UMass Amherst Homecoming Weekend Marks Milestones Sept. 25-27

AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts Homecoming Weekend - a celebration incorporating Homecoming, the UMass Festival, and the Crossworlds 1997 lecture - takes place Sept. 25-27 on campus.

An outgrowth of last year’s kick-off of Campaign UMass - the comprehensive campaign to secure resources, engage advocates, and strengthen the University’s image - this weekend-long event will feature a number of activities to mark numerous milestones reached this year. Highlights include events marking the 50th anniversaries of the College of Engineering and the School of Management, and the 25th anniversaries of the Women’s Studies Program, the Everywoman’s Center, and the Faculty Senate Council on the Status of Women. Also featured is a convocation celebrating the recent installation of UMass President William M. Bulger.

The following is a partial schedule of events.

Thursday, September 25

Crossworlds 1997: A Conversation. Coretta Scott King, widow of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Patricia Schroeder, former Congresswoman from Colorado, will speak about constructive social change at 7:30 p.m. in the Mullins Center. Tickets are on sale now at the Mullins Center Box Office 545-0505 or by phone through Ticketmaster.

Friday, September 26

UMass Festival. An array of activities spotlighting campus programs and departments. Highlights include:

1. Art gallery shows and exhibits at the University Gallery, Augusta Savage Gallery, Hampden Dining Commons, Herter Hall Student Gallery, and Student Union Art Gallery.

2. Workshops and special presentations including a "virtual" peek at the future of the campus, and a behind-the-scenes glimpse at University educational TV. Various times and locations.

3. A luncheon and lecture series featuring talks by a number of distinguished speakers, including UMass alumna Susan Crane, who will discuss her experiences as manager of International Family Health, a nongovernmental organization promoting projects in sexual and reproductive health around the world. 11:30 a.m. Lectures are at various locations within the W.E.B. Du Bois Library and are open to the public. $10. Call 1/800-456-UMASS or 545-2317.

4. A multicultural food festival. Noon-2 p.m. Campus pond. Free ice cream. Other items vary in cost.

5. A convocation celebrating both distinguished alumni and the inauguration of UMass President William M. Bulger. 3 p.m. Campus Center auditorium.

6. The 23rd Annual Multibands Pops: A student concert spanning a broad range of musical styles and time periods. 8 p.m. Fine Arts Center. $15. Call Fine Arts Center Box Office at 545-2511.

Saturday, September 27

Homecoming. Events scheduled include:

1. Homecoming ’97 parade through town to Alumni Stadium. (Starts at Robsham Visitors Center.) 11 a.m.

2. Young Alumni Fest: For all alums celebrating their 5th, 10th, and 15th reunions, plus those who graduated between 1993 and 1997. Food, drink, music, and games. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Alumni Stadium, parking lot E, outside of Media Gate.

3. UMass Minutemen vs. Rhode Island: 1 p.m. Alumni stadium. Ticket prices vary. Call UMass Athletics. 545-0810.

4. Mysterious Homecoming Mishap: Alums and the campus community are invited to a dinner and mystery theater performance. 6 p.m. Hadley Farm. $20. Call 1/800-456-UMASS or 545-2317.

5. Fireworks display: 8:30 p.m. Location to be announced.

6. Homecoming Concert - Stephen Kellogg & The Root Cellar Band: sponsored by the Student Alumni Relations Society and the Class of 2000. 9 p.m. Student Union Ballroom. Tickets are $5. Call 1/800-456-UMASS or 545-2317.

NOTE: A number of other events have also been scheduled during the weekend to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the women’s studies program and the 20th anniversary of George Parks’s tenure as director of the Minuteman Marching Band. Details about these events will follow in separate releases.