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Homecoming 2011 coming 'From Lawrence with Love'

“From Lawrence with Love” will be the theme for this year’s Homecoming Week, set for Sept. 24 through Oct. 1.

“Lawrence is such an important component of the University of Kansas that it only feels fit to represent KU’s 99th annual Homecoming by featuring our loved city” said Stefani Gerson, coordinator of student programs for the KU Alumni Association and an adviser to the Homecoming Steering Committee. Nikki Epley, the alumni association’s director of reunions, also advises the group.

The association and the steering committee, which includes 15 students, plan to bring back many of the traditional homecoming favorites, including the homecoming parade, mural contest and “Jayhawk Jingles,” a showcase of student skits and musical performances. “Stuff the bus” will collect canned food and donate it to the East Central Kansas Economic Opportunity Corporation. Another highlight will be magician Mike Super, who will perform Sept. 27 in an event sponsored by Student Union Activities. Additionally, all funds raised throughout the week are donated to United Way of Douglas County.

Warren Corman will serve as grand marshal. Corman is a long-time architect, who served as Kansas Board of Regents chief of architecture and engineer from 1966 to 1997. He also served as interim executive director of the Kansas Board of Regents in 1993. In 1997, Corman was named university architect for KU and special assistant to Chancellor Robert Hemenway. Corman will be recognized as grand marshal at a formal Homecoming reception, in the Homecoming parade and during the football game.

KU will face Texas Tech on Oct. 1 in the annual homecoming football game.

A full schedule of events is available online at homecoming.ku.edu.

Registration forms for events, T-shirts and more information will be available in August. Information will be available online at homecoming.ku.edu or on Facebook and Twitter.

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