Everyone Is a Wildcat for Homecoming

OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University students, alumni and community members are all invited for a busy week of homecoming activities that begin Oct. 7 at 8:30 p.m. with a free showing of “Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon” in the Stewart Stadium, and end in the same place on Oct. 15 with a football game and fireworks.

This year’s theme, “Homecoming 2011: A Wildcat Tradition,” emphasizes the many events the campus community has come to enjoy, including the 32nd annual lighting of the “W” on the mountainside east of campus.

“We want to make sure there is something for everyone, and everyone feels welcome because Weber State’s alumni and students are such an integral part of the community,” said Nancy Collinwood, director of Student Involvement and Leadership. “This is a chance for everyone to come together to celebrate the university’s vibrant legacy of academics and athletics.”

Football team members with WSU head coach Ron McBride will outline game plans and answer questions at the Wildcat Pep Rally, which begins Oct. 10 at 6 p.m. at The Junction on 23rd Street and Kiesel Avenue. The event includes entertainment, an inflatable jumping toy, live music and discounts from local merchants.

Homecoming features lots of music at a variety of concerts. The popular hip-hop group Far East Movement will perform Oct. 12 at 8 p.m. in the Dee Event Center. The group released its debut album, “Free Wired,” last October, and the hit song “Like A G6” spent three weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100 list. Concert tickets are $20 floor seats/$15 General Admission/$10 with a Wildcard ID and are available at weberstatetickets.com or by calling 801-WSU-TIKS.

A former WSU football player will also take the stage – the opera stage. Ta’u Pupu’a attended WSU on a football scholarship and was drafted by the NFL’s Cleveland Browns in 1995. When an injury sidelined him, he decided to pursue his musical passion and was accepted at the prestigious Juilliard School. He made his professional opera debut with San Francisco Opera in 2011.

Pupu’a will perform Oct. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Val A. Browning Center Austad Auditorium. Tickets are available for $10 at weberstatetickets.com or by calling 1-800-WSU-TIKS. Pupu’a then returns to the football field to sing the national anthem Oct. 15 at 4 p.m. at the Homecoming game when the Wildcats face the Idaho State Bengals.

Fans can get an early start on game day with the Young Alumni 5K/Kids run at Stewart Stadium, beginning at 8 a.m. The $20 registration form is available at http://alumni.weber.edu/yac5k.  The free pre-game carnival gets started at 2 p.m. in the lot north of Stewart Stadium. Post-game fireworks cap a week of activities all planned to honor and enrich Weber State traditions.

For a complete list of 2011 homecoming activities, check weber.edu/homecoming.

Visit weber.edu/wsutoday for more news about Weber State University.

Contact:

Nancy Collinwood, director of Student Involvement and Leadership
801-626-6349 • ncollinwood@weber.edu

Author:

Allison Barlow Hess, director of Public Relations
801-626-7948 • ahess@weber.edu