Published: Sept. 29, 2008

The University of Colorado at Boulder's 2008 Homecoming festivities begin on Wednesday, Oct. 1, with a new "Ultimate Fan" competition at CU's Old Main Chapel and end Sunday with a community cleanup at several city locations.

"Go for the Gold" is the theme for Homecoming 2008, in honor of CU's and Boulder County's many current and past Olympians. This year's parade will feature Jenny Barringer as grand marshal, at least 20 Olympian marshals and three faculty marshals, chosen by the student body as the best teachers on campus.

Professors Abderrahman Aissa, Patti Adler, Joe Berta and Ty Tashiro are the 2008 Teacher Recognition Award Recipients. The award is one of the only faculty awards given by students. Aissa, Adler's son and Berta will attend the Homecoming parade.

At least 20 Olympians are planning to attend the parade, including such luminaries as Jimmie Heuga, Billy Kidd, Frank Shorter, Davis Phinney, Jacob Heilveil and Shayne and Alan Culpepper.

The Homecoming parade begins Friday at 5:15 p.m. on the Hill and will feature a number of floats from CU residence halls, student groups, Greek organizations and the community at large.

A pep rally with football Coach Dan Hawkins, athletes, the Pep Band, cheerleaders and the CU mascot Chip will follow the parade at about 5:45 p.m. on the Hill. A free concert featuring RX Bandits and warm-up acts Hearts of Palm and The Swayback begins at Farrand Field at 7 p.m. The Pearl Street Stampede also will commence at 7 p.m., as it normally does on home game weekends.

A campus and Hill cleanup, sponsored by the Colorado Creed, is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 5, at 11 a.m. Volunteers are asked to meet at Farrand Field for instructions. Food will be furnished afterward to all cleanup volunteers, compliments of Abo's on the Hill, Cheba Hut, The Sink and Snarf's. Shipping on the Hill coordinated the food donations.

Athletic contests include the Tuesday, Sept. 30, Women's Golf Memorial Invitational at the Omni in Broomfield and Saturday's 5 p.m. football game against the Texas Longhorns at Folsom Field. All the parade marshals will be honored at halftime.

Major sponsors for the 2008 Homecoming events include the Camera newspaper, University of Colorado Student Union, CU Arts and Sciences Student Government, city of Boulder's University Hill General Improvement District, CU Program Council, CU Housing and Dining Services, CU Athletics and Student Affairs. Other sponsors include James Travel Points, Tebo Development, PEH Architects, Pasta Jays, CU Book Store, Hotel Boulderado, Hill Alliance, Southwest Pipeline and the Boulder Outlook Hotel.

For more information about events, parade routes, registration, rules and float-building tips, see the Homecoming Web site at or the alumni Homecoming Web site,

Schedule of Public Homecoming Events

Tuesday, Sept. 30_

oAll day - Women's Golf Memorial Invitational, Broomfield, CO_

o7 p.m. - Faculty Recital, Grusin Music Hall

Wednesday, Oct. 1_

o7 p.m.- Ultimate CU Fan Competition, Old Main Chapel

o7 p.m. - CU in Broomfield, Trad Jazz Night, Broomfield Auditorium

Friday, Oct. 3_

o5:15 p.m. - Homecoming Parade, on The Hill_

o5:45 p.m. - Pep Rally featuring Coach Dan Hawkins, on The Hill_

o7 p.m. - Concert and Festival, Farrand Field_

o7 p.m.- Pearl Street Stampede

o7:30 p.m. - Go Lysistrata! University Theatre

Saturday, Oct. 4_

o2:30 p.m. - Alumni Association pregame party, Benson Field

o2:30 p.m. - Buffalo Round UP, Stadium/Duane Physics (by lot 360)

o5 p.m. - Football, CU vs. the Texas Longhorns, Folsom Field_

o7:30 p.m. - Go Lysistrata! University Theatre

Sunday, Oct. 5_

o11 a.m. - Colorado Creed Campus/Hill Clean-Up, UMC

Schedule Alumni Homecoming Events

Leeds School of Business

Saturday, Oct. 4

3 p.m. Pre-game party with complimentary food, Engebretson Quad (just west of the Business School building), _no RSVP required.

Contact: Sarah Martens at or 303-735-5384.

School of Law

Friday, Oct. 3

11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Law and Business School Black Alumni Conference: "Minding More Than Our Own Business"

3-4 p.m. Guided Tour of the Wolf Law Building,

4-5 p.m. State of the Law School Address by Dean Getches

5-6 p.m. Jazz & Cocktail Reception for classes ending in '3' and '8' only

Saturday, Oct. 4

1:30 p.m. Ethics CLE Lecture by Gene Nichol (Continental breakfast; 2 CLE credits),

3:15 p.m. William Lee Knous Award presented to Karen Mathis ('75)

3:30 p.m. Barbeque Picnic

Note: all events are at the Wolf Law Building

Contact: 303-492-8048 or

School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Saturday, Oct. 4

2 p.m. Broadcast Studio tour and multimedia presentation of "Final Salute: A Story of Unfinished Lives," the series that won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize, ATLAS building, broadcast studio, Level B2

More on the Rocky Mountain News series "Final Salute" (


College of Music

Saturday, Oct. 4

100th Anniversary of the CU Marching Band, Alumni halftime performance

Contact: 303-492-6584, or email:

GLBTA 3rd Annual Homecoming Reunion

Friday, Oct. 3

5-8 p.m. Koenig Alumni Center, Broadway and University Ave., $10 per person

Contact: Call Marc Killinger at 303-492-2280 or email

The Hispanic Alumni Association

Friday, Oct. 3

6 p.m. Reception, Silent Auction & Art Show, Omni Interlocken Resort, 500 Interlocken Blvd., Broomfield

7 p.m. Scholarship & Awards Dinner & Dance, Keynote Speaker is Senator Paula E. Sandoval, Colorado State Senator, District 34

Saturday, Oct. 4

3 p.m. Pre-game party for dinner attendees, Lot 308 (across from Regent Hall)

Contact: Nita Vela at 303-667-0334