Homecoming is one of the biggest weeks of the school year. It is a time when the entire student body can gather together and wear black and gold with pride. From Sept. 19 thru 25 students may participate in many on-campus activities such as the Bulldog Games, the Homecoming Parade, Bruiser book signing, and three alumni ceremonies.
Beginning Friday, AC alumni will migrate back to campus and reunite with current students for several organized events. Some of them include the Athletic Walk of Fame, tours of Downs Hall, an art sale, live music, a parade, and a rededication of Cornelius House.
“There is a lot of action. I hope current students will learn something and also realize how important it is to the alumni. It’s pretty neat,” said Marsha Fielder, director of alumni relations.
Fielder has organized a number of the alumni-related events this weekend.
This year, Downs Hall is the featured hall on campus because of its historical renovations that will allow for stage productions, including Urinetown to be performed this October. Downs, originally constructed in 1861, is the only remaining hall from the original campus. Tours will be given on Saturday.
Also new to Homecoming this year is a Civil War Encampment marking the 150th year anniversary of AC’s involvement with the training of soldiers. It will take place on Saturday on the Arrington Ice Arena lawn.
The Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony and the Athletic Walk of Fame will both take place on Friday to congratulate the six 2011 inductees.
AC anticipates around 100 guests, including honorees and their families. In addition, there will be an alumni awards ceremony and a reunion luncheon following the Golden Alumni gathering on Saturday.
Cornelius Hall will be rededicated this year as well. Alumni of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity will be back on campus for the event.
“I am most excited about the ceremony. I’m in ATO and live there, so it’s exciting,” senior Stan Rooksberry said.
Current students can also get involved with the festivities. The varsity football team will take on Concordia University Saturday at 4 p.m. Students can support the game as well as congratulate the Homecoming king and queen and support the marching band.
“I’m looking forward to this weekend because it’s our first homecoming here. I don’t know much about it, but I’ll have to check it all out,” freshman Abagael Martin said.
All students are encouraged to participate in the events. Wear Bulldog gear and get involved.