Ashland University Homecoming

This year, we are celebrating 100 years!

No event in the life of a university and its community brings the past, present and future together quite like Homecoming. As we celebrate 100 years of Homecoming this year, our rich tradition takes on even more gravity after months defined by a collective feeling of distance and isolation.

Join us on October 23 for Homecoming Weekend 2021 as alumni, current students, faculty, staff and friends of the university celebrate the fact that no matter what else happens in the world, we belong here. Together.

Homecoming 2021

timeline of events

This weekend is about recognizing where we've been and how far we've come. It's about appreciating each other, along with all of those who paved the way for all of the journeys we've taken after leaving this place.

This weekend is about our history. It's also about our future. And, after 100 years, it's about still being together.

Each one is a chance to gather together again and, drawing deeply from the past with an eye toward everything to come, write the next chapter in the larger story of Ashland University.

All homecoming events are subject to COVID-19 protocols and are subject to change based on the Ohio Department of Health COVID-19 guidelines.

Friday, October 22

Parade of Purple

7:00 p.m.

The parade begins on Founders Lawn. Sport your Ashland swag and join us for the inaugural Parade of Purple. Join the marching band, cheer and dance team, athletes and student leaders to march throughout campus displaying Ashland pride with performances and giveaways! Follow the parade of purple to the stadium for an evening of great fun, good food, and making great memories with your fellow Eagles!

Questions? Contact Shantrice Bradley at sbradle4@ashland.edu

Saturday, October 23

Welcome Station

8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Stop in the lobby of the Hawkins-Conard Student Center and grab a cup of coffee to kick-start your Homecoming celebration!

Campus maps and pocket event schedules will be available.

5K Fun Run

Registration Required. Please visit www.ashland.edu/rec-5k to learn more.

8:15 a.m. Check-in begins in front of the Rec Center
9:30 a.m. Walk/Run


In lieu of an entrance fee, we ask that you bring a canned good to benefit the Ashland County Food Bank.

Start off Homecoming with a 5K Fun Run! The first 100 registrants receive a free t-shirt. A $75 AU Bookstore gift code will be awarded to the first male and female to finish the race; $25 AU Bookstore gift code to the second male and female to finish. Official results will not be recorded. Please, no pets. The Rec Center will be open at 8:00 a.m. to change and shower before and after the race. For questions, call Rec Services at 419.289.5440.

Can’t make it to campus? A virtual 5K option is available and registration is required.

Bernice Fauber Baker Active Learning Classroom Dedication Ceremony

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Brunch
10:30 a.m. Dedication Ceremony
Reservations required by October 8th. Email Sarah Thomas at sthomas4@ashland.edu to RSVP.

The new Bernice Fauber Baker Active Learning Classroom located in the Robert M. and Janet L. Archer Library will host a brief public dedication ceremony, preceded by an RSVP-only brunch on the Archer Library main level.

The Active Learning Classroom, the first of its kind at AU, is equipped with both collaborative spaces and high-tech features that make it the most innovative classroom environment on campus. The classroom was built through a generous gift from the Fauber family through the Bernice Fauber Baker Endowment with matching funds from the Bob and Jan Archer Fund.

Classroom technology and furnishing were provided through a grant from the State Library of Ohio and the Institute for Museums and Libraries (IMLS).

Recreation Center - Open to Alumni

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Pool: Noon - 9:00 p.m.
Admission: Complimentary

2020 Ashland University Athletics Hall of Fame Induction and Student-Athlete of the Year Recognition

9:30 a.m.
Upper Convocation Center
$20 per person
Reservations required. Please visit www.ashland.edu/hof2020 or contact Athletics at 419.289.5441.

The following individuals have distinguished themselves in the field of intercollegiate athletics at Ashland University, either by virtue of their performance on its athletic teams or by meritorious efforts on behalf of the athletic program. In return, the University will bestow on them induction into the Athletic Hall of Fame, Class of 2020.

