The following is a guest post by Lindsey Greeson, a student volunteer with the Student Alumni Association.
This October, University of Arkansas alumni, students, faculty and staff will celebrate the “Call Heard ‘Round the World” during Homecoming 2010. The Homecoming theme and logo were announced at the first Homecoming Reveal Rally held Wednesday, September 22. More than 200 spectators gathered at the Arkansas Union Mall to hear the announcement from the Student Alumni Association Board of Directors. They were also there to see performances by members of the Razorback Marching Band and Razorback Cheer Squad.
The rally was kick-started with a performance by members of the Razorback Marching Band, but not in their usual form. Members of the band emerged from the crowd to give everyone a preview of their Homecoming halftime performance, a dance routine choreographed to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” After the performance, attendees were urged to learn the routine by visiting the band’s website, http://bands.uark.edu. Everyone who learns the routine will be able to help support the band from the stands during their halftime performance at the Homecoming game vs. Vanderbilt on October 30.
Ashley Shelton, the Student Alumni Board Director of Operations, also informed the crowd of ways to become involved in Homecoming this year. Students who want to volunteer at this year’s Homecoming Blood Drive Oct. 20-21 and the Homecoming Parade on Oct. 29 can visit http://volunteer.uark.edu to create an account and register to become a Homecoming volunteer. Flyers were passed out at the rally that included a calendar of events and contact information. After Shelton’s remarks, Razorback cheerleaders and the University of Arkansas’ beloved mascot Big Red, led the Hog Call as the 2010 Homecoming Logo was revealed. Shelton announced the 2010 Homecoming theme, “The Call Heard ‘Round the World.”
“We started thinking about the bigger picture of what it means to be a Razorback. It’s not only about those who are here at this moment. It’s also about those who came before us: our family, friends and alumni. It is about those who will follow in our footsteps; those people who will come from all corners of our state, nation and across the globe,” said Ashley Shelton.
The University of Arkansas has grown dramatically this past year; total enrollment is now more than 21,000 students. This large number includes 1,400 students and scholars from around the world who have chosen to become part of the Razorback Nation. Those students hail from countries such as Japan, China, Indonesia, Korea and Bolivia. This year’s homecoming theme serves to exemplify the diversity and global impact of Razorbacks everywhere.
To get more information about Homecoming 2010, download an entry packet for the 2010 Homecoming Parade on Dickson, or view an updated calendar of events, please visit the official Homecoming web page, http://homecoming.uark.edu.