Grab Your Kilt and Your #MiniScotty and Get Ready For Homecoming 2014

Weekend of fun includes bonfire, fireworks, music, "Back to Class" presentations, basketball, and even complimentary parking

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – It’s time to iron the pleats in your kilt, fold up that #MiniScotty figure, and hit the road back to the University of California, Riverside for Homecoming 2014.

The annual celebration will take place Friday, Nov. 14 and Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014 and organizers hope that a significant number of the campus’ nearly 100,000 alumni will join the more than 20,000 current undergraduate and graduate students for a weekend filled with fun and festivities. A full list of events are available on the Homecoming website.

To welcome guests back to campus, UCR will be offering complimentary parking permits at all Homecoming events beginning Friday evening and lasting throughout the day on Saturday. Signage will direct guests to parking lots closest to their event venues.

cheer team

Homecoming 2014 will be held November 14 – 15 at UC Riverside. Photo by Carlos Puma

Also new in 2014 is the new “#MiniScotty” photo contest. Members of the UCR community can find a die-cut paper figure of the school’s beloved mascot, Scotty Highlander, in the most recent issue of UCR Magazine, assemble him, then take creative photos and post them to their favorite social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, using the hashtag #MiniScotty. Prizes will be awarded for photos with the most school spirit, creative location, and clever caption. The figure is also available for download from the UCR Homecoming website.

Student-oriented Homecoming Week activities will begin on Wednesday, Nov. 12 with the Nooner at the Bell Tower, featuring live music from singer/songwriter Micah and giveaways, including screen-printed T-shirts. On Thursday, Scotty Highlander will celebrate his birthday at the Bell Tower with free cupcakes, a photo booth and other activities.

The Homecoming fun kicks off in earnest on Friday night with the UCR women’s basketball team hosting Santa Clara University at 5 p.m. in the Student Recreation Center Arena. The annual Homecoming Bonfire party begins at 6 p.m. near Parking Lot 19 and the UCR Softball Field. Activities include a photo booth, oxygen bar, a mechanical bull, Eurobungee and inflatable jousting as well as performances by SkyFire, a group whose performance includes fire and Tesla coils.

Other music will be provided by DJ Truth, DeeJay Simplex and Kennedy Jones. At 8 p.m., shortly after the conclusion of the women’s basketball game,  the bonfire will be lit and the sky will light up with a spectacular fireworks display.

“The bonfire is free, and we invite all parents and alumni who are in town for the weekend to attend,” said Adrian Cazares, coordinator for Associated Students Program Board. “It will be a lot of fun.”

Saturday’s schedule includes a full day of events, including Parents’ Day, where parents of current UCR students can explore the campus, and Scot Fest, a pre-game celebration before the Homecoming men’s basketball game against UC San Diego.

The day’s events start bright and early with the ninth annual Spirit of the Tribes 5K, sponsored by the Native American Student Programs Office.

scotty highlander and alums

Scotty Highlander will be front and center at a variety of events at UCR’s Homecoming 2014.

Other events include a pair of hikes up to the “C,” faculty presentations on water policy and the drought, the Sustainable Integrated Grid Initiative, invasive species in California, and Immorality, and women’s education in the early American Republic, several alumni reunions and receptions, tours of the Rivera Library, the Botanic Gardens and the new Student Recreation Center expansion. A full list of events can be found on the Homecoming website.

The UCR Parents’ Association Meeting will take place at 11:45 a.m. in Highlander Union Building 302. It will feature a welcome from Chancellor Kim Wilcox, performances by the UCR Spirit Squads and presentations from students participating in undergraduate research.

The Scot Fest takes place from 1 to 3:30 p.m. around the UCR Bell Tower. The event includes a food truck festival, carnival-style games, college booths, photo booths, caricature artists, music and more. Scot Fest will lead directly into the men’s basketball game with UC San Diego at the Student Recreation Center Arena, beginning at 4 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling (951) 827-4653.

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