Homecoming and Family Day - October 9, 2010

Carnival, football game, helicopter rides, lectures and much more!

Montclair State University's Homecoming and Family Day 2010 on Saturday, October 9, promises to be a day of fun for the entire family with music, food, the annual parade of student performances, a carnival, and the traditional Homecoming football game.

The event is open to the public and area residents are encouraged to bring their families and participate in the day's activities. Parking on campus will be free.

The day begins at 9:30 a.m. with a Marine Corp Flight Orientation in the University Hall Courtyard. Participants can take a free ride in a civilian model Marine Corps helicopter and get an aerial view of campus. Rides will be available through noon on a first-come-first-served basis. Members of the Marine Corps Officer Selection Program will be available to answer questions.

The Homecoming and Family Day carnival and barbecue will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. around College Hall and the Alumni Green. There will be rides, games, and traditional carnival fare. In addition, local businesses will be on hand to give demonstrations and hand out product samples. A merchant coupon will also be available that can be used at a number of area businesses that will be offering special discounts through October 15. For a complete list of participating merchants, go to Homecoming Sponsors.

This year's Homecoming football game begins at 3 p.m. at Sprague Field when the Red Hawks take on The College of New Jersey Lions. Tailgating will begin at 1 p.m. in Parking Lot 7 and fans may bring their own food and non-alcoholic beverages. Then get ready for the game and this year's half-time show featuring the Drums of Thunder of Montclair.

Before the game, attendees can take a seat in the amphitheater for the Homecoming Parade beginning at noon or head over to Pittser Field where the men's soccer team will take on the City College of New York.

For those looking for indoor activities, ice skating is available in the Floyd Hall Ice Arena from 1 to 3 p.m. and Vinyasa Power Yoga led by instructors from Garden State Yoga at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. in College Hall, Room 315. (Participants are asked to wear form-fitted, comfortable clothing and to bring a mat and towel.)

This year's Mini-University will feature three Montclair State professors: Debra Zellner of the Department of Psychology will present "Why We Eat What We Eat" at 11 a.m.; Kirsten Monsen of Biology and Molecular Biology will present "Conservation Genetics: Frogs, Toads and Fungus! Oh My!" at 1 p.m.; and Hugh Curnutt of Communication Studies will present "Flashing Your Phone: The Practice of Sexting and the Remediation of Teenage Sexuality" at 2 p.m. All lectures will take place in College Hall, Room 310.

For art enthusiasts, the unique works of Will Barnet, who will celebrate his 100th birthday next year, will be on display in the George Segal Gallery. The exhibit will feature Barnet's works of the last 60 years, which are devoted to a fusion of his long-time preoccupation with total abstraction and figuration. The Gallery will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If you're interested in seeing more of the campus, shuttle tours will leave regularly from behind the Student Center between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Theatergoers can enjoy a performance of "Kaleidoscope" at Kasser Theater at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 973-655-5112 or online at www.peakperfs.org.

A variety of events and programs are scheduled for the week leading up to Homecoming and Family Day. For a complete list of events, go to www.montclair.edu/homecoming.

Released: September 23, 2010