ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University alumni and students will be renewing the annual tradition of Homecoming with a full week of activities slated for Sept. 27 through Oct. 2.
Highlights for the week include an evening of comedy with the Sklar Brothers, the Pizza Pizza Pizza Fan Fest prior to Saturday’s football game; reunions for the Eagle Investment Group, Students in Free Enterprise, band alumni, Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, Eagle Emeriti, Class of 1950 and Class of 1970; the annual Purple Eagle Silent Auction, All Alumni Party, Alumni Awards Brunch and the crowning of the Homecoming king and queen.
“We expect that Homecoming will be awesome this year with record numbers of alumni returning to Ashland to meet up with old friends, create new memories and see the completed Dwight Schar Athletic Complex,” said Jeff Alix, director of alumni and parent relations. “There are many activities throughout the weekend for people of all ages. We promise a weekend that will be remembered.”
The annual Banana Splittin’ Day is slated for Sept. 29, rain or shine. Faculty, staff and students will participate with members of the community in building the Midwest’s largest banana split down College Avenue following the 5 p.m. introduction of the University’s Homecoming court. A picnic will be served on the front lawn of Founders Hall. The meal is free to University students with a meal plan and $10 for faculty, staff and members of the public.
The week of activities will include a window painting party as student organizations compete to decorate the campus with images of school spirit, the annual whiffle ball tournament, a powder puff football game and a spirit day on Sept. 29.
On Oct. 1, the Spectrum Arts and Lectures Series continues with comedians Randy and Jason Sklar performing at 8 p.m. in Redwood Hall. Tickets for the comedy event are $15 for general admission, $10 for Ashland University faculty and staff, and free for Ashland University students with ID (in advance only) and are available at www.tix.com or by calling 419-289-5309.
The Sklar Brothers currently reside in Los Angeles and perform stand-up comedy all over the country. They have made notable appearances on Grey's Anatomy, Cheap Seats, Law and Order, Comedy Central Presents, Comedy Central's Premium Blend, Late Night with Conan O'Brien and many more.
At 9 a.m. on Oct. 2, the Alumni Awards Brunch will be held in Upper Convocation Center with eight award recipients being honored. These include Alan Roth ’79, who will receive the Outstanding Alumnus Award. Dolores Keplinger ’52 and the late Robert Keplinger ’51 will receive the Distinguished Service Award. The Drushal Humanitarian Award will be given to Krista Aukeman Englert ’96 and the Raymond D. Bixler Award will be presented to Dr. Frank Pettigrew ’72. Dustin Ness ’04 will be named as the Young Alumnus while Fred Broad ’76 will accept the Special Achievement Award. Dick Ruhl will be named as the Honorary Alumnus and Sue Ramsey will be honored with the Dr. Glenn L. Clayton Award.
The Athletic Hall of Fame induction brunch also will be held at 9 a.m. on Oct. 2. Alumni being inducted will include Vince Barr, basketball/baseball (Class of 1947); Dusty Cover, track and field (Class of 1997); Jamie Detillion, baseball (Class of 2000); Sunny Litteral Jones, softball (Class of 2000); Cory Kline, wrestling (Class of 2000, 2007); and Mark Hamilton, who will be recognized with the Eagle Forever Award. Tickets for the event are $15. For reservation, contact Rachel Bixler at 419-289-5954 or email@example.com.
An alumni and friends pre-game tailgate party will be held at the rear of Buffalo Wild Wings parking lot starting at 10 a.m. on Oct. 2. This will be followed by the Pizza, Pizza, Pizza Fan Fest for alumni and family in the open area beside Amstutz Hall near Broad Street at 11:30 a.m., with many Ashland pizzerias going head-to-head serving your favorite pizza. This celebration will include cotton candy, bounce houses and give-a-ways.
Please note that Broad Street between Jefferson Street and Moss Hill will be closed from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. because of the activity in that area.
Kickoff of the football game with the Eagles taking on Northwood University at Jack Miller Stadium is set for 1 p.m.
Little Eagle Day, sponsored by the Alumni Office and the Department of Recreational Services, will be held from 3 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 2. This will provide alumni the opportunity to bring children ages 4 to 12 to the Rec Center for age-appropriate activities including swimming, climbing wall and various sports. The day will include a pizza party and conclude with a “Dive-in Movie” at the pool. The cost is $25 per child and for information, contact 419-289-5440.
Following the game, the public is invited to attend the 28th annual Purple Eagle Silent Auction & Raffle from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Upper Convocation Center. This popular event will feature more than 100 items on which bids will be taken as well as a raffle for a 55-inch television and two Ohio State vs. Michigan tickets. Raffle tickets are available from the Alumni Office at Ashland University and during the Ashland University football game. The drawing for the raffle will take place at 4:45 p.m. Proceeds from this year’s auction will support the Legacy Scholarship Fund, the Annual Fund and the Alumni House Project.
At 8 p.m., the All-Alumni Party will be held at O’Bryan’s Pub, while at 9 p.m., the CAB Homecoming Dance for students will be held in Redwood Hall.
Those interested in further information about Homecoming activities may contact the Ashland University Alumni and Parent Relations Office at (419) 289-5082 or toll-free at 1-866-GO-TUFFY or check out www.ashlandspace.com.
Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.