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FSU Homecoming to be "A November to Remember" Featuring '70s folk-rock group "America"

Frostburg State University will celebrate the magic of fall in Western Maryland with "A November to Remember" during its 2001 Homecoming, from Thursday, Nov. 1, through Sunday, Nov. 4.

Bundle up in your favorite sweater and join FSU alumni as they enjoy an array of memorable activities, including a spirited football game, horse-drawn hayrides around campus, countless activities and the classic tunes of the '70s folk-rock group America.

Festivities begin Thursday, Nov. 1, at 8 p.m. with two activities. Dance aficionados can enjoy the FSU Dance Company Fall Concert in the Performing Arts Center's Drama Theatre.

Others may choose to watch student organizations (and some surprise guests) lip sync to their favorite songs during the Delta Chi Lip Sync in the Main Arena of the Cordts Physical Education Center. Tickets are available at the door for both activities.

Friday's action begins with a 10 a.m. tee-time for the FSU Hall of Fame Golf Outing at Frostburg's Maplehurst Country Club. At 5:30 p.m., the Bobcat Hall of Fame Dinner will be served in the Lane University Center's Alice R. Manicur Hall. Tickets for the dinner, which cost $17, must be purchased by Friday, Oct. 26, and are available from Bud Poland at (301) 729-1575.

On Friday evening, three events are open to Homecoming guests. A reception for the Hilmar Gottesthal Exhibition, featuring a variety of artwork from an acclaimed local artist, will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Roper Gallery, located in the Fine Arts Building. At 7 p.m., the Lane University Center's Live! At the Loft coffeehouse series presents a free concert with singer-songwriter Roger Day, known for his unique blend of rock and acoustic music. Free desserts and cider will be served. The FSU Dance Company again presents its Fall Concert at 8 p.m. in the PAC Drama Theatre. Saturday's activities begin with registration and refreshments provided by the State Employees Credit Union from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the Lane University Center's lobby on the 2nd floor.

From 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., the Campus Carnival in the Lane University Center Lobby will offer family fun, including caricature artists, face painters, balloon artists, tarot readers and sand artists. Roger Day will perform his original children's show at 11 a.m., and hayrides will depart from the steps of the Lewis J. Ort Library between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

A Technology Showcase, also scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., will highlight interactive student demonstrations and exhibitions that are sure to be exciting, entertaining and informative, including a children's section with a special digital photography activity. This free event will take place on the 3rd floor of the Library.

FSU Football kicks off at 1 p.m. when the Bobcats face the Waynesburg College squad at Bobcat Stadium. Tickets will be available at the gate. The half-time show will feature the Homecoming Court Coronation and the FSU Alumni Band.

Railroad buffs can enjoy a special Western Maryland Scenic Railroad Homecoming Train Ride from Frostburg to Cumberland and back. Mountain Thunder departs from the Depot in Frostburg at 2 p.m. and returns at 7 p.m. For tickets, call 1- (800) TRAIN50 or (301) 759-4400.

Saturday night comes alive at 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.) in the Lane University Center's Alice R. Manicur Assembly Hall with the National Pan-Hellenic Council's Step Show. Tickets will be sold the day of the show in the Lane University Center from 10 a.m. until show time.

At 8 p.m., a final performance of the FSU Dance Company's Fall Concert will be held in the PAC Drama Theatre.

The '70's folk-rock group America, known for its trademark style of freewheeling rock 'n' roll with a dash of folk and country, will celebrate Homecoming at 9 p.m. in the Main Arena of the Cordts P.E. Center. Original members Dewey Bunnell and Gerry Beckley will be on hand with the clean vocal harmonies, uncluttered arrangements and evocative lyrics that have pleased fans around the globe. Their hit album, "A Horse with No Name," sold more than a million copies and earned America the Best New Artists Grammy in 1972. Singer-songwriter Jonathan Edwards, best known for his '70's hits, "Sunshine" and "Have Yourself a Good Time for Me," will open for America. Tickets can be purchased by calling the FSU Cultural Events Series Box Office at 1-(800) 866-849-9237, or (301) 687-3137.

Social events and reunions scheduled on Saturday include the Alumni & Students of Color Reunion, BACCHUS/BURG Peer Education Reunion, Alpha XI Delta Alumni Picnic, FSU Marching Band & Alumni Reunion, Varsity Club Social, All-Alumni & Reunions Cocktail Reception and Class of 1966 Reunion Dinner.

On Sunday, homecoming participants can join the Student Government Association for its annual Big Event to clean up trash in the City of Frostburg. Those interested should come to the Lane Center's Alice R. Manicur Hall at 12:30 p.m. Alumni teams are welcome. Stargazers can learn about "Deep Space Mysteries" in the FSU Planetarium, located in Tawes Hall, with a choice of shows at 1:30 or 7 p.m.

Homecoming Weekend comes to a close with the President's Concert featuring alumni, faculty and outstanding student musicians, to be held at 3 p.m. in the PAC's Pealer Recital Hall. This event is free.

This year, FSU is offering two opportunities for alumni and the public to serve others by collecting non-perishable food items for the Western Maryland Food Bank and cash donations for First Book, a reading program that offers books to young Allegany County children who may not have access to them.

For more information about any Homecoming events, call the FSU Office of Alumni Programs at (301) 687-4068, or visit the FSU Web site at

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, (301) 687-4102, TDD (301) 687-7955.

For further information on this release, contact:

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Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-3171
Fax: 301-687-7589