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CSUB Homecoming this weekend
  February 20, 2006
Mike Stepanovich, 661/654-2456,

California State University, Bakersfield's annual homecoming celebration is this weekend with activities for students and alumni alike.

The celebration begins with the homecoming basketball games Saturday, Feb. 25, in Rabobank Arena, featuring the highly ranked men's and women's teams. The Roadrunner men's team (16-5) is tied for first place in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) and ranked fourth in the NCAA West Region as they head toward postseason play. The Lady ‘Runners (19-2) are in first place in the CCAA and ranked first in the region. The teams face Cal State Monterey Bay, with the women beginning at 5:30 p.m. and the men tipping off at about 7:30 p.m.

CSUB Associated Students together with Roadrunner Athletics and the CSUB Alumni Association will announce the 2006 Homecoming Court at halftime of the men's game.

CSUB alumni are invited to attend a special Alumni Association member and life-member event at the games. "The games are free to alumni with membership cards, and we will be hosting a VIP room for our members with free food and prizes, including a chance to win tickets to the 2006 Party in the Park," said Shannon Hill, CSUB's alumni relations director. The VIP room opens at 6:30 p.m., she said. "All it takes is an Alumni Association membership card," she said, adding that a membership and accompanying card are available for $10 a year by calling the CSUB Alumni Relations office at (661) 654-3211.

Following the game, the Associated Students are hosting "A night in Paris" homecoming dance at the Jungle Café, 700 Truxtun Ave., from 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Admission is free. During the dance, the homecoming king and queen will be announced from among the members of the homecoming court.

The game will be broadcast live on Bright House Networks digital Channel 21 and on KERN radio AM1410. Tickets are available at the Rabobank Arena Box office and prices begin at $9 for adults and $5 for youth (17 and under) and seniors. All Alumni Association members get in free when they present their card at the Rabobank Arena box office on game day.

For more information, please call the Associated Students Inc., at (661) 654-2418, CSUB Alumni Relations at (661) 654-3211, or Roadrunner Athletics at (661) 654-6226.