CORVALLIS, Ore. - Homecoming has always been a special time of year on the Oregon State University campus, and the coming week will prove that the tradition is very much alive, with events such as a parade and bonfire, an influx of alumni visitors, a major awards celebration, a free concert by a Broadway singer and, of course, a football game. The theme this year is "Fire It Up."
Events start on Monday, Oct. 15. A full list of Homecoming activities can be found at http://osualum.com/homecoming
Highlights of Homecoming 2012 include:
- Alumni Fellows and Young Alumni Awards: Six distinguished graduates will gather on campus Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19-20, to be honored by the OSU Alumni Association. The honorees -- five alumni fellows and one notable young alumna -- will meet with OSU students, staff and faculty, be feted at a reception and dinner on Oct. 19, and will appear Oct. 20 at the Beavers' Homecoming game against Utah. The alumni fellows are Celia Austin '76, nominated by the College of Public Health and Human Sciences; Ellen Bishop '79 and '83, nominated by the College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences; Roosevelt Credit '90, nominated by the College of Liberal Arts; Gayle Fitzpatrick '78, nominated by the College of Business; and Shelton Louie '78, nominated by the College of Pharmacy. This year's recipient of the OSUAA Young Alumni Award is Bridget Burns '04 and '11, nominated by the College of Liberal Arts.
- Homecoming Parade, Bonfire and Pep Rally: The parade, featuring former Beaver kicker Alexis Serna, begins at 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 18, in downtown Corvallis at 6th Street and Jefferson, winds through campus and ends at the bonfire in the parking lots behind Callahan Hall. The bonfire and pep rally program begins at 7:15 p.m., and head football coach Mike Riley and his players are scheduled to attend.
- Broadway in the Memorial Union: The OSU School of Arts and Communication and the OSU Alumni Association welcome Roosevelt Credit, 2012 Alumni Fellow and Broadway singer from "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess," performing with the OSU Chamber Choir on Friday, Oct. 19 at 3:15 p.m., in the MU Lounge. This event is free and open to the public.
- "Fire It Up" tailgater cooking contest and cookbook: Before the game on Oct. 20, OSU fans tailgating in campus lots are invited to compete for fame and fortune in the OSU tailgater cooking contest. In addition to the contest, all OSU friends, fans and alumni may submit tailgater recipes for a "Fire It Up" tailgater cookbook, which will be published electronically at the end of the season.