Baylor Homecoming Celebration Nov. 10-14

Nov. 2, 1999

More than 25,000 alumni and their families are expected to travel to Waco as Baylor University celebrates its annual Homecoming Nov. 10-14, with a a variety of special events sponsored by the Baylor Chamber of Commerce and the Alumni Association.

Baylor has celebrated Homecoming since 1909. The parade, which is believed to be the nation's largest collegiate homecoming parade, will be accompanied by a bonfire, football game, musical variety shows, numerous class reunions and the premiere of "A Most Significant Journey," a high-definiton video documentary chronicling Homecoming Week at Baylor.

Pigskin Revue, another Baylor tradition, will showcase award-winning student acts from the 1998 All-University Sing Thursday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m., Friday at 7 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. and Saturday at 7 p.m. in Waco Hall. Tickets are $10 for students and $12 for non-students and can be purchased at the Bill Daniel Student Center ticket office.

Dr. Ralph Lynn, retired professor of history at Baylor; June Osborne, local author and bird expert; Cody Carlson, former Baylor quarterback; and Dr. Patricia Ward Wallace, professor of history at Baylor, will be available to sign their books at the Hughes Alumni Center from 2 to 3 p.m. on Nov. 12. The Baylor Alumni Association will hold its annual meeting at 3:30 p.m. in Jones Theater of the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center.

Many class reunion meetings will be held over the weekend to further encourage people to visit the center. For more information on reunion meetings or dinners, contact the Baylor Alumni Association at (254) 710-1121.

"Singspiration," an old-fashioned sing-along, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church of Waco. Ron Bowles, a '74 Baylor graduate and presently the minister of music at First Baptist Church of El Paso, will lead the singing.

Later Friday night, thousands of alumni and students will prepare the football team for a victory over the University of Colorado at the annual pep rally and bonfire at 9 p.m. The pep rally will be held at the Sub Bowl and the bonfire will be held at Fountain Mall, between Marrs-McLean Science Building and Sid Richardson. Baylor President Robert B. Sloan Jr. and head football coach Kevin Steele will speak.

The nation's oldest and largest homecoming parade will begin its procession at 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, on Austin Avenue in downtown Waco. Baylor Chamber members expect to have more than 150 entries from campus-wide organizations and about 40,000 people in attendance, including the Waco community.

Two hours before the big game, Snickers Touchdown Alley, at the south end of Floyd Casey Stadium, will be open for football fans to enjoy live music, food and games for children.

The scheduled match-up between the Baylor Bears and the Colorado Buffaloes is at 1 p.m. at Floyd Casey Stadium. Contact the athletic department ticket office at (254) 710-1000 or 1-800-BAYLOR-U, Ext. 7, for the latest information and to purchase tickets.

The Baylor women's volleyball team will host Kansas at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Ferrell Special Events Center.

Extravaganza, the fourth on-campus dance at Baylor, begins at 8 p.m. Saturday. Essential recording artist, Plumb, will be the featured performer. Tickets are $7 at the gate or $5 in advance. Call the Baylor Chamber of Commerce at (254) 710-3322 to purchase tickets.

There will be a special homecoming worship service at 9 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 14, at Seventh & James Baptist Church. President Sloan will deliver the message, and administrators and alumni will lead worship.

For more information about homecoming week activities, call the Baylor Alumni Association at (254) 710-1121, or visit the Homecoming web site at http://www.baylor.edu/~Homecoming/ .

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