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Fall leaves will still show some color during Bemidji State University's Homecoming weekend to be held Friday through Sunday, Oct. 7-9.

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Traditionally, homecoming has been an opportunity for alumni to relive old memories and current students to start new traditions. But homecoming is also about community participation, said Marla Patrias, director of BSU Alumni Relations.

This year's theme of "Up North with Paul, Babe and Bucky" was chosen by the Alumni Association as a way to recognize Bemidji's notable themes.

Events on Friday will start at 11:30 a.m. with a Beaver Pride Luncheon in Walnut Hall on the BSU campus. The cost is $8 per person. The luncheon will feature BSU coaches and student athletes discussing their upcoming season.

At 5:30 p.m., the BSU Honors Gala will be held at a new venue - the Sanford Center. This year's gala is open to the public (those who have registered) and will honor BSU's outstanding alumni as well as high-level donors.

Saturday's events kick off at 9 a.m. with the Homecoming 5K Run/Walk. Registration for the race will begin at 8 a.m. The race will start at Chet Anderson Football Stadium.

The cost is $10 per person and includes a T-shirt and beverages.

"We hope more people will register this year," Patrias said. "The 5k is open to anyone from the community, including kids."

Events continue with a tailgate party from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Diamond Point Park, near the Chet Anderson Stadium. Food and beverages will be sold for $5. At 1 p.m., the homecoming football game will take place at the stadium as the BSU Beavers take on the Concordia St. Paul Golden Bears.

At halftime, the 2011 Outstanding Alumni Award recipients will be recognized, along with this year's BSU homecoming king and queen.

BSU has named five alumni to its Outstanding Alumni honor roll this year. They are Trent Baalke (1987), general manager of the National Football League's San Francisco 49ers; William "Bill" Hawkins (1974), who built a globally recognized sales and marketing consulting firm; Michael Roberge (1990), president and global investment officer for Boston-based MFS Investment Management; Austin Wallestad (1970), the first recipient of BSU's Alumni Service Award; and Nathan Sannes (2005), who will receive BSU's inaugural Young Alumni Award.

The Bemidji Area Alumni Chapter will hold its fourth annual Beaver Block Party at 8:30 p.m. Saturday in downtown Bemidji. A street dance with live music will be held on Beltrami Avenue Northwest, between Third Street and Fourth Street.

The cost is $5 per person. The first 1,000 people will receive a free 2011 BSU homecoming mug.

"The whole community is invited to attend this fun event," Patrias said.

This year's block party will feature music from the Front Fenders from Fargo. The band has performed at past BSU Homecoming block parties.

"This band likes to have audience participation and they are a real crowd-pleaser," Patrias said. "It's going to be a lot of fun."

Patrias said while BSU homecoming week celebrates students and alumni, it is also a time for members of the community to visit the campus.

Friday, Oct. 7

E 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Beaver Pride Luncheon, Walnut Hall. $8 per person.

E 5:30 p.m., BSU Alumni Association Honors Banquet and Donors Gala, Sanford Center Ballroom. $35 per person. Advance registration required. Call 877-278-2586.

Saturday, Oct. 2

E 9 a.m., Homecoming 5k run/walk. Registration starts at 8 a.m. at Chet Anderson Stadium. $10 registration fee includes T-shirt and beverages. For details, e-mail rfulton@vacationsports.com.

E 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., BSU homecoming and tailgate party, BSU Pavilion, near Diamond Point Park next to the Chet Anderson Stadium.

E 1 p.m., BSU homecoming football game versus Concordia St. Paul Golden Bears at Chet Anderson Stadium.

E 3-5 p.m., Lutheran Campus Center open house, 1221 Birchmont Drive.

E 5 p.m., BSU football alumni reunion, Bemidji Elks Club, following the football game.

E 8:30 p.m., Beaver Block Party, downtown Bemidji on Beltrami Avenue Northwest between Third and Fourth Street. $5 cover charge at the gate. Gather with friends for a street dance with live music by the Front Fenders.

Sunday, Oct. 3

E 3 p.m., Carl O. Thompson Memorial Concert, Thompson Recital Hall in Bangsberg Hall. Tickets will be available at the door.

