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News contact: Jenni Bullington, UTD, (972) 883-4431, [email protected]

Study in Contrast: UTD Homecoming To Honor
Distinguished Alums, Feature Mud Volleyball Tourney

Festivities To Fete Classes of '72, '77, '82, '87, '92 and '97

        RICHARDSON, Texas (Sept. 25, 2002) - Even without a football team, The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) Comets plan to put on an out-of-this-world homecoming spectacular next month that will feature everything from an astronaut who has flown into outer space to an earthbound mud volleyball tournament.

        The university's 2002 "Comet Power" homecoming, which begins Wednesday, Oct. 23, will honor UTD's classes of 1972, '77, '82, '87, '92 and '97 and will include, among other things, a spirit rally and tailgate party and a parade with a scale model of the NASA space shuttle Orbiter - complete with its own astronaut, UTD alumnus Dr. Jim Reilly, who earned degrees from the university in 1977 (bachelor's), 1987 (master's) and 1995 (doctorate).

        Also part of the four-day celebration, which will have a space/air travel and science theme, will be a lecture by Erik Lindbergh, grandson of one of the most famous aviators in history, Charles Lindbergh, a talk by Reilly, an alumni ring ceremony and presentation, a campus showcase that will highlight various schools and departments at UTD, a jazz concert, a family golf tournament and, to cap off the festivities, a semi-formal dance.

        And for the more adventurous, there will be an intramural "oozeball," (mud volleyball) competition on Oct. 23, with the UTD champions scheduled to face The University of Texas at Arlington's oozeball team in a match that night at 6 p.m. An oozeball tournament is expected to become a staple at future UTD homecomings.

        Other special events at this year's homecoming will include the first-ever Comet Power Alumni Award of Achievement, which will be presented to an alumni who has distinguished himself or herself significantly since leaving UTD. The award will be bestowed at the reunion breakfast on Saturday, Oct. 26.

        "We refuse to let the fact that we don't have the traditional homecoming centerpiece - a football team - get in the way our revelry," said Pat Yandell, UTD alumni relations officer. "At the same time, we find it refreshing that we are able to focus on our 40,000-plus alumni and showcase the many areas of academic excellence at UTD."

        UTD's homecoming will run from Oct. 23 to 26, with most of the major events scheduled for that Friday night and Saturday. Some activities may require advanced registration and include a nominal fee. See the attached schedule for a complete list of all activities and the times, dates and locations where they will be held. Please contact Yandell at (972) 883-4332 for additional information.

About UTD
        The University of Texas at Dallas, located at the convergence of Richardson, Plano and Dallas in the heart of the complex of major multinational technology corporations known as the Telecom Corridor, enrolls more than 13,000 students. The school's freshman class traditionally stands at the forefront of Texas state universities in terms of average SAT scores. The university offers a broad assortment of bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs. For additional information about UTD, please visit the university's Web site at http://www.utdallas.edu.


“Comet Power” . . . A Celebration of Excellence!

The University of Texas at Dallas - Homecoming 2002

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October 23 – Celebrate a New Tradition!

    5:15 p.m – Spirit Rally & Tailgate Party – UTD Activity Center Parking Lot

    6:00 p.m. – “Oozeball” (mud volleyball) UTD vs. UT-Arlington –UTD Athletic Field – FREE

October 24 – Anniversary of a Proud Tradition!

    8:00 p.m. – Class Ring Presentation Ceremony/Reception (Invitation Only) – UTDConferenceCenter

October 25 – Legacy of Tradition

    4:00 p.m. – “High Altitude Service Calls”- Jim Reilly, Ph.D., NASA Astronaut – JO 4.614 - FREE

    6:00 p.m. – “Comet Power” Reception – UTDConferenceCenter Lobby - FREE

    7:00 p.m. – “The New ‘Spirit of St. Louis’ ” – Erik Lindbergh (Grandson of aviator legend Charles Lindbergh)
                           UTDConferenceCenter - $5 with UTD ID / $10 all others

    8:00 p.m. – Kelly Durbin & Friends Jazz Concert – (call 972-883-2787 to purchase tickets)

October 26 – Comet Power Day!

    9:00 a.m. – “Reach for the Stars” Reunion Breakfast – Green Commons – $10.00

  •     Honoring the UTD Classes of  ’72, ’77, ’82, ’87, ’92 & ’97
  •     “Comet Power” 2002 Alumni Award of Achievement Presentation

    10:00 a.m. – Space Philately Lecture & Display – UTD McDermott Library – FREE

    11:00 a.m. – “Space Invasion” Homecoming Parade (Drive A to Drive G) – FREE

  •     NASA Astronaut Dr. Jim Reilly (’77, ’87, ‘95) – Parade Marshall
  •     Floats, bands, marching teams, spirit groups, car clubs & awards

    12    Noon – Picnic – PioneerPark – Legacy Lane – FREE

    12:15 p.m. – Legacy Lane Expansion Unveiling – FoundersPark, Drive G

    1:00 – 4:00 p.m. – UTD Campus Showcase

  •     Special events & tours hosted by UTD Schools & Departments – FREE
    •     Hearing Testing Mobile Unit , School of Human Development & Callier Center
          (Campus Mall adjacent to UTD Library & Student Union)
    •     School of Management – Tours
    •     School of Natural Science & Mathematics  (Founders & Kusch Auditorium)
      •     1:00-1:45 p.m. – Physics Circus with Dr. John Hoffman
      •     2:00-4:00 p.m.:
            “What’s happening at NS&M?” – Dean Richard Caldwell
            “Nano Tubes” – Dr. Anvar Zakidov
            “Nanostructures in the Real World” – Preston Landon
            “Space Weather” – Dr. Rodrick Heelis
            “MRI Agents of the Future” – Dr. Dean Sherry
            “Remote Sensing” – Dr. Mohamed Abdelsalam
            “Sickle Cell Research” – Dr. Steve Goodman
    •     Faculty Art Exhibition – School of Arts & Humanities (Visual Arts Bldg.)

    4:30 –6:00 p.m. – “Putt-Putt” Mini-Golf Tournament –The Practice Tee – Reservations / fee required

    7:45 – 9:15 p.m. – Alumni “Stardust” Wine Reception – Green Commons – $5.00

    9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. – “Stardust Semiformal” – Student Union – (Free to Students; $10 others)

  •     Dance, musical entertainment, casino games, prizes, food & crowning of the homecoming royalty

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