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B-CU 2011 Homecoming: 'Remember the Times'

Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) is bringing back the good old days for its 2011 Homecoming festivities.

From Oct. 28 to Nov. 5, Wildcat students, alumni and friends will gather together and remember the times. There will be food, fellowship, prayer, music, dance and, of course - football.

The week kicks off on Sunday, Oct. 30 with the Gospel Explosion featuring music to feed your soul.

All of the events culminate Saturday, Nov. 5 with the annual Homecoming parade at 9 a.m. before the Wildcats take on the Morgan State Bears at 4 p.m. on Larry Kelly Field at Municipal Stadium.

The parade will proceed from the rear of the Daytona Mall, 100 North Nova Road: Travel east on Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Boulevard, turn right proceed south on to Walnut Street right travel on Oak Street going west across Martin Luther King Boulevard to enter the B-CU entrance way, south of Bronson Hall.

The grand marshal of the parade will be Dr. Rebecca W. Steele, internationally renowned choral conductor who is retiring after 35 years as professor of music and director of the B-CU Concert Chorale.

Dr. Steele's career spans 64 years, including 29 years as Director of Florida A&M University's Concert Chorale, several years as President of the Florida State Music Association of Higher Education, and a European tour for the U.S. Department of State as a music director and consultant.

Concert Chorale alumni have planned several events during Homecoming weekend in honor of Dr. Steele. The events include a musical ceremony at 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4 in B-CU's Heyn Chapel. On Sunday, Nov. 6 at 3 p.m., the group will hold a tribute concert for her in the B-CU Performing Arts Center (PAC). The public events are free but attendees are encouraged to give monetary donations to support concert chorale students.

B-CU alumni have planned many events to celebrate Homecoming, including reunions for the Class of 1969, 1981, 1991 and the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity.

Homecoming event highlights include:

Thursday, Nov. 3
Powder Puff Football Game 5 p.m. - Quad
Greek Step Show 8 p.m. - PAC
(Students, $15 advance/$20 door, $25 advance/$30 door for non-students)

Friday, Nov. 4
B-CU Family Reunion 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Quad
Larry R. Handfield Athletic Training Center Preview 3-5pm - Center for Civic Engagement
Homecoming Pep Rally 7 p.m. - Jackie Robinson Ballpark (105 E Orange AveĀ  Daytona Beach, FL)

Saturday, Nov. 5
Homecoming Parade 9 a.m. - Starts at Daytona Mall (Nova Road between International Speedway and Mary McLeod Bethune Blvds) and ends at B-CU campus
Homecoming Football Game 4 p.m. - Municipal Stadium

Sunday, Nov. 6
Dr. Rebecca W. Steele Tribute Concert - 3 p.m. - PAC

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Meredith Rodriguez
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About Bethune Cookman University:

Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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