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B-CU Announces Change in Homecoming Date and Creation of New Football Event

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DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. -- Bethune-Cookman University announced today a change in the date for its 2011 Homecoming, a move that creates an intriguing promotional opportunity and connects the University with one of the Daytona Beach area's premier special events.

Homecoming will now be celebrated on Nov. 5 when the 2010 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference co-champions host Morgan State at Municipal Stadium. The annual celebration was originally slated for the Oct. 15 game against Ft. Valley State.

The new date coincides with Daytona Beach's Biketoberfest motorcycle event. The change in the schedule assures the Wildcat fan base that the maximum amount of accommodations will be available at the most affordable rates while maintaining two weekends of visitor traffic that area businesses have come to expect.

"Homecoming is that exciting time to reconnect with friends and the entire B-CU family. An even more important opportunity rests with bringing prospective students to campus. We invite all to a grand celebration where "legacy" meets "future," and "our present" mirrors our "pride," said B-CU President Trudie Kibbe Reed.

“Our fans and alumni will have the flexibility in booking the accommodations for Homecoming that they've always enjoyed in previous years," said B-CU Athletic Director Lynn W. Thompson. “We also value our partnership with the Daytona Beach area and their appreciation of our economic impact each year at Homecoming. After consulting with our National Alumni Association leadership and university administration it looks like a win-win scenario for all involved."

B-CU National Alumni Association President Ray Brinson supports the new date.

"Homecoming is our richest and most anticipated annual tradition.  We look forward to welcoming back home the sons and daughters of Dr. Bethune and their entire families. 2011 will be our best ever! ‘Let's Go Wildcats!'" he said.

The new Homecoming date provides B-CU an opportunity to stage a unique event combining motorcycles and college football for the Oct. 15 game – the inaugural Biker Football Classic.

“We're very excited about the potential of this event," Thompson said. “The excitement of our football game day experience will add a new aspect to the Biketoberfest event and provide additional exposure of the University to the thousands of bikers who will travel to our area."

Thompson is looking forward to developing the event with area promoters and leaders and already has a vision for one aspect of the day.

“I can see scores of motorcycles leading our team bus down LPGA Boulevard into Municipal Stadium and participating in our Legacy Walk, then enjoying a great day of tailgating and football," Thompson said.

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About Bethune-Cookman University

Founded in 1904 by 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 baccalaureate degrees in 37 majors through six academic schools – Arts & Humanities; Business; Education; Nursing; Science, Engineering and Mathematics; and Social Sciences – and maintains intercollegiate athletic programs and instrumental and choral groups that have achieved national recognition. 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 more than 3,400.

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