Otterbein University will mark its homecoming Saturday, Sept. 22, with a day full of events, all of which are open to the public.

Otterbein University will mark its homecoming Saturday, Sept. 22, with a day full of events, all of which are open to the public.

Up 'til Dawn's fifth annual 5K run/walk, benefitting St. Jude Children's research hospital will begin at 8:45 a.m. at the Campus Center, 100 W. Home St. Registration is $10.

The homecoming parade will begin at 10 a.m. at North West and Main streets. The parade will end in front of the Campus Center.

There will be a tailgating party from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Campus Center, with food, activities for children, service projects and music.

Admission to sports events Sept. 22 will be free.

There will be a cross county invitational with runners from 20 colleges and high schools beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the university's cross country course off North West Street.

The Otterbein women's soccer team will compete against Transylvania University at 1 p.m. at the soccer field north of the Campus Center.

The football team will play its homecoming game against John Carroll University at 2 p.m. in Memorial Stadium on Center Street.

To kick off homecoming weekend, Otterbein will honor accomplished recent graduates at the Young Alumni Awards at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, in Roush Hall, 27 S. Grove St.

The Young Alumni Awards are presented to alumni age 40 or younger whose work outside the university demonstrates the Five Cardinal Experiences: community engagement; global engagement and intercultural experiences; undergraduate research and creative work; internships and professional experience; and leadership and citizenship.

Among the recipients is Westerville native Scott Fias.

Now a Florida resident, Fias is the host of television show Florida on a Tankful. Since 2007, Fias has traveled through Florida, sharing his adventures with approximately 2 million viewers.

Fias received the 2011 Green Eyeshade Award as the leading feature reporter on television in the southeast United States.

He also has received two Emmy Awards, 10 awards from Associated Press and more than a dozen honors from The Society of Professional Journalists for his reporting.

Fias also is co-founder of Give Kids the World, a nonprofit organization in Orlando that provides vacations for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.

While at Otterbein, Fias worked on WOCC-TV, WOBN radio and the Tan and Cardinal newspaper.

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