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UA Homecoming Week to be Celebrated with Theme ‘Unified with Crimson Pride’

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama tradition of Homecoming Week events will be held on Sunday, Oct. 26-Saturday, Nov.1 with the theme “A Tide Nation: Unified with Crimson Pride.”

The bonfire and Homecoming Pep Rally are set for Friday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. on the UA Quad. Following will be the University Programs concert featuring Hank Williams Jr. in Coleman Coliseum at 9 p.m. Tickets for the concert are available online at www.crimsonartstickets.com, charge by phone at 205/348-4288 or at the Crimson Arts Box Office in the Ferguson Center. Tickets for students are $10; general public tickets are $30.

The Homecoming Parade will take place Saturday, Nov. 1 at 9 a.m., going from downtown Tuscaloosa to the UA Campus. Cornelius Bennett, former UA All-American linebacker, will be Parade Grand Marshal. After playing at UA, Bennett went on to lead the Buffalo Bills to four consecutive AFC Championships. He then went on to play for the Atlanta Falcons in 1996 and in 1998 Bennett helped make team history as the Falcons went to the Superbowl for the first time.

The highlight of the week will be the UA football game against Arkansas State at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 1 at 2 p.m.

The Homecoming Step Show presented by the National Pan-Hellenic Council will be held Friday, Oct . 31 at the Student Recreation Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the event begins at 7 p.m. Advance tickets (www.crimsonartstickets.com) are $13 for students and $14 for the general public; tickets at the door will be $15. Parents, alumni, guests and students are invited to the annual homecoming event and fundraiser for the NPHC.

The week begins with the 20th Annual Roll Tide Run on Sunday, Oct. 26 at 2 p.m. The run is set to begin on Capstone Drive, with registration and check–in held at the rear (north) entrance of Gorgas Library.

Paint the Town Red and The Banner Competition will begin Monday, Oct. 27 as campus organizations show their school spirit across Tuscaloosa. Students may pick up their materials for both competitions from 1-4 p.m. at the Ferguson Center SGA Office. The UA Homecoming Bowling Tournament is also planned for Monday, Oct. 27 and will begin at 9:30 p.m. at Bama Bowl on 15th Street.

The Homecoming Service Project this year will benefit the RISE Center located on the UA campus. During Homecoming week, organizations can help the RISE Center by donating children’s books to be used by children at the center. Every organization participating in Homecoming will be given a box at the beginning of Homecoming week and at the end of the week, the boxes will be collected. There will also be boxes located in the Ferguson Center, the Student Recreation Center, Reese Phifer, ten Hoor, Shelby Hall and the Moody Music Building for those wishing to donate books.

Homecoming Queen elections will be held Tuesday, Oct. 28 in the Ferguson Center and the Student Recreation Center from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. A Basketball Tournament is also scheduled for Tuesday to begin at 7 p.m. at the Student Recreation Center. Applications are due by 4:45 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 13 to the Office of Student Affairs.

The annual Panhellenic Trick or Treat event will also be held on Tuesday, Oct. 28 from 5-7 p.m. on Sorority Row. Area children are invited to wear their Halloween costumes and enjoy an evening of sweet fun as there will be games and plenty of treats.

On Wednesday, Oct. 29 there will be a Homecoming Queen election runoff, if necessary. Students can also participate in the Dodgeball Tournament at 7 p.m. in the Student Recreation Center.

Events on Thursday, Oct. 30 include the Banner Competition judging at 5 p.m. as well as the Choreography Contest to be held at Coleman Coliseum at 7 p.m.

For more information about this year’s UA Homecoming events, contact Kendall McGiffert of the UA Student Government Association at Kamcgiffert@gmail.com.

The University of Alabama, a student-centered research university, is in the midst of a planned, steady enrollment growth with a goal of reaching 28,000 students by 2010. This growth, which is positively impacting the campus and the state's economy, is in keeping with UA's vision to be the university of choice for the best and brightest students. UA, the state's flagship university, is an academic community united in its commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all Alabamians.
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