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KNOXVILLE — “Tradition begins with a T” is the theme for Homecoming 2005 at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, the week before the Nov. 12 football game against University of Memphis.

The theme is built around the official tartan for the University of Tennessee, which was unveiled in 2004.

Events are open to students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the university.

Students may participate in events such as the float competition for the homecoming parade, the banner contest, and the 3-on-3 basketball tournament.

The basketball competition will be held from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 7. A Soap Box Derby will be held on Volunteer Boulevard in front of Stokely Athletic Center at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 8. Student groups also will decorate their lawns, and judging will be at 9 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 11.

The annual Homecoming parade will begin at 4 pm on Friday, Nov. 11, on campus, followed by a pep rally from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Students will begin online voting for Miss Homecoming at 10 a.m. Nov. 8. The winner will be announced at halftime of the UT-Memphis football on Saturday.
Alumni will celebrate at a variety of special events.

Friday at 10 p.m. alumni and friends are invited to attend “Party at Magnolia Cafe,” sponsored by Black Alumni Associates.

Other Friday activities include the College of Social Work 5th Annual Homecoming Gala at Rothchild Catering and Conference Center at 6 p.m. Cost is $30. The Student Government Association president and vice-president reunion is at 6 p.m. in the University Center. Cost is $20.

At 8 p.m. a comedy show sponsored by the Black Cultural Programming Committee will be held at the Civic Auditorium. Tickets can be purchased at Tickets Unlimited locations.

Saturday’s festivities:

Tennessee Alumni Association’s Party in the Park from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., featuring the pep band, barbecue, cheerleaders, door prizes, face painting, balloon art, DJ Party Boys and more. Cost is $15 per person to eat, $8 for children under 12.

At 10 a.m. the 20th anniversary University Honors Program reunion will offer a barbecue and open house at Melrose Courtyard. Guests may visit with current honors students to learn about the program. Cost is $15 per person.

College of Engineering barbecue will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the courtyard of Ferris and Perkins Halls. Cost is $15.

At 11 a.m. the College of Law will host a barbecue on the College of Law building patio. Cost is $15.

The Black Alumni Associates, in collaboration with the Delta Sigma Theta Inc. sorority and Omega Psi Phi fraternity, will celebrate the anniversary of the Deltas and the Q’s, 8 p.m. at The Foundry. Tickets $25 single, $45 couple.

At 8 p.m. the 6th annual Southeastern Stompfest, sponsored by in part by the Black Cultural Programming Committee and the Office of Minority Student Affairs, will take place at the Civic Auditorium. Tickets can be purchased at Tickets Unlimited locations.

For more information about these and other events planned for the weekend, visit the All Campus Events Web page at http://web.utk.edu/~ace/, call the University of Tennessee National Alumni Association at (865) 974-3011, or visit http://www.utalumni.tennessee.edu/defaultknox.html.