For students, school becomes a home away from home — especially college students. It is hard to sleep, eat, study and socialize somewhere for a year and not form a bond. Starting Tuesday, Oct. 23, Fayetteville State University will celebrate its homecoming with various fun events for students, all centered around the main event: the homecoming football game.
On Tuesday, Oct. 23, homecoming week kicks-off at 2 p.m. with the Bronco Pride Campus Parade. From 2-4 p.m., the A.U.T.O.S. Fest takes place at the Gazebo. At 8 p.m., the Show Time at Seabrook Talent Show shines the spotlight on the university’s talented students. Admission is free for FSU students and $5 for all others.
On Oct. 24, The A.U.T.O.S. milkshake social takes place from 2-4 p.m. at the SBE & Knuckles Science Building. Also on Oct. 24, at 7 p.m., The Ailey II Dance Theatre will perform at the Seabrook Auditorium. For students admission is free, for the general public admission is $10.
Thursday, Oct. 25, is also a day full of homecoming pride and fi lled with events to showcase FSU’s school spirit. From 2-4 p.m., A.U.T.O.S. will host a Kool-Aid Pie Eating Contest at the student center. From 6-11 p.m., it’s a free night of fun sponsored by the Offi ce of Alumni Affairs and FSU National Alumni Association at the Double Tree Hotel. Light refreshments will be provided. The Homecoming Coronation — “An Evening With Sparkle” starts at 8 p.m. in Capel Arena.
Friday is the big day of homecoming week starting at 9 a.m. with the Jim Scurry Scholarship Golf Tournament at Baywood Golf Club. It is $65 for individuals to enter and $250 per team. The chairman of the event, Roy Parker, can be contacted at 875-7702.
The Senior Academy Brunch takes place from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. It costs $25 and will be held in the J.W. Seabrook Lobby. Starting at noon and lasting until 3 p.m. in the student center, is the FSU Spirit Day Pep Rally. The Old School Picnic — which is free for alumni — takes place at the J.W. Seabrook Auditorium from 2-3:30 p.m. In the Rudolph Jones Student Center, Room 236 at 3p.m., the A.U.T.O.S will host its Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. The Hall of Fame Banquet will be held at the Holiday Inn-Bordeaux from 6-8:30 p.m. and costs $40. You won’t want to miss the the FSU Pan-Hellenic Council Step Show. It is held at Capel Arena. Admission for FSU students is $11 and general admission is $16. Tickets purchased the day of the show and at the door cost $21. “A Night with Ms. Alumni” and 2012 Awards Presentation are scheduled from 9-11 p.m. at the Double Tree Hotel. This event is free. Also at the Double Tree Hotel, but from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. is the President’s dance. Tickets are $20 and the featured DJ will be Calvin Pee.
Saturday, Oct. 27 is also filled to the brim with fun homecoming events. Beginning at 9 a.m. The “Red, White, & Bronco Blue Homecoming” is at Vick’s Drive-In on the corner of Rowan and Hillsboro Streets. The homecoming football game is in the Luther “Nick” Jeralds Stadium at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at FSU’s ticket offi ce Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. The ticket office can be reached at 672-1724. Ticket prices range from $25-$28 for adults. Registration is required to tailgate and can be obtained through applications available online at www.fsubroncos.com. Fayetteville State University also offers a homecoming pass for the best value. The pass includes tickets to the Presidents Dance, 2012 Scholarship Gala, Bronco’s Fellowship Breakfast and tickets to the Homecoming Football game. Passes cost $80 until Oct. 12. On Oct.13, the price goes up to $90. The Broncos will battle the Livingston Bears. Another event that is considered a highlight of this year’s homecoming is the homecoming concert. The concert will be held at the Crown Coliseum with admission for FSU Students costing $20. Reserved seating for other areas varies by section. The final event on Saturday is the 2012 Scholarship Gala at the Double Tree Hotel from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. Admission is $25 and light refreshments will be provided. The Bronco’s Scholarship Breakfast is the final event of homecoming week on Sunday, Oct, 28. The event will be held at the Double Tree Hotel from 9-11 a.m. Tickets cost $20.
For more information, visit www.uncfsu. edu/homecoming.