2013 CMU Homecoming Media Opportunities

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Central Michigan University welcomes reporters to campus for the 2013 Homecoming celebration Oct. 19, leading up to the football game against the Northern Illinois Huskies at 3 p.m. in Kelly/Shorts Stadium.

16th annual Cardboard Boat Race

More than 30 teams of CMU students are hard at work this week creating cardboard boats as part of an engineering course. Students are responsible for designing and creating a boat that will float 200 yards across Rose Ponds, despite only being made of cardboard and duct tape. This Homecoming event creates competition among students as they race for the finish line without sinking their boat or tipping over.

The class project gives students an introductory understanding of engineering principles while serving as a team building exercise. The Cardboard Boat Race will take place at Rose Ponds near the CMU Events Center at 1 p.m.

Miles for Medals 5K

Special Olympics Michigan is hosting its Homecoming 5K run/walk. The race begins at 8 a.m. Oct. 19 at Finch Fieldhouse. Proceeds benefit more than 19,000 Special Olympics athletes. Registration is $35 and includes a shirt and medal. Learn more at http://www.firstgiving.com/cmu5k/cmu5k2013.

Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center’s Alternative Breaks Program Celebrates 20 Years

CMU’s Alternative Breaks program has been ranked among the top five in the nation by Break Away, a national nonprofit supporting alternative breaks programs. The national survey recently placed CMU’s program fourth in the nation for participation, with more than 400 students attending alternative breaks.

Join Alternative Breaks in celebrating a successful 20 years with alumni speakers, snacks and service projects. A past member of the Alternative Breaks program who passed away while in the Peace Corps also will be honored during the event. The event takes place from noon to 1 p.m. Oct. 19 in the Volunteer Center, located in the Bovee University Center.