Winthrop comes home

Hundreds of Winthrop University alumni will reunite with their garnet and gold family this weekend for homecoming.

"The campus is abuzz," said Debbie Garrick, executive director of alumni relations and chairwoman of the homecoming committee. "It's really the time that everybody gets to show off a little bit of Winthrop. The alumni love it because they get to see old friends and reconnect. The students love it because they get to show their spirit."

More than 400 alumni have registered and more are expected to come.

Here's a look at what the weekend has in store:


• Garnet and gold day: Wear your Eagle colors

• Baseball vs. St. John's: 4 p.m., Winthrop Ballpark, purchase tickets in advance at www.winthropeagles.com.

• Class of 1983 Reunion Celebration: 8 to 9 p.m., Alumni Relations office in 304 Tillman Hall

• Viva Las Vegas Party: 9 p.m. until midnight, McBryde Hall, casino games, caricatures, food, cash bar and a live band


• Baseball vs. Kent State, 1 p.m., Winthrop Ballpark, purchase tickets in advance at www.winthropeagles.com.

• Alumni Check-in and T-shirt Giveaway, 3 p.m., Winthrop Coliseum, register online at the Alumni Portal and check-in at the table near the Eagle's Nest concession stand in the Coliseum to receive your T-shirt.

• Reformed University Fellowship Alumni Tailgating Reunion, meet at 2:30 p.m. in the parking lot of Westminster Presbyterian Church to carpool to the coliseum; the group will meet inside near the maroon RUF banner.

• National Pan-Hellenic Council Step Show, doors open at 6:30 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m., Byrnes Auditorium, tickets $15 at the door.

Tailgating before the basketball game is allowed only in the north and south paved parking lots at Winthrop Coliseum, the paved parking lot adjacent to the track/soccer field and in the paved softball parking lot.

Alcohol consumption outside of those designated areas is illegal.

Tailgating is not allowed after the game.

What: Winthrop vs. UNC-Asheville basketball

When: 4 p.m. Saturday

Where: Winthrop Coliseum

Tickets: Tickets are $10 and $12. Call 323-2345 or visit www.winthropeagles.com for ticket information.

What's at stake: If Winthrop wins, the Eagles will win the conference, which means they will host every game they play in the Big South Tournament. If UNC-Asheville wins, the school will have tied Winthrop for first place in the conference and beaten the Eagles twice this season.

Teams that win their conference tournaments get automatic bids to the NCAA Tournament.

Homecoming king and queen will be crowned at halftime and 2008 Outstanding Young Alumni also will be recognized.

The Main Event