Homecoming on the Hill will be here before you know it! The homecoming steering committee comprised of Student Alumni Board members Blake Griffin, Sara Bryant, Drew Seal, Kim Remp, Anna Kay Hilburn and Nick Beyer have been working over the summer to plan for Homecoming 2015. The theme for this year is “Flashback Fayetteville,” and the team looks to engage students, campus, community and alumni.
“This year, the Student Alumni Board has listened to student feedback and tailored events to make homecoming a special celebration for all students on campus! With each event, we are engaging campus, community and alumni to help our homecoming celebration grow,” Griffin, 2015 homecoming director said.
A new addition to the Homecoming event line-up includes a community carnival and concert. This event will be held Wednesday, Oct. 28 in The Gardens, located right off of Razorback road. The details are being finalized as to who will be performing, but the goal of the carnival and concert is to offer a free event to bring the community together. Booth space will be available to rent at the carnival. For more information, please visit arkansasalumni.org/homecomingsponsorshipinfo.
In addition to the carnival and the concert, the week of Homecoming events officially kick-off Sunday, Oct. 25, with the 2nd Annual Color Those Hogs 5K. The planning committee is looking to add a splash of color to the Fayetteville area as participants run, walk or jog the 3.1 miles of colored fun. The event will include different vibrant 80s color stations compared to the previous year’s red and white color stations. The event will take place 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 25, at Old Main lawn. To register, visit www.arkansasalumni.org/2015ColorThoseHogs.
Color Those Hogs 5K participants are also encouraged to help “Fill the Truck.” All donated food will service the Full Circle Food Pantry, a student-led, student-run operation food assistance program that distributes food and personal products to all members of the University of Arkansas community. The most needed items include canned tuna/chicken, peanut butter, jelly, crackers, cereal, canned fruit, soup, pasta, macaroni & cheese and reusable shopping bags.
Rounding out the week of events also includes the Senior Walk Dedication ceremony, Friday, Oct. 30, at 3 p.m. on Old Main Lawn. Afterwards, alumni and friends are encouraged to walk down the hill to Dickson street to grab a spot for the Homecoming parade, held at 6:30 p.m. Those wishing to participate in this year’s parade, please visit arkansasalumni.org/hcparade. The pep rally will immediately follow the parade, located in the newly renovated Chi Omega Greek Theatre.
Alumni and friends, be sure to top off your Homecoming trip for Member Appreciation Day at the Hog Wild Tailgate, Saturday, Oct. 31, located at the Janelle Y. Hembree Alumni House. Don’t forget catered meal packages must be purchased by Tuesday, Oct. 27.
For the complete list of Homecoming events, please visit www.arkansasalumni.org/homecoming.