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January 17, 2006 > Cal State East Bay to celebrate Homecoming

Cal State East Bay to celebrate Homecoming

"Got 'Game?" is both a question and the theme for Homecoming Week Tuesday through Saturday, Jan. 24 through 28 at Cal State East Bay's Hayward and Concord campuses.

The university's nationally-ranked (for NAIA Division II) men's and women's basketball teams and its women's water polo squad that finished second in the nation for NCAA Division III intend to answer that question for students, alumni, faculty and staff taking part in the campus festivities.

Participants are encouraged to wear the school's colors of red, black, and white "as a way to enliven the spirit of current students and to welcome alumni back to campus," said Debby De Angelis, the university's athletic director and chair of the Homecoming committee.

The festivities begin on Tuesday, Jan. 24 with the judging of an office door decorating contest taking place at both campuses. Preparation for that contest as well as registration for the Homecoming poster contest, Homecoming King and Queen candidate registration, and a freshman and academic ambassador contests will be held Jan. 17 through 20.

The university won't be "out-Foxed" when it stages its own campus version of "American Idol" with a Cal State East Bay Idol contest at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 25. The three top performers, as judged by a panel of alumni, will sing the national anthem before the three sports events on campus later in the week.

A fashion and talent show, featuring models made up of Cal State East Bay student-athletes, cheerleaders, and student leaders is set for noon on Thursday, Jan. 26 in the University Union on the Hayward campus. Prizes will be awarded for the best red and black outfits in the crowd for both the Idol and fashion show events.

The Homecoming celebration reaches its climax on Friday, Jan. 27, beginning with Cal State East Bay's women's water polo game against UC Santa Cruz at 3:30 p.m. at the university pool. That will be followed by a tailgate party on the gymnasium lawn at 4:30 p.m. and the basketball doubleheader against William Jessup University. The women's game starts at 5:30 p.m. followed by the men's contest at 7:30 p.m. Winners of the office door decorating contest will be announced at halftime of the women's basketball game while winners of the poster contest will be announced at halftime of the men's game. Homecoming King and Queen candidates will be introduced during halftime of the women's game, with the winners announced during halftime of the men's game. The Hayward High School Pep Band will perform during both basketball games.

The Cal State East Bay Alumni Association will sponsor a beer garden and Pioneer Pete's Kids Zone from 5 to 8 p.m. in the gymnasium patio area.

Special games, giveaways, and prize drawings, sponsored by the University Bookstore, Cal State 9 Credit Union, Target, the Athletics program, and Associated Students Inc. will be held on campus throughout the day on Friday and during all three athletic contests.

Admission to each sporting event is free for Cal State East Bay students, alumni, faculty, and staff.

The annual alumni baseball and softball games, pitting the university's varsity teams against squads made up of the university's former student-athletes, will take place on Saturday, Jan. 28 at noon. The games will be followed by a barbecue sponsored by the Cal State East Bay Alumni Association.

Further information about Homecoming festivities is available by contacting the Cal State East Bay sports information office at (510) 885-3528.

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