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2013 Homecoming and Reunion Weekend

Join us for the 2013 Homecoming and Reunion Weekend, October 18-20. Learn more about the festivities happening for each day, how to register, area accommodations, frequently asked questions, and how to stay connected by selecting one of the categories below.

$ - Fee required  | * - Advance registration required

 

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Online registration for events with cost is closed. Please call (540) 831-5248 to register and check availability of tickets.

 

Friday, October 18

7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.                 
Radford University Bookstore

Dalton Hall
Stop by to replenish your Radford University wardrobe or get a new RU coffee mug.

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.       
Lucio Boschhi: Andean Lives

Covington Center, Art Museum
Mr. Boschi is a photographer from Argentina who exhibits internationally.  He currently has works on display at the Vatican in Rome.

Art Adjunct Show
Bondurant Center (1129 E. Main Street, Radford), Art Museum
This downtown Radford exhibition will feature current art by adjunct professors in the Department of Art.

Noon – 7 p.m.
Alumni Homecoming Check-in

Hurlburt Student Center Lobby
All alumni and friends can check in with the Office of Alumni Relations to receive your weekend information packet filled with a schedule of events, nametags and other goodies. The first 300 alumni to stop by our table will receive a homecoming T-shirt.

2 p.m.
RU Campus Tour *

Martin Hall, Suite 107
Guests who would like to participate in an admissions information session prior to the tour, please arrive at 1:30 p.m.


2 - 4:30 p.m.
School of Communications Advisory Board Meeting

Hurlburt Student Center, Room 229


3 - 4:30 p.m.
College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences Advisory Board meeting

Russell Hall, Dean's Conference Room, room 117


5 p.m.
Baseball Inner Squad Scrimmage and Alumni Heckling

Dedmon Center, Radford Baseball Field


6 - 7 p.m.
2nd Annual CHBS Networking Social
hosted by the dean and faculty of the college

Heth Lawn
Stop by and shake hands with fellow alumni and friends while offering advice to current students on careers and internships.  Complimentary hors d'oeuvres will be provided.

6 p.m.            
Radford University Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Dinner
$ *
College of Business and Economics, Multipurpose Room 340
$50 per person
Show your Highlander support as we honor outstanding Radford University sports figures whose achievements have earned them acceptance into the 2013 Athletics Hall of Fame. Cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m. and dinner begins at 7 p.m. Seating is limited.

Inductees include: Mr. Richard Hogan '80, Ms. Gretchen Foster Robertson '88, Mrs. Karen Bowles Jordan '90, Mr. Donald Burgess '94, and Ms. Sheila Turpin '80.

6 p.m.
1958 Reunion Welcome Dinner $ *

Muse Faculty Lounge
$15 per person
Start the weekend with fellowship and dinner from the New River Grille House.  RU professor Ricky Cox '86, MA '90, will provide musical entertainment.

7 p.m.
Women’s Volleyball
vs. Coastal Carolina
Dedmon Center Arena
Let’s go Highlanders!  The women’s volleyball team is “set” for a great game and will “serve” you some exciting action on the court.

7:30 -9:30 p.m.
The Dining Room $

Porterfield Hall, Pridemore Playhouse
Tickets at the door: General $8, RU students free
A.R. Gurney's "The Dining Room" is a play that explores and pokes fun at the distresses in upper middle-class life.  The setting in this play is of different dining rooms in which multiple characters are working through a variety of issues. It allows a small peek in to the lives of many individuals that, at one level or another, the audience can relate to.

7:30  – 11:30 p.m.
Family and Alumni Time in the Game Room
Hurlburt Student Center Game Room
Alumni and their families are invited to play billiards or go bowling during Family and Alumni Time in the Game Room.  It is fun for all ages.

8 p.m.
Froggy Friday’s
*
BT’s Restaurant
218 Tyler Avenue, Radford, VA
Feeling froggy? Hop on over to BT’s as alumni and friends kick off the weekend at one of their favorite college hangouts. Special Highlander food and beverage deals will be available. This is a class reunion gathering spot.

8 p.m.
Black Alumni Friday Night Live!

Applebee's (2509 Market Street, Christiansburg, Va.)
This is an informal networking social.

8 – 9 p.m.
Fall Dance Fest ‘13 $

Preston Hall, Ken Bondurant Auditorium
Tickets at the Door: General $6, Children (5-12) $3, RU students free
Enjoy dance performances by students and faculty from the RU Department of Dance.

8 p.m.
Movie Marathon
$
"Despicable Me 2"

Hurlburt Student Center Auditorium
Sponsored by R-Space
Tickets at the door: General $1, RU students free

Saturday, October 19

8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Alumni Homecoming Check-in

Hurlburt Student Center Lobby
All alumni and friends can check in with the Office of Alumni Relations to receive your weekend information packet filled with a schedule of events, event tickets, nametags and other goodies. The first 300 alumni to stop by our table will receive a homecoming T-shirt.

