Homecoming offers classic traditions and fun stuff for all

There’s something for everyone during the University of Oregon’s Oct. 20-22 homecoming.

The theme is “Where spirit meets tradition” and the weekend promises plenty of spirited activities along with time-honored customs. Students, alumni, faculty members and staff are encouraged to attend, as well as the entire Eugene-Springfield community.

Catch the main event on the Erb Memorial Union Green Friday, Oct. 20, at 3:30 p.m. when President Karl Scholz and the Duck kick off a pep rally featuring the Oregon Marching Band and the UO cheer team. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to shout, plus you could win a T-shirt or a gift card for the Duck store. The rally will be followed by bingo and more prizes.

Want a head start on the festivities? At noon Friday, get yourself to Riverfront Park for “Run, Walk and Roll with the Duck,” a 5K event that’s been a university tradition since 2010. The trek around our famed Willamette River trails is free for those who preregister.

If you need a jolt before the 5K or just to start your day, assistant chemistry professor Chris Hendon, AKA Dr. Coffee, will be offering free espresso in Willamette Hall at 11 a.m. Get schooled on the art and science of brewing the ubiquitous bean while sipping a free 3-ounce cup.

Friday also features events focusing on Duck success, during and after college. Students can learn about scholarship opportunities from faculty members as well as alumni who were awarded scholarships at a 2 p.m. reception on the south lawn of the Living Learning Center. From 4:30 to 6 p.m. the Lundquist College of Business will be hosting an open house with networking and light refreshments for college alumni and friends.

Cap off the first day of homecoming with a concert by the combined forces of the Oregon Wind Ensemble and Oregon Wind Symphony at 7:30 p.m. The Beall Hall event is free for students and general admission tickets are $10.

The classes of 2013 and 2014 will be celebrating their 10th reunions, and Fall Family Weekend offers activities for Duck families, including classes at the craft center, visits to UO museums, admission to the Student Recreation Center, and opportunities to experience university classes.

Finally, throughout the weekend (or as long as the ducks last), you can join the scavenger hunt in the EMU. Find a duck and bring it to the main information desk for a prize.

There’s also a football game Saturday. Wear green. And Go Ducks!

By Ed Dorsch, University Communications
—Top photo: Posing for photos with the Duck at Homecoming last year