Parade, Chancellor Installation, block party highlight Homecoming activities in Depot District

October 21st, 2013

Indiana University East is planning several events in Richmond’s Historic Depot District during its 2013 Homecoming week, October 21-26.HomecomingDepot

“Everyone is really looking forward to all the great Homecoming events and activities on and off campus,” said Director of Gift Development Stephanie Hays-Mussoni. “The events in the Depot will be a great way to include the community in IU East Homecoming traditions. Students, faculty and staff are also excited to spend more time in the Depot District which is quickly becoming a regular gathering place for IU East students. The Depot merchants have been tremendous partners in all of these activities and we look forward to many more opportunities to bring community and campus together.”

Throughout the week, Chancellor Kathryn Cruz-Uribe will host students at different Depot District restaurants for lunch.

The community is invited to join IU East for its homecoming parade on Wednesday, October 23, at 6:15 p.m. The parade route is along Fort Wayne Ave.  It will feature student organizations, Rufus the Red Wolf and Junior Red Wolves (IU East kids’ club) members, the Homecoming Court, student-athletes, and community groups and organizations.

Following the parade, the Red Wolves volleyball team will play Asbury University at 7 p.m. The home match is at the Seton Catholic High School Gymnasium, located at 233 South Fifth Street in Richmond. The match is also Senior Night. General admission is $5 and all students, grades K-12 and college, are admitted free.

After the match, IU East will host a post-match party at Joe’s Pizza for IU East students.

The Installation Ceremony of Chancellor Cruz-Uribe, IU East’s sixth chancellor, will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, October 25, in the Historic Pennsylvania Railroad Depot. The installation, themed “A Steward of Place,” symbolizing the university’s deep commitment to the community and region it serves.

Following the installation, IU East will host a block party in the Depot District beginning at 6 p.m. The event and activities are free and open to the public. Activities include a zip line above Fort Wayne Avenue, rock wall, face painting, photo booth, Richmond Furniture Gallery inflatable, and street performer Wacky Chad.

At 6:30 p.m. IU East will host Rufus the Red Wolf’s Birthday Party in the Depot.

To culminate the week, IU East will participate in national “Make a Difference Day” on Saturday, October 26, for faculty, staff and students to volunteer a day of service in the Depot District.

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