Remember when REO Speedwagon tunes flooded the airways? Or when the “The Sting” won the Academy Award for best picture? How about the last time you saw classmates from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s? Get ready for “A Blast from the Past” at the 2003 Frostburg State University Homecoming weekend.
FSU will celebrate this year’s Homecoming from Wednesday, Oct 15, through Sunday, Oct 19. With sporting events, concerts, plays, activities and socials, students, alumni and staff will get to celebrate Frostburg’s past as well as take a look into the university’s future.
The blast officially begins on Wednesday night with the “Mr. & Mrs. Bobcat Competition,” which will take place in the Alice R. Manicur Assembly Hall at 7 p.m. On Thursday at 8 p.m. in the Cordts Physical Education Center Main Arena, Delta Chi Fraternity will hold its annual “Lip Sync” competition. Tickets are available at the door.
Exciting events will continue on Friday afternoon with the “Maryland Print Makers” art exhibition, which will be held in the Stephanie Anne Roper Art Gallery at 5 p.m. At 5:30 p.m. the Bobcat Hall of Fame Dinner will take place in the Appalachian Station. Tickets for this event must be purchased in advance.
If you are looking for good food and fun to end your Friday evening, check out Gandalf’s Restaurant on Main Street as it hosts “Jammin’ at Gandalf’s.” Come and enjoy the sounds of the area’s best local bands and one of the area’s best eateries. If you want a more subtle closure to your evening, check out the Academy Award-winning film “The Sting,” which will be featured at the Palace Theatre on Main Street at 8 p.m. with the “blast from the past” ticket price of $1.50. The movie will be shown Saturday evening as well.
Also on Friday, the University Theatre presents “Romeo and Juliet” at 8 p.m. in the Drama Theatre in the Performing Arts Center. A performance is also scheduled for Saturday night. And don’t miss FSU’s version of the popular TV show “American Idol” program with “Frostburg Idol,” which will start at 8 p.m. Friday in the Alice R. Manicur Assembly Hall.
The campus will continue to rock on Saturday, Oct 18. Kicking things off will be “Registration, Reminiscing and Refreshments,” in the Lane University Center’s second floor lobby at 10 a.m. After registering, check out the Frostburg Community Parade, which will start promptly at 10:30 a.m. on Main Street. After the parade, don’t miss your opportunity to check out the new, high tech and stylish Compton Science Center. Tours through the new facility will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
For all of you techies, don’t miss FSU’s “Get Smart! Technology Showcase” in the Lewis J. Ort Library. The showcase will start at 11 a.m. and will feature projects from students and faculty mentors. If the tech scene is not your forte, check out the Campus Carnival at the Lane University Center, which will run from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.
One of the most exciting events of the weekend will happen when Frostburg’s Bobcats take on Widener University’s Pioneers at this year’s Homecoming game at Bobcat Stadium. Kickoff is 1 p.m. This year’s half time show is expected to begin approximately at 2 p.m. and will feature the Homecoming Court Coronation and the FSU Alumni band.
Later on into Saturday evening the National Pan-Hellenic Council will feature its annual Step Show at 6:30 p.m. in the Alice R. Manicur Assembly Hall. Don’t miss your chance to see the historically black fraternities and sororities battle it out for the top prize.
And hold on to your seat as ‘70s and ‘80s rock group REO Speedwagon performs Saturday night at 9 p.m. at the Main Cordts Arena. In 1970, REO began touring and has since made 17 critically acclaimed albums and had 13 Top 40 singles such as “Can’t Fight this Feeling,” “Time for Me to Fly” and “Take it on the Run.” The Homecoming appearance of these melodic rockers is sure to have you dancing in the aisles. Call 301-687-3137 for tickets.
The excitement will finally begin to subside on Sunday, Oct 19, as Homecoming weekend comes to a close. The Student Government Association’s Big Event/Frostburg City Clean Up will begin at 12:30 p.m. Registration will take place in the Alice R. Manicur Assembly Hall.
The President’s Concert will take place at 3 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall. The final blast will take you to the stars at the FSU Planetarium in Tawes Hall. The Planetarium will feature a presentation entitled “Our Moon and the Skies of our Moon.” Showings will be held at 4 and 7 p.m.
For a complete listing of events, call the FSU Office of Alumni Programs at 301-687-4068 or visit online at www.frostburg.edu and click on “Homecoming” at the top of the page.
FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. You may request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office at 301-687-4102, TDD 301-687-7955.