‘ WE ARE LOUISIANA’ CELEBRATION FOLLOWS INAUGURATION ON OCT. 30

A party, Louisiana-style, is planned for Oct. 30 at the Cajundome Convention Center. The ‘We Are Louisiana’ celebration will begin at 6 p.m. and is a community-oriented event in celebration of Dr. E. Joseph Savoie and the 2008 Homecoming Week for Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajuns.

Savoie will formally be sworn in at a 2 p.m. Investiture Ceremony on Oct. 30.

The “We Are Louisiana” celebration will be a non-stop Louisiana concert featuring some of the state’s best musicians.

Those performers include Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience, Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. & the Zydeco Twisters, Irma Thomas, and The Molly Ringwalds among many more performers.

Cajun food like jambalaya will be served along with other refreshments.

“ This is a perfect opportunity for all UL Lafayette alumni to show their support of Dr. Savoie and his new administration,” said Mary Galyean, president of Louisiana’s Alumni Association. “It is a dawning of a new era for UL Lafayette and the entire Acadiana region. And, it promises to be a lot of fun too.”

Admission to the “We Are Louisiana” celebration is a donation in the amount of your choice to the Student Scholarship Fund.

The schedule for Inauguration events planned for Oct. 30 include:

• 9 a.m. Ecumenical Prayer Service on the grounds of Martin Hall. Special performances by choirs from Lafayette High School, Ascension Episcopal School and the UL Lafayette Gospel Choir. A reception will follow on the grounds. Parking is available at the Cajundome with shuttle service to and from Martin Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

• 2 p.m. Presidential Investiture Ceremony at the Cajundome. Dr. E. Joseph Savoie will formally become UL Lafayette’s sixth president in its 108-year history. Thomas Frey, Executive Director and Senior Futurist of the DaVinci Institute, will serve as the keynote speaker. He is editor of one of “the top five science blogs in the known universe” and is Google’s top-rated futurist speaker. This ceremony is open and free to the community.

For more information on Presidential Inauguration events, email inauguration@louisiana.edu or call (337) 482-6307.

Homecoming 2008 starts with a kickoff party at 5 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Alumni Center. The event will include free soft drinks, jambalaya and music. Acadiana Fun Jumps is also sponsoring a fun jump and games. Everyone is welcome to join the UL Lafayette Homecoming Court, Pride of Acadiana Marching Band, Ragin' Cajun cheerleaders, and Ragin' Jazz in supporting Louisiana's Ragin' Cajuns. This event is sponsored by the Alumni Association, Thornton/Musso/Bellimen and Brown and Brown.

Other Homecoming 2008 events include:

Tuesday, Oct. 28

• 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. - Spirit Spot: Pete's (Order Ragin' Cajun Lunch special to receive free game tickets)
• 5 p.m. - Carnival in the Quad: Quad
• 8 p.m. - Drive-in Movie: Cajun Field

Wednesday, Oct. 29
• 9 a.m. - Paint the Town Red: Participating businesses
• 7 p.m. - Yell Like Hell: Blackham Coliseum
• 7 p.m. - Homecoming “Inauguration Concert”: Angelle Auditorium ft the University Wind Ensemble (free admission)

Thursday, Oct. 30
• 9 a.m. - Ecumenical Prayer Service – Martin Hall
• 10 a.m.- noon - Cajuns Can Care: Alumni Center
• 2 p.m. - Presidential Investiture Ceremony – Cajundome
• 6 p.m. - ‘We Are Louisiana’ Celebration – Cajundome Convention Center
• 7 p.m. - NPHC Step Show – Student Union Ballroom

Friday, Oct. 31 (Wear Red)
• 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Tennis Tournament: – Bourgeois Hall Tennis Courts
• 8:15 a.m. - Paint the Town Red – Participating Schools
• Noon - 2 p.m. - Homecoming Displays at Cajun Field
• Noon - 5 p.m. - Golf Tournament – Les Vieux Chenes Golf Course

Saturday, Nov. 1
• 8 a.m. - Ragin' Road Race – Alumni Center
• 9:30 a.m. - Open House – Alumni Center
• 9:30 a.m. - Red Jackets Reunion – Alumni Center
• 10 a.m. - Homecoming Parade – Cajun Field (viewing at Alumni Center)
• 1-3 p.m. - Tailgating – Cajun Field
• 1:30 p.m. - Tailgating Cook-off – Cajun Field
• 4 p.m. - Ragin' Cajuns vs Florida International – Cajun Field
• 8 p.m. - Christiana Smith “Sweet Sounds of Sharing” – Alumni Center

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