CORVALLIS - Alumni returning to Oregon State University for Homecoming Weekend Oct. 21-23 will find many of the traditional offerings along with some new surprises.

Oregon State will play UCLA in the traditional football game, kick-off is scheduled for 3:38 p.m. Saturday, but there have been some big changes for the football program since last year. Parker Stadium has been re-named Reser Stadium to honor the Reser family of Beaverton for its seven-figure gift to the university's athletic department, and a new turf has been installed in the stadium.

The Beavers also have a new head coach, Dennis Erickson, who has won two national championships and moved OSU closer to its first winning season since 1970.

The OSU Alumni Association is welcoming back to campus three Alumni Fellows - former congressman Rod Chandler, businesswoman Janet Ford, and president of the Providence Alaska Foundation, Rebecca Parker. The three will be honored at a free public reception Friday at 4 p.m. at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center.

For the first time in recent years, Homecoming will feature a Friday night concert. Pepe & the Bottle Blondes, a Portland-based swing-salsa band, will play Gill Coliseum at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 and $5 for OSU students.

Also on tap are the alumni barbecue, bonfire, Beaverwalk, Fan Fair, Classes Without Quizzes, and the traditional Homecoming reunions.

1999 OSU Homecoming Events


  • Thursday, Oct. 21


    • OSU Alumni Association bonfire, south parking lot of Reser Stadium, 8 p.m.


  • Friday, Oct. 22


    • Radiation Center/Valley Library tours, CH2M HILL Alumni Center, 8:30 a.m.


    • Alumni College-OSU Distance and Continuing Education "Classes Without Quizzes," CH2M HILL Alumni Center:
      "Writing Memoirs: Celebrating Commonplaces," Moira Dempsey, 1 to 1:55 p.m.;
      "Important Molecules and the Way We View Them," James Krueger, 1 to 1:55 p.m.;
      "Snakes, Sex and Scents: The Garden of Eden Revisited," Bob Mason, 2 to 2:55 p.m.;
      "Shakespeare for Dummies: Unleashing Your Imagination," Ray Lischner, 2 to 2:55 p.m.
      "Creating Life, Hastening Death: Ethics at the Edges of Life," Courtney Campbell, 3 to 3:55 p.m.;
      Alumni of the Century," George Edmonston, 3 to 3:55 p.m.


    • Alumni Fellows Reception, CH2M HILL Alumni Center, 4 to 5 p.m.


    • Pepe & the Bottle Blondes, concert, Gill Coliseum, 8 p.m.


  • Saturday, Oct. 23


    • Fan Fair, Parker Plaza, 12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.


    • Academic Fair, Parker Plaza on 26th Street, 12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.


    • Beaver Walk, 26th Street and Ralph Miller Drive, 1:15 p.m.


    • Homecoming Barbecue, CH2M HILL Alumni Center, 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.


    • Football, Oregon State vs. UCLA, Reser Stadium, 3:38 p.m.

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Stephen Smith, 541-737-7478