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'Get Your Green On' - Homecoming & Family Weekend 2011

September 29, 2011

Colorado State University invites students, alumni, parents, friends and the larger community to celebrate Homecoming and Family Weekend in Fort Collins Sept. 29-Oct. 2.

homecoming paradeThe weekend kicks off with the Distinguished Alumni Awards Banquet, gathers for the annual Reunion on the Oval, strides through the town in the Parade led by Grand Marshal Joe Blake and shows off Ram pride as CSU takes on the San Jose State Spartans.  With a plethora of activities, Ram fans will surely have plenty to do.

Distinguished Alumni Awards

Seventeen notable alumni will be celebrated at this year’s Distinguished Alumni Awards Banquet, a new addition to the traditional Homecoming and Family Weekend festivities. The alumni, nominated by their peers, have distinguished themselves professionally and have made contributions to the university through their time or philanthropy. The reception will be held at 5 p.m. this evening, Sept. 29, at the Embassy Suites in Loveland.

The CSU Marching Band at the Homecoming ParadeFriday festivities start at 3 p.m. on the Oval

Traditional Homecoming celebrations begin at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, with the Reunion on the Oval in the historic heart of campus. Festivities start on the Oval before the parade begins with entertainment by the Opie Gone Bad, carnival games and food. The Cupcake Cruiser will also be on hand selling cupcakes.The event is free and open to the public.

Following the Reunion on the Oval will be the traditional Homecoming Parade beginning at 4:30 p.m. The theme of this year’s parade, “Get Your Green On,” will feature CSU System Chancellor Joe Blake as the grand marshal.

Other Homecoming and Family Weekend highlights include the Homecoming 5K Race, Ram Town, the Homecoming tailgate the Homecoming football game between the CSU Rams and the San Jose State Spartans. Many other activities, including a variety of campus tours, open houses, class reunions and parent and family programs, will be held throughout the weekend.

90-minute parade ends where pep rally begins

The parade will begin at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30 at the intersection of Howes Street and Oak in downtown Fort Collins and will end at the intersection of Meridian Avenue and University Avenue. The 90-minute parade will feature CAM the Ram, the CSU Marching Band and a wide variety of student and community organizations. For a map of the parade route, visit

Pep rally and bonfire

Bonfire and fireworks at CSU's HomecomingThe 90-minute parade will be followed by the annual pep rally, including the lighting of the "A," fireworks and bonfire. The Colorado State Forest Service, with the help of CSU students and CSFS volunteers, will again provide the wood for the bonfire. Like last year, the bonfire will be fueled by a combination of pine and Douglas-fir “slash” from CSFS projects that focus on removing beetle-kill trees, mitigating fire risk and improving forest health.

The use of slash is a greener alternative than burning pallets, because slash has little value in a material sense, so burning it this way is a useful way to deal with smaller sticks and branches that remain after forest management activities.

Annual 5K race

Runners will take their marks at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, to start the annual CSU Homecoming and Family Weekend 5k. The starting point will be on the university’s Oval.The 31st annual race involves a flat course throughout campus for serious and novice runners and walkers as well as a Kids Fun Run, led by Cam the Ram. The children’s run is part of the Healthy Kids Run Series sponsored by Poudre Valley Hospital’s Healthy Kids Club.

Registration is available online at the website. Registration is available for $25 until 3:45 p.m. today, Sept. 29, when online registration closes. Race-day registration in person is available for $30. Registration includes a long-sleeved T-shirt.

Hughes Stadium the place to be Saturday morning and afternoon

Cheer on the Rams at the Homecoming football game!Homecoming continues at Hughes Stadium with Ram Town beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Join Ram fans, your friends, and neighbors at Ram Town - with new grass surfaces, trees, and walkways. Located just east of the team tunnel entrance, Ram Town features interactive play areas for kids, food and beverage concessions, and an opportunity to get your picture taken with CAM the Ram. Ram Town is free and open to the public.

Before cheering on the Rams Saturday at 2 p.m., enjoy tailgate fare, music and Ram pride at the Homecoming and Family Weekend Tailgate. Registration is required for the tailgate and includes chopped pork or pulled chicken sandwich, sides, dessert, and non-alcoholic beverage. Cash bar available. The tailgate fee is $10 for members of the Alumni Association and $15 for nonmembers.

For additional information or to register for events, visit Homecoming and Family Weekend.

Ram Quest for CSU's HomecomingRam Quest: Go Green at Homecoming & Family Weekend

Grab a camera when you head out to Homecoming & Family Weekend activities for Ram Quest: Go Green at Homecoming & Family Weekend. Here is the scoop on how you could win the I’m Proud to Be a CSU Ram prize pack:

  1. Snap a photo of how you “Got Your Green On” at this year’s Homecoming & Family Weekend. Need ideas? Take a photo of you at the parade, Reunion on the Oval, pep rally/bonfire, 5k race, Homecoming football game or any of the other Homecoming activities.
  2. Submit your photo to the Ram Quest contest tab on CSU’s Facebook page. The tab will be on the left side of the screen.
  3. Everyone who submits a photo will be placed in a drawing for the I’m Proud to Be a CSU Ram prize pack that includes CSU t-shirts and other cool Rammie items.
  4. The first five people to submit their photos will win a CAM the Ram bobblehead.
  5. This drawing is open to all CSU Rams.
  6. Submit your photo by midnight on Oct. 4, 2011.

About Ram Quest

What is Ram Quest? Periodic challenges and adventures via CSU’s Facebook page that take Rams across campus for the chance to win sweet CSU gear while exploring CSU’s campus and history.

Contact: Jennifer Dimas
Phone: (970) 491-1543