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IMAGE: Kent State football players celebrate after a hard-fought 41-24 win over Western Michigan Saturday afternoon at Dix Stadium.
Kent State football players celebrate after a hard-fought 41-24 win over Western Michigan Saturday afternoon at Dix Stadium.
IMAGE: Kent State wide receiver Josh Boyle hauls in a touchdown pass during the Golden Flashes' win over Western Michigan at Dix Stadium.
Kent State wide receiver Josh Boyle hauls in a touchdown pass during the Golden Flashes' win over Western Michigan at Dix Stadium.
IMAGE: President Lefton congratulates Homecoming King Tom Ream and Queen Ann Miller during the halftime ceremony at Dix Stadium.
President Lefton congratulates Homecoming King Tom Ream and Queen Ann Miller during the halftime ceremony at Dix Stadium.
IMAGE: Fans of the Kent State Golden Flashes cheer on the football team during the 2012 Homecoming game, which Kent State won, 41-24.
Fans of the Kent State Golden Flashes cheer on the football team during the 2012 Homecoming game, which Kent State won, 41-24.
IMAGE: <p>The Kent State University Marching Band makes its way down Main Street, during the annual Homecoming parade.</p>

The Kent State University Marching Band makes its way down Main Street, during the annual Homecoming parade.

IMAGE: Kent State President Lester A. Lefton celebrates Homecoming with members of the Kent State Greek community.
Kent State President Lester A. Lefton celebrates Homecoming with members of the Kent State Greek community.
IMAGE: Kent State international students brave the rain and cold of Homecoming to view the Homecoming parade.
Kent State international students brave the rain and cold of Homecoming to view the Homecoming parade.
IMAGE: A visitor to the new Kent State May 4 Visitors Center views one of the many displays detailing the events surrounding May 4, 1970. An open house was held as part of Homecoming activities.
A visitor to the new Kent State May 4 Visitors Center views one of the many displays detailing the events surrounding May 4, 1970. An open house was held as part of Homecoming activities.
  • IMAGE: Kent State football players celebrate after a hard-fought 41-24 win over Western Michigan Saturday afternoon at Dix Stadium.
  • IMAGE: Kent State wide receiver Josh Boyle hauls in a touchdown pass during the Golden Flashes' win over Western Michigan at Dix Stadium.
  • IMAGE: President Lefton congratulates Homecoming King Tom Ream and Queen Ann Miller during the halftime ceremony at Dix Stadium.
  • IMAGE: Fans of the Kent State Golden Flashes cheer on the football team during the 2012 Homecoming game, which Kent State won, 41-24.
  • IMAGE: <p>The Kent State University Marching Band makes its way down Main Street, during the annual Homecoming parade.</p>
  • IMAGE: Kent State President Lester A. Lefton celebrates Homecoming with members of the Kent State Greek community.
  • IMAGE: Kent State international students brave the rain and cold of Homecoming to view the Homecoming parade.
  • IMAGE: A visitor to the new Kent State May 4 Visitors Center views one of the many displays detailing the events surrounding May 4, 1970. An open house was held as part of Homecoming activities.

Homecoming Celebration 2012: Golden Flashes Win Football Game

Lindsay Kuntzman | 10/29/2012
Kent State University’s Homecoming took place Saturday, Oct. 20. Sponsored by the Kent State University Alumni Association, the day was filled with tradition and exciting activities. One highlight includes The Golden Flashes win over the Western Michigan Broncos, 41-24.
“Homecoming is a great opportunity to invite alumni back to campus so they can reconnect with former classmates and see how their alma mater has changed,” said Nancy Schiappa, Kent State’s associate director of alumni relations and Homecoming chair. “This year, we have our traditional Homecoming activities and we’ve also added a few new, exciting programs.”

In keeping with tradition, the festivities kicked off with the 12th annual Bowman Cup 5K Race at 8 a.m. and was followed at 9 a.m. with the annual alumni continental breakfast and parade viewing hosted at the Williamson Alumni Center, located at 1200 Main St. in Kent. Schiappa said all alumni are welcome to attend the complimentary continental breakfast and watch the Homecoming parade from beginning to end at this great location.

IMAGE: Two Kent State students embrace during the second annual Kiss on the K in Risman Plaza.
This year’s Homecoming parade theme was “Battle of the Decades.” When the parade stepped off at 10 a.m., spectators saw different types of floats, walking units, city and student organizations and university departments representing all different time periods.

Following the parade, the community had the opportunity to participate in several new events.

“Homecoming is about tradition, but we wanted to start some new traditions,” Schiappa said. “After the parade ended, there were plenty of exciting activities before the big game.”

New Homecoming activities included a family-friendly event with Christopher Carter, proclaimed one of the world’s greatest mind readers, in the Kent Student Center Ballroom. Also in the Kent Student Center will be an art auction for the works of comic strip artists Tom Batiuk, a 1969 graduate of Kent State, and Chuck Ayers, a 1971 graduate of Kent State. Batiuk, creator of the Funky Winkerbean comic strip, collaborates with Ayers on Crankshaft.

Other activities included tours of downtown Kent aboard Lolly the Trolley, the second annual Kiss on the K, the class of 1962 Golden Order reunion luncheon and an open house at the new May 4 Visitors Center.

Additional information about Homecoming and a full event schedule are available at www.ksualumni.org/homecoming.

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