From the President
The 2013-14 academic year is especially significant and this year’s Homecoming theme reflects that: Not only are we celebrating 20 years of achieving university status, we also celebrate 50 years of integration at VSU. While the 50th Anniversary of Integration committee will have its own activities throughout the academic year, we wanted to highlight the ways in which VSU has fostered and continues to foster unity.
To that end, Dacia and I hope that you will mark your calendars for the week of September 30-October 5 and will celebrate with us VSU’s accomplishments and sense of pride. Our Homecoming Web site will go live on September 9, so be sure to visit the page to register for specific events.
Let’s Go Blazers!
VSU President William J. McKinney
Schedule of Community Events
Thursday, October 3
|7:00 - 8:00 PM||
“Blacklight with the Blazers” Pep Rally · PE Complex
Wear your white clothing and help cheer the Blazers on to victory! Special appearances will be made by football players, cheerleaders, Red Hots, and the Blazin’ Brigade. Admission to this event is free of charge, open to the public, and requires no registration.
Battle of the Bands · PE Complex
Witness some of VSU’s finest students, faculty, staff, and alumni fight to win the title of the best band on campus and amazing prizes! To register your band for this competition, contact the Office of Student Life at 229.333.5674. Admission to this event is free of charge, open to the public, and requires no registration.
Friday, October 4
Red & Black Day
Show your Blazer Pride by wearing Red and Black!
Annual Alumni Golf Tournament · Stone Creek Golf Club
4 Person Scramble Tournament · $75 Individual · $300 Team · Lunch is included in the registration fee. Prizes will be awarded throughout the day.
Distinguished Alumni Dinner · University Center, Magnolia Room
This annual event recognizes the accomplishments of the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Awards Recipients. Since 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of VSU's integration, we are also proud to highlight the achievements of VSU's Pioneers of Integration.
Cocktail Hour begins at 7 pm; dinner is served at 7:30 pm.
First Friday / Blazin' Downtown CommUNITY Throwdown · Downtown Valdosta
To further incorporate the CommUNITY into VSU Homecoming, downtown merchants will be decorating their storefronts to help cheer on the Blazers. Restaurants and businesses will be offering discounts to VSU students, faculty, and staff during First Friday.
Don't miss your opportunity to see the Red Hots, Blaze and the 2013 National Cheer Association's Small College Co-Ed National Champion VSU Cheerleaders perform at 6:30 on the Courthouse Lawn!
The Community is invited to attend.
Saturday, October 5
Homecoming Parade · Around Main Campus · Open to the Public
Witness the creative ways VSU and community organizations interpret the Homecoming Theme of commUNITY in their floats. The route begins on Oak St., turns right onto Georgia Ave., turns right onto Patterson St., turns right onto Brookwood Dr., and ends at the Oak St. Parking Deck. Bring your folding chairs and set up your chairs along the route to get a front row view!
If you are interested in registering to participate in the parade, contact the Office of Student Life at 229.333.5674.
Tailgating · Bazemore-Hyder Stadium · Open to the Public
Before the game begins, bring your own snacks to meet new friends and prepare to celebrate with other fans!
Blazer Walk · Bazemore-Hyder Stadium · Open to the Public
Cheer the Blazers on at the Blazer Walk as they enter the locker rooms at the stadium.
Football Game: VSU Blazers vs. Florida Tech Panthers · Bazemore-Hyder Stadium
Support our National Champions as they defend their title!
Students receive free admission to the game and will need to swipe their VSU ID at the Student Entrance (SW Gate, nearest the UC breezeway).
Ticket prices for faculty and staff are as follows:
Reserved (all ages; these are chairback assigned seats): $18
General Admission Adult: $10
General Admission Youth (Age 5 – Any College w/ID): $5
General Admission Senior Citizens (65+): $5
Group Rate (20+ people) – General Admission Adult: $7/person
Group Rate (20+ People) – General Admission Senior Citizen/Youth: $4/person
Tickets need not be purchased in advance. One may choose to purchase tickets in advance by visiting the Athletic Department Ticketing office, Room #105 in the PE Complex. There is heavy construction in this building; follow the orange cones on the tennis court side of the building to gain entrance.
If you have questions regarding Homecoming events and activities, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations.