Coming Home

Coming Home

By Beth Etter

Over our lifetimes, we have many homes. when you were “away” at college, your family may have asked, “when are you coming home?” as you settled into friends and school, job, and adult responsibilities, and as time passed, college became your home. and at the end of a weekend visiting your family, you might say, “I’m headed home.” alumni and students often tell us, “CSU just felt like home.”

Though the University of Missouri claims to have created homecoming in 1911 (and Baylor university claims a stake in 1909), Colorado State university’s first homecoming was in 1914 when then-president Charles Lory invited alumni back for a football game that pitted the alumni against the current team, followed by a luncheon with the theme “1944,” where people dressed like it was 1944 (or what they thought people would dress like then).

In the years that followed, more traditions were added: a torchlight parade that evolved into a bonfire, a parade, a dance, royalty (now called pacesetters), and the addition of family weekend.

Colleen Meyer (’94), executive director of the alumni association, thinks homecoming will look different in the future. It may:

  • Be less about identifying with a class year and more about identifying with specific student communities, such as student organizations, learning cohorts, residence halls, and so on.
  • Occur more than once a year. for example, a summer homecoming where alumni and their families can live in the residence halls, take classes, and work and play on campus.
  • Be mobile. Bringing CSU to alumni across the world via the “current” technological gadget.

“Just as homecoming has changed during the past 100 years, it will continue to evolve and change over time,” Meyer says. “Let’s hope our future alumni will continue to embrace the importance of celebrating and appreciating CSU. In 30 years, I would be surprised if we still have homecoming
in its current form. No matter what today’s homecoming looks like in the future, CSU will always open its arms to alumni.”

Homecoming & Family Weekend Schedule at a Glance

Visit www.homecoming.colostate.edu for full details and to register for events.

Thursday, October 16

Distinguished Alumni Awards
5:30 – 9:30 p.m., Lory Student Center

Friday, October 17

50 Year Club Luncheon (80th Annual)
10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Hilton Fort Collins

Festival on the Oval
3:30 – 6 p.m., CSU Oval

Homecoming Parade
4:30 – 6 p.m., Parade Route

Friday Night Lights: Pep Rally, Bonfire, Fireworks, and Lighting of the A
6 p.m., West Lawn

RAMFEST Concert: Nico & Vinz with Mike Posner
8 p.m. (doors open at 7), Moby Arena
www.csutix.com

Saturday, October 18

Homecoming 5K Race
8 – 9:15 a.m., CSU Oval

Homecoming and Family Weekend Tailgate
2 – 4:30 p.m., RamTown/Hughes Stadium – Alumni Association Tent

Homecoming Football Game: CSU vs. Utah State
Kickoff 5 p.m., Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium

Homecoming & Family Weekend Full Schedule of Events

Sunday, October 12

Kickoff to H&FW: Women’s Soccer Match vs. Colorado College
1 p.m., Lagoon

Homecoming Games – Student event
3-6 p.m.West Lawn

Fraternity & Sorority Life BBQ
6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, October 14
CSU Student Trivia Night
7 p.m., Durrell Center

Mystery of CSU History Tour
5 p.m., Oval

Wednesday, October 15

Aggie Day – Student event

Campus CLUE – Student event

College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences Class of ’64 Reunion Dinner – Invitation Only
4:30 p.m., Hilton Fort Collins

Mystery of CSU History Tour
6 p.m., Oval

Thursday, October 16

College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences Breakfast and Tours – Invitation Only
8:30 a.m., Diagnostic Medicine Center and Veterinary Teaching Hospital, 300 W. Drake Road

Chalk the Plaza
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

College of Natural Sciences Scholarship Luncheon – Invitation Only
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Hilton Fort Collins

Mystery of CSU History Tour
5 p.m., Oval

Distinguished Alumni Awards
5:30 – 9:30 p.m., Lory Student Center

Theatre: The Glass Menagerie, by Tennessee Williams
7:30 p.m.
Studio Theatre, University Center for the Arts
Ticket Thursday: CSU students FREE*

Residence Halls Lobby Decorating Contest

Friday, October 17

Homecoming & Family Weekend Check-In
8 a.m. – 8 p.m., Alumni Center, 1301 S. College Ave.

