Sep 272010
Authors: Erin Udell

In October 1914, CSU students and members of the Fort Collins community gathered to witness the university’s first-ever homecoming football game.

Nearly a century later, CSU’s homecoming festivities have evolved into a weekend-long affair that fosters a sense of school pride and tradition. And with the annual celebration almost three weeks away, registration deadlines for homecoming events are drawing near.

The registration cutoffs for most events, including the parent and family programs, the Associated Students of CSU reunion and Alumni Association tailgate is Friday, Oct. 8.The deadline to order a football ticket package, which includes tickets to the homecoming football and volleyball games, a food credit at Hughes stadium and a T-shirt, is Oct. 4.

“So far a lot of people have registered for the football game and volleyball game,” said Emily Wilson, an employee at the CSU Alumni Association.

With nearly half of the football ticket packages sold, the ticket sales are on track with previous years, said Donna Reiser, director of Membership and Marketing for the CSU Alumni Association. Individuals interested in purchasing the package can do so through the CSU Alumni Association for $28.

With help from the Office of Parent and Family Programs, the Alumni Association will host a Parent and Family Breakfast, a new homecoming event, on the morning of Oct. 17.

The breakfast, which has already exceeded registration expectations, will give parents the opportunity to meet one another and learn more about CSU, Reiser said.

Another new event is the sale of homecoming mums, which are yellow flower corsages decorated in green and gold.

“Mums are a tradition on many college campuses,” Reiser said. “We’ve talked about selling them for years, and finally decided to do it this year.”

To be in the CSU Homecoming and Family Weekend Parade, one of CSU’s long-standing and most popular traditions, interested parties must submit a parade registration form to the Office of CSU Events and Constituent Engagement no later than Oct. 6.

Liz Atwood, the event coordinator for the Office of CSU Events and Constituent Engagement, said the cut off for the parade is 100 entries, with each float including up to 50 people. There have been 22 applications submitted so far.

“We have tons and tons of people,” Atwood said. “It’s a huge hit.”

Other events, held prior the parade on Oct. 15, include the festival and reunion on the Oval, which is open to the public.

“I just love the feel of the parade going through the Oval on a fall day,” Reiser said. “It transcends generations.”

With more than 33 events during Homecoming weekend, the Alumni Association will work with the Office of CSU Events, the Office of Parent and Family Program and Student Leadership, Involvement and Community Engagement to make sure the tradition runs smoothly.

“It’s a team effort,” Reiser said. “It’s just a great time to showcase Colorado State.”

City Council beat reporter Erin Udell can be reached at

Don’t forget about deadlines

  • Oct. 4: Football and Volleyball ticket package
  • Oct. 8: Parent & Family Programs, ASCSU Reunion, Alumni Association Tailgate, Alumni Band & Music Alumni Reunion Tailgate, Somos CSU Alumni/Student Tailgate
  • To read about float regulations and register for Homecoming events visit
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