Welcome to Homecoming 2015 at Valdosta State University!

Show your Spirit! 

Throughout the week, we will be asking for submissions via social media - with the hashtag #VStateHC - of alumni, students, faculty & staff showing their Blazer Pride!

On Friday, with the help of the Alumni Chapter of Valdosta, SGA, and volunteers, we’d like to visit the community and catch others in the act of showing off their Blazer spirit. Blaze will be canvassing Valdosta (through the wonder of social media alerts) to find people donning their favorite VSU gear or decorating their businesses to showcase their best black and red. Those “caught” will be photographed and receive a prize for participating. We’d like to encourage schools, businesses, and others to promote staff participation and share a photo of their group wearing our colors. Bows will also be tied around light poles downtown and will be available for businesses requesting them throughout the community.


Schedule of Events

Monday, November 9, 2015  

7: 30 PM 

Student Chamber Showcase ·  Whitehead Auditorium 

Come enjoy selections performed by multiple student groups showcasing a variety of instruments, vocalists, and musical genres. There's always something new. 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 

6:30 PM 

Blazin' Downtown Throw-down  ·  Courthouse Lawn

Enjoy performances from the Blazin’ Brigade, VSU Cheerleaders, and the Red Hots, food from the best vendors in Valdosta, activities for kids, and fun for all ages. The downtown merchants are hosting a battle of the storefronts, vote for your favorite! Merchants will be providing Blazer Nation specials and discounts to VSU Blazers and fans wearing red & black.

7:30 PM

New Jazz Ensemble  ·  VSU Campus

One of VSU’s most diverse ensembles, the New Jazz Ensemble introduces students to the world of Jazz. Join us for an evening of big band favorites and modern jazz works.

Thursday, November 12, 2015 

7:00 PM

Deja Vu Pep Rally  ·  P.E Complex
Open to Students, Alumni, Faculty & Staff

VSU students, alumni, and friends, join us at the ‘Plex for a black-light pep rally you won’t forget! The Blazin'''’ Brigade, VSU Cheerleaders, Red Hots, Blazer Coaches and members of all Blazer athletic teams will be putting on a show! Wear your red & black and prepare to get pumped!

7:30 PM

30th Anniversary Dance Repertory  ·  Sawyer Theatre
Open to the Public

The program promises to shimmer with a variety of dance forms as the dancers and choreographers commemorate this pearl of a milestone. The concert will feature exciting new works and luminous performances from an extensive repertoire.

 8:00 PM

Lip Sync Competition  ·  PE Complex
Open to the Public

A tradition that never disappoints! Student organizations prepare all year long to dazzle at this annual event. VSU’s Got Talent – and you’re the star!


Friday, November 13, 2015  

8:30 AM & 1:30 PM

Alumni & Friends Golf Tournament  ·   Kinderlou Forest
$100 individuals/$400 team *Sponsorships are available. **Prizes will be awarded

Four-person scramble, shotgun start. All players will receive a commemorative golf shirt, lunch and drinks. Mulligans, dress-ups, pro-shots, and shenanigans will be available.


6:30 PM 

Distinguished Alumni Dinner  ·   University Center, Magnolia Room
$35 per person

Join us as we recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of our alumni. The recipients of the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award and the G.O.L.D. (Graduate of the Last Decade) Award winners for 2015 are listed on the front of this flier. Enjoy cocktails and hors d’ouvres followed by a seated three-course gourmet farm-to-table meal paired with wine. Reservations are requested, this is a limited seating engagement.

Congratulations to our 2015 Distinguished Alumni!

The recipients of the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award and the G.O.L.D. (Graduate of the Last Decade) Award for 2015 are:

College of the Arts:
Mrs. Erica Osmond ‘02 BFA

College of Arts & Sciences:
Mr. Bob Hagan ’79 BA

Dewar College of Education & Human Services:
Mrs. Harriet Cox Hetzel ‘83 BSED

Georgia Women’s College:
Mrs. Betty Phillips ‘50

Harley Langdale Jr. College of Business Administration:
Mr. Cedric Lamar Dickerson ‘02 BBA

College of Nursing & Health Sciences:
Dr. Mary Margaret Richardson ‘73 BSN

(Graduates of the Last Decade):
Mrs. Amanda Kozak Miliner ‘06 BSED

You are invited to join us as we recognize and celebrate their accomplishments at the Distinguished Alumni Dinner on Friday evening. Reservations are requested, this is a limited seating engagement.


