Homecoming Activities at Denison Open to Community Kids & Adults
Posted: October 17, 2001
GRANVILLE - Denison's Homecoming 2001 events will take "A Magical Cruise," offering special events for community kids of all ages on Saturday (Oct. 20).
Student coordinators for "Spirit Week Events" for Homecoming are Elizabeth Carlisle and Lindsay Clark, sophomore students who both graduated from Ann Arbor's (Mich.) Pioneer High School in 2000 but did not meet until arriving at Denison. Carlisle, daughter of Darcy and Kristopher Carlisle, Fall Creek Lane, is a biochemistry major and dance minor. Holder of a Heritage Scholarship and a dean's list student, she is a member of the Denison Dance Team and Delta Gamma Sorority. She has served on the August Orientation staff and is a member of the Honors Program. Clark, daughter of Kathryn and Spaulding Clark, Deerfield Place, is a psychology and English double major at Denison. She holds a Provost's Award, is a dean's list student and is a member of Pi Beta Phi.
At 11 a.m. on Saturday, Denison's "Doo-Dah" Parade will begin at Broadway and Main, proceeding along East Broadway and North Pearl Streets to the Mitchell Recreation and Athletics Center. The zany promenade will feature festive bands, golf cart to full-size floats and the Big Red Buzzard. Area residents are encouraged to come out and enjoy the antics of this Denison Homecoming tradition.
A pumpkin-carving contest is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. under the tent on the field adjoining Bancroft House on campus. Children will draw the faces, and adult helpers will do the actual pumpkin carving. Prizes will be awarded in various age categories. The student members of the Humane Society Committee of the Denison Community Association sponsor the contest. Pumpkins will be available at no charge, but donations will be accepted. Proceeds will benefit the Licking County Humane Society. If you plan to have your child participate, please call the Denison Alumni Office at 740-587-6576 in advance so enough pumpkins will be on hand for everyone.
From 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the same site, students from Denison's Honors Program will host a kids' carnival, featuring face painting and games such as ring toss and piÃ±atas. There is no charge for participating.
New this year, is "Mutiny on the Bouncer" - a 36-foot-long inflatable ship with slides and cushy surfaces for pint-sized pirates. Kids from three to 12 can mutiny to their hearts' content from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. aboard the bouncy Bounty. These activities will move into the Mitchell Center in case of rain.
A slightly quieter event for adults is a presentation on library resources for the 21st century and optional tours of the Denison library. Scottie Cochrane, director of the library, and members of the library staff will welcome alumni and friends from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday in The Presidents Room of the William Howard Doane Library for "Breakfast for Book Lovers." Another Saturday event is the 4:30 p.m. ceremony to dedicate a weeping cherry tree in memory of the late Professor Emeritus Elliot D. Borishansky. The tree is located at the northwest corner of Burton Hall on the lower campus.
Denison's Classic Homecomers' Lunch will be in the Mitchell Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The tailgate fare buffet, featuring brats, chili and German potato salad, is open to all. Tickets purchased at the door will be $10 for adults, $5 for children aged 6 to 12, and free for children under six.
Earlier on Saturday, a 5K run/walk will leave at 8 a.m. from the Livingston Fieldhouse. Area runners are invited to participate in this invigorating event.
Home varsity athletic events include: women's field hockey vs. the College of Wooster at 11 a.m. on the women's field hockey and lacrosse field; football vs. Earlham College at 1 p.m. in Piper Stadium; and women's soccer vs. Elmhurst College at 7 p.m. on Barclay-Thomsen Field.
During halftime of the football game against Earlham, five Denisonians will be inducted into the Varsity D Association Hall of Fame for their achievements in varsity athletics at Denison. They are: Christopher C. Wilson '85, football; William D. McLean IV '86, tennis; David H. Elliott '87, football and baseball; Jennifer Sherbrooke Palmer '90, field hockey and lacrosse; and Richard S. Scott, a long-time Denison teacher and coach. A reception in honor of the inductees will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday in the Mitchell Center.
Earlier in the Homecoming weekend's festivities, community members are invited to join Denison trustees and alumni in ceremonies marking the official "groundbreaking" for Denison's two newest buildings. The Samson Talbot Hall of Biological Science ceremony is set for 4:30 p.m. on Thursday (Oct. 18) just east of the Olin Hall plaza. The Burton D. Morgan Center ceremony is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Friday (Oct. 19) on the lawn of Beth Eden House.
"Mud, Sweat and Cheers: An Update on Denison's Construction Projects" will be presented by Art Chonko, director of Denison's physical plant department. The talk, which will offer information on the two new buildings and the Campus Common and parking garage project, is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday in the lobby level of Slayter Student Union.
All of these events are open to the public. Please contact Tammy Stout, Homecoming coordinator, at (740) 587-6576 for more information.
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