September 11, 2012
Westerville, OH— Otterbein University invites the community to participate in Homecoming events on Saturday, September 22.
Saturday morning events include a cross county invitational with runners from 20 colleges and high schools at 8:30 a.m. at the University’s Cross Country Course off North West Street.
The fifth annual 5k Run/Walk sponsored by Up ’til Dawn to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will begin at 8:45 a.m. at the Campus Center, 100 W. Home St. Registration is $10 at the event and is open to the public.
The Homecoming Parade will start at 10 a.m. at North West and Main streets and end in front of the Campus Center on Home Street. There will be a tailgating party from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Campus Center, featuring food, activities for children, service projects and music.
Homecoming Day sports events are free and open to the community. The Otterbein women’s soccer team will take on Transylvania University at 1 p.m. at the soccer field north of the Campus Center. Football will challenge John Carroll University at 2 p.m. in Memorial Stadium on Center Street.
Prior to Homecoming Day, Otterbein will honor accomplished recent graduates at the Young Alumni Awards at 7 p.m. on Friday, September 21, in Roush Hall, 27 S. Grove St. Among the recipients is Westerville native Scott Fias.
Now residing in Florida, Fias is the host of the show, Florida on a Tankful. Since 2007, he has traveled the sunshine state with approximately 2 million viewers following his adventures.
Fias received the 2011 Green Eyeshade Award as the leading feature reporter on television in the southeast United States. He also has received two Emmy Awards, 10 awards from the Associated Press and more than a dozen honors from The Society of Professional Journalists for his reporting. While this is an impressive resume, Fias said his greatest accomplishment is co-founding Give Kids the World, a not-for-profit organization in Orlando that gives children with life threatening illnesses and their families a chance to vacation away from their medical treatments. While at Otterbein, Fias participated in WOCC-TV, WOBN radio and the Tan & Cardinal newspaper.
The Young Alumni Awards at Otterbein are presented to alumni 40 years of age or younger who show the Five Cardinal Experiences in their work outside of the University.
For more information about Otterbein Homecoming, visit www.otterbein.edu/homecoming. For more information about the Young Alumni Awards, visit www.otterbein.edu/public/Alumni/Awards/youngalumni.