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Fans of ODU to Have a Big Blue Flashback at 2016 Homecoming

By Brendan O'Hallarn

To get into the spirit of Old Dominion University's 2016 Homecoming festivities, you can call it groovy. Or totally tubular. Or neato bonito.

The theme of this year's Sept. 19-24 week of spirit and camaraderie is Big Blue Flashback. A series of retro events are planned, including a diner-style event, a dodgeball tournament (memories of middle school), and a flashback-inspired Homecoming parade.

The week will culminate with the annual Homecoming football game against the Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners, at 3:30 p.m. at S.B. Ballard Stadium at Foreman Field on Saturday, Sept. 24. It will be the first home game for the football Monarchs since Sept. 4, so the team's 50th straight sellout is expected.

Other highlights of the Homecoming week include the annual Alumni Honors Dinner Thursday, Sept. 22, and the dedication Friday, Sept. 23 of the University's first standalone dining hall, the Kate and John R. Broderick Commons

On Monday, Sept. 19th, Homecoming will kick off with a 50s diner-style event from 12 - 3 p.m. and a block party from 7 - 10 p.m. on the Runte Quad in front of the Student Recreation Center. On Tuesday Sept. 20th, the University's first-ever dodgeball tournament for students will begin at 5 p.m. at the Rec Center.

Here are other activities planned for Homecoming week.

Thursday, Sept. 22

6 p.m. Alumni Honors Dinner, Norfolk Waterside Marriott. Six Old Dominion graduates and a long-time friend of the University will be honored by the Old Dominion University Alumni Association.

Friday, Sept. 23

11 a.m. Jensen Communications Lab ribbon-cutting ceremony, Strome College of Business. The lab was financed by a generous gift from George Jensen, '70.

11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Relax and recharge at the Learning Commons @ Perry Library. Light snacks provided. Tours of the ODU Archives and Special Collections are scheduled for 1 and 3 p.m.

1 - 4 p.m. Alumni Welcome Back Social, Barry M. Kornblau Alumni Center. Class buttons and Old Dominion memorabilia are available. Meet Big Blue and mingle with other alums.

4 p.m. Dedication of Kate and John R. Broderick Commons, 1401 W. 49th St. RSVP to http://odu.imodules.com/bco16 or 683-3116.

5 - 9 p.m. BAC Social, Baxter's, 500 Granby Street. Guests pay for their own food. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Ronald Horne Scholarship.

10 p.m. - 2 a.m. Alumni Webb Jam, Webb University Center. Snacks and cash bar available. Soundtrack by DJ Precise.

Saturday, Sept. 24

8 a.m. Alumni Morning Yoga and Breakfast, Brock Commons, 47th Street and Monarch Way. Mats, water and light breakfast provided.

10:30 a.m. Homecoming Parade, 49th Street and Hampton Boulevard.

Noon - 7 p.m. NPHC Fraternities and Sororities Homecoming Reunion, Williamsburg Lawn.

12:30 - 3:30 p.m. Alumni Tailgate Tent, Kaufman Mall. Featuring a buffet, cash bar, games and raffles.

3:30 p.m. ODU v. UTSA football game, Foreman Field.

Sunday, Sept. 25

9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Brunch, Freemason Abbey, 209 W. Freemason St.

For more information about Old Dominion University's Big Blue Flashback, see the Homecoming website.

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