Homecoming celebration will include first ever campus street rename in honor of former student

Danny Bishop

For the first time in Colorado State University history, a campus street is being named after a former student. In honor of Amy Van Dyken, the six-time gold medalist swimmer, 1994 NCAA Swimmer of the Year and 50-yard freestyle NCAA champion, centrally-located West Drive will be renamed Amy Van Dyken Way.

Former CSU swimming head coach John Mattos said in a press release that Van Dyken is strong as an athlete and as person. He said he admires her perseverance after she experienced an ATV accident this summer that paralyzed the former Ram.

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“I admired Amy when she won her gold medals, but watching her meet this challenge has been more than inspiring … it’s taken my breath away,” CSU President Tony Frank said in a press release.

The renaming ceremony is taking place Oct. 17 at 11 a.m on the southwest corner of the Oval before the Homecoming parade. Van Dyken is serving as grand marshal of the parade, which will begin at 4:30 p.m. Friday afternoon.

Colorado State University homecoming activities begin this Sunday and will continue throughout next week. Events include a 5K race, a CSU history tour, campus CLUE, the parade and a pep rally Friday night for the Saturday night Homecoming football game against Utah State.

This year marks the 100th year anniversary of Homecoming at CSU, which began in 1914 when President Charles A. Lory organized an alumni reunion football game against current students at the time.

Homecoming events end Oct. 19 and the week’s activities will wrap up with a student dance in the Lory Student Center Theatre at 7 p.m.

Sunday, October 12

Kick-off to Homecoming & Family Weekend with the Women’s Soccer Match vs. Colorado College

1 p.m. The Lagoon

Fraternity & Sorority Life Barbecue

6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, October 14

Mystery of CSU History Tour

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5 p.m. The Oval

CSU Student Trivia Night

7 p.m. Durrell Center

Wednesday, October 15

Aggie Day

Campus CLUE – Student event

College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences Class of ’64 Reunion Dinner – Invitation Only

4:30 p.m. Hilton Fort Collins

Mystery of CSU History Tour

6 p.m. The Oval

Thursday, October 16

College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences Breakfast and Tours – Invitation Only

8:30 a.m. Diagnostic Medicine Center and Veterinary Teaching Hospital, 300 W. Drake Road

Chalk the Plaza

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. LSC Plaza 

College of Natural Sciences Scholarship Luncheon – Invitation Only

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Hilton Fort Collins

Mystery of CSU History Tour

5 p.m. The Oval

Distinguished Alumni Awards

5:30 – 9:30 p.m. Lory Student Center, Main Ballroom

Theatre: The Glass Menagerie, by Tennessee Williams

7:30 p.m. Studio Theatre, University Center for the Arts

Friday, October 17

Homecoming & Family Weekend Check-In

8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Alumni Center, 1301 S. College Ave.

College of Health and Human Sciences Homecoming and Donor Recognition Breakfast – Invitation Only

8 – 10 a.m. Hilton Fort Collins

50 Year Club Luncheon (80th Annual)

10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Hilton Fort Collins 

Dedication of Amy Van Dyken Way

11 a.m. Corner of Oval Dr. and West Dr.

College of Business Scholarship Luncheon – Invitation Only

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Lincoln Center, Canyon West Ballroom

Lory Student Center Renovation Tours

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lory Student Center – Campus information desk

SLiCE Open House

All day Lory Student Center, SLiCE suite

RAMFAM and Housing Options After the First Year and Tours of the Lory Student Center

1:30 – :30 p.m. Lory Student Center Theatre

Festival on the Oval

3:30 – 6 p.m. CSU Oval

Homecoming Parade

4:30 – 6 p.m. Parade Route

Anthropology Connections Talk and After-Party

6 – 7 p.m. Behavioral Sciences Building, Rm. 107

Friday Night Lights: Pep Rally, Bonfire, Fireworks, and Lighting of the A

6 p.m. West Lawn

ASCSU Alumni Reunion

6:30 p.m. Lory Student Center – Longs Peak Room 

SLiCE Homecoming Reunion at Ramskeller

6:30 – 8 p.m. Lory Student Center, Ramskeller

Class Reunions Dessert Reception

6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Lory Student Center, West Ballroom

Music: Men’s Chorus & University Chorus Concert

7:30 p.m. Griffin Concert Hall, University Center for the Arts

Theatre: The Glass Menagerie, by Tennessee Williams

7:30 p.m. University Theatre, University Center for the Arts

RamFest 2014 Homecoming Concert: Nico & Vinz and Mike Posner

8 p.m., doors open at 7 p.m. Moby Arena

Alumni Band Hot Spot

8 p.m. The Mayor of Old Town, 632 S. Mason St.

Hillel’s Family Weekend Shabbat Dinner

8 p.m. David and Laura Merage Hillel Center, 720 W. Laurel St. 

Saturday, October 18

Homecoming 5K Race

8 – 9:15 a.m. CSU Oval

Black Rams Alumni/Parent Breakfast

9 – 11 a.m. Lory Student Center, Grey Rock Room

Phi Kappa Tau Open House Brunch

9 – 11 a.m. University House on Remington

College of Agricultural Sciences Scholarship Brunch – Invitation only

9:30 a.m. Hilton Fort Collins

Homecoming & Family Weekend Check-In

10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Alumni Center, 1301 S. College Ave.

Alumni Band Brunch & Rehearsal

10 – 11:30 a.m. Instrumental Rehearsal Hall, University Center for the Arts

University Center for the Arts Open House Tours

10 a.m. – noon* University Center for the Arts

Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising Open House Tour

10 a.m. – noon University Center for the Arts, Room 115 

Campus Corps Program Tours

10 a.m. – noon 145 Gifford Building

SLiCE Alt. Break Site Leader Alumni

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Lory Sudent Center, Cherokee Park

Lory Student Center Renovation Tours

11 a.m. – noon Lory Student Center – Campus information desk

College of Business Reunion at Rockwell

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Rockwell Hall, East Lawn and Rockwell West

Alumni Band Rehearsal with CSU Marching Band

1 p.m. Hughes Stadium

Homecoming and Family Weekend Tailgate

2 – 4:30 p.m. RamTown/Hughes Stadium – Alumni Association Tent

Homecoming Football Game: CSU vs. Utah State

Kickoff 5 p.m. Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium

Theatre: The Glass Menagerie, by Tennessee Williams

7:30 p.m. University Theatre, University Center for the Arts

Sunday, October 19

Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life Homecoming & Family Weekend Bagel Brunch

10 a.m. – 1 p.m. David and Laura Merage Hillel Center, 720 W. Laurel St.

Theatre: The Glass Menagerie, by Tennessee Williams

7:30 p.m. Studio Theatre, University Center for the Arts

Homecoming Dance – Student event

7 – 10:30 p.m. Lory Student Center Theatre

Collegian City Beat Reporter Danny Bishop can be reached at news@collegian.com or on Twitter @DannyDBishop.