Utah Valley University invites community to Homecoming 2017

University Marketing & Communications: Layton Shumway | 801-863-6863 | LShumway@uvu.edu

Written by: Barbara Christiansen | 801-863-8208 | BarbaraC@uvu.edu

Utah Valley University invites the campus and community to “Come Home to UVU” during Homecoming 2017, from Sept. 11-16.

Events include the play “Doctor Faustus,” the ribbon cutting for the new NUVI basketball center, a Founders’ Day celebration, blood drive, club rush, sweatshirt swap, book readings with President Matthew S. Holland, Student Alumni Association “Burning of the UVU,” annual alumni recognition awards, alumni homecoming fair, men’s soccer and women’s volleyball games, and conclude with the formal Emerald Ball.

“Homecoming is an exciting time at the university to have our alumni and friends on campus and being engaged,” said Scott Cooksey, UVU’s vice president for development & alumni relations. “While there have been many changes at UVU in recent years, our focus is always on the students. We hope they and the public like what they see and experience at homecoming.”

The opening of the NUVI Basketball Center, a brand-new practice facility for UVU’s men’s and women’s basketball teams, is also part of Homecoming week. It will be at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 13.

Founders Day marks the university’s birthday celebration with free cookies at various locations around campus. It is Tuesday, Sept. 12.

President Holland traditionally selects a play for production and a book he will read from to incoming freshman. This year it is Christopher Marlowe’s “Doctor Faustus,” the 16th century story of a man who sells his soul to the devil for knowledge and power. The play will be presented Sept. 6-9 and 11-12.

The Alumni Homecoming Fair will be from 5-8 p.m. in the UCCU Center parking lot. It is geared toward the entire family, and includes events for adults and children. Nursing students will perform blood pressure tests and there will be interactive science experiments. From the Veteran Success Center, there will be a Humvee and another military vehicle on display. Attendees may spin a wheel for prizes. For the younger set there will be lots of games and a bounce house. A bike rally will offer fun along with a giveaway of 10 bikes. Live music, food trucks, balloon artists and a dunk tank are among other activities that will round out the event, which is open to the public.

Sports events include the men’s soccer team playing Sacramento State at 7 p.m. on Sept. 15 and the women’s volleyball team playing the University of Utah at 5 p.m. on Sept. 15 and Brigham Young University at 7 p.m. on Sept. 16.

A complete list of events and more details can be found at uvualumni.org.

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