FMU to celebrate Homecoming 2002 on Feb. 16
FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University will celebrate Homecoming 2002 on Saturday, Feb. 16. Parents Day will also be held Feb. 16 and families of current students are invited to take part in the day’s activities.
The day will begin with the School of Business Annual Alumni Breakfast at 9 a.m. in the Palmetto Room of the Ervin Dining Hall.
At 11 a.m., the women’s basketball Old Timers’ Game will tip off, followed by the men’s Old Timers’ Game at noon.
Also at noon, Patriot Fest will begin on the lawn between the Smith University Center and Rogers Library. Alumni can register at their academic department tent and then enjoy lunch while reminiscing with former professors and fellow graduates. Entertainment will be provided by FMU’s Chamber Jazz Ensemble, Voices of IMANI, and Cut Time show choir. Children will enjoy clowns, face painting, balloons and a moonwalk.
From 1:30 to 5 p.m., a Silent Auction will be held in the Smith University Center gymnasium. Bids on exclusive items will support Patriot athletic scholarships.
A basketball doubleheader with Augusta State University will begin with the women’s game at 2 p.m. and the men’s game at 4 p.m. During halftime of the women’s game, the 1981-82 FMU women’s basketball team – the first Patriot team to win a national championship – will be honored. Prior to the men’s game, this year’s candidates for the FMU Athletic Hall of Fame will be inducted. During halftime, the 2002 Homecoming King and Queen will be crowned.
At 6:30 p.m., in the Smith University Center commons, a Live Athletic Auction and Gala will begin, featuring music, dancing and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Participants will have the chance to bid on vacation packages and rare sports memorabilia. An admission fee will be charged. For more information, call the FMU Office of Athletics at 843-661-1240, or the FMU Office of Alumni Affairs at 843-661-1228.
The day will conclude with a Homecoming Step Show Explosion in the McNair Science Building auditorium at 8 p.m. Admission will be charged at the door. For more information about the step show, call Eddie Thomas at 843-260-3900 or 843-661-1188.
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