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Blue and Gold Weekend Welcomes Students, Alumni

by Emily Olson and Christy Walters

Lynch Hall - Photo by Christy Walters for The Insider

It’s that time of year again. The honeymoon phase of college is over, and the gentle monotony of everyday routine is finally starting to set in as summer fades into fall. The onset of fall also brings about a litany of traditions: the school spirit that so often accompanies sporting events, the haunted house tours and consumption of anything and everything pumpkin (sans actual pumpkins themselves). But one of the newer traditions that students at the University of Pittsburgh- Greensburg can look forward to is the onset of Blue and Gold Weekend running from Oct. 3 through Oct. 5. “The goal [of Blue and Gold Weekend] is to get the students, alumni and community excited,” said Al Thiel, Director of Student Activities. “It’s basically like a homecoming.” Even though UPG doesn’t have a football team to rally behind, the Student Government Association (SGA) and Student Activities Board (SAB) have been working hard to create ways in which the entire student body can have a fun homecoming experience.

“In the past when clubs had to come up with an idea for their own table, you could tell after an hour or so that they were stressed out and not having any fun. The energy level was really down,” Thiel said. “Hopefully this new theme will make the event more fun and will encourage people to stick around instead of feeling like they’ve done everything there is to do in a half an hour.”

Some of the carnival games will include: balloon darts, coke bottle ring toss, frog bog, and a quarterback toss. The carnival will also include a dunk tank provided by Resident Student Council.

Each game costs one ticket to play. Tickets will be sold, two tickets for $1, five tickets for $2, and 15 tickets for $5. Each game costs one ticket to play. The carnival is open to the public.



The following is a list of all Blue and Gold week activities:

Monday – September 29

SAB Mondays Suck – Free sunglasses in the Bobcat from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Faculty and staff door decorating – All day

Residence hall window decorating – All day in Wagner dining hall

Homecoming Dance Tickets on sale in the Bobcat from noon to 1 p.m. and 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for a single ticket and $25 for a pair.

Tuesday – September 30

SAB Tuesday Nights Done Right – Sand Art in the Bobcat at 9:30 p.m.

Homecoming Dance Tickets on sale in the Bobcat from noon to 1 p.m. and 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for a single ticket and $25 for a pair.

Wednesday – October 1

Alumni Open Mic Night sponsored by Village Senate – 8 p.m. in the coffeehouse

Featuring Suavity’s Mouthpiece and The Feel Good Revolution.

Homecoming Dance Tickets on sale in the Bobcat from noon to 1 p.m. and 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for a single ticket and $25 for a pair.

Thursday – October 2

Persona Cards – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. in the Bobcat

Friday – October 3

Annual Pitt-Greensburg Golf Outing at Ligonier Country Club. Sponsored by Elliott Group, Fotorecord PrintCenter, UPMC Health Plan, Excela Health, Synergy Media Group and BrightTree Studios. Registration begins at 8:15 a.m. Cost is $125 per person and $500 per foursome. Proceeds benefit the President’s Scholarship Fund, Pitt-Greensburg Alumni Association, and Pitt-Greensburg Athletics.

Outdoor movie, Earth to Echo, on the lawn between Chambers Hall and Milstein Library (by the basketball courts). Fire pits with s’mores and other treats start at 8:30 p.m. The movie begins at dusk. This event is free and open to the public.

Saturday – October 4

5K Run and Fun Walk presented by Allstar Therapies and Express Mobile Diagnostic Services – Registration begins at 7 a.m. and the race begins at 8:30 a.m. The Fun Walk will follow the race. Prizes will be awarded for the 5K Run and children’s races.

Pancake Man – catch pancakes on your plate, not on your face, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. by the Bobcat statue.

Pitt-Greensburg DIII Baseball Game vs. WCCC – 11 a.m. at Ridilla Field. Free to the public.

Car Cruise in the Smith Hall parking lot presented by Bob Massie Toyota Scion – registration begins at 10:30 a.m. and the cruise will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The registration fee is $5. This event is open to the public and benefits the Pitt-Greensburg Alumni Association and the Pitt-Greensburg Staff Association.

Welcome Back Alumni Reception hosted by the Pitt-Greensburg Alumni Association – This free event is open to all Pitt-Greensburg alums and will be held in Fireside Lounge from noon to 2 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Blue and Gold Carnival hosted by SAB – noon to 3 p.m. on Chambers lawn. Play nine exciting carnival games to earn tickets and win prizes. Game tickets are two for $1, five for $2 and 15 for $5. This event is open to the public.

Alumni Cocktail Reception Dinner – cocktail hour starts at 5:30 p.m. and dinner is served at 6 p.m. in the Hempfield Room. Cost is $20 for a single ticket and $40 for a pair. Must be 21 years of age or older to attend.

Blue and Gold Homecoming Dance – 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Antonelli’s Event Center, 100 Colony Drive, North Huntingdon (formerly Pluma Event Center). Meal is included. This event will have a cash bar open to patrons 21 years of age and older.

Sunday – October 5

Pitt–Greensburg Alumni Softball Game and Cookout – 1 p.m. at the softball field.

For more information on how to register for Blue and Gold Weekend activities, visit:

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