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Family Weekend and Homecoming slated for Oct. 24 - 26

September 24, 2003

An estimated crowd of 2,500, including students, their families and Bentley alumni, is expected to converge on the Bentley campus October 24 -26 to celebrate Family Weekend and Homecoming 2003 in the spirit of, "Bentley Goes Hollywood -- Rolling out the Red Carpet!"

For the first time in a decade, the two events will share the same weekend in October, adding a family dimension to Homecoming, traditionally a student and alumni event, according to Family Weekend coordinator Jim Morris. Fewer home football games and fewer available fall weekends, due to Rosh Hashanah (Sept. 26-28) and the Oct. 5 undergraduate Open House, figured in to the decision to schedule both events for the last weekend in October.

"We're going to try it and see how it works," said Morris, who is arts and lectures coordinator. "But I think it will be great: More people watching the Homecoming parade, more people cheering for the Falcons, more spirit all over the campus."

Families will arrive right in the midst of festivities. On Friday, Oct. 24, all are welcome to join students as they craft Hollywood-themed floats on the Greenspace, and enjoy one of many desserts that will be offered. Saturday morning, families join President Joe Morone for the annual, and ever-popular, Jazz Brunch in the Seasons Dining Room at the Student Center.

Homecoming 2003

Sat., Oct. 25

Homecoming Parade: 12:30 p.m.

Starts at LaCava and ends at Dana Center.

Homecoming Football: The Bentley Falcons vs. Plymouth State Panthers

Kick-off at 2 p.m., Dana Athletic Center Fields

Before the Homecoming Parade, which starts at 12:30 p.m., families will have time to check out the global markets in the Trading Room and two interactive Student Life workshops: "Letting them go . . .off to college," with Roger Danchise, director of Counseling and Student Development, and "Protecting Your Investment: Alcohol use by college students," with Monica L. Weaver, alcohol and other drug education coordinator. Danchise will discuss the physical and emotional processes of letting go of your college student and Weaver will offer practical guidelines for talking to children about the appropriate role of alcohol and drugs in their lives. Post-football game events will include dinner in Boston, a Café Royal dessert reception and Tau Kappa Epsilon's 33rd Annual Monte Carlo Night. For more information and registration go to: http://www.bentley.edu/events/family_weekend/

For current students, Homecoming 2003 begins several days before families and alumni arrive on campus.

"This year Homecoming is going to be big," said sophomore Mike Blumenfeld, special events chairperson for the Campus Activity Board (CAB). "So far, the spirit of the freshman class has been incredible so I think there will be a lot of participation from each class, making Homecoming 2003 something not to miss."

Students kick off Homecoming on Monday, Oct. 20, with the annual Scavenger Hunt. This year's list includes 80 eclectic items to challenge resourceful participants competing for first-and-second-place cash prizes. Festivities continue with BreakinHundred performing at the Wednesday Pub Event. On Thursday, the Kappa Pi Alpha's annual Octoberfest (co-sponsored this year with CAB) will feature live music and a costume contest for those who want to dress up as their favorite Hollywood stars. And after working on parade floats that have a Hollywood theme,a concert on the Greenspace will close out the week, featuring-- well, according to Blumenfeld, it's a surprise.

As for alumni, early birds can begin their Homecoming Saturday by showing up to support the women's varsity Volleyball team in a game against Southern Connecticut at 9 a.m..Or, they can cheer for the women's varsity Field Hockeyteam in a game against Franklin Pierce at 10 a.m.. Also at 10, former Bentley volleyball players can come off the sidelines for a friendly Women's Volleyball Alumnae game in the Dana Center Gym. For alumni who sleep late on Saturday, the celebration starts at noon at the Baseball Field Lot, Lower Campus, where it will be Time Out with new friends and old to enjoy music, free BBQ and a beer tent. After the Homecoming football game, Alumni go into overtime at the Atlas Bar & Grill, Lansdowne St., Boston.

"Homecoming is a terrific way to catch up with former classmates," said Barbara McCarthy, director of Alumni Relations. "But what's really great is to watch alumni react to the physical changes that have taken place on campus since they were here last: They're amazed. And once you start talking about Bentley being rated one of the Hot Twelve Schools of 2004, and the caliber of the current students -- then you really begin to see a sense of Bentley pride."

Homecoming 2003 and Family Weekend are possible through the combined efforts of Student Life, the Student Government Association (SGA), CAB, Alumni Relations, Athletics, Facilities Management, Sodexho, Campus Police and many others dedicated to making the events successful.

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