Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About UCR’s Homecoming & Scot Fest

The complete, comprehensive guide to the events of Homecoming, 2013

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – By now it is fairly common knowledge that UCR will celebrate Homecoming on  November 16, 2013. The week-long celebration of all-things-UCR will begin on Tuesday, Nov. 12 with  Scotty’s Birthday party on Tuesday, Nov. 12 and features a full day of campus-wide celebration on Saturday, Nov. 16, including the Highlanders men’s basketball team hosting the Montana State Bobcats at 4 p.m. in the Student Recreation Center.

In order to provide the fullest Homecoming experience possible, we’ve compiled what we believe to be the most comprehensive list of UC Riverside Homecoming events.

The Bonfire will be held on the evening of Nov. 15 near the Amy S. Harrison Softball Field.

The Bonfire will be held on the evening of Nov. 15 near the Amy S. Harrison Softball Field. Photo by Ross French

Here are a few bits of trivia to get you started.

  • More than 65,000 invitations were sent out to alumni, parents and friends of the campus.
  • RSVPs are required for some events and encouraged for others.
  • Some events are limited in the number of guests who can attend and may be sold out.
  • In addition to homecoming, Saturday is also Parents’ Day at UCR, highlighted by the meeting of the UCR Parents Association .
  • Parking for all Saturday events will be available in Lot 24 for $5 for guests without a UCR parking permit.

Homecoming Week

Several student-oriented events are scheduled during the lunch hour in the days leading up to Homecoming. Kicking things off on Tuesday at noon is the birthday party for campus mascot Scotty Highlander at the Bell Tower beginning at noon. The event will feature birthday cupcakes, a photo booth, a virtual graffiti wall, music by student DJ Dee Jay Simplex, and appearances by the UCR Cheer Team and Hylander Hype. This will also be a great chance to get your picture taken with the bear himself.

iLuminate will perform at the R'Movement dance show on Nov. 12.

iLuminate will perform at the R’Movement dance show on Nov. 12. Photo courtesy of iLuminate.

Tuesday evening at 7 p.m., UCR’s R’Movement will host a dance performance at University Theater. The show will feature a performance by iLuminate, a dance group that has become famous for their tightly choreographed routines and their spectacularly illuminated costumes. The show will also showcase student groups and local arts/cultural groups. Admission to the performance is free and it is open to the public. Parking is $5 for non-UCR permit holders.

Wednesday will feature a super-sized homecoming “Nooner” at the Bell Tower featuring Philippine-born folk and pop singer songwriter Alfa Garcia, an inflatable obstacle course, as well as giveaways including t-shirts, water bottles and other items.

The “Get Your Gear On” event will take place on Thursday at noon. Students can get a free screen-printed t-shirt, compete on a bungee basketball court or write on the UCR Memory Wall. Music will be provided by student DJ Zeeswidit.

A special "blue out" T-shirt will be handed out to students

A special “blue out” T-shirt will be handed out to students at the volleyball and basketball games.

Thursday night, the first 100 students in attendance at the UCR volleyball game against UC Irvine will receive a free hot dog as well as the new “Blue Out” special edition t-shirt. First serve is at 7 p.m. at the Student Recreation Center.

Friday’s activities will be highlighted by the annual Bonfire on the lawn next to Amy S. Harrison Field. In addition to the sacrifice of an effigy of the Montana State Bobcat, the party will feature fireworks, a zipline, human gyroscope, a mechanical bull, Acroflight, and an oxygen bar. The first 200 UCR students will receive free food from In ‘n’ Out Burger. Music will be provided by student DJs Dee Jay Simplex, DJ Trio, and Luminox to keep the party going into the night.

More information can be found at http://aspb.ucr.edu.

Homecoming Saturday

The day starts bright and early as Native American Student Programs (NASP) hosts the 8th Annual Spirit of the Tribes 5K run. It will mark the first time that the run will be held in conjunction with Homecoming.

