September 30, 2009

Homecoming 2009 Aims to Bring Back "Blue Tradition" to SSU

homecoming.jpgSonoma State University may no longer have a football team, but that isn't going to stop the University from a grand, week long celebration of school spirit to bring back Homecoming celebrations to the campus from Oct. 11-15.

The men's and women's soccer teams literally kick off this brand new "Blue Tradition" with weekend games on Sun., Oct 11. Game time is 11:30 a.m. for women's soccer and 2 p.m. for men's soccer. Game day festivities on the Juniper Lawn includes bands, food, a club fair for the over 100 clubs and organizations on-campus.

A morning "Fun Run" led by the SSU cross country team to support the team and a local food bank will involve members of sororities and fraternities, student organizations, sport clubs, athletic teams and alumni. Great music from "Down Dirty Shake" and "Open Market" will be featured

. Visitors are urged to bring their lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets and dress in Sonoma State spirit wear as the price of admission.

A Super Nooner hosted by the Associated Student Productions livens up the Darwin Quad at noon on Tues., Oct 13 with a live performance by "The Beat Meters," a local band whose jazz version of generation-spanning, danceable rock, pop, jazz and blues covers has made them a hit all across the San Francisco Bay Area.

The "Spiritual Roots Reggae" legends "Groundation" performs for one show only at their alma mater at 8 p.m. in the Commons.

The Distinguished Alumni Awards and the Midnight Madness conclude Homecoming 2009 activities. Distinguished Alumni Awards will be presented to Shirlee Zane and Chris Fritzche. Adrian Praetzellis and Sheila Mackintosh-Sims will be recognized with faculty and staff honors on Oct. 15.

Midnight Madness includes a Basketball Team Spirit Rally and Golf Team Tribute in the main gymnasium at 9:30 p.m. on Oct. 15. Greek Life hosts a canned food drive as the price of admission to the gym that evening.

Homecoming celebrations also encompass Hutchins Reunion Week, which is celebrated on Mon., Oct. 12 to recognize an educational experiment that has turned into a highly-respected 40-year institution at SSU.

In conjunction with Parent/Family Weekend, Homecoming 2009 also offers opportunities to visit campus art galleries, sit in on a theatre production of Dancing at Lughnasa, attend lectures and take a tour of the Green Music Center.

For complete details about Homecoming 2009 festivities, visit

Jean Wasp
Media Relations Coordinator
University Affairs
(707) 664-2057