March 24, 2006

Good Morning:

Although it has long been a tradition at universities around the country, I sometimes wonder if, before Katrina, we truly understood and appreciated the meaning of Homecoming.

This coming week we will finally get a chance to celebrate the Homecoming and Parent/Family Weekend that Katrina delayed, but could not deny us. This year’s Homecoming, which we are calling “HomeRun 2006,” will be centered around a weekend baseball series between our 14th-ranked Green Wave and the Rice Owls, the nation’s second-ranked team.

This classic college match-up, which will include tailgating and live music at the Zephyr Stadium parking lot beginning at 9 a.m. on April 1, may be the highlight of “HomeRun 2006” but the festivities begin much sooner with the Lighting of McAlister Auditorium ceremony on March 26 at 7 p.m., followed by the presentation of members of the 2005 Homecoming Court, a step show and fireworks.

Throughout the week window painting, sidewalk chalking, green and blue snoballs and numerous other activities bringing students, parents, faculty, staff and fans together will help remind us, once again, how glad we are to be home. We’ll also remember our medical school students and faculty who are continuing their studies in Texas and won’t return home until July.

For a list of all of the activities of this “Homecoming Déjà Vu” please visit

Have a great weekend,


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