Homecoming to celebrate Mountain Lion pride, 50th anniversary

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Large U-C-C-S letters lit the Spine during the 2014 Homecoming Spirit Rally

UCCS students, faculty, staff and alumni will celebrate the university’s 50th anniversary and traditions during  2015 Homecoming ceremonies, Oct. 7 – 10.

Events will kick-off at 4 p.m. Oct. 8 outside of Café 65 with the opening of a time capsule from 1988, followed by a reception in the Kraemer Family Library Apse. The time capsule was placed beneath the pedestrian spine outside the west doors of the 1988 expansion of the University Center on Oct. 1, 1988. Steve Gnadt, former director, University Center, placed the time capsule and will be present for the ceremony and reception.

The capsule will be replaced with a new capsule commemorating the university’s 50th anniversary. UCCS community members are invited to share suggestions on items to include in the time capsule here.

Following the opening of the time capsule, the Office of Student Activities will host a spirit rally that features the lighting of the Pedestrian Spine.

The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. on El Pomar Plaza and will include free food and drinks, a meet-and-greet with UCCS student-athletes, team coaches, and representatives from UCCS clubs and organizations.

“Homecoming is always a special event because this is where the entire community has an opportunity to show their mountain lion pride. It’s a true experience where faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends all come together and celebrate what UCCS has given to them,” Stephen Cucchiara, assistant director, Office of Student Activities, said. “This year will be even more special as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the university. There will be a continuation of our traditional events, such as the formal and march, an expansion of new traditions such as the light the spine event, and some new events. The whole goal is to allow students and the UCCS community to celebrate their mountain lion pride however it looks.”

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Clyde greats students at the 2014 Homecoming Tailgate


Other key events include:

Faculty & Staff Alumni Breakfast
Oct. 7 | 7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. | University Center 303 | RSVP

Many UCCS alumni work on campus as faculty or staff. Join the UCCS Alumni and Friends Association for breakfast with Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak to be recognized for the many ways in which you continue to serve UCCS.

Student Government Association Alumni Reception
Oct. 8 | 4 p.m. | University Center west entrance near Cafe 65 | RSVP

Were you a member of the Student Government Association at UCCS? Jointhe UCCS Alumni and Friends Association to reconnect with former classmates and reminisce about time on campus. UCCS time capsule opening with a reception following.

The March
Oct. 9 | 3 p.m. | Alpine Field Entrance

Faculty, staff and students will don UCCS gear and walk en masse from the Alpine Field to Mountain Lion Stadium to tailgate with music, prizes, and free food before watching UCCS women’s and men’s soccer games.

Homecoming Tailgate
Oct. 9 | 3:30 p.m. | Mountain Lion Stadium | RSVP

Food, games, inflatables and face painting are planned.  After the tailgate, the group will head tothe women’s soccer game followed by the men’s game.

Women’s Soccer vs. Colorado Mesa
Oct. 9 | 6 p.m. | Mountain Lion Stadium 

The UCCS women’s soccer team takes on Colorado Mesa in a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference game.

Men’s Soccer vs. South Dakota Mines
Oct. 9 | 7:30 p.m. | Mountain Lion Stadium

The UCCS men’s soccer team takes on South Dakota Mines in a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference game.

Oct. 9 | 9:30 p.m. | Mountain Lion Stadium

Following the Men’s and Women’s soccer games, there will be a fireworks display. Seating in Mountain Lion Stadium is limited, but blankets and chairs are welcome on the field. Family and friends are welcome and parking will be available in Lot 576 or at Lane Center.

Homecoming Bonfire
Oct. 9 | 10 p.m. | Parking Lot 572

A long-standing homecoming tradition, fans will have the opportunity to warm up after cheering the women’s and men’s soccer teams. Plenty of s’mores, food, music and competitions are planned.

Homecoming Formal and Casino Night
Oct. 10 |  8 p.m. – 1 a.m. | Gallogly Events Center

Food, dancing and a professionally operated casino are planned. Tickets are $10 for individuals,  $15 couples. Attendees must be UCCS students.

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