9  – 10 a.m.
Alumni Open Meeting *

College of Business and Economics, classroom 320
Alumni will discuss the latest news about the university and the future of the Alumni Association. All alumni are encouraged to attend to provide feedback regarding the future of the association.

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Radford University Bookstore

Dalton Hall
Do you need to replenish your Radford University wardrobe or get a new RU coffee mug? While the Radford University Bookstore will be open all day, the staff invites you to enjoy a 20 percent discount on purchases during a Highlander sale from 9 a.m. - Noon.

9 - 10 a.m.
Zumba Workout

Peters Hall, room B112
This is a free event for all alumni. Participants may make a donation to the Black Alumni Scholarship Fund.

9:30 a.m.
1958 Class Meeting

Best Western, New River Hospitality Room
(1501 Tyler Avenue, Radford, VA)

10 a.m.
RU Campus Tour
*
Martin Hall, suite 107
Guests who would like to participate in an admissions information session prior to the tour, please arrive at 9:30 a.m.

10 -11 a.m.
In Pursuit of Higher Education

Heth Hall, room 043
Learn how you can take your education to the next level with Radford University's Graduate Programs.

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.       
RU 28th Annual Appalachian Folk Arts Festival

Heth Lawn (Rain location – Peters Hall Gym)
Sponsored by the Radford University Appalachian Events Committee
Join alumni, family and friends for the Appalachian Folk Arts Festival that will include handcrafted art and crafts for purchase and folk music.

Greenhouse Tours
Reed Hall, first floor
Sometimes you have to stop and smell the roses. Enjoy a tour of RU’s Greenhouse, which maintains a diverse living collection that demonstrates ecological concepts and culturally important plants throughout the world.

Museum of the Earth Sciences
Curie Hall, room 143
Learn about the amazing planet on which we live! Through exhibits that encompass the earth science-related fields of geology, oceanography and physical anthropology, your visit will foster your appreciation of the Earth, its past, present and future, and its interaction with those who inhabit it.

Lucio Boschi: Andean Lives
Covington Center, Art Museum
Sponsored by the Department of Art
Mr. Boschi is a photographer from Argentina who exhibits internationally.  He currently has work on display at the Vatican in Rome.

Art Adjunct Show
Bondurant Center (1129 E. Main Street), Art Museum
This downtown Radford exhibition will feature current art by adjunct professors in the Department of Art.

10:30 a.m. - noon
College of Education and Human Development Open House

Peters Hall

Waldron College and School of Nursing Open House
Waldron Hall
Waldron College of Health and Human Services and the School of Nursing host a joint open house. Meet faculty and students in the Waldron College and learn more about its programs.

10:30 a.m. (check-in starts at 10 a.m.)       
5K Fun Run by the New River $

Bisset Park, shelter #2
Sponsored by RU Campus Recreation/Intramurals
Fee at the Door: $5 (arrive early to register)
Includes T- shirt

11 a.m.
Museum Guided Tour: Photographs by the Pope's compatriot, Lucio Boschi: exhibition tour by History of Photography students

Covington Center lobby
Visitors meet in the Covington Center lobby outside of the museum entrance at 11 a.m.

11 a.m. - Noon
Black Alumni Business Meeting

College of Business and Economics, room 320

Nursing Presentation with Karen Mayhew, MSW, LCSW
Waldron College, Room TBD
Advance Directive that will focus on the Physician's Orders for Scope of Treatment (POST) for patients who have life limiting illness. Alumni can elect to receive Continuing Education Units for attending the presentation for a $15 fee.

Criminal Justice Ethics and Problem Solving
Young Hall, room 302
How does ethical decision-making affect the role of a criminal justice professional? How does decision-making affect crime prevention strategies? These are just a few of the questions that professors Tod Burke and Stephen Owen will pose through interactive, engaging and enjoyable problem-solving exercises.

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Making Masks: Demonstration by art education students

Covington Hall, room 173

11:30 a.m. - Noon
What Social Media Means for You

Young Hall, room 305
West Bowers and Dr. Sam Jennings will discuss the basics of social media and web design for all professionals.

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
College of Business and Economics Open House

Tour the College of Business and Economics's new state-of-the-art building.

12 - 12:30 p.m.
How Local Governments Influence the Development of Cities

Young Hall, room 221
Political Science professor Bill Hrezo will use visual images to discuss how city government can influence the historical evolution of cities.

Noon 
RU Campus Tour
*
Martin Hall, suite 107
Guests who would like to participate in an admissions information session prior to the tour, please arrive at 11:30 a.m.

