Press Release

Urbana University Hosts Annual U-Knighted Homecoming Celebration


Sherry Mercurio
Director of Communications and Public Relations
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Urbana, OH (September 4, 2018)

Urbana University, a branch campus of Franklin University, is proud to announce its annual homecoming celebration Oct. 4-6, 2018. The three-day series of events will feature activities for students, alumni, faculty and staff, in celebration of the rich tradition and return of treasured alumni.

This year’s “U-Knighted” celebration will kick off on Thursday, Oct. 4 at 6:30 when the Blue Knights men’s soccer team hosts national champions University of Charleston, followed by Women’s Volleyball who will take on Concord at 7 p.m. Coach Roberts will host an alumni soccer social following the game. The celebration continues Friday when the men’s soccer team hosts a golf outing (contact Nick Roberts at for more information or to RSVP for the alumni social following Thursday’s game).

For attendees wishing to experience the complete homecoming celebration, tent and camper registration will be available from 4-6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5. Interested parties can register at: Friday evening activities include:

6-7 p.m.: 3D & Target Archery with Shooting Sports
6 p.m.: Cookout / potluck
6 p.m.: UU Women's Volleyball game
7:30 p.m.: Stargazing
8 p.m.: Bonfire – Smores
9 - 11 p.m.: Campsite guests flag football in the stadium
9 p.m.: Student led line dancing & karaoke

Attendees can continue their U-Knighted with fellow guests on Saturday, Oct. 6 with a jam-packed schedule that includes:

9 a.m.: Alumni Softball Game \ Alumni Swim Meet
11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Tailgating
10:45 a.m.- 12:15 p.m.: Music by Meredith Evans and Hawc Griffin
12:15-12:45 p.m.: Ribbon cutting ceremony for Urbana University’s new athletic facility
12:50 p.m.: National Anthem
1:00 p.m.: UU Blue Knights kickoff against UVA-Wise

This year’ homecoming game will feature a number of game break recognitions and halftime activities including the crowning of this year’s king and queen, t-shirt contest winner, Hall of Fame inductee, and Lester Baum and Robert (“Bob”) Cawley naming effort. Immediately following the game, the Blue Knights will host the 2018 Hall of Fame Reception, honoring this year’s inductee Chris Willis ’94.

Willis, a native of Columbus, Ohio, becomes the 40th member of the UU Athletic Hall of Fame. A four-year wide-received on the Blue Knight football program from 1990-1993, he finished second on the team in receptions while earning 1991 All-District 22 Honorable Mention. Willis was hired at NFL Films shortly after graduating with his physical education degree. He has served as Head of the Research Library since 1996. In addition to running the Research Library at NFL Films, Willis has become one of the foremost historians of professional football and has published six books. In 2012, Willis was awarded the Professional Football Researchers Association's Ralph Hay award for lifetime achievement in pro football research and historiography in 2012. He won his first Emmy in 2016 for his work on HBO's "Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Houston Texans." He has appeared in many television shows and documentaries, including NFL Network's Top Ten, The Faithful (produced by 49ers Studios) and Before the League (produced by Ohio Time-Warner).

Dr. Christopher Washington, Chief Executive Officer, Urbana University, will be in attendance to help lead this welcome guests and help lead the U-Knighted spirit.

“There’s an overwhelming sense of pride and enthusiasm that makes Urbana University so special and you see it in the faces of our students, faculty, staff and alumni as they experience the transformation taking place on campus,” said Dr. Washington. “Homecoming is a time for the Urbana family to not only reminisce about our rich heritage, but also celebrate the many great things that are yet to come."

Attendees are invited to check in at the UU Spirit Tent for tasty tailgate snacks, alumni gifts and activities.

For more information, about the 2018 Urbana University homecoming, please contact (937) 772-9292 or

About Urbana University - A Branch Campus of Franklin University

Urbana University, a branch campus of Franklin University, prepares students for successful and professional careers within a caring and supportive environment. Regionally well known for education and teacher preparation programs, Urbana was founded in 1850 and acquired by Franklin in 2014. Urbana’s 128-acre, residential campus nestled in heart of Ohio provides a background for students actively engaged in campus activities through 20 student-led academic, professional, performing arts, social and service organizations. Blue Knights athletics includes 17 NCAA Division II sports and three intercollegiate club sports. Urbana University is a division of Franklin University, which is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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