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Appalachian Celebrates Homecoming Oct. 24-27

asuhome.jpgBOONE–Celebrate “Magic in the Mountains” with this year’s homecoming activities at Appalachian State University. A long weekend of music, football and fun are scheduled Oct. 24-27 for students, alumni and the public. The schedule of main events is as follows:


The rock band Jump Little Children performs a 9 p.m. show in Legends. Tickets are $6 for students in advance and $8 for the public and at the door. A six-pack alcohol limit is allowed for those with proper identification. The concert is sponsored by APPS Stage Shows.


Come out to Duck Pond Field for Spirit Under the Stars from 6-9 p.m. The Mountaineer pep rally will feature the ever-popular lip sync contest, followed by a bonfire, fireworks and celebration music. It is sponsored by Appalachian’s Campus Resident Student Association, Student Programs, Athletic Department, and Alumni Association.Also from 6-9 p.m., the Alumni Association will honor six people’s accomplishments at the Alumni Awards Banquet in the Trillium Ballroom of the Broyhill Inn. The Distinguished Alumni Award will be presented to Judy Kluttz Sink ’67, second grade teacher at Hardin Park Elementary School, and Chris E. Swecker ’78, Special Agent in Charge of Special FBI Operations, FBI, Charlotte.

The Outstanding Service Award will be presented to F.P. “Bodie” Bodenheimer ’51, chairman and chief executive officer, Zickgraf Enterprises, Greensboro, and to Steve ’69 and Joanne Williams of Huntersville. He is a retired sales rep with Broyhill Furniture Industries and she is a retired security specialist with Southern Bell Telephone. The Outstanding Greek Alumni Award will be presented to Tom Lawson ’82, vice president, Bank of America, Winston-Salem. Tickets are $22 per person, with advance reservations required. Contact the alumni affairs office at (828) 262-2038 for details.

Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys will perform at 9 p.m. in Farthing Auditorium. Tickets are $8 for students in advance, and $10 for the public and at the door.

Called “the natural king of bluegrass” by The Washington Post, Stanley has over 150 albums to his credit and a career spanning more than 50 years.

He has received six Grammy nominations in the last six years, received the National Endowment for the Humanities “Traditional American Music Award,” was given an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Lincoln

Memorial University, is an International Bluegrass Music Association Hall of Honor inductee and has performed at the inaugurations of Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton. In April 2000, The Library of Congress honored Stanley with the “Living Legend” medal along with Bobby Short, Isaac Stern and others.

A Black Alumni Social from 9-11 p.m. features networking and fellowship in the Blue Ridge Ballroom of Plemmons Student Union. Admission is free. For more information, contact Stacey Brown at or (301) 314-7225.

The Fifth Annual Miss Black and Gold Pageant presented by Alpha Phi Alpha service fraternity will be held from 9 p.m. to midnight in the Grandfather Mountain Ballroom of Plemmons Student Union. Admission is $3.

DJ Chad Sain ’84 will conjure up a good time for everyone at the Dazzle Dance from 9:30 p.m. to midnight in the Broyhill Inn. Admission is free. The event is BYO liquor, with beer, wine and mixers to be purchased on site. Sponsors are the Homecoming Dance Patrons.


Start the day with a complimentary Appalachian Friends Breakfast served from 9 to 10 a.m. at the McKinney Alumni Center. Sponsored by the Dan’l Boone Inn, the breakfast includes biscuits, fruit and drinks.

The homecoming parade, sponsored by the Student Government Association, winds around campus beginning at 10 a.m. on Rivers Street and ends on King Street.

Enjoy pre-game fun at the Magician’s Tailgate Party on Duck Pond Field from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Come by the black and gold alumni tent for music, giveaways, food vendors and lots of Mountaineer fun. Sponsored by the Alumni Association and Appalachian Popular

Programming Society.

Class reunions will be held at the black and gold alumni tent during the Magician’s Tailgate Party for members of the Classes of 1997, 1992, 1987, 1982, 1977 and 1972. Reunion directories and class member memories will be on display.

Watch the Mountaineers take on Wofford College at 2 p.m. in Kidd Brewer Stadium. Game tickets may be purchased in advance by calling 1-800-919-APPS. Check out the latest Appalachian sports information at

After the game, a Black Alumni Meeting will be held from 4:30-6 p.m. in the Roan Mountain Room of Plemmons Student Union.

The National PanHellenic Council Greek Step Show begins at 8 p.m. in Farthing Auditorium. Call (828) 262-6252 for additional information.

Dance to beach music with General Johnson and Chairmen of the Board at the Crystal Ball from 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. in the Trillium Ballroom of the Broyhill Inn. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served. Tickets are $12.50 per person in advance or $15 the day of the dance. The event is BYO liquor, with beer, wine and mixers to be purchased on site. Sponsored by the Homecoming Dance Patrons.

An After Party sponsored by the Council for Cultural Awareness will be held beginning at 10 p.m. at Legends. Admission is $5. A six-pack alcohol limit is allowed with proper identification. Call (828) 262-3032 for additional information.


Minister Willie Fleming will lead a morning worship service at 10 a.m. in I.G. Greer Auditorium.

Special alumni gatherings for academic departments and other groups have been planned throughout the weekend. For details, visit