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FAU to Celebrate ‘Owl Prowl’ Homecoming 2008

BOCA RATON, FL (October 24, 2008) – Florida Atlantic University will celebrate “Owl Prowl,” FAU’s Homecoming Week, from Sunday, November 2 through Sunday, November 9 on FAU’s Boca Raton, Broward and Jupiter campuses.

“Homecoming continues to get bigger and better every year by building on traditions and creating new traditions,” said Michelle Perkins, associate director for student activities in the department of student affairs at FAU. “We are excited to see the FAU community and beyond get involved with all aspects of Homecoming. This is an opportunity to celebrate and share in the Owl spirit.”

The Homecoming Week schedule of events for the Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road, is as follows:

Sunday, November 2

Fun Run & Campus Clean-Up  
9 a.m. in the Breezeway

The Fun Run is a 5K run around campus that will start and end at the track stadium. Following the Fun Run is a Campus Clean-Up, where participants will compete to see who can pick up the most trash around campus. Students can enter both events as a club or individual competition.

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Wednesday, November 5

Talon Awards
6:30 p.m. at the Marleen and Harold Forkas Alumni Center

The Talon Awards are given by the Florida Atlantic University Alumni Association to select individuals who demonstrate service and leadership to FAU and the community. An award will be given to one student, one alumna, one faculty member and one community member. A reception in the new Marleen and Harold Forkas Alumni Center will follow the award’s ceremony.

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Men’s Basketball Game vs. Lynn University
7 p.m. in the FAU Arena

The FAU men’s basketball team will kick off its season with an exhibition game against Division II neighbor Lynn University.   Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for senior citizens and children. FAU students get in free with their Owl card.

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Thursday, November 6
Homecoming Parade
**Broward, Jupiter & Treasure Coast campuses included
5:30 p.m.

The second annual Homecoming Parade will begin in Lot 7 north of the Barry Kaye College of Business and travel west on Lee Street, ending in Lot 15 by the FAU Arena on Broward Avenue. The parade will feature local middle and high school marching bands, along with accompanying floats from various FAU student organizations, athletics, departments and FAU President Frank T. Brogan’s executive committee. FAU benefactors Marleen and Harold Forkas will be the grand marshals of the parade.

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FAU Greek Alumni Homecoming Networking Social
6 to 8 p.m. at the Marleen and Harold Forkas Alumni Center

The Florida Atlantic University National Alumni Association’s Greek Alumni Constituency Group is hosting an “FAU Greek Alumni Homecoming Networking Social” for all FAU alumni that were members of Greek fraternities and sororities.   The event will offer Greek alumni a chance to mingle with old friends, make new ones, come “home” to their new alumni center, as well as network and develop contacts.  

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Comedy Show featuring Mike Epps, Brandon T. Jackson and Dean Edwards
8 p.m. at FAU’s Carole and Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium

Mike Epps has generated quite a buzz among his peers and within the industry for being one of the funniest comedic actors to emerge into the Hollywood scene. Epps has been featured in films such as “All About Benjamins,” “Next Friday,” “Bait,” “How High,” “Resident Evil: Apocalypse and Extinction,” “Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins” and   many others. Brandon T. Jackson has most notably been featured in “House of Grimm,” “Envy” and “Roll Bounce.” Dean Edwards has made regular appearances on “Saturday Night Live,” as well as a small role in “Spiderman 3.” Tickets are free for students, $16.50 in advance for the general public and $21.50 the day of the performance.

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Friday, November 7

Fall Family Fest  
**Broward, Jupiter & Treasure Coast campuses included
5   to 8 p.m. at the Housing Lawn

Fall Family Fest is a fun-filled, carnival-themed event with music, games and prizes, a bounce hounce, face painting, balloon art, and free food. The Homecoming bonfire will take place at 8 p.m., celebrating the anticipation of FAU’s football game against the University of North Texas Mean Green, scheduled to take place on Saturday, November 8.

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Saturday, November 8

FAU vs. North Texas Football Game
4 p.m. at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale

Come watch the FAU Owls as they take on the Mean Green of the University of North Texas. A free student tailgate will begin at 1 p.m. There will be food, face painting and a photo booth. The Homecoming King and Queen will be crowned during halftime of the game. Tickets in the “Crunch Zone” are $12 for adults, and $10 for children and seniors. Tickets on the sidelines are $25. FAU students get in free with their Owl card.

