UNH Alumni Association
UNH Welcomes All to Homecoming Oct. 10-13
By Maggie Paine
UNH Alumni Association
Oct. 1, 2002
DURHAM, N.H. -- UNH will welcome alumni, parents and friends to Durham for Homecoming, Oct. 10‚13, 2002. The weekend will be packed with a wide range of events designed to please both young and old.
New this year is Celebrate New Hampshire, an old-fashioned New England fair, on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sponsored by the UNH Alumni Association, the fair will be held under the tent in Lot H, next to New Hampshire Hall, at the corner of Main Street and Edgewood Road. The fair will feature more than 30 booths of New Hampshire-made products and arts and crafts, presented in partnership with New Hampshire Stories, an organization that promotes the people, products and services of New Hampshire.
The event will offer free luncheon food with a New England theme (maple-syrup-glazed ham, baked beans, clam chowder, Maine potato salad, hamburgers and hotdogs, and apple crisp). There will also be live music and children's activities. In case of rain, the fair will be held in New Hampshire Hall. After the football game, the Alumni Association will host the 5th Quarter, a post-game reception with free refreshments, under the tent in Lot H.
The weekend's festivities kick off on Thursday night with a free performance by Baba, a DJ who plays with his own hip-hop band, in the Strafford Room of the Memorial Union Building (MUB) at 9 p.m.
Friday night, the Blue and White parade will begin on Main Street at 5 p.m. and will proceed to the Field House. The UNH women's volleyball game will begin at the Field House at 6 p.m., followed by a pep rally featuring UNH student a capella groups, the UNH football and women's volleyball teams, and the cheerleading team. There also will be a fireworks display in Cowell Stadium at 8:30 p.m. In addition, the women's ice hockey team will play the University of Vermont at 7 p.m. in the Whittemore Center. At 10 p.m., rock 'n roll comedian Craig Carmean will perform in the MUB's Granite State Room.
Saturday kicks off with a 5K road race, sponsored by Campus Recreation, at 9 a.m. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Whittemore Recreation Center. Runners can register beforehand by stopping by the front desk at the recreation center or by visiting http://campusrec.unh.edu/events/5krace.html. Cost is $10 before Oct. 9, $12 after Oct. 9. Free T-shirts will be presented to the first 250 registrants. A fun run will be held for children ages 7 and under. Admission is a can of non-perishable food. Also on Saturday, alumni of the swim team are invited to participate in a meet at 9 a.m. in the Field House. Campus Recreation will also host a men's lacrosse alumni game, to be held on the new artificial turf field on Upper Field, at 10 a.m.
Also on Saturday, traditional and non-alcoholic tailgating will take place in Boulder Field and Lot A, respectively, from 9:30 a.m. to noon. The fee is $5 per vehicle, and participants must have a ticket to the football game. There will be special reunions for alumni of the swim team and men's and women's crew teams in Upper Field, and reunions for mechanical and electrical and computer engineering alumni in Boulder Field. The football game vs. the University of Richmond will kick off at noon in Cowell Stadium. Game tickets are $12 and $10 and may be obtained by visiting the athletics Ticketmaster Web site http://www.tickemaster.com/, or from the ticket office on the day of the game. Rounding off Saturday's events will be a performance by comedian Michael Winslow (a star of the Police Academy movies) at 10 p.m. in the Granite State Room.
On Sunday, Campus Recreation will host the Parent-Alumni Sailing Regatta at Mendum's Pond in Barrington at 10 a.m. The women's rugby team will compete at noon on outer field, beyond the football practice fields. At 1 p.m., the women's field hockey team will take on Albany at Memorial Field, and at 2 p.m., the men's soccer team will play Albany at Lewis Field. The volleyball team will compete against Stony Brook in Lundholm Gymnasium at 4 p.m.