(BLOOMINGTON) - Indiana University is inviting everyone to attend this "Rocktober Fest: Homecoming 2011" this week in Bloomington.
The week offers a full plate of activities, including the Hoosier Village tailgate before Saturday's game and the Friday night's 53rd annual Homecoming parade starting at 7 p.m.
The parade begins at the intersection of Jordan Avenue and Third Street, travels west down Third Street to Indiana Avenue, where it turns north, concluding at the Sample Gates.
Serving as grand marshal will be Todd Rundgren, an accomplished musician and record producer. Rundgren is no stranger to IU. In the fall of 2010, he was the Class of 1963 Wells Scholars Professor, teaching a seminar for Wells Scholars and Hutton Honors students at IU Bloomington.
After the parade, a pep rally at the Sample Gates helps to cheer the Hoosiers to a Homecoming victory. The pep rally, which includes fireworks, will feature IU Athletics Director Fred Glass, cheerleaders, the Marching Hundred and more.
On Saturday (Oct. 29), fans will be able to get their Hoosier spirit going early on game day with a Homecoming tailgate party at Hoosier Village. The tailgate runs from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and will feature tailgate food along with activities and games for all ages, a live pregame radio show with the IU Football Radio Network, performances by the IU cheerleaders and the Marching Hundred and plenty of Hoosier spirit to get fired up for the big game.
Tailgate tickets are $15 for IU Alumni Association members and $20 for nonmembers. Children ages 3-12 are $8, and those 2 or younger are free. Advance tickets can be purchased by calling the IU Alumni Association at 812-855-7352.
Homecoming culminates as the IU football team takes on the Northwestern Wildcats at noon at Memorial Stadium. During pregame and halftime ceremonies, the 2011 Homecoming king and queen will be introduced, the Marching Hundred alumni band and alumnae Red Steppers will perform, and 50-year I-Men will be honored. Tickets for the Homecoming football game may be purchased by calling 866-IUSPORTS.
Other Homecoming events are:
Tuesday (Oct. 25), by appointment, the Coach Hep Cancer Challenge Blood Drive (part of the annual IU Blood Donor Challenge) will be held at the DeVault Alumni Center, 1000 E. 17th St., across from Assembly Hall. To make an appointment to donate blood, visit alumni.indiana.edu/together/homecoming and click on the "Coach Hep Cancer Challenge Blood Drive" link in the schedule.
Thursday (Oct. 27), all day: During IU Spirit Day, prizes will be given to students spotted wearing IU apparel on campus.
Thursday (Oct. 27), 7:30 p.m.: IU's Got Talent spirit competition in the Indiana Memorial Union's Alumni Hall.
For a complete schedule of Homecoming events, visit alumni.indiana.edu/together/homecoming/events.html
Homecoming events are sponsored by the IU Alumni Association and the Student Alumni Association. One of the largest and most active student organizations at IU Bloomington, the SAA also sponsors student leadership initiatives and events such as Networking Nights, LeaderShape IU and business-etiquette programs. For more information, visit alumni.indiana.edu/affiliates/student
The IU Alumni Association is dedicated to serving the university and its diverse alumni, students and friends. As one of the nation's largest alumni organizations, serving more than 550,000 graduates worldwide, the IUAA provides many programs and services to its members, nonmember alumni and the university. For more information, visit alumni.indiana.edu or call 800-824-3044.
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