Whether you are a student, a member of the faculty and staff, an alum or a much-loved friend of the University of Houston, I invite you to take part in the exciting series of ongoing events that are part of Homecoming 2009 “Eyes on the Pride” festivities.
Here are just a few of the highlights:
• The return of a live Cougar! Shasta will be in the homecoming parade, which begins at 3 p.m., Saturday on Cullen Boulevard. The big cat will be on display outside Robertson Stadium at Gate 11 until the 6:30 p.m. kick-off of the UH vs. SMU football game.
• Nine-time Olympic Gold Medalist Carl Lewis will serve as our Honorary Homecoming Chair and Honorary Team Captain for the game. The first 5,000 fans will receive a commemorative Pulse of the Pride Carl Lewis poster.
• The homecoming king and queen will be announced at half time.
• A homecoming tailgate spirit challenge takes place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday in the Tailgate area of the Robertson Stadium parking lot. This event features the UH Alumni Association’s many different constituent groups in a battle of BBQ and Cougar pride.
I also invite you to share in the campus excitement by visiting the UH Multimedia site, where you can view video highlights of homecoming activities, new campus programs, our push toward Tier-One status and the positive buzz being generated by your university. www.uh.edu/multimedia.
Finally, I urge you to show your Cougar pride at the ballot box by voting in the Nov. 3 election that will decide the fate of Proposition 4, the constitutional amendment that will provide a pathway for emerging research universities to achieve Tier-One status.