Come on home!
Close to 1,000 Rowan University students will be glowing — literally — as part of Homecoming 2012 when they take part in the University’s first Homecoming RoGlow Paint Party, on Friday, Oct. 26, from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. on the grounds of the South Jersey Technology Park/West Campus.
Under a tent, they’ll be garbed in all-white clothes and armed and ready to splat their classmates with a Crayola stream of glow-in-the-dark colors during RoGlow, which will fuse high-energy music provided by DJ Brinka, dance and paint.
While RoGlow may be the brightest event during Homecoming Week, it will be far from the only exciting activity. This year, departments across campus — including Alumni Relations, Student Activities and Athletics, have scheduled more than a dozen events for students, alumni, faculty and staff, and friends and neighbors, many of them free of charge.
Among the other highlights of the Oct. 22 to Oct. 28 Homecoming Week are:
The Homecoming Intramural Battleship will launch on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 9 p.m., in the Recreation Center Pool, during which students will compete to be the last canoe afloat by pouring water from the pool into other canoes in an attempt to sink them.
Celebrating 50 years as alumni will be the Class of 1962 during its Cocktail Party/Ribbon Cutting, on Friday, Oct. 26, from 6 to 9 p.m. in Shpeen Hall, off State Street. The Class of 1962 will mark five decades since graduation with the dedication of the Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Center for Alumni Engagement in Shpeen Hall.
The community is invited to the B&N Brown and Gold Block Party, on Friday, Oct. 26, from 8:30 to 11 p.m. at Barnes & Noble on Rowan Boulevard. The evening will feature a DJ, food, book signings and more.
Traditional Homecoming events will dominate Saturday, Oct. 27, when Rowan holds its annual Homecoming Parade, starting at 10 a.m., and traveling from the Bunce Hall Circle and through town before ending at Parking Lot D off Bowe Boulevard. The grand marshal of this year’s parade is Miss New Jersey and 2011 Rowan graduate Lindsey Petrosh.
Following will be the Homecoming Picnic — Welcome Home Alumni, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. under the tent by Coach Richard Wackar Stadium. As always, the picnic will feature a wide array of food and an opportunity to reconnect with fellow alumni and faculty and staff.
The Profs will compete against Morrisville State University in the Homecoming Football Game at 1:30 p.m. in Coach Richard Wackar Stadium. Miss New Jersey will sing the National Anthem, and at halftime the University will honor members of the 1960 football team.
At 5:30 p.m., Rowan will host the Harley E. Flack 20th Anniversary Ceremony under the tent by Coach Richard Wackar Stadium. The ceremony will honor past and present mentoring program participants and key university community members who have made 20 years of the Dr. Harley E. Flack Student Mentoring program possible.
On Sunday, Oct. 28, there will be another opportunity for Rowan to show its athletic pride with the dedication of the new Shirley O’Day/Joy Solomen GSC/ Rowan Athletic Hall of Fame at 1 p.m. in the Eynon Ballroom of the Chamberlain Student Center. This year’s inductees include the 2002 championship field hockey team and the 1980-84 track and field teams.
“Homecoming Week is about our students, our alumni and our community,” said Kathy Rozanski, director of Alumni Relations. “There’s so much going on at Rowan that this is a particularly special time to welcome back our alumni and open events up to our friends and neighbors. It’s going to be an exciting week.
For a complete schedule of Homecoming Week events, visit www.rowan.edu/homecoming. To register for events, call the Alumni Relations Office at 856-256-5400.