Homecoming 2011: Get into a 'Seminole State Of Mind'
Homecoming at Florida State University has always been an exciting time for returning alumni to join current students in celebration of an extraordinary institution and its unconquered spirit. Homecoming 2011 aims to keep that spirited tradition alive and well.
This year, the weeklong slate of Homecoming events will begin with a community service-themed 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, Nov. 13, and culminate on Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Homecoming game when the Florida State Seminoles take on the University of Virginia Cavaliers at Doak Campbell Stadium. (A kickoff time announcement is expected by Nov. 13.)
"Seminole State of Mind" is the Homecoming 2011 theme. Among the Homecoming Week highlights:
As always, game day is preceded by Friday afternoon's Homecoming Parade (view the route map here), which is scheduled to start rolling at 2 p.m. on Nov. 18. Everyone is invited to watch the parade's customary colorful array of floats from more than 100 campus organizations and community groups. On hand will be Osceola and Renegade, FSU cheerleaders, the Marching Chiefs, and the candidates for Homecoming Chief and Princess.
This year's Parade Grand Marshal, Gene Deckerhoff, is instantly recognizable to sports fans statewide. He has been calling FSU football games since 1979 and FSU basketball games since 1974, and is one of only four announcers ever inducted into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame. Joining Deckerhoff will be the parade's 2011 Faculty Marshal — FSU School of Dance Artist-in-Residence, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar. The university's 2011-2012 Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor, Zollar is a celebrated choreographer and the founding and artistic director of internationally renowned New York dance company Urban Bush Women.
On game day, the Alumni Association will bestow a plethora of awards on an esteemed group of individuals at its annual Homecoming Awards Breakfast. The Nov. 19 breakfast will be held in the Alumni Center Grand Ballroom (1030 W. Tennessee St., Tallahassee). Doors open at 8:30 a.m., and the awards program will commence at 9. Tickets are required ($15 per person) and must be purchased in advance by Thursday, Nov. 10. To purchase tickets online, visit the Alumni Association website. For additional information and assistance, contact Whitney Powers of the Alumni Association, (850) 645-9530 or email@example.com.
For a complete schedule of student-led events, click here. For the names and contact information of the event leaders, click here, or contact Allison Black, FSU's staff adviser for student Homecoming events, at (850) 645-7364 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a map of the FSU campus, click here.
For more information on Homecoming, contact Allison Black, staff adviser for Homecoming events, at (850) 645-7364 or email@example.com; Whitney Powers of the FSU Alumni Association at (850) 645-9530 or firstname.lastname@example.org; or the Student Homecoming Executive Council at 850) 644-9166 or email@example.com.