Homecoming celebration, Feb.8

Purdue University Calumet will celebrate homecoming, Saturday, Feb. 8.

The event features two basketball games, the traditional crowning of queen and king of the student body and presentation of the Bob Hayes Athletic Alumni Award-all to be held in the gym of the Physical Education Recreation Building. The celebration also includes an alumni reception at 6 p.m. and a dance at 9 p.m., both to be held in The Center.

The Purdue Calumet women’s varsity team takes on Indiana University South Bend at 4:30 p.m. The Purdue Calumet vs. Barat College men’s varsity basketball game is at 7 p.m.

Before tip-off of the men’s game, the 18th annual Bob Hayes Athletic Alumni Award will be presented to Roman Modrowski, a 1986 Purdue Calumet graduate in communication, East Chicago native and sports reporter/Chicago Bulls beat writer for the Chicago Sun-Times.

In between games, a 6 p.m. reception will be held for all Purdue Calumet alumni and former athletes.

During half time of the men’s game, queen and king candidates will be introduced. The queen and king will be crowned at the homecoming dance. Also at half time, an alumni shoot-out team competition will be held, as well as a $10,000 shot contest, sponsored by UPS, in which a person is selected at random from the audience to compete.

Numerous events are being held for students during the week before homecoming in the Student Faculty Library Center. Sacal, a calypso band, plays at 11 a.m., Monday (2/3) in the cafeteria during “pajama day.” Groovatron plays at 11 a.m. in the cafeteria and a password plus game is scheduled for 1 p.m. in the student lounge, Tuesday (2/4) during “Hawaiian day.” Blizzard of Bucks is set for 11 a.m., Wednesday (2/5) in the student lounge during “70s day.” A pep rally is set for noon, Thursday, Feb. 6 in the student lounge for “black and gold day.” Also, a talent show, sponsored by the Black Student Union, is scheduled for 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 6 in Alumni Hall.

Homecoming queen candidates and organizations they represent are: Kristin Harkin of Lowell (Photo Club), Tiffany Amber Sanchez of Schererville (Society of Success and Leadership), Lisa M. Ruiz of Schererville (Dance Team), Kishwa Milliner of Hammond (Student Government), Andrea Pepler-Murray of Hammond (Hoosier Adapt), Amy Pilarczyk of Dyer (The Chronicle) and Sara Nitz of Schererville (Cheerleaders).

Homecoming king candidates are: Jesse Peeples of Gary (National Society of Black Engineers), Frank Sprankle of Schererville (The Chronicle), Raymond Montgomery of Merrillville (Hoosier Adapt), Keith Dutton of Lowell (Student Government) and Wesley Kopp of Hammond (New Life Ministries).