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The Homecoming Week schedule of events for the Broward campus, 2912 College Avenue, is as follows:

Monday, November 3 from 4 to 6 p.m. and Wednesday, November 5, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
FAU Spirit Day
College
Plaza, Downtown – Fort Lauderdale Campus

Florida Atlantic University’s Broward campus will celebrate Homecoming 2008 with multiple spirit days that will include food, fun and an assortment of games for FAU students, faculty and staff.

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Monday November 3 and Tuesday, November 4
Game Challenge
Nov. 3: Downtown Fort Lauderdale Campus – Student Activities Center: 5 to 9 p.m.
Nov. 4: Sea Tech Campus – Patio: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Both campuses will host a video and board game challenge that will have faculty, staff and students going head-to-head competing for prizes.

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The Homecoming Week schedule of events for FAU’s Jupiter campus, 5353 Parkside Drive, is as follows:

Sunday, November 2 – Sunday, November 9
Food Drive
Drop-off Location in The Burrow

Students and staff can donate canned and other non-perishable food items to the needy in the local community. Donations will be given to the Quantum House Foundation. 

The following are the designated spirit days:

November 3 : Wear blue
November 4 : Wear red, white and blue
November 5 : WEAR red
November 6 : Wear FAU gear
November 7 : Crazy Hat Day

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Sunday, November 2
InOWLgural Homecoming MacArthur Campus Disc Golf Tournament Starting on Hole 1
4 p.m.

Kick-off Homecoming with a friendly game of Disc-Golf. In celebration of the completion of the FAU Jupiter campus’ 18-Hole Disc golf course, FAU Jupiter will begin a new tradition with a Homecoming Disc Golf Tournament. The event is open to all students, staff and faculty.  

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Campus Beautification Service Project
6 p.m. in The Burrow

In celebration of Homecoming, the Jupiter campus invites students, faculty and staff to help decorate the dining hall, SR Atrium, HC Atrium and the Burrow, as well as clean up the Housing courtyard, parking lots and the campus butterfly garden as part of the campus beautification service project.

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Monday, November 3
Wear Blue Spirit Day & Homecoming CarnivOwl
3 to 7 p.m.

The Jupiter Campus carnival is a tradition that the whole family can enjoy. Featuring inflatable games, carnival food and music, this program is coordinated each year with the MacArthur Program Board and takes place on the Recreation Field behind the SR building. Clubs on-campus contribute to the feel of the event by having various craft and game tables.

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Tuesday, November 4

Election Day Watch Party
7 p.m. at The Burrow

In recognition of Election Day, a watch party will be hosted in the Burrow so that students, staff and faculty, as well as members of the community can watch the results of the 2008 presidential election. Food, games and giveaways will contribute to this Election Day party.

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Wednesday, November 5
Golf Cart Parade & Ice Cream Social
2 p.m.

The second annual Golf Cart Parade will take participants through the FAU Jupiter and Abacoa community. Golf carts on-campus will be provided to student groups and campus departments to decorate. Submissions to the parade will be judged on the following: decorations, display of school spirit, use of the Homecoming theme, creativity and any costumes worn related to the theme. Following the parade, participants and parade followers will be treated to ice cream in the Burrow. Submissions for participation in the Golf Cart Parade must be turned in by Wednesday, October 29.

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Wear Red Spirit Day & Door Decoration Judging
Various locations on the Jupiter campus

The FAU Jupiter campus is asking all faculty and staff to show their Homecoming spirit and decorate the doors of their office. Anyone who wishes to participate in this contest must register by November 3. Doors will be judged on November 5.
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The Homecoming Week schedule of events for the Treasure Coast campus, 500 NW California Blvd., is as follows:

Tuesday, November 4
Carnival at the St. Lucie Building
4 to 8 p.m.

The Carnival will feature a live DJ, free chicken dinner, inflatable fun, a dunk tank with Treasure Coast campus professors, henna tattoo artist, and other games and prizes.

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Wednesday, November 5
‘Faces of the Future’ in the Classroom and Office Courtyard
1 to 5 p.m.

Students have the chance to get their picture taken to become part of massive collage of faces that will be displayed on the FAU Treasure Coast’s new academic building beginning in the spring.

For more information, contact Michelle Perkins at 561-297-3735, mperkins@fau.edu or visit www.fau.edu/homecoming.

-FAU-

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