Inaugural year for regionals at Ohio State homecoming

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Ohio State regional campuses invited to participate in university homecoming festivities

“We are all Buckeyes,” is the mantre being echoed by six students from each Ohio State regional campuses, who were recently chosen to represent their campus as part of Ohio State’s 99th year of Homecoming festivities in Columbus. 

With the university’s emphasis on Ohio State being seen as one university with many campuses statewide, this is the inaugural year for regional campus student involvement in the Homecoming parade, pep rally, festivities and pageantry leading up to the homecoming game.
Students from ATI/OARDC campus in Wooster, Columbus campus, Lima campus, Marion campus, Mansfield campus, Newark campus, were chosen to represent their respective campuses on the strength of their campus/community involvement, grade point average, interviews, and student vote on each campus.  A king and queen will be chosen from each campus homecoming court and honored in Ohio Stadium at the homecoming game Saturday, October 29 between Ohio State and the visiting Wisconsin Badgers.

Marion Campus Homecoming Court representatives include:  sophomore zoology and molecular genetics major Christa Eyster of Marion, Ohio; sophomore mathematics major Laura Neff of Marengo, Ohio; sophomore education major Melissa Redick of Mount Gilead Ohio; sophomore (exploring) Gary Cox of Marion, Ohio; junior English major Austin King of La Rue, Ohio; and senior education major Robert Sharrock of Galion, Ohio. 

Students will visit the Longaberger Alumni House on Friday, October 28, 3 p.m. to learn which court members were chosen to represent their campus as homecoming king and queen at the first official Regional Campus Homecoming Court Crowning Ceremony.

The “Tradition Marches On” at The Ohio State University’s 99th annual Homecoming Parade, which will roll through Columbus campus on Friday, Oct. 28.  The parade celebrates the 75th anniversary of the OSU Marching Band’s iconic Script Ohio formation, along with other experiences that make up the Buckeye spirit.  Student organizations will showcase their traditions with floats, and everyone, including spectators, is invited to come in costume.

Festivities begin at 5 p.m. at Ohio Stadium, where the parade will take off at 6 p.m. and follow a route east on Woodruff Avenue, south on High Street and end at the Ohio Union, where a pep rally will follow on the West Plaza at about 7 p.m.

Grand marshals are Jon Woods, long-time director of the OSU Marching Band who has announced his retirement at the end of this year, and several alumni band members who marched in the very first Script Ohio in 1936.

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