Homecoming and Scot Fest Moving to November

Break out your kilt and your bagpipes, Homecoming game and Scot Fest will be held on November 16

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The UC Riverside Cheer Team will be performing at Homecoming and Scot Fest in November 2013. Photo by Carlos Puma

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — For the first time in almost a decade, UC Riverside’s Homecoming is moving to fall quarter. The week-long celebration of all-things-Highlander will be highlighted by a full slate of activities including The Homecoming Bonfire and Fireworks show on Friday, Nov. 15 and the sixth annual Scot Fest and the UCR men’s basketball game against Montana State on Saturday, Nov. 16.

For the last several years, the annual celebration has been held during winter featuring the final games of the season for the UCR men’s and women’s basketball teams.

“By holding Homecoming in the Fall, which is the tradition for most colleges and universities, we have a better opportunity to engage many more alumni and parents in a family-friendly event, allowing them to experience the best of UCR, add a great set of events to the fall calendar for students and help to kick off an exciting season of men’s basketball,” said Jorge Ancona, assistant vice chancellor for alumni and constituent relations.

Past Homecoming events included HEAT, the campus’ winter music festival. While Homecoming is moving to the fall, HEAT is not. The popular concert event will continue to take place during winter quarter — exactly where students wanted it.

For students, the week of homecoming festivities will commence on Tuesday, Nov. 12 with Scotty’s Birthday Party at noon at the Bell Tower. That evening will feature the R’Movement Dance Performance at University Theater. A supersized Nooner concert will highlight Wednesday’s activities and Thursday will feature the “Get Your Gear On” event, where students will have the opportunity to get free t-shirts, receive giveaways and play in a number of carnival-style games.

The annual Homecoming Bonfire and Fireworks show sponsored by the Associated Students Program Board will be held on Friday, November 15 near the Softball Field.  A full schedule of events can be found at rside.ucr.edu.

Saturday’s festivities start with the 7th annual Spirit of the Tribes 5k run at 7:30 a.m. Other events designed to appeal to returning alumni, parents and the general public include several reunions and receptions, “Back to Class” presentations, hikes up to the “C”, tours of the Botanic Gardens and the Lothian Residence Hall, and a bug petting zoo. The Scot Fest runs from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and will feature a food truck festival, student performances, games, information booths, and much more. The homecoming basketball game tips off at 4 p.m. at the Student Recreation Center.  More information on the Saturday events can be found at scotfest.ucr.edu.  The registration deadline is Nov. 6th.

Ancona said that the university has sent out more than 65,000 invitations to alumni and parents throughout the state of California, inviting them to return to campus for Homecoming.

“This is one of the largest mailings we have sent out,” he said. “We want to invite everyone to come back to UCR, to visit the campus and see how we’ve grown and changed.”

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