University of Waterloo welcomes local community to Homecoming 2010

Monday, September 20, 2010
WATERLOO, Ont. (Monday, Sept. 20, 2010) - The University of Waterloo is inviting the local community to help celebrate Homecoming 2010 with a barbecue on Friday, Sept. 24 and a series of activities on Saturday, Sept. 25.

"You don’t have to be a Waterloo grad to enjoy Homecoming,” said alumni officer Chantel Franklin. “This is a great event, especially for families with young children. There’s plenty to see and do, and most of our activities are free.”

Occupants of the university's research and technology park will hold a charity barbecue at TechTown, 340 Hagey Blvd., at 11:30 a.m. on Friday. Everyone is welcome to enjoy hotdogs and hamburgers, meet the men’s and women’s Waterloo Warriors rugby teams and enjoy game day music. Lunch is $5 at the event. Proceeds benefit the Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation.

On Saturday, the community is invited to attend various free events, beginning at 10 a.m. with a family carnival at B.C. Matthews Hall Green.

Special guest Curious George will greet young visitors and a free book is available to the first 200 families. Kids can also enjoy games, bouncy castles, face painting and miniature pony rides. The Water Boys, a student a cappella group, will also perform. In case of rain, the carnival will be held in the Student Life Centre.

At 11 a.m., the starter's pistol sounds for the 25th annual Applied Health Sciences Fun Run. This year, chip technology will record runners’ times. Local chiropractors Jaclyn Witt and Greg Lusk will offer complimentary post-race stretching, soft tissue therapy and treatment for participants.

Renison University College's East Asian festival highlights Korean, Chinese and Japanese culture from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Also at 11 a.m., St. Paul's University College hosts its seventh annual Pow Wow, featuring traditional aboriginal music, dancing and food. Tickets for the Pow Wow are $5.

At 1 p.m., Waterloo’s women’s rugby team takes on the Brock Badgers on Waterloo's north campus at 1 p.m. The men’s team meets the Guelph Gryphons at 3 p.m.

A complete list of events is available at homecoming.uwaterloo.ca/schedule/index.html.

All events are free, except where otherwise indicated. Parking is free in lots A, C, M, N, R, W and X.

About Waterloo

The University of Waterloo, located at the heart of Canada's Technology Triangle, is one of Canada's leading comprehensive universities. Waterloo is home to 30,000 full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students who are dedicated to making the future better and brighter. Waterloo, known for the largest post- secondary co-operative education program in the world, supports enterprising partnerships in learning, research and discovery. For more information about Waterloo, visit www.uwaterloo.ca.

Contacts:

Beth Bohnert, Alumni Officer, Communications, 519-888-4567, ext. 35353
or bbohnert@uwaterloo.ca

John Morris, Waterloo Media Relations, 519-888-4435 or jmorris@uwaterloo.ca

Waterloo release no. 71


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