Billy Cundiff `09 Football
Bill Gallagher, Head Coach, Track and Field/Cross Country, 1981-2005
Maria Manzo `06 Soccer
Jack Miller `59 Golf
Sue Ramsey, Head Coach, Women's Basketball, 1995-2015
Wayne Sokolowski `70 Basketball
Jerry White, Eagle Forever Award

2019-20 Student Athletes of the Year
Jodi Johnson `20 Basketball
Drew Noble `20 Basketball

Campus Open House

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Explore the Ashland University campus! Visit your favorite college buildings and check out the new additions.

*Residence Halls are locked at all times and require a student ID for access.

Legacy Visit Day

10:15 a.m.
Join us for our Legacy Visit Day! Exclusively for high school or transfer students who have parents or grandparents who graduated from Ashland, this event provides a University overview and campus tour. After the event, stay and enjoy the Homecoming activities throughout campus. Reservations required. More information about the Legacy Event can be found by clicking the button below or by contacting the Office of Admissions at enrollme@ashland.edu

10:15 a.m. – Check-in on the second floor of the Hawkins-Conard Student Center
10:30 a.m. – Admissions presentation
11:00 a.m. – Campus Tour
Noon – Pizza, Pizza, Pizza Fan Fest (Optional)
1:00 p.m. – Football Game (Optional)

President's Coffee

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Eagles Nest, Hawkins-Conard Student Center
Admission: Complimentary
AU Raffle items – must be present to win!

Make plans to stop in the Eagles Nest for coffee and pastries and an opportunity to talk to Dr. Carlos Campo and his wife, Karen, in a casual setting. Dr. Campo will provide a campus update at 11:00 a.m.

Pizza Pizza Pizza Fan Fest

11:00 a.m - 12:30 p.m.
Lawn area between the Student Center and Recreation Center
Admission: Complimentary

Bring your family and join us at this free jam-packed tailgate! Ashland pizzerias are going head-to-head to serve you your favorite pizza. Along with this variety of pizza, there will be bounce houses for the kids (weather permitting), a free photo booth, face painting, giveaways and more!

At 12:30 p.m., the AU Marching Band will lead us to the football stadium where we will cheer on the Eagles to a Homecoming victory!

Football Game –
AU Eagles vs. Lake Erie College Storm

1:00 p.m.
Jack Miller Stadium/Martinelli Field
Tickets:
• Click the button below to pre-order online
• Purchase in advance at the AU Campus Store Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
• Game day tickets are available for purchase two hours prior to game time at the stadium ticket booth.
Adult General Admission: $10
Reserved Chair Back Seating: $15
Senior Citizens & School-Aged Children: $5
AU Students with ID: Free

Soccer Games –
AU Eagles vs. Findlay Oilers

4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Men’s: 4:00 p.m.
Women’s: 7:00 p.m.
Ferguson Soccer Field (located on the hill behind the home bleachers of the football field)

Campus Tours

Student-led walking tours will be at 3:00 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Tours leave from Hawkins-Conard Student Center Fountain.

5th Quarter Celebration

Begins immediately following the football game until 6:00 p.m.
Alumni Room, Upper Convocation Center
Admission: Complimentary

Join us in celebrating Ashland’s Centennial Homecoming! You and your fellow alumni and friends can celebrate your time at Ashland while enjoying the music of a local band “Low E." Join us for food from Ashland’s Award Winning Catering, a cash bar, giveaways, and a free photo booth!

Ashland (Down)Town and Gown Homecoming Festivities!

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Main Street Ashland

This event is sponsored by Ashland University, Ashland Main Street, Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce, Coldwell Banker Ward Real Estate and Explore Ashland.

Head downtown to hear the local band “Tom's Kitchen Table” play favorites from every year you were at Ashland! They will be at the new Foundation Plaza, located at 78 East Main Street. A cash bar will include Uniontown Brewing Company's special AU Homecoming brew.

Sunday, October 24

5 Stones Community Church

10:30 a.m.
Jack & Deb Miller Chapel

Additional Programming

The following on-campus groups are planning special programming on Saturday, October 23.

Recreation Center
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Cost: Complimentary
Pool: Noon - 9:00 p.m.

