On Oct. 24, students, staff, faculty and alumni kicked off University of Arkansas Homecoming 2012 “Every Day is a Hog Holiday” by coming together and donating more than 1,500 units of blood for the American Red Cross Blood Drive.

Leading up to the Homecoming game against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane, the Student Alumni Board and Student Alumni Association planned a week full of activities, including Hot Dogs with Head Hogs where staff from the Arkansas Alumni Association and University administration served more than 1,400 hot dogs and beverages to students, staff and faculty. The Create-a-Hog contest broke a new record this year with participants raising $11,221.59 for the March of Dimes. Participants created “Holiday Hogs” which were voted on by students through coin donations.

Opting to bring back an event from years past, the “5Kans Razorback 5K” collected more than 11,000 canned goods for the Full Circle Campus Food Pantry. A philanthropic event, students were required to donate five canned goods to the food pantry in order to participate in the 5K which was held on Nov. 1. The Full Circle Campus Food Pantry helps to feed those within the University of Arkansas community.

A new event this year was the Young Alumni Board Student Band Contest. Two bands submitted videos which were uploaded to YouTube and voted on by student organizations participating in Homecoming. Winning the contest was the band, Rough Draftz.

On Nov. 2, the Northwest Arkansas community watched the annual Homecoming parade and pep rally. During the Arkansas vs. Tulsa halftime show, Homecoming queen Katie Waldrip, a senior from Moro, was crowned before thousands of Razorback fans in Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

Homecoming events throughout the week were sponsored by Hill Place Apartment, Sterling Frisco Apartments. Special thanks go to Pepsi, First Security and Tyson for their gifts in-kind.

To view the complete list of Homecoming contest winners, visit homecoming.uark.edu.