Homecoming week is just around the corner, and Student Life and Leadership, USUAA and plenty of other campus clubs and organizations have been busy preparing for it.
This year’s homecoming, which is carnival-themed, is intended to make an anticipated event on campus bigger than years before. The Spirit Competition is also happening throughout the week.
“In past years, we haven’t had events that are true competition with students,” Corey Miller, student activities coordinator, said. “Maybe [the competition] will increase school spirit.”
The Spirit Competition consists of an array of different events that teams can earn points completing. The incentive? A giant $1,000 check.
Student clubs and organizations, Seawolf athletics and residence halls are encouraged to participate as their own team.
Events within the Spirit Competition in which teams can earn points are shopping cart decoration for the Shopping Cart Parade, Minute 2 Win It, Free Little Library Design, Lip Sync Battle, Homecoming Royalty Nominations, Homecoming Circle Dance, Canned Food Drive and Green & Gold Alumni Breakfast volunteering.
Additional points can be racked up by taking a participation selfie, which is worth five points at participating homecoming events. For more information visit tinyurl.com/uaaspiritpacket or to sign up a team, visit tinyurl.com/2018uaahomecoming.
Other homecoming events will happen throughout the week as well.
Nominate a student leader by Wednesday, Oct. 3 for Homecoming Royalty. Two student leaders of any gender will be recognized for the leadership at our university and will be chosen on Oct. 8. Visit tinyurl.com/2018uaaroyalty for more information.
Homecoming isn’t just for students. Staff and faculty can decorate their offices and department to fit the carnival theme. Decorating started Oct. 1 and will continue until Oct. 5. Judging will start Oct. 8. Interested teams can visit https://tinyurl.com/uaaofficedecorcomp for some guidelines.
Kickoff Seawolf hockey season at the Sullivan Arena, Saturday, Oct. 6, with the puck dropping at 7:07 p.m. A tailgate party will be happening before the game with free barbecue, courtesy of Student Life and Leadership. UAA students taking 6 or more credits get in free with valid student ID and Seawolf Shuttles will be transporting students to the arena.
From Oct. 8 to Oct. 11 in the Student Union from 10 – 11 a.m. and 2 – 3 p.m., The Daily Den will be hosting a canned food drive for Food Bank of Alaska and UAA’s Emergency Food Cache.
The Shopping Cart Parade returns this year on Monday, Oct. 8 at 5 p.m. The parade took a year off in 2017 but will return this year for students to push their decorated cart down the halls of the Student Union. The carts and banners are first come, first serve.
After the parade and in the Den at 7 p.m. will be Minute to Win It. Teams can participate in minute-long games to snag extra points for the Spirit Competition or students can just enjoy some entertainment.
The Fine Arts Building will host the first LipSync Battle for homecoming week. The show starts at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 9. Participants need to submit their music by 5 p.m. on Oct. 5.
Wednesday, Oct. 10, will host a free showing of “The Greatest Showman” at the Student Union Cafeteria at 7 p.m.
A Cappella Festivella will be held Thursday, Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m. at the Wendy Williamson Auditorium. One of UAA’s longest running traditions, it will feature the all-female a capella group, Musae.
And, of course, the Homecoming Dance will be held Friday, Oct. 12 at 9 p.m.
“I see [homecoming] as a tradition, as something that people wait to attend,” Geser Bat-Erdene, USUAA president, said. “Considering the fact that it’s very challenging to bring students together for university involvement, the dance is something we take very seriously and do careful planning.”
USUAA plans the dance every year and has been working since the end of the spring semester to get the dance prepared. The Homecoming Dance is carnival-themed as well.
“This year we thought we could engage more students with carnival theme,” Quacyya Cuaresma, USUAA chief student activities officer, said. “We have little ideas that capture the essence of student engagement.”
Events happening at the dance to get students involved and mingling are face painting, twisted balloons, a photo booth and games like cornhole and ring toss.
The dance will be held at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center. Students must bring their student ID to get into the dance. Tickets for students are $15 and $20 for a guest 18 years or older. The tickets can be bought at UAATix.com or at the door on the day of the dance for $5 more.