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CSU-Pueblo to celebrate Year of the ThunderWolves Homecoming October 4-8

Release Date: September 25, 2017

Cora Zaletel

Executive Director, External Affairs

Colorado State University-Pueblo


Homecoming 2017

CSU-Pueblo to celebrate Year of the ThunderWolves Homecoming October 4-8

PUEBLO – Former and current students of Southern Colorado Junior College, Pueblo Junior College, Southern Colorado State College, the University of Southern Colorado, and Colorado State University – Pueblo, along with the parents of current students, are invited to Year of the ThunderWolves Homecoming activities, Oct. 4-8, a series of events planned by the CSU-Pueblo Alumni Association and the Office of Student Engagement and Leadership (SEAL).

The events kick off for alumni on Wednesday with a Donuts and Coffee Break at 8 a.m. in the Library and Academic Resources Center Lobby and concludes with the Alumni/Family Brunch at 10 a.m. on Sunday in the General Classroom Building foyer.  Activities are scheduled for various alumni groups including Baseball, Marching Band/Music, President’s Leadership Program, Volleyball, Mass Communications, Art, Forensic/Debate, Enactus. Engineering, and SEAL (see schedule that follows).

The Alumni Association will sponsor the 2nd Annual family-friendly Howlin’ House Party from 5:30-8 p.m. on Friday (Oct. 6) on the west lawn of the Neta and Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl.  This event will including food, drinks, games, and the Homecoming Pep Rally at 6:30 p.m.

The Powderpuff football game will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday on the Student Recreation Field.

Then, enjoy s’mores, hot cocoa, and apple cider at a bonfire sponsored by the Associated Students’ Government on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. by the ThunderBowl.

On Saturday, six individuals and one team will be honored at the Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony, which begins at 10 a.m. in the General Classroom Building foyer. The 2017 class of inductees includes: Bob Busia, Football, 1961, 1963-64; Mike Duran, Cross Country, Track and Field, 1977-82; Steve Herzberg, Baseball, 1968-71; Lisa (Knafelc) Osleson Women’s Basketball, 1977-81; Guy Taylor, Men’s Basketball, 1985-88; Dave Miller, longtime public address announcer; the 1991 NAIA Wrestling Championship runner-up team. Tickets are $15 per person ($10 for those 12 and under) and may be purchased by contacting Trey Nickelson at or 719.549.2050.

A tailgate party sponsored by the Friends of Football and the Alumni Association will take place on Saturday on the rooftop deck of the Leomiti Warrior Center from 4 – 6 p.m.  Tickets are required. The ThunderWolf football team takes the field versus Adams State at 6 p.m. in the ThunderBowl. Homecoming royalty and Athletics Hall of Fame inductees will be recognized at half time of the game. Student tickets will be available in the bookstore the week of the game.

To purchase tickets, visit or contact Tracy Samora, director of alumni relations, 719.549.2858,

The Student and Family Tailgate will be held next to ThunderZone Pizza and Tap House on Saturday from 4 - 6 p.m.  Students and their family members can enjoy food, games, music, and more prior to the Homecoming Football Game.  

Parents and family members can register for Family Weekend events at  For questions about Family Weekend, contact Bonnie Fruland, assistant director of Student Affairs, at 719.549.2332 or at 


  • Donuts & Coffee Break with Alumni
    • 8-10 a.m., LARC Lobby
  • Latino Chamber Coffee Break hosted by Engineering
    • 8:15 a.m., Technology 141
  • Bartley Blvd. Grand Opening
    • 9:30 a.m., Bartley Blvd. by water tower


  • Give Day
  • Pack Pantry – CSU-Pueblo Foundation hygiene product and food drive
    • 9 a.m.-5 p.m., LARC
  • President’s Leadership Program Alumni Reception
    • 5-7 p.m., Wine Down by the River, 105 South Union 


  • Parent/Family Weekend Check-in
    • 1-5 p.m., Student Affairs Office, LARC 267
  • Baseball Alumni Golf Tournament
    • 9 a.m., Elmwood Golf Course
  • Mass Communications Alumni Mixer
    • 4 p.m., Buell Communications Center
  • Howlin’ House Party
    • 5:30-8 p.m., Neta & Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl, West Lawn
    • Food, Drinks, Games, and Family-friendly
    • Homecoming Pep Rally – 6:30 p.m.
  • Baseball Alumni Dinner
    • 6 p.m., Olde Town Carriage House, 102 S. Victoria Avenue
  • Powderpuff Game
    • 7 p.m., Student Rec Field
  • Bonfire (Hosted by ASG)
    • 7:30 p.m., lot across from the ThunderBowl
    • S’mores, Hot Cocoa, Apple Cider


  • Athletics Hall of Fame Induction
    • 10 a.m., General Classroom Building foyer
    • Tickets are required, $15 per person, $10 for ages 12 and under
    • Recognized at half time of football game
  • Family Bike Ride with Outdoor Pursuits
    • Join Outdoor Pursuits for a bike ride from CSU-Pueblo to the Downtown Pueblo Riverwalk. Participants will leave campus from the Student Recreation Center at 10 a.m., ride approximately 5 miles to the Pueblo River Walk, and will be shuttled back to campus by bus at 1 p.m. Cost: $25 and includes bike rental, tour guides, and transportation back to campus. Lunch can be purchased downtown on your own. Space is limited so RSVP at
  • Baseball Alumni Game
    • Noon, Rawlings Field
  • Enactus Campus Clean-up
    • Noon, Location TBD
    Forensics/Debate Alumni Tailgate and Debate
    • 9:30 a.m., General Classroom Building 111
  • 4th Annual Engineering Alumni Open House and Breakfast
    • 9:30 a.m., 1st Floor Technology Building
  • Volleyball alumni lunch and social
    • 12:30 p.m., Hall of Fame Room, Massari Arena
  • Marching Band/Music Alumni Activities
    • Activities will begin at 3 p.m., Location TBD
  • Volleyball versus Western State
    • 3 p.m., Massari Arena
  • Friends of Football/Alumni Association/Community Tailgate
    • 4 – 6 p.m., Rooftop deck at Neta & Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl
    • Tickets are required
  • Student and Family Tailgate
    • 4-6 p.m., Field next to ThunderZone Pizza and Tap House
    • Music, Yard Games, and Food
  • Football vs Adams State
    • 6 p.m., Neta & Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl
    • Halftime recognition of Homecoming King & Queen and Hall of Fame Inductees
    • Tickets are required


  • Alumni/Family Brunch
    • 10 a.m., General Classroom Building foyer
    • RSVP required
  • Alumni Art Show
    • Fine Arts Gallery, Hoag Recital Hall
  • Pueblo Symphony performance
    • 2 p.m., Hoag Recital Hall
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