College of Health and Human Sciences Homecoming and Donor Recognition Breakfast – Invitation Only
8 – 10 a.m., Hilton Fort Collins

50 Year Club Luncheon (80th Annual)
10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Hilton Fort Collins

College of Business Scholarship Luncheon – Invitation only
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Lincoln Center, Canyon West Ballroom

Lory Student Center Renovation Tours
11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Lory Student Center – Campus information desk

SLiCE Open House
All day, Lory Student Center, SLiCE suite

RAMFAM and Housing Options and Tours of the LSC
1:30-3:30 p.m., Lory Student Center Theatre

Festival on the Oval
3:30 – 6 p.m., CSU Oval

Homecoming Parade
4:30 – 6 p.m., Parade Route

ASCSU Alumni Reunion
6:30 p.m., Lory Student Center – ASCSU Senate Chambers

Class Reunions Dessert Reception
6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Hilton Fort Collins

Friday Night Lights: Pep Rally, Bonfire, Fireworks, and Lighting of the A
6 p.m., West Lawn

SLiCE Homecoming Reunion
6:30-8 p.m., Lory Student Center, Ramskeller

Music: Men’s Chorus & University Chorus Concert
7:30 p.m., Griffin Concert Hall, University Center for the Arts

Theatre: The Glass Menagerie, by Tennessee Williams
7:30 p.m., Studio Theatre, University Center for the Arts

Alumni Band Hot Spot
8 p.m., The Mayor of Old Town, 632 S. Mason St.

Hillel Family Weekend Shabbat Dinner
8 p.m., David and Laura Merage Hillel Center, 720 W. Laurel St.

RAMFEST Concert: Nico & Vinz with Mike Posner
8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.), Moby Arena
*Must purchase tickets ahead of time. $10/15 for students, $35 for community members at www.csutix.com.

Saturday, October 18

Homecoming 5K Race
8 – 9:15 a.m., CSU Oval
www.hes.chhs.colostate.edu/outreach/homecoming

Black Rams Alumni/Parent Breakfast
9-11 a.m., Lory Student Center, Grey Rock Room

Phi Kappa Tau Open House Brunch
9 – 11 a.m., University House on Remington

College of Agricultural Sciences Scholarship Brunch – Invitation only
9:30 a.m., Hilton Fort Collins

Homecoming & Family Weekend Check-In
10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Alumni Center, 1301 S. College Ave.

Alumni Band Brunch & Rehearsal
10 – 11:30 a.m., Instrumental Rehearsal Hall, University Center for the Arts

SLiCE Alt. Break Site Leader Alumni
10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Lory Sudent Center, Cherokee Park Room

College of Business Reunion at Rockwell
11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Rockwell Hall, East Lawn and Rockwell West

Open House Tours

University Center for the Arts
10 a.m.- Noon
Guided tours at 10 and 11 a.m. Self-guided tour information also available.

Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising
10 a.m. – Noon, University Center for the Arts, Room 115

Campus Corps Program
10 a.m. – Noon , 145 Gifford Building

Lory Student Center Renovation Tours
11 a.m. – Noon, Lory Student Center – Campus information desk

Alumni Band Rehearsal with CSU Marching Band
1 p.m., Hughes Stadium

Homecoming and Family Weekend Tailgate
2 – 4:30 p.m., RamTown/Hughes Stadium – Alumni Association Tent

Homecoming Football Game: CSU vs. Utah State
Kickoff 5 p.m., Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium

Theatre: The Glass Menagerie, by Tennessee Williams
7:30 p.m., Studio Theatre, University Center for the Arts

Sunday, October 19

Homecoming Dance
7 – 10:30 p.m., LSC Theatre

Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life Homecoming & Family Weekend Bagel Brunch
10 a.m. – 1 p.m., David and Laura Merage Hillel Center, 720 W. Laurel St.

Theatre: The Glass Menagerie, by Tennessee Williams
7:30 p.m., Studio Theatre, University Center for the Arts
Ticket Sundays: Community members FREE

For questions, a complete schedule and to register, visit homecoming.colostate.edu call the Alumni Association at (800) 286-2586.

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