 1 p.m. Halftime ceremonies feature crowning of the 2006 Homecoming queen and presentation of her court.
The new alumni award honorees also are to be presented at the annual meeting of the Alumni Association at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Alumni Center’s Butler Auditorium. New Alumni Association officers are to be announced. The meeting is open to alumni and friends.
“Homecoming week is a special time on campus,” said Tim Walsh, associate director of Alumni Affairs. “We always look forward to having our alumni and friends return to campus. We look forward to honoring seven alumni at our Awards Day Ceremony and to installing a new set of officers.”
For more information or assistance related to a disability, call Student Programming at 662-915-1044 or the Alumni Association at 662-915-7375.
For more information about the UM Alumni Association, visit http://www.alumni.olemiss.edu/welcome.
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