The honoring  of a major part of Concord history and the opportunity to renew wedding vows will be among the highlights of Concord University's annual Homecoming Week next week.

Sarah Turner, CU's Director of Alumni Relations, said Tuesday, "The biggest reason for the week is to allow alumni the opportunity to catch up with old friends. This is often the only time or is the best time for our alumni to do so. Activities are scheduled throughout Homecoming Week.

A tradition among Greek organizations and other campus groups is the annual competition for Homecoming Royalty ending with the announcement of the winners at halftime during the football game.

During Concord’s annual Homecoming Parade scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 3 at 6 p.m. on Vermillion St. in Athens., candidates and members of their organizations will display floats, banners and costumes as part of the competition. Billboards will also be located around campus. Theme for 2013 is “Grimm’s Fairy Tales.”

The Grand Marshal for this year's parade is Billy Owens, Concord Class of 1958, who was the first African-American athlete in Concord history. He will also serve as an honorary captain for the Mountain Lions in their game Saturday according to Turner.

"Mr. Owens lives in Long Beach, New York. We're obviously excited that he is making the trip down here," Turner added.

Area businesses, clubs and other organizations interested in placing entries in the parade should email cuevents@concord.edu or call 304-384-6286.

After the parade Concord homecoming tradition continues with a bonfire in the Valley.

The Career Symposium, in its fifth year at Concord, will be held on Friday, Oct. 4. Sponsored by Concord University’s Advancement/Career Services Office, the event will connect current students with alumni. Concord graduates will speak on a wide variety of career options and offer helpful employment tips for undergraduates. The symposium will allow students to talk with alumni and make important business connections that can be used in obtaining internships or jobs.

"That is a very good opportunity for alumni to come back to campus and share their experiences at Concord with current students and how their experiences shaped their current careers," Turner said.

  For more information on the Career Symposium, contact the Advancement/Career Services Office at careerservices@concord.edu or 304-384-5325.

 The annual Alumni Reception and Pig Roast are scheduled for Oct. 4 at University Point. The reception begins at 5 p.m. in the Pais Fellowship Hall followed by the pig roast at 6 p.m.

Turner said, "The pig roast started last year as an opportunity for alumni to get together in an informal fashion and enjoy a good meal in the process."

RSVP on-line by today at on Concord’s website.

Activities continue on Oct. 4 with the Lip Sync Contest at 8 p.m. in the Main Gymnasium of the Carter Center.

Game day festivities continue on Oct. 5 with a number of activities. A wedding vow renewal ceremony for Concord couples will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Wilkes Family Chapel at University Point.

Turner said, "That actually came about from our brainstorming about what we could do for this year's Homecoming. A lot of marriages started when the couples first met at Concord and giving those couples the chance  to renew their vows in the chapel would be a good event."

Register to participate by visiting the Concord website listed at the bottom of this story.

An alumni brunch will be held from 10:30 a.m.- noon at University Point.

In celebration of their 50th anniversary, members of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity will hold a time capsule dedication at 10:30 a.m. The ceremony will take place on the lawn between the Jerry and Jean Beasley Student Center and Sarvey Hall.

An Open House will be held at the President’s House noon-1 p.m.

The Lion’s Den Tailgate opens at noon at the football stadium main lot. This event is reserved for invited guests and members of the Concord University Alumni Association.

Turner said, "Those alumni who are not members of the Alumni Association can sign up Friday night or Saturday morning and still participate in the tailgate event."

The Concord Mountain Lions will host the Fairmont State Falcons at Callaghan Stadium at 2 p.m. At half-time of the game, the Homecoming King and Queen will be crowned.

A post-game concert featuring The Boatmen and Gage, featuring Concord alumnus Todd Hanchock on lead vocals, will be held on the Carter Center Lawn. There is no admission charge.

Tau Kappa Epsilon will hold an alumni golf outing at Pipestem State Park on Sunday, Oct. 6.

For more information on Homecoming 2013 email advancement@concord.edu or alumni@concord.edu or call 304-384-6311 or 304-384-5348.

Visit http://www.concord.edu/advancement/homecoming for additional gatherings and events and updates to the Homecoming schedule.

 - Jeff Harvey can be contacted at delimartman@yahoo.com and jharvey1@frontiernet.net.

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