Homecoming week to feature new events, old favorites

UAA’s homecoming week is Oct. 9 – 13. Join in on the festivities around campus, from debates and art shows to the annual homecoming dance.

Students gather to dance the night away at last year’s homecoming dance at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center. Photo credit: Jay Guzman

The annual shopping cart parade will not be happening this year. Student Activities coordinator, Corey Miller, said that the parade was canceled due to the event becoming overwhelming for staff with the low amount of interest. In lieu of the parade, there will be a photo scavenger hunt, which Miller hopes will be a little more laid back but still enjoyable.

“I think it’ll be a fun group or team thing to do on Homecoming week,” Miller said. “We’ll see how it goes. If people after the week say, ‘We want the shopping cart parade again,’ then we’ll give it [another] try.”

The homecoming photo scavenger hunt will be open from Saturday, Oct. 7 through Thursday, Oct. 12. Teams of at least two and no more than five can complete a list of challenges all homecoming week long. Each challenge will be worth points. The group who ends up with the most points will win prizes.

The varsity members of the Seawolf Debate team will go head-to-head with alumni of the Debate team at the Backbencher’s Bowl. The teams will debate whether hate speech should be criminalized or not, on Tuesday, Oct. 10, in the Fine Arts Building, room 150, from 7 – 9 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at UAATix.com for $5 advance or $10 at the door for UAA students and $10 advance or $15 at the door for the general public.

UAA’s student government will host the annual Homecoming Dance in the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center ballroom from 8 p.m. – 1 a.m., Friday, Oct. 13. The theme is “World Traveler.”

“[I’m] interested because it might be just a fun Friday night activity,” Ryanne Tyler, environmental and society major, said. Tyler has never attended a UAA homecoming dance before but is looking forward to possibly going for the first time as a senior.

This will be the first time, physical education major and cross-country team member Jordyn Block will attend the dance as well. The student-athlete is interested in exploring social campus events.

“I am really looking forward to being more involved in the UAA community and attending the dance this year. Additionally, the theme of ‘world traveler’ is really appealing to me,” Block said.

Tickets for the dance are available at UAATix.com. $10 advance or $15 at the door for UAA students, and $15 advance or $20 at the door for guests. University shuttles will be picking students up from the Commons to the dance, every 30 minutes.

Voting for homecoming royalty opened on Monday, Oct. 9, and will close Wednesday, Oct. 11, at 5 p.m. Voting can be done online at www.uaa.alaska.edu/life. The crowning and coronation of homecoming royalty will take place at 10 p.m.

The 32nd annual “No Big Heads” exhibit is a nationwide, self-portrait art show, which will be juried by Dartmouth College’s Christina Seely. The show, at the Hugh McPeck Gallery, will be open from 4 – 6 p.m.

This year’s A Cappella Festivella will feature The House Jacks. The 24th annual A Cappella Festivella will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Wendy Williamson Auditorium. Tickets are available at UAATix.com or at the Student Union Information desk. Tickets are $5 for UAA students, $15 for faculty, staff, alumni and youth under 17 and $20 for the general public. Tickets will cost an extra $5 each at the door.

Students of the College of Business and Public Policy will have a mixer in the lobby of Rasmuson Hall from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. The mixer will have free food, music and the opportunity to win a UAA Bookstore gift card.

Coordinating homecoming for the first time this year, Miller has high hopes for next year’s homecoming already.

“[Homecoming is] not just a dance, it’s all these different departments [involved],” Miller said. “Alumni services, student government doing the dance — everybody is doing something, everybody is part of the festivities.”

Miller hopes that next year even more departments become interested and bring more homecoming spirit and activities to UAA.