UH Celebrates 2010 Homecoming

At this year’s Homecoming, thousands of University of Houston alumni will renew acquaintances, reminisce about yesteryears and celebrate record-breaking enrollment, historic fundraising and an entrepreneurship program ranked No. 1 in the nation. With the theme of “Live the Pride,” the 2010 Homecoming week runs Nov. 6−13. Alumni, faculty, staff, students and other fans will display their Cougar spirit when the football team tackles the University of Tulsa Hurricanes in a game that will be televised by CBS College Sports. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. Nov. 13.

Prior to the game, the Homecoming parade takes place at 3:30 p.m. and will feature a live cougar exhibit for the second consecutive year. The exhibit also will be on display from 5−7 p.m. on the east side of Robertson Stadium.

The Homecoming committee is working again with the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, which provides lifetime shelter for abandoned, abused and neglected “big cats” with emphasis on tigers, lions, leopards and cougars. The cougars will travel from the refuge’s base near Eureka Springs, Ark., to campus with handlers from the organization. Alumni members of the UH Cougar Guard once again will escort the live cougar exhibit in the Homecoming parade.

The week’s festivities begin with the annual charity 5K run/walk at 10 a.m. Nov. 6 at the University Center. Later that day, at noon, a new tradition starts, Cooglympics. At this event, student teams compete in basketball, flag football, soccer and volleyball at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. The teams that accrue the most points will face off in a tug-of-war contest.

Another Homecoming highlight will be the annual Go Coogs Day from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at Lynn Eusan Park. The campus community will be treated to games and refreshments.

Visit www.uh.edu/homecoming for a complete list of events and updates.

Francine Parker