Homecoming Festival Weekend 2000 Slated for Nov. 3-4 at UMass Amherst

AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts Homecoming Festival Weekend 2000, Nov. 3-4, will feature numerous campus-wide activities, including the sealing and burial of the UMass Millennium 2000 Time Capsule after the Homecoming football game against Villanova on Nov. 4; the awarding of 10 Chancellor''s Medals to distinguished faculty, alumni, and friends of the University on Nov. 3; and a groundbreaking for the Harold Alfond Management Center at the Isenberg School of Management on Nov. 3.

Other activities include the Big Lunch, a campus-wide community event held on the library lawn; the annual Multibands Concert at the Fine Arts Center; and Homecoming Park at the football stadium, a celebration that includes games, music, food and special reunion activities. The following is a listing of major events for the Homecoming Festival Weekend 2000.

Friday, Nov. 3

Chancellor''s Medal Award Luncheon: Ten Chancellor''s Medals will be awarded to distinguished faculty, alumni, and friends of the University. The award is the highest honor the campus bestows on individuals and is given for exemplary and extraordinary service to the University. The invitation-only luncheon is from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Campus Center.

The Big Lunch: Lunch available from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the library lawn. Students, staff, faculty, and alumni may purchase lunch for $4 and students may use their meal cards. Music will be provided. Sponsored by the Alumni Association.

Groundbreaking at the Isenberg School of Management: 4 p.m.: Ground will be broken for the school''s new wing, The Harold Alfond Management Center, scheduled for occupancy in the Fall of 2002. The new wing will feature long-distance learning facilities, interactive caserooms, and spacious student-services facilities.

Multibands Concert: 8 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center. An annual Homecoming highlight, the concert features musicians and dancers of the University''s advanced performance ensembles. Contact the Fine Arts Center Box Office, 413-545-2511, for ticket information.

Alumni Band Reception: 10 p.m., Student Union Ballroom. Current band members and band alumni will gather for a post-concert celebration.

Saturday, Nov. 4

School of Nursing Alumni Reunion: 9 a.m. to noon, room 1109 Campus Center. Continental breakfast, brunch, and keynote speaker Dr. Karen Aroian, ''77, an associate professor at the Boston College School of Nursing. Tickets are $25. For information, call 413-545-1766.

Homecoming Park: 10 to 11:45 a.m., Warren P. McGuirk Alumni Stadium, E Lot. Co-sponsored by the Alumni Association and the athletics department. Activities include entertainment and food. Additional sponsors include the Class of 1975, Stockbridge ''75, the Bachelor''s Degree with Individual Concentration program, Young Alumni, the Isenberg School of Management, and the College of Engineering.

Football game: UMass vs. Villanova at noon at Warren P. McGuirk Alumni Stadium. Sponsored by the UMass Alumni Association. For tickets, call the Athletic Ticket Office at 413-545-0810.

Sealing and burial of the UMass Millennium 2000 Time Capsule: after the football game, or about 4-4:30 p.m. at the Old Chapel. The time capsule project was announced last year by Chancellor David K. Scott as part of the campus''s millennium celebration. The time capsule is intended to offer the University community of 2100 a look back at life at UMass at the turn of the century. There will be a brief speaking program, the Minuteman Marching Band will perform, and a small delegation will enter the building for the formal sealing and burial of the time capsule in a crypt.

Festival of Lights: Angkor Dance Troupe & Nataraj Dancers. Bowker Auditorium, 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 general admission, $6 for students and children. Call the Fine Arts Center Box Office at 800-999-UMAS for ticket reservations.