Fall leaves will still show some color during Bemidji State University's Homecoming weekend to be held Friday through Sunday, Oct. 7-9.

Traditionally, homecoming has been an opportunity for alumni to relive old memories and current students to start new traditions. But homecoming is also about community participation, said Marla Patrias, director of BSU Alumni Relations.

This year's theme of "Up North with Paul, Babe and Bucky" was chosen by the Alumni Association as a way to recognize Bemidji's notable themes.

Events on Friday will start at 11:30 a.m. with a Beaver Pride Luncheon in Walnut Hall on the BSU campus. The cost is $8 per person. The luncheon will feature BSU coaches and student athletes discussing their upcoming season.

At 5:30 p.m., the BSU Honors Gala will be held at a new venue - the Sanford Center. This year's gala is open to the public (those who have registered) and will honor BSU's outstanding alumni as well as high-level donors.

Saturday's events kick off at 9 a.m. with the Homecoming 5K Run/Walk. Registration for the race will begin at 8 a.m. The race will start at Chet Anderson Football Stadium.

The cost is $10 per person and includes a T-shirt and beverages.

"We hope more people will register this year," Patrias said. "The 5k is open to anyone from the community, including kids."

Events continue with a tailgate party from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Diamond Point Park, near the Chet Anderson Stadium. Food and beverages will be sold for $5. At 1 p.m., the homecoming football game will take place at the stadium as the BSU Beavers take on the Concordia St. Paul Golden Bears.

At halftime, the 2011 Outstanding Alumni Award recipients will be recognized, along with this year's BSU homecoming king and queen.

BSU has named five alumni to its Outstanding Alumni honor roll this year. They are Trent Baalke (1987), general manager of the National Football League's San Francisco 49ers; William "Bill" Hawkins (1974), who built a globally recognized sales and marketing consulting firm; Michael Roberge (1990), president and global investment officer for Boston-based MFS Investment Management; Austin Wallestad (1970), the first recipient of BSU's Alumni Service Award; and Nathan Sannes (2005), who will receive BSU's inaugural Young Alumni Award.

The Bemidji Area Alumni Chapter will hold its fourth annual Beaver Block Party at 8:30 p.m. Saturday in downtown Bemidji. A street dance with live music will be held on Beltrami Avenue Northwest, between Third Street and Fourth Street.

The cost is $5 per person. The first 1,000 people will receive a free 2011 BSU homecoming mug.

"The whole community is invited to attend this fun event," Patrias said.

This year's block party will feature music from the Front Fenders from Fargo. The band has performed at past BSU Homecoming block parties.

"This band likes to have audience participation and they are a real crowd-pleaser," Patrias said. "It's going to be a lot of fun."

Patrias said while BSU homecoming week celebrates students and alumni, it is also a time for members of the community to visit the campus.

Friday, Oct. 7

- 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Beaver Pride Luncheon, Walnut Hall. $8 per person.

- 5:30 p.m., BSU Alumni Association Honors Banquet and Donors Gala, Sanford Center Ballroom. $35 per person. Advance registration required. Call 877-278-2586.

Saturday, Oct. 2

- 9 a.m., Homecoming 5k run/walk. Registration starts at 8 a.m. at Chet Anderson Stadium. $10 registration fee includes T-shirt and beverages. For details, e-mail rfulton@vacationsports.com.

- 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., BSU homecoming and tailgate party, BSU Pavilion, near Diamond Point Park next to the Chet Anderson Stadium.

- 1 p.m., BSU homecoming football game versus Concordia St. Paul Golden Bears at Chet Anderson Stadium.

- 3-5 p.m., Lutheran Campus Center open house, 1221 Birchmont Drive.

- 5 p.m., BSU football alumni reunion, Bemidji Elks Club, following the football game.

- 8:30 p.m., Beaver Block Party, downtown Bemidji on Beltrami Avenue Northwest between Third and Fourth Street. $5 cover charge at the gate. Gather with friends for a street dance with live music by the Front Fenders.

Sunday, Oct. 3

- 3 p.m., Carl O. Thompson Memorial Concert, Thompson Recital Hall in Bangsberg Hall. Tickets will be available at the door.

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