“NASP is definitely excited to host the 8th annual Spirit of the Tribes 5K; 1K & 1/2K Kids’ Fun Runs on Homecoming weekend,” Center Director Joshua Gonzales said. “We are expecting a larger turnout and invite all the alumni, campus and local community to come join us.”

Pre-registration will close on November 10 at 11:59 p.m., but race day signups are available.

The first of two hikes up to the famous “C” on the Box Springs Mountains will start at 9 a.m. and will include information about it’s history as well as the nature reserve that surrounds it. The hike is free, but reservations are required. The 12:15 p.m. hike is at maximum capacity.

There will be many opportunities to get your photo taken with Scotty Highlander.

There will be many opportunities to get your photo taken with Scotty Highlander. Photo by Ross French

Between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., UCR Housing will be offering Tours of the Lothian Residence hall in celebration of its 50th Anniversary. The tour will include a visit to the basement, where several generations of Lothian residents have left their signatures on the walls over the years. The tours are free, but reservations are required.

Five “Back to Class” presentations are scheduled through out the day. All are free and open to the public, but reservations are recommended. The presentations include:

  • Math4All with Pam Clute from 11:00 to noon in HUB 302.
  • Alzheimer’s & Dementia – Exploring the Mysteries of Neurological Disorders featuring a panel made up of Dr. Monica Carson, Professor Sara Mednick and post-doctoral student Crystal Pontrello and moderated by Dr. Paul Lyons from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in HUB 379.
  • Autism in Your Community and Why You Should Care  with Professor Jan Blacher from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. in Sproul Hall 1340.
  • Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology with Professor Sharon Walker from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. in HUB 355.
  • Alien Nation: How Science Fiction Television “Channels” Difference with Professor Sherryl Vint from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. in HUB 302.

Graduate students from UCR’s Gluck Program will host a family-friendly hands-on activity beginning at 12:15 p.m. in Arts 166. The program is free, but reservations are required.

A guided tour of the tour of the UCR Botanic Gardens is sold out, but the Gardens will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Entomology Department is hosting a bug petting zoo beginning at 12:15 p.m., but that event is at maximum capacity.

The UCR Campus Store will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and will be having a special sales and discounts in the days leading up to homecoming.

The UCR Parents Association Meeting will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday in HUB 302. The Parent’s Day package is $15.00 per person and includes parking, meeting, homecoming activities and ticket to the basketball game that evening. The meeting will feature a welcome from Chancellor Wilcox, performances by the UCR Spirit Squads and a keynote presentation from Pam Clute, executive director of the Alpha Center. Free parking, with RSVP, will be available in Lot 24.

To attend Parents’ Day, sign up online or call (951) 827-2586.

Scot Fest Schedule

The Bourns College of Engineering will be demonstrating a three dimensional printer at Scot Fest on Nov. 16.

The Bourns College of Engineering will be demonstrating a three dimensional printer at Scot Fest on Nov. 16. Photo by Carlos Puma

The sixth annual Scot Fest will be held at the UCR Bell Tower and Highlander Union Building Mall from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16. The event will feature a food truck festival, carnival-style games, inflatables, photo booths, caricature artists, live music from UCR student groups and KUCR as well as interactive booths sponsored by colleges. These booths include the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences presenting “Sea Level Limbo” and “Five Facts About Climate Change,” and the Bourns College of Engineering demonstrating 3D printing technology.

The College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) will provide entertainment at ScotFest on a stage near the Bell Tower. KUCR 88.3 FM will also be playing music during the intermissions.

Music and Entertainment Schedule

The UCR Pipe Band will be performing at Scot Fest during Homecoming.

The UCR Pipe Band will be performing at Scot Fest during Homecoming. Photo by Carlos Puma

  • Rhythm & Brains – 1 to 1:20 p.m.
  • Gluck Fellows – 1:30 to 1:50 p.m.
  • UCR Jazz Quartet – 2 to 2:20 p.m.
  • Senryu Taiko – 2:30 to 2:50 p.m.
  • Karate Club at UCR – 3 to 3:15 p.m.
  • Raffle Drawing – 3:15 p.m.
  • Address by Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox 3:25 p.m.
  • UCR Pipe Band Performance – 3:30 to close – depart for basketball game.