Band Alumni Reunion
Contact: Joe Lewis, Director of Bands jlewisjr@ashland.edu

Cheer and Dance Alumni Breakfast
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
South Street Grille, 121 W. South Street, Ashland
Contact: Brandy Marquette at bmarquet@ashland.edu

Ashland (Down)Town and Gown Homecoming Festivities!
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Join us for our annual “Eagles on Main Street” Shop Hop and Scavenger Hunt with a special 100th homecoming twist!

The Department of Languages and Literatures
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Bixler Lobby
The newly merged Department of Languages and Literatures (formerly the Departments of English and Foreign Languages) welcomes alumni and friends to our open house.
Contact: Dr. Hilary Donatini, hdonatin@ashland.edu

Ashbrook Center Reception
10:00 a.m.
Ashbrook Center, Library
The Ashbrook Center will host a reception for alumni of the Ashbrook Scholar and MAHG programs and all other interested parties. Join us for an opportunity to reconnect with Ashbrook professors, staff and fellow grads. Light refreshments will be provided.
Contact: Sabrina Maristela, smaristela@ashbrook.org

Student Affairs Open House
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Second Floor Hawkins Conard Student Center (by the elevator) Student Affairs welcomes you to stop by and see all the activities and opportunities that we offer AU students. We look forward to meeting you!
Contact: Colleen Hord, chord@ashland.edu or 419.289.5307

Former Homecoming Queens & Kings will be recognized during halftime of the football game! Let us know if you’ll be attending at alumni@ashland.edu

Center for Nonviolence
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
A reception for all Peace Scholar alumni and all other interested members of the AU community. An update of ACN's work, as well as a discussion on current events will be provided. Light refreshments.
Contact: Emily Huestis, Director ehuestis@ashland.edu

Men's Soccer Alumni Game and Reunion
Men's Soccer Alumni! Come meet and play in a lighthearted alumni game against current players with a social gathering in town afterwards on Friday, October 22. Come back on Saturday to watch AU Eagles take on Findlay at 4 p.m.
Contact: Nick Roberts, Head Coach nrobert8@ashland.edu

Coburn Art Gallery: Hush II Exhibition by Kimberly Chapman `79 AA
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday: Noon - 4:00 p.m.
Contact: Cynthia Petry cpetry@ashland.edu

Former Homecoming Queens & Kings will be recognized during halftime of the football game! Let us know if you’ll be attending at alumni@ashland.edu

Center for Nonviolence
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
A reception for all Peace Scholar alumni and all other interested members of the AU community. An update of ACN's work, as well as a discussion on current events will be provided. Light refreshments.
Contact: Emily Huestis, Director ehuestis@ashland.edu

Men's Soccer Alumni Game and Reunion
Men's Soccer Alumni! Come meet and play in a lighthearted alumni game against current players with a social gathering in town afterwards on Friday, October 22. Come back on Saturday to watch AU Eagles take on Findlay at 4 p.m.
Contact: Nick Roberts, Head Coach nrobert8@ashland.edu

Coburn Art Gallery: Hush II Exhibition by Kimberly Chapman `79 AA
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday: Noon - 4:00 p.m.
Contact: Cynthia Petry cpetry@ashland.edu

Event Contact Information

5K Fun Run – Registration required
To register, contact Rec Services.
Rec Services: 419.289.5440

Legacy Visit Day
Office of Admission: 419.289.5052

Athletic Hall of Fame Brunch – Reservations Required. Contact Athletics to make your reservation.
Athletics: 419.289.5441

Football Game
Tickets: ashland.universitytickets.com or
Campus Bookstore: (see hours below)
Chris Kohuth: 419.289.5449
ckohuth@ashland.edu

All other events, contact the Office of Alumni Engagement
419.289.5082 or 866.GoTuffy
alumni@ashland.edu

AU Campus Store Hours
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday:  10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: Stadium Store, 11:30 a.m. - end of game
Sunday:  Noon - 3:00 p.m.

AU Men's Soccer Reunion
Friday: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Contact Nick Roberts
nrobert8@ashland.edu
419.289.5466