Noon - 12:30 p.m.
Winners of the Nobel Prize in Literature

Young Hall, room 311
English professor Jolanta Wawrzycka will review some of the prominent winners of this prize and the works that made them famous.

Noon - 1:30 p.m.
State of the Black Union Panel

Heth Hall, room 043
Bring your brown bag lunch and hear about campus updates.

Noon – 2 p.m.     
“Women of Radford” Luncheon $ *
College of Business and Economics, Multipurpose Room, room 340
$25 per adult
The Class of 1963 cordially invites all women of the Radford family to attend. Reminisce about Radford’s history as an all-women’s school and celebrate the RU women of today. Attire is dressy casual and you are encouraged to wear your hats, pearls and gloves. Best hat wins a prize.

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.         
Highlander Family Weekend Dog Show
Hurlburt Student Center Plaza
Pre-registration begins at 11:30 a.m.
Sponsored by Student Activities
Bring the four-legged members of your family and join us for one of the weekend’s most popular events.

1 p.m.
Planetarium Show

Curie Hall, room B43
A ticket is needed for admission. Free tickets can be picked up at the Hurlburt Student Center Information Desk. (Space is limited for each show)

Single Elimination 2-player teams Billiards Tournament $
Hurlburt Student Center Game Room
Sponsored by the Game Room
You can register your team in advance by calling 540-831-5332

Baseball Alumni Reunion Game
Dedmon Center, Radford Baseball Field
Cheer on the RU baseball alumni as they battle against the current Highlanders. Postgame tailgate will follow game.

1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Center for Diversity and Inclusion Open House

Tyler Hall, room 25
Take a break and enjoy snacks and spades.

2 p.m.
Women's Volleyball vs. Charleston Southern

Dedmon Center Arena
Let's go Highlanders! The women's volleyball team is "set" for a great game and will "serve" you exciting action on the court.

2 – 3 p.m.
Fall Dance Fest ‘13 $

Preston Hall, Ken Bondurant Auditorium
Tickets at the Door: General $6, Children (5-12) $3, RU students free
Enjoy dance performances by students and faculty from the RU Department of Dance.

2 – 5 p.m.
Alumni Village *

Moffett Lawn (Rain or Shine)
All alumni and reunions will celebrate the weekend at the Alumni Village, the largest weekend event!

Featured events include:

  • The main tent will include dance music from alumnus DJ Shock, “Chrusties Power Hour” –  Radford’s legendary pizza rolls and the meeting point for class reunions 1958, 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003 and 2008
  • Lacrosse Alumni Game (2 p.m.) – Bring your camp chairs or sit on Moffett wall to cheer on our alumni as they take to  the field
  • Yard Show (3:30 p.m.) -- Who will have the best step action as students and alumni show off their skills on the Moffett Wall?  Cheer for your favorite!
  • Parade of Tents
    Who will have the best decorated tent and take home the 2013 Highlander Spirit Rock? Class and affinity groups can request a small tent, table and chairs that they can decorate to showcase their school spirit. Please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 1-888-478-4723 to reserve your spot.

3 p.m.
Planetarium Show

Curie Hall, room B43
A ticket is needed for admission. Free tickets can be picked up at the Hurlburt Student Center Information Desk. Space is limited.


3 p.m.
Alumni Softball Game

Softball Field, Dedmon Center Complex
Join alumni softball players for a game on the diamond.

4 – 5 p.m.
Fall Fashion Show

Hurlburt Student Center Auditorium
Sponsored by the Department of Fashion and Interior Design
If you can’t make New York Fashion Week, you haven’t missed the action. Join RU students as they model their personal creations on the runway.

5 p.m.            
Planetarium Show

Curie Hall, room B43
A ticket is needed for admission. Free tickets can be picked up at the Hurlburt Student Center Information Desk. Space is limited.

6 – 8:30 p.m.
Class of 1958 Dinner $ *

Sal's Italian Restaurant (709 West Main Street, Radford)
$35 per adult, cash bar.

6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Class of 1963 Golden Reunion Dinner with President Penelope W. Kyle $ *

Hickory Hill
$35 per adult
President Kyle invites the Class of 1963 to the Radford University President's House, Hickory Hill, for the Golden Reunion dinner. Classmates and guests will be transported by shuttle to and from the Comfort Inn. The shuttle will depart at 6:30 p.m. Business casual attire requested.

6:30 p.m.
Highlanders All-Access Basketball Preview $ *

Dedmon Center
$10 per person
Catch an early glimpse at this year's Men’s and Women’s basketball teams as they kick off their 2013-14 season. Visit with head coaches Mike Jones and Mike McGuire, and watch your favorite Highlanders scrimmage.  Cost is $10 for general public, and free to all RAC members and season ticket holders.
Sponsored by RU Athletics Basketball

7 p.m.            
Planetarium Show

Curie Hall, room B43
A ticket is needed for admission. Free tickets can be picked up at the Hurlburt Student Center Information Desk. Space is limited.

