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CBU to host Homecoming & Family Weekend Nov. 1-2

RIVERSIDE (Oct. 25, 2013)—California Baptist University will host alumni and friends at Homecoming & Family Weekend next Friday and Saturday, Nov. 1-2. More than 6,000 people attended the weekend’s events last fall.

This year’s schedule offers a wide variety of events for all ages.

Chapel services at 10 and 11 a.m. on Friday will feature Dr. Jonathan Jarboe (’86), senior pastor of Pathway Church in Redlands, Calif. Lunch will be available in the Alumni Dining Commons, Brisco’s or Wanda’s, and a BBQ dinner will be served on the Front Lawn, accompanied by a jazz band performance.

Later that evening, the annual Homecoming Awards Dinner takes places in the new Recreation Center’s gym. Awards will be presented to Damien (’00) and Jennifer O’Farrell (nee Schumm ’00), co-winners of the new Young Alumni Achievement Award; Jarboe, recipient of the Distinguished Service in Christian Ministry Award; Kelly Omari Suyenaga, Parent Volunteer of the Year; and Jack Hawkins Sr., the Lancer Medal for lifetime achievement. The dinner will feature gourmet food presentations by Chef Brad Martin, and the classes of 1962, 1988 and 2003 will be recognized for milestone anniversaries. Entertainment will be provided by renowned performance artist David Garibaldi, as well as the 55-Buck Art Sale, featuring 5”x7” works of art created by celebrities, CBU students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the university. Contributors will be posted on the Homecoming website.

Friday’s festivities will conclude with an alumni men’s water polo game at 7:30 p.m.

On Saturday, a meeting of the Alumni Association will be held in the Copenbarger Dining Room in the Yeager Center. Business will include elections for the Alumni Association Board. The meeting will be followed by the opportunity to cheer for the men’s and women’s swim and dive teams as they compete against the University of Redlands and California State University East Bay.

A block party scheduled from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. will feature an artisan walk, food trucks, inflatable attractions for children, games, interactive activities, live entertainment and CBU department booths on the Front Lawn.

Food truck vendors will include Belly BomZ (Korean chicken wings and sliders); Garlicscapes (“all things garlic”); MeSoHungry Truck (gourmet sliders and burgers); Tamarindo Truck (fresh, organic Mexican food); Cousins Maine Lobster (fresh Maine lobster); The Viking Truck (gourmet sausages and brats); Chunk N Chip (cookie ice cream sandwiches); Sweet Stop (funnel cakes, fresh fruit smoothies); and Kettle Master (kettle corn).

Attendees may also participate in campus tours, parent and alumni receptions and reunions planned throughout the weekend.

CBU’s men’s water polo team will compete against the University of Redlands at 3 p.m.

Preceding the Fortuna Bowl, pre-game tailgating events for students and young alumni will begin on the Front Lawn at 5 p.m. The championship for men’s and women’s intramural football will kickoff at 6:30 p.m. Last year, more than 3,000 people packed the bleachers.

The weekend will close with a fireworks show immediately following the Fortuna Bowl championship game.

Homecoming events require paid admission or a RSVP. For tickets and more information, contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at 951.343-4439 or visit www.calbaptist.edu/homecoming.

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