Welcome to Homecoming 2014 at Valdosta State University!
From the President
Welcome to IGNITE, Valdosta State University’s Homecoming 2014. The 2014-15 academic year is especially significant as we celebrate The Year of the Arts. The arts provide a profoundly important means of human expression, and VSU serves as a regional center for the finest in music, dance, theatre, and visual art. Throughout the academic year we will shine a spotlight on the faculty, staff, students, and visiting artists who make such a valuable contribution to our region’s cultural vitality.
To that end, Dacia and I hope that you will mark your calendars for the week of October 20th-25th and will celebrate with us VSU’s accomplishments and sense of pride.
Let’s Go Blazers!
President William J. McKinney, Ph.D.
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 Alumni Events
Monday, October 20, 2014 · Red-Out Day
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
College of Arts Kickoff Reception & Openings · Fine Arts Gallery · Whitehead Auditorium
Reception for Opening of the "Celebration of the Arts" Homecoming Week Festivities & Gallery Opening of the Matt Mitros & Lauren Tanner Art Exhibit. Event is open to the community.
Annual Brass Ensembles Opening Concert Featuring a brass & percussion fanfare especially written for the occasion by VSU student Miller Moor. Event is open to the community.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 · Costume Day
College of Arts Concert · Whitehead Auditorium
Annual Brass Ensembles Tuba/Euphonium Quartet Concert Featuring an Ensemble opening with fanfare from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Event is open to the community.
Thursday, October 23, 2014 · Organizational/VSU Roll Call and White Out Day
Friday, October 24, 2014 · Red Hat and Red Shoes Day
Saturday, October 25, 2014 · Game Day
Campus Tours · Office of Admissions
For any alumni coming with high school age students - or those who just want to catch up on all the improvements around campus - tours of the campus will be provided by the Office of Admissions. Please contact the Office of Admissions at 229.333.5791 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
Reunion Breakfast for Graduates of the "4s" · UCEDR
Homecoming Parade · Campus Perimeter
Make plans to bring the family and lawn chairs to watch the Homecoming parade, featuring the Blazin' Brigade, VSU Cheerleaders, Red Hots and floats entered by student and community organizations. Winning floats will be judged on spirit and incorporation of the Homecoming theme, "Ignite!" The parade will begin in the Oak Street Parking Lot, turn left onto Oak Street, right onto Georgia Avenue, right onto Patterson Street, right onto Brookwood and return to the Oak Street Parking Lot. Event is open to the community, but parade entrants will need to register by Friday, October 17th.
|12:00 PM - 2:45 PM||
Alumni Tailgate · Corner of Brookwood and Slater Street
Situated on the corner of Slater and Brookwood, next to the stadium and across from Drexel Park, alumni are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs, blankets, and coolers for a big-time college football tailgate. Traditional BBQ tailgate fare will be available for purchase, or you can bring your own picnic. Live music will be on hand, as well as cornhole and face painting. Attendees will have the option to come and visit for free or to purchase 1 of 3 ticket packages (these reservations are required).
VSU Blazer Walk · Main Gate, Bazemore-Hyder Stadium
VSU Blazers vs. Shorter Hawks · Bazemore-Hyder Stadium
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, October 25, 2014 · 7:06 PM · PE Complex
Contact Juwan Andrews for more information.
College of the Arts Mass Media & Speech Communication Reunion
Saturday, October 25, 2014 · 10:00 AM - Noon · Communication Arts/Mass Media Building
Bring your family and join fellow alumni & current students to watch the Homecoming parade at their new building located at the corner of Patterson & Brookwood-right across from Drexel Park and the University Center. Come early, bring your lawn chairs, tour the new facilities, meet the new head of the Communication Arts Department, and join us for food, fun, door prizes, surprises, and a memorable reunion with friends on our back patio. Follow us on Twitter @VSU_speechcomm and like us on Facebook www.Facebook.com/VSUspeech to watch the event unfold.