Festivities planned for weekend at UMPI

Posted Sept. 16, 2010, at 10:47 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 11:50 a.m.

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Athletic and social events, a special dinner and a concert are just some of the activities the University of Maine at Presque Isle is planning this weekend as it kicks off its Homecoming 2010 celebration.

The festivities begin today and wrap up on Sunday

Festivities start at 10 a.m. today in the Campus Center with a Constitution Day lecture by Brent Andersen. The UMPI men’s soccer team also is taking part in the festivities, as it plays host to the University of Maine at Machias at 1 p.m. The women’s game will follow at 3 p.m.

President Don Zillman will deliver the state of the university address in Wieden Auditorium at 3 p.m., with the unveiling of the new outdoor stone sculpture “To the Other Side” immediately afterward near Folsom Hall. This sculpture symbolizes the final part of the Folsom Hall renovation project.

Activities continue throughout the afternoon, and a musical performance by Revelacion Maranatha will begin at 7 p.m. in Wieden Auditorium. Friday night caps off with an alumni social at 8 p.m. at Northeastland Hotel, where there will be refreshments and giveaways.

Activities on Saturday include an alumni baseball game at the Presque Isle High School field. The day includes a wealth of other events, including guided tours of the city by the Presque Isle Historical Society, a bachelor of social work alumni brunch at 10 a.m. in the Normal Hall Faculty Lounge, Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society inductions at 2 p.m., and the annual “Swim and Gym” at Gentile Hall from 2 to 5 p.m. Several varsity athletic games will take place throughout the day.

At 11:30 a.m., the annual alumni luncheon and awards ceremony will be held in the Campus Center. Marjorie Queen, Class of 1984, will receive the Educator of the Year Award, and Sherry Churchill, Class of 1993, will be given the Distinguished Alumni Award. The Classes of 2000, 1985 and 1960 also will be honored during this event.

Saturday evening, the annual Athletics Hall of Fame dinner will be held in the Campus Center at 5:30 p.m. Three alumni will be inducted in the UMPI Athletics Hall of Fame during the event: Michelle (Davis) Morse, ’96, Matthew Townsend, ’00, and Peter Belskis, ’74. Cost for the dinner is $15 per person. Immediately after the dinner, at 7:30 p.m., the half-hour film “Wind 101” will air on WLBZ-TV. People will be able to view the documentary as it airs in the Whooo’s Hut commuter lounge in Folsom Hall.

The weekend’s main event takes place at 8:30 p.m. Saturday when Motor Booty Affair comes to the Wieden Gymnasium for a night of disco music. There will be a beer tent and other refreshments at this event. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

Sunday is the last day of Homecoming, which serves as an Alumni Sport Day. Alumni will have the opportunity to compete against students in cross-country events and soccer in the morning and early afternoon. The Alumni Athlete Hot Dog Roast will be held at 11:30 a.m. at the Park Family Field.

For more information about Homecoming 2010, contact Keith Madore at 768-9568 or visit www.umpi.maine.edu.

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