UMass Amherst Plans Homecoming Festival Weekend Activities Sept. 30-Oct. 2

AMHERST, Mass - Homecoming Festival ''99 at the University of Massachusetts, Sept. 30-Oct. 2, will mark the 125th anniversary of the UMass Alumni Association and feature campus-wide events. Chancellor David K. Scott will award the Chancellor''s Medal to 10 distinguished faculty and alumni during a convocation Thurs. Sept. 30. The traditional Homecoming parade prior to the football game against Hofstra University takes place Sat. Oct. 2, and tours, concerts, and reunions are planned throughout the festival. Other events are the second annual "Eat and Run" mini-conference; The Big Lunch, a campus-wide community event; the 25th Annual Multibands Pops concert; and Homecoming Park at the football stadium, a celebration that includes games, music, and food, along with special reunion celebrations. Many events are open to the public. The following is a partial schedule of events for Homecoming Festival ''99.

Thursday, Sept. 30: Faculty procession from Memorial Hall to Bowker Auditorium in Stockbridge Hall at 2 p.m. Convocation with the presentation of Chancellor''s Medals at 2:30 p.m. in Bowker Auditorium. Doris Abramson, professor emeritus of theater and Chancellor''s Medal recipient, will be the keynote speaker. The convocation is followed by a reception at 4 p.m. in the Cape Cod Lounge, Student Union.

Friday, Oct. 1: The Second Annual "Eat and Run" mini-conference sponsored by the Center for Nutrition in Sports and Human Performance/School of Public Health and Health Sciences. Speakers will discuss nutrition and healthy eating for athletes. Lederle Graduate Research Tower, Room 1634, from 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. This event is free of charge. Those interested in participating should contact Cindy Hardy at 413/545-1669.

Plant sale: Tree seedlings and bags of daffodils and maroon and white tulips will be sold. Campus Center Concourse and library lawn, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Big Lunch: Lunch, available 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the library lawn. Students, staff, faculty, and alumni may purchase lunch with free ice cream sundaes for dessert. Sponsored by the UMass Alumni Association and University Food Services.

The 25th Annual Multibands Pops concert: 8 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center. Tickets may be purchased at the Box Office, 413/545-2511. Tickets are $18 general admission, $25 reserved seating, and $12 UMass students, children, and elders.

Saturday, Oct. 2: UMass Homecoming Festival Parade from the Visitors Center to Alumni Stadium at 10:30 a.m. At noon, UMass vs. Hofstra football game at Alumni Stadium. For tickets, call 413/545-0810. Tickets: $10 general admission, $12 reserved seating, $6 children under 18.

Homecoming Park on the north side of Alumni Stadium, sponsored by the Alumni Relations Office and the athletics department from 10-11:45 a.m. Activities include games, music, food, and a fair-like atmosphere with special reunion celebrations for the Class of ''74, alumni of the Bachelor''s Degree with Individual Concentration program, and the College of Engineering. Alumni Association Young Alumni Tent for the Classes of ''84,''89,''94,''98, Minutemaniacs, and Varsity M Club.

CASINO Night, sponsored by the Office of ALANA Affairs, Campus Center Auditorium, 7 p.m.-1 a.m.

Chopin in Paris: Nigel Coxe, pianist. Bezanson Recital Hall, 8 p.m. Tickets are available at the Box Office, 413/545-2511. Tickets are $8 general admission, $4 UMass students, children, and elders.