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Contact: Christine Payton Oct. 17, 2006
(337) 482-6397, payton@louisiana.edu
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette will be welcoming alumni and fans alike during Homecoming 2006 which kickoffs Oct. 21. This year’s theme is “Playing to Win, Always Bet on Red.”

On Oct. 28, Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajuns will take on Middle Tennessee at Cajun Field. The game starts at 4 p.m.

A week of activities is planned for both students and alumni starting with a triathlon on Oct. 21 at the Student Aquatic Center at Bourgeois Hall on campus. The event will start at 7:30 a.m. For more information, visit www.lafayettefitness.org

On Oct. 22, a Homecoming Mass will be held at Our Lady of Wisdom Catholic Church on campus. Later that afternoon, from 5 to 6 p.m., the public is invited to view student spirit displays in front of Dupré Library. The displays will remain up throughout the week.

A cake giveaway and spirit banner signing will start at 11:45 a.m. Oct. 23. In addition, the day’s Spirit Spot will be Hub City Diner. Those ordering the Ragin’ Cajun lunch special will receive free game tickets. A faculty door decorating contest will start at 2 p.m. as will judging for the Residence Hall banner competition.

At 5 p.m., the annual Homecoming Kickoff party will begin at the Alumni Center on St. Mary Boulevard. Fans, students and the community are invited to join the 2006 Homecoming Court, the UL Lafayette cheerleaders, marching band and Ragin’ Jazz in supporting Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajuns. At 7 p.m., students can enjoy a Casino Night at the Student Union Ballroom where they can win gift certificates and other items.

On Oct. 24, the student Car Rally will start at 5 p.m. Students will compete in this “scavenger hunt” game. Following the Car Rally, a drive-in movie “The Water Boy” will be shown at the Cajun Field parking lot at 8 p.m. The Spirit Spot for Oct. 24 is Gallagher’s Cafe.

Businesses will turn red on Oct. 25 during the annual Paint the Town Red competition starting at 10 a.m. In addition, students wearing red will get free pizza in the Quad. At 7 p.m. the annual Yell Like Hell contest will start at Blackham Coliseum. Everyone is invited to join members of various student organizations, sororities and fraternities for this rally. Students will perform dances and skits.

On Thursday, Oct. 26, students will be collecting canned goods during the annual Cajuns Can Care event from 10 a.m. to noon at the Alumni Center. Later at 7 p.m., the N.P.H.C. will provide entertainment with its Step Show in the Student Union Ballroom.

Homecoming activities continue Oct. 27 with the annual Paint the Town Red contest for schools starting at 8:;15 a.m. Schools within Lafayette Parish are encouraged to decorate in UL Lafayette fashion for the competition. The fun will continue with a tennis tournament at 8 a.m. at Bourgeois Courts and a golf tournament at noon at Les Vieux Chenes Golf Course. Everyone is encouraged to wear red as part of a spirit day.

Also on Oct. 27, the University Wind Ensemble will entertain music lovers during a free 7:30 p.m. Homecoming Concert at Angelle Hall.

On game day Oct. 28, activities will kick into high gear as the Ragin’ Road Race takes to the streets at 8 a.m. An Open House will also be held at the Alumni Center starting at 9:30 a.m. The Homecoming Parade will roll from Cajun Field at 10 a.m. This year’s grand marshal is former football player Brian Mitchell.

Pre-game activities at Cajun Field include the Ragin’ Red Tailgating Cookoff at 1:30 p.m. At 4 p.m., Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajuns will take on Middle Tennessee.

For more information about Homecoming 2006 activities, contact the Alumni Association at (337) 482-0900 or the University Program Council at (337) 482-6939.

Document last revised Tuesday, October 17, 2006 9:44 AM

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