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Oct. 10, 2008

Early events jump-start Homecoming

by Paula Van Brocklin

Homecoming 2008, "Livin' the Dream," officially is Oct. 24-25, but several events are taking place ahead of the big weekend, beginning with Saturday's Blue Sky Day 5K Run/Walk.

The 13th annual event raises funds for Lutheran Services in Iowa, which provides programs and services to thousands of children and families in Iowa. The race starts at 10:30 a.m. on central campus, rain or shine. A pancake feed also is part of this year's event.

Speaking of food, don't miss Food on Campus Oct. 20 through Oct. 24 (11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., central campus). Cost is a $5 button, available the week before homecoming at the student booth on the first floor of the Memorial Union or on central campus during the meals.

And what would homecoming be without painted streets and storefronts? Students will get their creative juices flowing Oct. 19, as they paint Victory Lane (in the Iowa State Center commuter parking lot) and several campustown storefronts.

The annual Honors and Awards Ceremony sponsored by the alumni association is Oct. 24 (1:30 p.m., Benton Auditorium, Scheman). Several faculty and staff members will be honored for their achievements. See the insert in the printed issue of this Inside or go online for a complete list of award winners.

Additional highlights leading up to the Oct. 25 gridiron matchup between Iowa State and Texas A&M are below. A complete list is online.

Homecoming 2008 schedule of events

Events free and located on central campus, unless otherwise noted.

Saturday, October 11

  • 10:30 a.m., Blue Sky Day 5K, pancake feed

Saturday, October 18

  • 6-9 a.m., Banner displays

Sunday, October 19

  • 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Painting, storefront windows, campustown
  • Noon-6 p.m., Painting, Victory Lane, Iowa State Center lot
  • Noon-3:30 p.m., Yell Like Hell, first cuts, Iowa State Center lot

Monday, October 20

  • 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Lunch, pizza, ice cream sandwiches, $5 button

Tuesday, October 21

  • 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Lunch, walking tacos, ice cream, $5 button

Wednesday, October 22

  • 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Lunch, pork burgers, chips, cake, $5 button
  • 6:30-8:15 p.m., Yell Like Hell, second cuts
  • 6:30-9 p.m., Competition, Guitar Hero, Cardinal Room, MU

Thursday, October 23

  • 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Lunch, hot dogs, apples, ice cream bars, $5 button
  • 4:30-6:30 p.m., Performance, Battle of the Bands, RCA courtyard

Friday, October 24

  • 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Lunch, sub sandwiches, chips, cookies, $5 button
  • 1:30-3:30 p.m., Ceremony, alumni association honors and awards, Benton Auditorium, Scheman
  • 6-7:45 p.m., Pep rally
  • 8-9:45 p.m., "ExCYtement in the Streets," Greek neighborhood
  • 10 p.m.-midnight, Pancake feed, $2
  • Midnight, Mass campaniling and fireworks

Saturday, October 25

  • Three hours prior to kickoff, Ceremony, Alumni Center dedication, Cyclone Central tailgate and silent auction, meal $7-$20 (preregister online), Alumni Center
  • TBA, Football, ISU vs. Texas A&M, $60, Jack Trice Stadium


Homecoming festivities begin early, kicked off by the Blue Sky Day 5K on Oct. 11.