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Homecoming, BCA Classic bring visitors to campus

Weekend-long celebrations feature alumni, men’s basketball

11/13/03

Xavier welcomes alumni back to campus this weekend, Nov. 13-16, for the University’s 115th annual homecoming, carrying the theme of “Hooray For Hollywood.” The homecoming basketball game is being played Saturday night as part of the 2003 Black Coaches Association (BCA) Classic men’s college basketball tournament at the Cintas Center arena. A pre-game reception for alumni precedes the Musketeers’ face-off in the center’s banquet rooms. Other highlights of the weekend, sponsored by the national alumni association, include the Edgecliff pancake breakfast, the homecoming parade, the All For One Classic 5K race and a host of special alumni reunions. For a full event schedule or more information, visit the homecoming web site.

While the alumni are enjoying their time back on campus, students are keeping busy with a variety of other activities. On Friday, campus ministry is hosting its annual encounter retreat for those students who attended the approach retreat earlier in the semester. The retreat takes place at Milford Spiritual Center and is designed to give students the tools to make the “next step” in broadening their spiritual lives. For more information, call 513 745-3567 or e-mail halverso@xavier.edu.

Also on Friday, associate director of admissions at Ohio University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, Jill Harman, is visiting campus to answer students’ questions about careers in osteopathic medicine. The question-and-answer period is taking place from 11 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in the lobby of Albers Hall. Harman is also providing admission information about Ohio University’s program. For more information, call 513 745-3691 or e-mail rettigk@xu.edu.

Friday also brings another visitor from academia, as Boston College professor Bianca Sculimbrene lectures at the department of chemistry seminar at 1:30 p.m. in Logan Hall, Room 100. Sculimbrene is speaking about “Catalytic Asymmetric Phosphorylation: Concise Synthesis of Inositol Phosphates.” For more information, call 513 745-3352 or e-mail mcloughlin@xavier.edu.

In preparation for national international education week, which is being celebrated on campus Monday, Nov. 17, through Friday, Nov. 21, an international potluck dinner is being held Friday evening at 6:00 p.m. in the Romero International Center. The dinner is sponsored by the graduate students association.

Athletics on campus this weekend extend far beyond the four-day BCA Classic. The volleyball team hits the court Friday to battle the University of Rhode Island in an A-10 match at 6:00 p.m. in the Cintas Center. It's the last home game of the regular season for the team, which is hoping to extend its current four-game winning streak to better its current conference record of 6-6.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings, the rifle team is hosting a Walsh Match at the Walsh Memorial Range, with competitions at 8:00 a.m. each day.

On Saturday, the cross country teams travel to Terre Haute, Ind., to participate in the NCCA Great Lakes Regional at 9:00 a.m. Later that day, the volleyball team plays its final game of the regular season, facing A-10 Fordham University at the Frericks Center in Dayton, Ohio.

For more information about any of the above athletic events, call 513 745-3411 or visit the athletics web site.