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Plattsburgh State Welcomes Home Alumni Oct. 20-22

PLATTSBURGH, NY __ The State University of New York College at Plattsburgh campus will be "rocking around the clock" when alumni return to celebrate Homecoming 2006, Friday - Sunday, Oct. 20 - 22. 

"Homecoming is a special time," said Rose Anderson, director of Alumni Affairs and a 1995 alumna. "Our alumni love reminiscing about their college days, and we love listening to their stories. It really brings out the 'Plattsburgh Spirit' in all of us."

This year's Homecoming, celebrating the theme "Rock Around the Clock," will give alumni a chance to remember the past as they explore what SUNY Plattsburgh is today.

"We are looking forward to welcoming our alumni home, and we hope everyone has a great time," said Dr. John Ettling, president of SUNY Plattsburgh.

The Alumni Affairs Office as well as many other departments on campus have been working to make this year's homecoming celebration the best yet. An array of events is lined up to "Welcome Home" long-time friends to their alma mater.

"We are all very excited about this year's homecoming. We really want to focus on remembering the past, celebrating the present and looking to the future," said Anderson. "Alumni really appreciate meeting today's students, faculty and staff. This is truly a campus-wide, indeed a community-wide, celebration. We encourage everyone to come have fun with our alums throughout the weekend."
Some of the weekend's activities include:
Friday, Oct. 20:
10 a.m. - Pancake Breakfast and Burghy's Homecoming Golf Outing, the Barracks Golf Course. Come play a rousing game of nine-hole scramble - sign up a team or be assigned a team. Cost is $35 and includes golf, cart, prizes and pancake breakfast.

12 p.m. - 3 p.m.  - Art Luncheon and Tour, Burke Gallery, Myers Fine Art. A special treat to early arrivals, Museum Director Edward Brohel will conduct a tour of the College's art galleries. After lunch, participants will see the Burke Gallery, Slatkin Study Collection Room, Rockwell Kent Gallery and Collection and the Nina Winkel Sculpture Court. Tickets are $12 each and reservations are required.
3 p.m.  - 2002 alumnus Josh Williams presentation, "Light Chaser," Feinberg Library. Williams is a photojournalist who travels the world covering the news. This very special exhibition shows his photo work of Hurricane Katrina and the Iraq War. The exhibition opens with his presentation, which is free and open to the public.

4 and 6 p.m. - Planetarium Show, North County Planetarium, Hudson Hall. This popular Homecoming event is suitable for all ages. Tickets are free, but seats are limited. Please call for reservations.
4:30 p.m. - Cardinal Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Warren Ballrooms, Angell College Center. T.J. (Cornwright) Brock '89 (women's basketball), Gaetan D'Anjou '82 (men's ice hockey) and Gary Butler '64 (men's baseball) will be inducted in the Cardinal Sports Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony is free and open to everyone. A dinner will follow the ceremony and tickets are $20 per person.

8 p.m. - Prism Concert, E. Glenn Giltz Auditorium, Hawkins Hall. This exciting musical event has become an annual highlight of Homecoming. Audience members will enjoy performances by the Jazz Ensemble, the College Chorale, the Cardinal Singers, the Sinfonia, the Symphonic Band and small ensembles. Tickets cost $5 each at the door. Please arrive early as the doors will close promptly at 8 p.m.
9:30 p.m. - Fabulous Fireworks, Memorial Hall Field. The Student Association will once again sponsor their fabulous and festive fireworks display. Students, alumni and community residents always enjoy the show.
Saturday, Oct. 21:
8:30 a.m. - Bright with Promise: A History of SUNY Plattsburgh by Dr. Douglas Skopp, distinguished professor and college historian, Main Lobby, Macdonough Hall. Free and open to all.

11 a.m. - Cardinal Men's Lacrosse Alumni Game, Soccer Field, Field House. This event is free and open to the public.

1 p.m. - Cardinal Women's Basketball Alumni Game, Gymnasium, Memorial Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

1 p.m. - Tree-planting ceremony in remembrance of Dr. Edgar Barton, distinguished professor emeritus of art, in front of Myers Fine Arts Building. This event is free and open to the public.

1:30 - 3 p.m. - Skate with "Burghy," Ronald B. Stafford Ice Arena, Field House. Come and show Burghy your great skating skills or just have fun skating with your friends and family. Rental skates are available for $2.

2 p.m. - Cardinal Men's Baseball Alumni Game, Chip Cummings Baseball Field, Field House. This event is free and open to the public.

2 - 3 p.m. - Student Association (SA) Open House on the second floor of the Angell College Center. This event, hosted by SA President Michael Cashman, is free and open to the public. During the open house, the SA will formally dedicate its office suite in honor of William D. Laundry, vice president for student affairs.

3 p.m. - Cardinal Women's Alumni Soccer Game Soccer Field, Field House. This event is free and open to the public.

3 p.m. - Planetarium Show, North Country Planetarium, Hudson Hall. Suitable for all ages. Tickets are free, but seats are limited. Call the alumni office at 564-2090 for reservations.

Sunday, Oct. 22:
9:45 a.m. - Dedication of the Cheryl M. Hogle Court Yard outside of Algonquin Dining Hall. Hogle, a 1968 SUNY Plattsburgh graduate, dedicated her professional life to housing and residence life at SUNY Plattsburgh. This event is free and open to the public.

10 a.m. - Gospel Choir Performance, Cardinal Lounge, Angell College Center. Stop in and enjoy the sounds of SUNY Plattsburgh's Gospel Choir. This event is free and open to the public.
 For a complete Homecoming 2006 schedule or to make reservations, go to http://www.plattsburgh.edu/alumni/homecoming or call the Alumni Affairs office at 518-564-2090.
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