7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
The Dining Room $

Porterfield Hall, Pridemore Playhouse
This play is sponsored by the School of Dance and Theatre
Tickets at the door: General $8, RU students free
A.R. Gurney's "The Dining Room" is a play that explores and pokes fun at the distresses in upper middle-class life.  The setting in this play is of different dining rooms in which multiple characters are working through a variety of issues. It allows a small peek in to the lives of many individuals that, at one level or another, the audience can relate to.

7:30 - 11:30 p.m.
Family and Alumni Time in the Game Room

Game Room, Hurlburt Student Center
Sponsored by the Game Room
Guests can relax and enjoy free activities from billiards to bowling.

8 p.m.
Alumni Late-night *

Keep the weekend celebration going late-night as RU alumni and friends gather at their favorite Radford restaurant.  Vote online for your favorite hangout!

8 - 9:30 p.m.
Second City Improv

Preston Hall, Ken Bondurant Auditorium
Sponsored by R-Space
Tickets at the door: Free for RU students and faculty/staff, general $5
The Second City show specializes in short scenes, songs and improvised comedy sketches that have been delighting audiences for more than 50 years.  RU ready to laugh?

8 p.m.
Movie Marathon $
"Despicable Me 2"

Hurlburt Student Center Auditorium
Sponsored by R-Space
Tickets at the Door: General $1, RU students free

9 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Black Alumni Social

Peters Hall Gymnasium

Sunday, October 20

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.         
RU Bookstore Hours

Did you forget something? No need to worry, you can make one last pit stop at the bookstore before heading home. Don’t forget to pick up a car decal or T-shirt.

9 a.m.
Catholic Mass

Hurlburt Student Center Auditorium
Sponsored by the Catholic Student Association

9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Highlander Family Weekend Brunch $

Dalton Dining Hall, $10.07 (includes tax) at the door
Have brunch with your classmates and friends before you head home. Enjoy a variety of items, including Eggs Benedict, a carving station, and breakfast and lunch entrees.

11 a.m.
Interdenominational Service

Hurlburt Student Center Auditorium
Sponsored by Campus Ministries

Noon – 4 p.m.          
RU Art Museum

Covington Center for Visual and Performing Arts

2 p.m.
The Dining Room $

Porterfield Hall, Pridemore Playhouse
This play is sponsored by the School of Dance and Theatre
Tickets at door: General $8, RU students free
A.R. Gurney's "The Dining Room" is a play that explores and pokes fun at the distresses in upper middle-class life.  The setting in this play is of different dining rooms in which multiple characters are working through a variety of issues. It allows a small peek in to the lives of many individuals that, at one level or another, the audience can relate to.

5 p.m.
Friends of Selu Picnic $

The Barn at Selu
$50 per person
Join us to celebrate the living history and natural wonders of this 380 acre nature conservancy and educational resource.  This picnic honors all those who have donated $100 or more to Selu Conservancy this year by becoming a “Friend of Selu.”  These Friends of Selu attend free. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When will I hear more about the Fall Alumni Homecoming?
A: You will receive monthly email communications that will highlight events throughout the weekend. You can also check this website for the most current schedule of events.

Q: How can I register for the Fall Alumni Homecoming?
A: You can register beginning August 2013 by mail, phone or online.

Q: When should I arrive?
A: Fall Alumni Homecoming is a three day event, Friday - Sunday. You can arrive Friday afternoon to enjoy all the weekend festivities or on Saturday for specific events of interest.

Q: Who else will be there?
A: The classes of 1958, 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003 and 2008 will be celebrating reunions. Some activities will be special to reunion classes, while other events will be open for all to enjoy.

Q: What is my reunion class challenge?
A: Your reunion year is a time to celebrate your memories. From freshman year to today, Radford has had an important impact on your life. By giving back, you will ensure that Radford will continue to provide the same experience to students for generations to come. As a thank you, the class with the highest rate of giving will be invited to a private reception in its honor!

Accommodations

Room blocks have been reserved at LaQuinta, Best Western and Comfort Inn. The room blocks will expire in September 2013. Please note the Class of 1963 host hotel is Comfort Inn (540) 639-3333. Class of 1958 host hotel is the Best Western (540) 639-3000. A list of hotels is available on the lodging page.

Social Media

You can help make this the best weekend yet! Join us on Facebook and Twitter and encourage fellow alumni to attend. You can also post your memories and pictures to share with others! (www.facebook.com/radforduniversityalumni  |  www.twitter.com/radford_alumni)

Questions

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations toll free at 1-888-4RUGRAD or email alumni@radford.edu.

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