CLEMSON — Clemson University is starting the 2010-2011 school year with its biggest Welcome Back Festival ever and Tiger Prowl, a new event where students can learn the many ways they can get involved in campus activities. Both events will take place Monday, Aug. 16.

Welcome Back Festival

The Welcome Back Festival will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on College Avenue in downtown Clemson. A record number of 85 vendors and organizations will have tables with food samples and prizes that can be purchased with tickets. Tickets are 50 cents each, with proceeds going to the Student Alumni Council Endowment Fund, which helps fund scholarships. Admission to the festival is free and open to the public.

Mayor Larry Abernathy and Clemson President James F. Barker will welcome the crowd at 5:30 p.m. Other special guest speakers include new men’s and women’s basketball coaches Brad Brownell and Itoro Umoh Coleman, men’s soccer Coach Mike Noonan, student body President Ryan Duane and Student Alumni Council President Rhett Ricard. Entertainment will be provided by a cappella group Tigeroar and the Clemson cheerleaders and Rally Cats. 

Tiger Prowl

Across the street, Bowman Field will be bustling with activity at Tiger Prowl as students learn about the many options they have to get involved in activities outside the classroom. From 4 to 6 p.m., students can check out the student organizations fair, featuring more than 230 student groups; “meet the Greeks,” featuring Clemson’s 40 fraternities and sororities; and the volunteer fair, featuring 20 community agencies.

During the student organizations fair, groups will showcase their talents on stage. Performances will include a step show by Omega Psi Phi fraternity, a demonstration by the Drum Circle, comedy by Clemson Improv, songs by the Clemson University Gospel Choir and a performance by a cappella group TakeNote featuring the American Sign Language Club.

From 5 to 7 p.m., students can participate in the Tiger Service Project. Students will help bag food for Clemson Community Care, write letters to soldiers through Operation Gratitude and have the opportunity to buy T-shirts to raise money for the Coastal Conservation Association, which is helping clean up the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

From 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., CLEMSONLiVE and student media will host the Bowman Block Party featuring performances by local bands Cherry Case, Senic Root and The Will. The Bowman Block Party will include games, prizes and other activities for students.