Saturday, November 14, 2015  

9:30 AM

The First Lady's Reunion Breakfast for Graduates of "5s"  · University Center Cypress Room
$10 per person

VSU’s First Lady, Mrs. Catherine Staton, is hosting a gourmet breakfast in honor of alumni who graduated in years ending in a “5”. A photo slide show will be displayed during breakfast, please email or mail any photos you would like to contribute. (See contact info on front of this flier) Reservations are requested, this is a limited seating engagement.

11:00 AM

Homecoming Parade  ·  Surrounding Campus

Bring the family and lawn chairs to watch the Annual Homecoming Parade featuring the Blazin'''’ Brigade, VSU Cheerleaders, Red Hots, and floats entered by student and community organizations. Winning floats will be judged on apirit and incorporation of this years ‘Déjà vu’ theme. The parade will begin in the Oak Street Parking Lot, travel left onto Oak Street, right onto Georgia Avenue, right onto Patterson Street, right onto Brookwood and return to the Oak Street Parking Lot.

12:00 PM

BlazerNation Tailgate Competition  · Corner of Brookwood and Slate Street
Judging begins at noon.

Who is Blazer Nation’s best tailgate team? The Valdosta Chapter of the Alumni Association is issuing a tailgate challenge! Show off your best tailgating skills, decorations, and team spirit! Tailgates will be assessed based on creativity, atmosphere, food, and Blazer pride! The 2015 VSU Tailgate Champion will receive prizes including a custom one-of-a-kind 2015 VSU Tailgate Championship flag and will be recognized on field during half-time. The competition is open to all Blazer fans, including alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends of VSU. You must register to participate in this once-a-year event.

12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Alumni Tailgate ·  Corner of Brookwood and Slater Street 
$5-children 12 & under; $10-adult BBQ only; $15-adult BBQ & Adult Beverages

Big Nick’s BBQ, unlimited drinks, live entertainment, tailgating shenanigans, games, free swag, and MORE. The infamous Big Nick is catering a delicious all you care to eat BBQ tailgate feast. Prices noted include unlimited non-alcoholic beverages as well as unlimited beer & wine. Your Alumni Association has secured the prime tailgate area situated on the grassy area of Brookwood & Slater St, directly across from Bazemore-Hyder Stadium and Drexel Park. Alumni are encouraged to bring their tents, tailgate gear, chairs or blankets and tailgate with us! Reservations are requested if you are going to enjoy Big Nicks BBQ and unlimited beverages.

1:30 PM

VSU Blazer Walk  · Main Gate, Bazemore-Hyder Stadium
Cheer on our Blazer Football team, Cheerleaders, Red Hots, Blazin’ Brigade and Blazer Coaches as they make their way into the stadium.

3:00 PM

VSU Blazers vs. Florida Tech  · Bazemore-Hyder Stadium

Event is open to the community. Tickets must be purchased by calling 229-333-SEAT(7328) or be emailing tickets@valdosta.edu. They are also available online here.

Blazer Gear

Buy all your VSU apparel and gear online through the VSU Bookstore or visit the remote bookstore at the stadium before and after the game.

You can also purchase an official VSU cell phone case for iPhone and Samsung models by visiting www.edu-cases.com/shop/schools/vsu. A portion of the proceeds from your purchase goes right back to your alma mater and the Alumni Association!


Other Events Held in Conjunction with Homecoming

Alpha Phi Alpha Step Show
Saturday, November 14, 2015 · 7:06 PM · PE Complex
$15 per person. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

Featuring dynamic performances from National Pan-Hellenic Council Greek Organizations, the annual step show continues to enthrall VSU students, alumni, and friends. This event raises funds for various programs provided by the Mu Omicron Chapter as well as the chapter’s endowed Alpha Phi Alpha Memorial Scholarship. Brace yourselves for a great show!


Blazer Volleyball
VSU Blazers vs. University of North Alabama
Sunday, November 15, 2015  · 1:00PM · P.E. Complex
$5 adults, $3 students. Tickets may be purchased at the door


For more information about Homecoming, contact us at 229.333.5797 or alumni@valdosta.edu, or visit our homepage at www.valdostastate.org.