CORVALLIS - Oregon State University's 2004 Homecoming Weekend Oct. 22-24 features class reunions, a bonfire and a series of no-pressure classes open to everyone.

The campus' traditional homecoming bonfire starts at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 22 in the College of Veterinary Medicine's parking lot adjacent to Magruder Hall on 30th Street, north of Western Boulevard.

Also on Oct. 22, the OSU Alumni Association sponsors Classes Without Quizzes. Pupils can learn pros and cons on buying prescription drugs online, gain a look at OSU's Valley Football Center and Reser Stadium skyboxes, or learn how technology has changed medicine. Fifteen classes are offered. To register call 541-737-2351 or go online at Classes are $15 for Alumni Association members and their guests, and $17 for non-members.

The OSU Alumni Fellows Program will bring distinguished alumni to campus to discuss their lives, said Jeffrey Todd, executive director of the OSU Alumni Association.

This year's Alumni Fellows are Bill and Karla Chambers, founders of Stahlbush Island Farms, Inc.; Ann Streissguth, director of the Fetal Alcohol and Drug Unit at the University of Washington School of Medicine; and Barry Willis, retired director of research for Agilent. They will be honored at 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 22 in the CH2M-HILL Alumni Center.

A schedule of Homecoming 2004 events is available online at Homecoming 2004 events also include:

Saturday, Oct. 23

  • 9 a.m.: OSU Eat and Run, a 5K Run-Walk sponsored by OSU's Nutrition and Exercise Sciences Majors Club. Fee of $20 includes breakfast, run-walk registration T-shirts while they last. Women's Building.


  • 9 a.m.: Campus Walking Tour includes a free one-hour tour of the campus. Tour is free, T-shirts are $15. Women's Building.


  • 9 a.m.: Homecoming Barbecue and Beaver Nation Tailgater. CH2M HILL Alumni Center.


  • 10 a.m.: Austin Entrepreneurship Program at Weatherford Hall, Grand Opening Celebration. Advance reservations required; call 541-737-2551. Jefferson Way and 26th Street.


  • 1 p.m.: Football game, OSU vs. Washington State University, Reser Stadium.

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Alumni Association, 541-737-2351