FMU to celebrate Homecoming 2009, Feb. 11-14
FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University will celebrate Homecoming 2009, Wednesday through Saturday, Feb. 11-14. This year’s theme is “We’re Still Having Fun and You’re Still the One!”
The events will kick off Wednesday with Comedian Roy Wood & Street Drum Corp performing at the University Center at 8 p.m. Admission is free. Also beginning this year’s events is a wine and cheese reception for School of Education alumni Thursday at 4:30 p.m. at The Cottage on the FMU campus.
As part of this year’s Homecoming festivities, the School of Business will hold an alumni leadership breakfast at 9 a.m. in Erving Dining Hall on the university campus, Friday, Feb 13. At this event, business alums have an opportunity to network with colleagues old and new.
On Friday night, festivities continue with an FMU Alumni Night at New York Butcher Shoppe at 8 p.m.
Saturday’s festivities begin at 11 a.m. with the women’s basketball alumni game in the Smith University Center gymnasium followed by the men’s basketball alumni game at 11:30 a.m.
The PatriotFest feast of pizza will begin at 12:30 p.m. on the lawn in front of the Smith University Center featuring live music and entertainment.
A baseball game between the Patriots and Davis & Elkins College will begin at 1 p.m. on the FMU softball field. The women’s tennis team will match up with Brenau University at 9 a.m.
As part of homecoming celebrations, the FMU Athletic Department will sponsor a silent auction from 1:30 to 5 p.m. in the Smith University Center. All proceeds from the auction will support Patriot athletics. Also on Saturday, the Patriot Bookstore in the Smith University Center will offer special Homecoming sales and discounts from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Patriots will take on Columbus State University with the women’s game beginning at 2 p.m. and the men’s game at 4 p.m. Admission to the games is free. A Hall of Fame induction will be held at 3:45 p.m. The 2009 inductee is former baseball outfielder Anthony “Chico” Lombardo.
A native of Chattanooga, Tenn., Lombardo played two seasons at Francis Marion (1978 and 1979) after transferring from Motlow State Community College in Tennessee. He earned a B.S. degree in sociology from Francis Marion in 1979, and later did post-graduate work at Winthrop University. Lombardo now resides in Shelby, N.C., with his wife and two children, and he is entering his 18th season as head baseball coach at Limestone College.
For more information, call Kim Turbeville, FMU director of alumni affairs, at 843-661-1228.
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