Volunteers Contribute to a Successful Homecoming
Titan alumni, students, parents and friends gathered for the Homecoming Festival and men’s basketball game against UC Santa Barbara on Saturday, February 4. The festivities mark the fifth anniversary of this Titan tradition and welcomed more than 1,000 attendees to the festival and 3,224 game attendees for this ESPNU televised game.
This year's event was a family affair with an expanded offering of activities for children and adults. Young Titans had an afternoon of bliss jumping in the bounce house, playing carnival games at the Associated Students/Titan Tusk Force booths, getting a balloon animal crafted for them and paling around with mascot Tuffy. "Homecoming rocks!" enthused Shelley Doidge, spouse of Robert Doidge '90. The Doidge family brought children Kathleen (10) and Patrick (12). When asked about the expanded family activities this year Doidge said, "The kids are having fun. Kathleen has been spending her time at the carnival games and Patrick loves the game truck."
Current student Titans came out in support with more than 600 students participating in the fun as well. A giant basketball toss, jousting ring, video game truck and photo booth kept them busy between eating In-N-Out and great performances by the CSUF Varsity Band, Cheer Squad and National Championship Dance Team. Students Shilpa Patel '11, Aimee Ruaburo '13 and Illene Delosreyes '12 attended the event for the first time this year and said that the Homecoming Festival was "awesome and fun.”
Alumni also had the opportunity to see the changes to campus and show off their alma mater to their family members. Campus tours were provided, giving a close-up look at the new Steven G. Mihaylo College of Business and Economics building, a view of the impressive facelift to the Alumni Lounge and a peak at the new student housing facility and dining hall, “The Gastronome.”
Homecoming 2012 would not have been complete without the exhilarating game between the CSUF men’s basketball team against UC Santa Barbara where the Titans had a come-from-behind 99-86 Big West Conference victory. The game hosted a crowd of 3,224 - the largest Titan Gym crowd in seven years.
In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the “First Intercollegiate Elephant Race in Human History” held at Cal State Fullerton in 1962, a mock elephant race sponsored by Liberty Mutual Insurance was held during half-time.
Homecoming 2012 was proudly sponsored by Liberty Mutual and co-sponsored by Associated Students Inc., ASI Productions, Cal State Fullerton Alumni Association, In-N-Out Burger, New Student Programs, OC Choice Catering, Titan Athletics, Titan Athletics Club, Titan Shops, and the Titan Tusk Force.