Media Advisory/Photo Opportunity: Colorado State University Invites Community to Join in Homecoming and Family Weekend Celebrations Oct. 10-13

Colorado State University shows what it means to be a stalwart Ram with this year’s Homecoming and Family Weekend, a tradition that invites students, employees, alumni and community members of all ages to join in on the fun.

Dorothy Horrell, chair of the Board of Governors of the Colorado State University System, will serve as Grand Marshal of the 2013 Colorado State University Homecoming parade, set for Friday, Oct. 11 in Fort Collins. Fort Collins and campus community members are invited to cheer on CSU as the parade marches through Old Town Fort Collins en route to campus.

Horrell, who has a distinguished career in higher education that spans nearly three decades, served as president of the Community Colleges of Colorado and president of Red Rocks Community College in Lakewood prior to becoming the CSU System chair. She also served as the president of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation. Horrell is from Holyoke, Colo. and attended CSU for her bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate.

The annual parade is just one of the highlights of Homecoming and Family Weekend, which begins Thursday, Oct. 10 and runs through Sunday, Oct. 13. Both the University and Fort Collins communities are encouraged to show what it means to be a stalwart Ram by participating in this year’s Homecoming parade, themed “#StalwartRam.”

Homecoming and Family Weekend Details

This year’s Homecoming celebration will highlight events, including a mentalist, a featured concert from local bands, the Distinguished Alumni Awards Banquet, Festival on the Oval, the parade, pep rally, bonfire, and fireworks, a volleyball match against Utah State, annual Homecoming 5K Race, an open house at the Durrell Center and the CSU football game against San Jose State.

The Distinguished Alumni Awards Banquet recognizes CSU alumni who have distinguished themselves professionally and have made contributions to the university through their time or philanthropy. The reception will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10 at the Embassy Suites in Loveland, 4705 Clydesdale Parkway. Registration is required for the event; information can be found at

CSU Ram volleyball will take on Utah State at 7 p.m. Oct. 10 at Moby Arena. Tickets can be purchased online at or at

Festival on the Oval will kick off the weekend at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11 on the University’s historic Oval. Alumni, students, parents, families and community members are all invited to enjoy music by Better than Bacon, local food, a beer garden, inflatable activities and share in the fun before watching the parade from the best seats in town.

The Homecoming parade will begin at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, at the intersection of Howes Street and Oak Street in downtown Fort Collins and will end at the intersection of Meridian Avenue and University Avenue. The 90-minute parade will feature CAM the Ram, the CSU Marching Band and a wide variety of student and community organizations. For registration details or a map of the parade route, visit

The pep rally, bonfire, fireworks and lighting of the ‘A’ will begin on the Lory Student Center West Lawn after the culmination of the Homecoming Parade. The event is free and open to the public.

The annual Homecoming 5K Race kicks off Saturday’s events beginning at 8 a.m. at the CSU Oval. Participants of all ages are encouraged to join. Proceeds from the race will benefit the Heart Disease Prevention Program of the Human Performance Clinical/Research Lab. Registration is $20 if registered by Oct. 4, $25 by Oct. 11 and $30 if registering the day of the event. For more details or to register, visit

This year, campus and community members are invited to an open house at the newly renovated Durrell Center, a student programming building that includes a dining center that showcases a new modern style, a gelato bar and Ram waffles! Light refreshments and donut holes will be served for free on the main level and tours of the building will be offered. Parents visiting students with meal plans eat for free in the residence halls, and community guests also can purchase a ticket at the door for $6 for a hearty all-you-care-to-eat Homecoming breakfast.

The Homecoming and Family Weekend Tailgate will be held from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. preceding the CSU v. San Jose State game, which kicks off at 1:30 p.m. Tickets for the tailgate are $20 for Alumni Association and Ram Club members and $25 for non-members. Registration is required and can be found at For more information, contact the Alumni Association at (800) 286-2586.

The Homecoming Football Game – CSU vs. San Jose State – will kickoff at 1:30 p.m. at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium.

CSU Ram volleyball will take on Boise State at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at Moby Arena. Tickets can be purchased online at or at

The University Center for the Arts also is offering a variety of concerts and performances throughout the weekend. Visit to learn more.

For a complete list of events or more details about Homecoming and Family Weekend activities or registration, visit