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UU Hosts Annual Return of the Knights Homecoming Celebration

Urbana, OH (September 12, 2019)

Urbana University, a branch campus of Franklin University, is proud to announce its annual homecoming celebration will be held Oct. 11-12, 2019. The two-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 "Return of the Knights" celebration will kick off on Friday, Oct. 11.

For attendees wishing to experience the complete homecoming celebration, tent and camper registration is available at: Friday evening activities include:

  • 4 - 6 p.m.: Tent and camper check-in
  • 6 p.m.: Tailgating
  • 7:30 p.m.: Stargazing
  • 8:30 p.m.: Flag football
  • 9 p.m.: Student led line dancing
  • 10 p.m.: Bonfire and s’mores

Attendees can continue their Return of the Knights festivities with fellow guests on Saturday, Oct. 12 with a jam-packed schedule that includes:

  • 9 a.m.: Alumni Softball Game/Alumni Swim Meet
  • 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Music by Casey Hennigan ‘98
  • 10 a.m. – End of 1st Quarter: Silent Auction, hosted by the Class of ’69, opens (Spirit Tent)
  • Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Angel Fund, a UU student scholarship program
  • 11 a.m.: Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Lester Baum Wrestling Room, Multi-Purpose Athletic Building
  • 12:50 p.m.: National Anthem
  • 1:00 p.m.: UU Blue Knights kickoff against Glenville State
  • 6:30 p.m.: Men’s Soccer game against Elkins College

This year’s homecoming game will highlight our returning Knights and include many halftime activities that are sure to bring a U-Knighted feel to our campus. These events include the crowning of this year's king and queen, t-shirt contest winner and Hall of Fame inductee, and the 11 a.m. Hall of Fame Reception, honoring this year's inductee Vince Scalmato '05.

Scalmato, a native of Broadview Heights, Ohio, becomes the 41st member of the UU Athletic Hall of Fame. In addition to being enshrined in the UU Athletic Hall of Fame, Scalmato is listed on the All-Time Mid-States Football Association Team and UU All-Time Quarter Century Team. As a three-time all-conference player, both athletically and academically, Scalmato totaled 182 tackles and 23 sacks in three years after transferring from Youngstown State. His accomplishments rank him second in UU program history with 155 yards from sacks. In 2004, as a junior, Scalmato led the nation in forced fumbles (7 – UU record) and then led the defense the following year which was ranked second in the nation against the run. Upon graduation, Scalmato became a law enforcement officer and has received several awards during his career, including Officer of the Year. Scalmato is currently employed with a private company that provides safety consulting services.

U-town will always hold a special place in Scalmato’s heart, “Some of the greatest people I have met in life, I met at UU. The relationships and bonds I formed on campus still hold true today.”

Dr. Christopher Washington, Chief Executive Officer, Urbana University, will be in attendance to welcome guests and help lead the Return of the Knights spirit.

"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," said Dr. Washington.

“Urbana is a very warm, open and celebrative community. So it should come as no surprise that our current team is appreciative to welcome back and host alumni, and former faculty and staff on our beautiful campus. I’m personally ecstatic about the opportunity to get to know more alums and their families, and to showcase our many improvements over the past few years.”

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

For more information, about the 2019 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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