February 17, 2011
UNC Asheville will hold its Homecoming 2011 celebration from February 23-26. Special events range from the annual homecoming parade and basketball games to a step show and tailgate party. A number of activities are open to the public. Festivities kick off with UNC Asheville’s annual homecoming parade at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25. The parade will roll down University Heights with floats created by a host of UNC Asheville organizations, departments and individuals. Additional events open to the public include the following:
UNC Asheville’s men’s basketball team will play High Point University at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, in Justice Center. The homecoming court will be presented at halftime. Tickets are $15 reserved and $10 general admission.
"Uneven Fairways," a documentary film hosted by Samuel L. Jackson that examines the stories and struggles of African-American professional golfers during segregation, will be screened at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, in the Humanities Lecture Hall. Filmmaker and journalist Pete McDaniel, a UNC Asheville alumnus, will also present a talk about the history of African-Americans in golf, concentrating on the black golf tour in which Asheville played a vital role. The film and talk are free and open to the public.
A pre-game tailgate party will be held from noon-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, in the Karpen Hall parking lot. Free food and drinks will be provided. The event is free and open to the public.
UNC Asheville’s men’s basketball team will play Radford at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, in the Justice Center. New inductees into the Athletics Hall of Fame will be announced during halftime. Tickets are $15 reserved and $10 general admission.
Schools from across the country will compete in a step show at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, at the Crowne Plaza Tennis & Golf Resort Asheville. Step shows, popularized by historically black fraternities, feature high-energy synchronized dance routines, comprising elements of African dances and military exhibition drills. This event is open to the public, with $5 admission; free for students.
For more information about homecoming events, call UNC Asheville's Alumni Office at 828.251.6512 or go to the Homecoming 2011 Web page.