on campus and overseas
Matching the Bearcats with archrival Louisville in the season following UC's Orange Bowl appearance will certainly rouse excitement for Homecoming on Oct. 24. Nevertheless, Homecoming is more than just an exciting football game.
It's the one day when thousands of alumni from across the country and around the world come home to renew friendships, share laughs about the good old days and show off their alma mater to children and families. Although the Homecoming schedule had not been announced at press time, alumni and their families can stay busy all day long with a parade, college events, games at the Bearcats Family Zone, as well as festivities hosted by the Alumni Association.
But what about those who can't make it home? Whether they're in Cincinnati or halfway around the world, our alumni can be persistent -- and creative -- when it comes to bringing Homecoming to life wherever they are. Last year, honors for celebrating Homecoming the farthest away went to Dominic Berardi and his friends in China.
Bearcat Homecoming 7,000 miles away
Last fall, Dominic Berardi, Bus '07, was in Beijing, China, working as the business development manager for EduGlobal China Ltd. Finding himself a little homesick, Berardi, a former member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, decided to organize a Homecoming party.
The problem was, there weren't a lot of people in Beijing who watched American football on TV, let alone claimed allegiance to the University of Cincinnati Bearcats. And though Berardi had some fraternity brothers from UC who wanted to visit, he knew convincing them to miss Homecoming during the Bearcats undefeated football season was going to be difficult.
"We used to say in college, the most wonderful time of year comes twice: Christmas and Homecoming," Berardi says. Nevertheless, he urged his friends to come and sealed the deal with a secure feed to watch the UC Homecoming game live on the Internet. "I even hedged my bets by assuring them we would import Skyline Chili."