Each year Temple welcomes its alumni and current students back for another week of celebration. The typical traditions like the homecoming game and the crowning of the king and queen usually come and go with the seasons, but this year may be different.
The Temple Made campaign, the return to the Big East Conference and changes to the landscape and leadership of the university have students on Main Campus more aware of Temple’s attempts to enter the national spotlight.
This year, through minor revamping and increased interest thanks to the changes in the university, homecoming offers a well rounded itinerary for Oct. 3–7.
This year there is a slew of gatherings offered to alumni depending on the different interests people had while attending Temple.
New to the roster this year is the free Student and Young Alumni Networking Night on Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. The goal of this night is to give participants useful tips on scoring a job in an increasingly competitive job market.
The LGBTQ and Friends Alumni Gathering on Oct. 5 from 6–8 p.m. will be just a few days shy of Temple’s celebration of National Coming Out Week, but will, in the same vein, offer a chance for members of the LGBT community to show their unity. This $20 per person gathering will take place at the Center City Ritz-Carlton.
For the early birds who used to participate in the Diamond Marching Band, the alumni gathering will be on the morning of Oct. 6 starting with a $5 continental breakfast buffet at 7 a.m. at the Artist’s Palate in Tyler School of Art. Attendees will then have the opportunity to dust off their instruments and head to band rehearsal at 8:30 a.m. at Edberg-Olsen Hall in preparation for the homecoming halftime performance.
After the homecoming game on Saturday, Temple University Black Alumni Alliance Party will assemble at the Draught Horse, and for $25, have their food and two drink tickets covered for the evening.
Tomorrow, Oct. 3, at 11 a.m. Tee’s for Temple U will once again take place this year to encourage students exchange non-Temple T-shirts for Temple-spirited apparel. All T-shirts collected will be donated to local charities.
The Seventh Annual Homecoming Pageant will take place on Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. in Room 200 BC of the Student Center. All eight contestants vying for the title of king or queen will be put through the ringer as they perform a choreographed dance routine, show off a personal talent and answer Temple trivia. Students can vote for their favorite contestants at temple.edu/homecoming until Oct. 5 at midnight.
At the 15th Annual Gallery of Success Awards Luncheon, there will be recognition of alumni from each of Temple’s schools and colleges. These awards will be given out in the great court of Mitten Hall at noon Oct. 5.
Before heading to the big game on Saturday check out the Alumni “Tailgate Row” Party in Lot K of the Lincoln Financial Field at 10 a.m. there will be free food, music and giveaways for students and alumni alike. Preregistered fans will receive a free Temple scarf.
Noon means kickoff as the Owls face the University of South Florida in the annual homecoming game. During this game, the homecoming king and queen will be announced.
This year Main Campus Program Board presents Big Sean for the 2012 homecoming concert at the Liacouras Center. Pusha T will be joining Big Sean for a night of hip-hop after the homecoming game. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets cost $20. Floor seat tickets are sold out.
For those with more classical tastes, Temple’s Concert Choir will be holding a performance of Mozart’s Requiem featuring Boyer College of Music and Dance alumni at 7 p.m. in the Temple University Performing Arts Center.
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