San José, CA— San José State University has officially announced its events schedule for the university's 2005 Homecoming festivities, which will occur October 20th through the 23rd.
Homecoming's theme this year is "The Spartans are back!" and the university has seen to it that 2005's will be a big—and memorable—homecoming.
This marks the first time the Spartans have celebrated their homecoming with four full days of activities.
Renowned comedian Dana Carvey will be the headliner at the first annual Homecoming Gala Evening on Friday, October 21.
Besides Carvey's Emmy award-winning comedy, gala guests can enjoy a sit-down dinner and cocktail reception. During the evening, the Graduate of the Last Decade (GOLD) Award will be presented to recent distinguished graduates from each of the university's seven colleges.
On Saturday, October 22, at 3 p.m. the Spartans will take the field against the University of Hawaii. Halftime celebrations will include the traditional crowning of the Homecoming King and Queen.
There will also be a variety of activities during the Tailgate party before the game, including a Fan Fiesta featuring a Game-Day Grill with food and drinks and, for families with children, a "Kids' Zone." All Spartan supporters and their families are cordially invited. Click on Spartan Homecoming '05 (http://www.sjsu.edu/homecoming/) for more information.
Even for those Spartans who aren't football fans, there will be a wide range of other special events—most of which are free of charge—during this year's Homecoming, all of which are open to the general public.
Several university faculty will participate in an Alumni College, lecturing on their areas of expertise. The College of Social Science will present a Dean's Symposium on the topic of immigration, and the College of Engineering will be holding a panel discussion about the job outlook in Silicon Valley featuring executives from Fortune 500 firms such as IBM, NVIDIA, Cadence, Siebel, and BAE.
The College of Engineering and the College of Science will also hold open houses for prospective undergraduate and graduate students.
Music lovers will enjoy the San José Chamber Orchestra's performance of a new piece by SJSU alum and Emeritus Professor of Music Dr. Brent Heisinger, which will be conducted and performed by other alumni of the university.
The university's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library will host such activities as free computer classes and a slide show on San José State's history throughout Homecoming also.
For more information and to purchase tickets for the Homecoming game or gala, click on Spartan Homecoming '05 (http://www.sjsu.edu/homecoming/) for more information.
We hope to see you at one—or several! —of this year's events.