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Liberty gears up for Homecoming 2012 this weekend

October 1, 2012 : Liberty University News Service

Homecoming Weekend, a highly anticipated annual tradition at Liberty University, welcomes alumni Oct. 4-6 with an abundance of exciting events planned all across campus. The Alumni Relations Office predicts this to be the largest Homecoming draw ever at Liberty.

The weekend begins with Convocation on Friday morning with actor/producer Kirk Cameron, best known for his role on the hit television show “Growing Pains” and faith-based movies like “Left Behind” and “Fireproof.”

There will be a cookout on Friday night at the Hancock Welcome Center with carnival rides followed by the annual Homecoming Bonfire, featuring the drumline from the Liberty University Marching Band.

Flames fans from all over are welcome to unite at several Athletics events Friday night including men’s soccer, women’s volleyball, and Division II men’s hockey.

Saturday is chock full of activities, including more athletics events, campus tours, the Deep Hollow Half Marathon and 5K trail race at Camp Hydaway, and a tailgate party on the lawn of the Welcome Center. The weekend activities culminate at the annual Homecoming Parade at 1 p.m. and Homecoming football game against Gardner-Webb at 3:30.

“This year we will be providing more activities for alumni and their families than ever before,” said Tyler Falwell (’06), director of Alumni Relations at Liberty.

With so many changes taking place around campus, including the campus transformation, there will be “Then and Now” signs placed at various locations. These signs will have a photo of what the location looked like in the past.

“As alumni director its important for me to make sure we never forget where we came from and those that were on the ride along the way,” Falwell said. “Some of our alumni's fondest times while at Liberty were some of the early days which many would consider hardships.  These hard times is what brought the alumni closer than ever and created such a strong bond.”

Events for Homecoming 2012

Thursday, Oct. 4

6-9 p.m. - Check-In: Hancock Welcome Center, Cost: Free

7 p.m.- Women's Soccer: East Campus Field, Cost: Free

Friday, Oct. 5

9 a.m.-9 p.m. - Check-In: Hancock Welcome Center, Cost: Free

10 a.m. - Convocation: Vines Center, Cost: Free

3 p.m. - Campus Tours: Hancock Welcome Center, Cost: Free

5:30-7:30 p.m. - Friday Cookout: Hancock Welcome Center, Cost: $7 per person or $25 for family of five

5:30-7 p.m. - Liberty University Aviation Cookout: Academic Center - Airport Campus, Cost: Free. Event is open to all Aviation Alumni and their families. Please RSVP guest count to aviation@liberty.edu.

7 p.m. - Men's Division II Hockey: LaHaye Ice Center, Cost: Free

7 p.m. - Men's Soccer: East Campus Field, Cost: Free

7 p.m. - Women's Volleyball: Vines Center, Cost: Free

7:30 p.m. - Theater "Into the Woods": Tower Theater, Cost: $15 Adult, $8 Youth (with ID up to high school). For more information or to purchase tickets click here.

7-10 p.m. - Carnival games and rides: Back of Hancock Welcome Center, Cost: Free with Homecoming registration. Come enjoy carnival rides, games, and refreshments with your fellow alumni.

9 p.m. - Homecoming Bonfire: Location Green Hall parking lot, Cost: Free. Drumline, Coach Turner Gill, Flames cheerleaders, and Sparky will be in attendance, click here for more information.

Saturday, Oct. 6

8 a.m.- Game time - Check-In: Hancock Welcome Center, Cost: Free

8 a.m. - Deep Hollow Half Marathon and 5k Trail Race: Camp Hydaway, Cost: Click here. For more information on registration, on packet pick-up, and other questions please visit Student Activities.

11 a.m.-3 p.m. -¨Ministry Teams Tailgate: Parking Lot of Doc's Diner, Cost: Free. This tailgate is for members of all Ministry Teams (past and present) and their families. Please rsvp to hjbruce@liberty.edu.

12 p.m.- Game time - Alumni Tailgate: Front lawn of the Hancock Welcome Center, Cost: $5 per person

12 p.m.- Game time - Seminary/School of Religion Tailgate: Front lawn of the Hancock Welcome Center, Cost: Free. The Seminary and School of Religion would like to invite all of their alumni to come and fellowship with professors and old classmates before the big game. Grab your lunch in the Alumni tent (Cost is $5 per person) and come eat with us. We will have free giveaways for all who attend, snacks, and door prizes.

12-3 p.m. - Carnival games and rides: Back of Hancock Welcome Center, Cost: Free with Homecoming registration. Come enjoy carnival rides, games and refreshments with your fellow alumni.

1 p.m. - Annual Parade: University Boulevard, Cost: Free. Click here for more information.

1 p.m. - Women's Field Hockey: Liberty Field Hockey Field (East Campus), Cost: Free

1 p.m. - Women's Volleyball: Vines Center, Cost: Free

2-2:30 p.m. - SOAR Dunk Team: Parking lot of Doc's Diner, Cost: Free. The SOAR dunk team, sponsored by the Department of Ministry Teams, will be putting on a performance at the parking lot of Doc's Diner. Come enjoy 30 minutes of high-flying dunks at a rapid pace.

3:30 p.m. - Flames Football Game: Williams Stadium, Cost: $5 Adult, $3 Children 3-11. Children under 2 are free.

7 p.m. - Women's Soccer: East Campus Field, Cost: Free

7:30 p.m. - Theater "Into the Woods": Tower Theater, Cost: $15 Adult, $8 Youth (with ID up to high school). For more information or to purchase tickets click here.

All day - Other Activities Around Campus, Cost: Varied based on activity.

Immediately after the game - Post game reception: Back of Hancock Welcome Center, Cost: Free; Carnival games and rides: Back of Hancock Welcome Center, Cost: Free with Homecoming registration. Come enjoy carnival rides, games, and refreshments with your fellow alumni.