‘Lobo Fever' theme for 2010

The University of New Mexico will celebrate its 86th annual homecoming, Sept. 28 - Oct. 2, when leisure suits and platform shoes return with the theme, ‘Lobo Fever." The weeklong celebration will feature more than 50 separate events all leading up to the big football game Saturday, Oct. 2 at 4 p.m., when UNM takes on UTEP.

The festivities begin Tuesday, Sept. 28 with the annual Campus Decorating Contest. This year, participants have the opportunity to decorate their office lobby, office door, or design a record album that best represents their department. Judging will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

On Wednesday, Sept. 29, current full-time UNM faculty and staff employees, who are UNM alumni, are invited to an appreciation lunch at the Student Union Ballroom beginning at noon. Tickets for the luncheon will be available for pick up on Wednesday-Thursday, Sept. 22-23 (11 a.m. – 1 p.m.) in the SUB Atrium, or at the Alumni Relations office at 1117 Stanford NE on north campus. Additionally, students can vote on the UNM Homecoming royalty in the Student Union Building from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

On Thursday, Sept. 30, "The Lobo Howl," along with other activities that are all a part of the Cherry-Silver Games competition takes place. Students carry on the tradition for the coveted Cherry-Silver Cup in wacky and hilarious games at the Duck Pond. The Heritage Club Brunch, which recognizes alumni who graduated 50 years or more, this year from the Class of 1960, will also be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel at 10:30 a.m. Reservations are required.

On Friday, Oct. 1, it's Lobo Spirit Day. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to wear red on campus to show off their Lobo pride! Join students for a pep rally at noon in the Atrium at the UNM Student Union Building to help send the Lobo teams to victory. Also on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m., alumni reunions from many colleges and programs will take place all across campus. From 8 to 11 p.m., alumni are invited to join UNM students for an evening of music and dancing at the Student/Alumni Dance and to meet the 2010 UNM Homecoming Court.

Events for Saturday, Oct. 2 include the All-University Breakfast at the Embassy Suites Hotel, the Alumni Lettermen's tailgate party, the Southwest Fiesta Tailgate at the northeast end of University Stadium, which starts at 1:30 p.m., and the 17th annual Alumni Association Silent Auction. This year, the Silent Auction will be extended online and will be open beginning Monday, Sept. 20 through Sunday, Oct. 3 at UNM Alumni. Tickets for the SW Fiesta Tailgate are $10 per person and $5 for children 12 and under.

The week culminates with the football game between longtime rivals New Mexico and UTEP at University Stadium at 4 p.m.

Other homecoming highlights include affinity group reunions, lecture series, various student activities and more. For a complete list of activities and for advanced ticket sales call 277-5808 or visit: ‘Lobo Fever'.

Media contact: Steve Carr (505) 277-1821; e-mail: scarr@unm.edu