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Homecoming & Family Weekend: Thursday and Friday

October 7, 2013

Colorado State University shows what it means to be a stalwart Ram with this year's Homecoming and Family Weekend, a tradition that invites students, employees, alumni and community members of all ages to join in on the fun.

Three-time alumna serves as parade grand marshal

Dorothy Horrell, chair of the Board of Governors of the Colorado State University System, will serve as Grand Marshal of the 2013 Colorado State University Homecoming parade, set for Friday, Oct. 11 in Fort Collins. Fort Collins and campus community members are invited to cheer on CSU as the parade marches through Old Town Fort Collins en route to campus.

Horrell, who has a distinguished career in higher education that spans nearly three decades, served as president of the Community Colleges of  Colorado and president of Red Rocks Community College in Lakewood prior to becoming the CSU System chair. She also served as the president of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation. Horrell is from Holyoke, Colo., and attended CSU for her bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate.

Variety of events

This year’s Homecoming celebration will highlight events, including a mentalist, the Distinguished Alumni Awards Banquet, Festival on the Oval, the parade, pep rally, bonfire, and fireworks, a volleyball match against Utah State, annual Homecoming 5K Race, an open house at the Durrell Center, the debut of official CSU tartan plaid merchandise and the CSU football game against San Jose State.

In this mind-blowing event, mentalist Christopher Carter will read his audience members’ minds and create illusions. The event is set for 7 p.m. Oct. 9 in the Lory Student Center North Ballroom on campus. The event is free and a ticket is not necessary. The event is sponsored by ASAP.

Thursday events

The Distinguished Alumni Awards Banquet recognizes CSU alumni who have distinguished themselves professionally and have made contributions to the university through their time or philanthropy. The reception will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10 at the Embassy Suites in Loveland, 4705 Clydesdale Parkway. Registration is required for the event; information can be found online.

CSU Ram volleyball will take on Utah State at 7 p.m. Oct. 10 at Moby Arena. Purchase tickets.

Friday events

Festival on the Oval will kick off the weekend at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11 on the University’s historic Oval. Alumni, students, parents, families and community members are all invited to enjoy music by Better than Bacon, local food, a beer garden, inflatable activities and share in the fun before watching the parade from the best seats in town.

The Homecoming parade will begin at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, at the intersection of Howes Street and Oak Street 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. View a map of the parade route.

The pep rally, bonfire, fireworks and lighting of the ‘A’ will begin on the Lory Student Center West Lawn after the culmination of the Homecoming Parade. The event is free and open to the public.

More events

View Saturday events.

View a complete list of events.

The University Center for the Arts also is offering a variety of concerts and performances throughout the weekend.