Students gear up for Homecoming Week

Aurora University cheerleaders cheer on the Spartans during Homecoming 2011

Members of the Aurora University Cheerleading and Dance Team cheer on the Spartans during the 2011 Homecoming football game.

Students are preparing to celebrate a special Homecoming this year with festivities commemorating the 100-year anniversary of the institution’s move from Mendota to Aurora and activities centered around the theme “Back to the Future.” Monday, October 1 marks the beginning of Homecoming Week, which will culminate with the Homecoming football game against Benedictine University on Saturday, October 6 at 1:00 p.m. on Vago Field. There will be a variety of activities planned for the week, including an all-campus lunch and fun-filled spirit events.

Monday, October 1

Homecoming King  and Queen Voting – 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.; Spartan Spot
Pep Rally – 7:00-8:00 p.m,; Thornton Gymnasium
Comedy Stunt Duo: Project Dynamite – 10:00-11:00 p.m.; Crimi Auditorium

Tuesday, October 2

Homecoming King and Queen Voting – 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.; Dunham Hall Atrium
Back to the Future Buttons
– 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.; Dunham Hall Atrium
Magician: Matt Franco – 10:00-11:00 p.m.; Crimi Auditorium

Wednesday, October 3

Homecoming King and Queen Voting – 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.; Spartan Spot
Powder Puff Football Game
– 4:30-6:30 p.m.; University Quadrangle
Mentalist: Chris Carter – 10:00-11:00 p.m.; Crimi Auditorium

Thursday, October 4

Make Your Own Pepsi Floats – 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.; Spartan Spot
Comedian: Brian Moote – 10:00 p.m.; University Banquet Hall

Friday, October 5
Spartan Spirit Night – 8:00-11:00 p.m.; Spartan Spot

Saturday, October 6

“Journey of a Lifetime: The Rocky Road from Mendota to Aurora,” a lecture presented by Susan Palmer, PhD – 9:30–10:45 a.m.; Perry Theatre
All-Campus Homecoming Lunch - 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.; University Quadrangle
*Lunch is free, but reservations are required. Call 630-844-5486 or email alumni@aurora.edu.
Arrival of the Spartan Torch – 12:45 p.m.; Vago Field
Homecoming Football Game: AU vs. Benedictine University – 1:00 p.m.; Vago Field
Arts and Ideas Concert: New Sousa Band – 7:30 p.m.; Crimi Auditorium
*Reservations are required for this free event. To register, email artsandideas@aurora.edu or visit AUartsandideas.com.