Food Trucks

  • Monster Burger – Creating unique burgers using a variety of ingredients.
  • The Viking Truck – Serving a variety of hot dogs and sausages.
  • Dos Chinos – A fusion of Asian and Latin food
  • Waff-N-Roll – Billing themselves as “The world’s best Waffle Sandwiches”
  • The Culinary Chameleon – UCR’s own foodtruck that serves a variety of different menu items.

In addition, the campus’ Subway sandwich shop will be open throughout the day.

UCR Athletics Events

On Thursday, Nov. 14, the UCR Women’s Volleyball team will host UC Irvine at the Student Recreation Center. Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for faculty & staff, Alumni Association members and children and  may be purchased through the UCR Athletics website or at the door.

The UC Riverside Men’s Basketball team will host Montana State University on Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Student Recreation Center. Led by senior forwards Chris Harriel and Chris Patton and under the guidance of first-year Head Coach Dennis Cutts, the Highlanders will look to tame the Wildcats in the programs’ first meeting since 2011.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for faculty & staff, Alumni Association members and children and  may be purchased through the UCR Athletics website (beginning Nov. 1) or at the door.

basketball huddle

UCR Interim Head Coach Dennis Cutts will lead the Highlanders against Montana State University at 4 p.m. on Nov. 16. UCR Athletics will be holding a Men’s Basketball Alumni Reunion following the game. Photo by John Maxwell

During the game, the athletics department will recognize former members of the UCR men’s basketball team in attendance for the Men’s Basketball Alumni Reunion. Following the game, UCR Athletics will host a reception for all former players, former coaches, staff, and friends of the program at the Yellow Chili Tapas Kitchen & Bar in Canyon Crest Towne Center beginning at 6:30 p.m. Those interested in attending should contact jordyn.mcdonald@ucr.edu or phone (951) 827-5432.

“With Homecoming moving to the fall, we wanted to do something special that would ring in the start of a new tradition, and the response has been overwhelming,” Cutts said. “We’ve got more than 150 former players, coaches, administrators and family members returning to campus, and more are reaching out to us every day as we get closer to November 16. We’re all looking forward to celebrating our program’s tremendous history in front of a capacity crowd. It should be a fun event for everybody involved.”

Reunions and Receptions

The College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (CNAS) will hold an alumni reception and presentation titled “Extinction! What Disappears and Why?” by Michael A. Arthur (Geology ’71, M.S. ’74) on Friday, Nov. 15 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Invitation and RSVP are required. Please contact Carol Lerner at carol.lerner@ucr.edu for more information, or visit cnas.ucr.edu/alumni for more information. Free parking for registered guests in Lot 6.

The Graduate School of Education (GSOE) will host an alumni reception on Friday, Nov. 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. in HUB 302. The event will feature wine, appetizers and jazz music. The event is free, but reservations are required. Free parking is available for registered guests in Lot 1.

On Saturday, Nov. 16 at 9 a.m., past and present members of the Alumni Association Board will have the opportunity to meet Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox and Vice Chancellor for Alumni & Constituent Relations Jorge Ancona at the Alumni Association Leaders Breakfast at the Barn. The breakfast is $25 per person and reservations are required. Free parking will be available in Lot 1 for registered guests.

The Asian Pacific Student Programs Alumni Reunion will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16 in HUB 268. This casual reception is open to all APSP alumni, students and staff, past and present. The event is free, but reservations are required.

The School of Business Administration (SoBA) will host their Blues and Brews Reception for business alumni from noon to 2 p.m on Saturday, Nov. 16 on the Anderson Hall Lawn. This is a casual event featuring “great music and libations” and is an opportunity to network with fellow alumni and learn more about the business school. The event is free, but reservations are required. Free parking will be available for registered guests in Lot 6.

Finally, the Athletics Department will be welcoming back members of the UCR Men’s Basketball program for an alumni reunion. Please see the entry under UCR Athletics Events (above) for more information.

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