Welcome to Homecoming 2014 at Valdosta State University!

Homecoming 2014 Logo - Ignite!

From the President

Welcome to IGNITE, Valdosta State University’s Homecoming 2014The 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 Events

Monday, October 20, 2014  ·  Red-Out Day

Noon - 2:00 PM

T-Shirt Exchange   ·   Tent in front of Odum Library  
Open to Students Only

VSU Students may bring a gently worn t-shirt representing any other university and exchange it for a VSU t-shirt (First 500 students will receive a VSU t-shirt). Used shirts will be donated to charity.

5:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Student Kickoff Carnival   ·   VSU Front Lawn
Open to Students Only

6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

6:30 PM

8:00 PM

College of Arts Kickoff Reception & Openings   ·   Fine Arts Gallery   ·   Whitehead Auditorium
Open to Community

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

Noon - 2:00 PM

T-Shirt Exchange  ·  Tent in front of Odum Library
Open to Students Only

VSU students may bring a gently worn t-shirt representing any other university and exchange it for a VSU t-shirt (First 500 students will receive a VSU t-shirt). Used shirts will be donated to charity.

All Day

Departmental Spirit Competition  ·  VSU Campus

To acknowledge staff and faculty support of VSU, each department on campus will be asked to decorate for Homecoming. Decorations must encompass the Homecoming theme. The winning department will be announced at the Pep Rally on Thursday. Judging will take place Tuesday by mystery judges. A traveling trophy will be displayed in the winning department for the next year. COSA is sponsoring and coordinating this competition.

Judging Held Afternoon

Residence Hall Lobby Spirit Competition ·  Around Campus

To acknowledge student support of VSU, residents will be asked to decorate their lobby for Homecoming. Decorations must encompass the Homecoming theme. Judging will be take place on Tuesday afternoon and the winner will be announced at the Pep Rally on Thursday night. A traveling trophy will be displayed in the winning lobby for the next year. 

Registration Link

2:00 PM

Spirit Sheet Competition  ·  Around Campus

In the time-honored VSU tradition of communicating via sheet-signs, student organizations will be invited to display sheet signs across campus decorated for Homecoming. Signs must incorporate the Homecoming theme. Judging will take place on Tuesday afternoon and the winning organizations will be announced at the Pep Rally on Thursday. 

Registration Link

2:00 PM

Sidewalk Chalk Competition  ·  Palms Dining Hall Walkway

In this time-honored VSU tradition, Greeks and organizations will be paired to decorate the walkway leading up to Palms Dining Hall with chalk for Homecoming. Designs must incorporate the Homecoming theme. Judging will take place on Tuesday afternoon and the winning organizations will be announced at the Pep Rally on Thursday. 

Registration Link

6:00 PM

Mini-Trike Relay Race  ·  VSU Pedestrian Mall 

In a new twist to Homecoming, students and faculty/staff will enter to compete in the inaugural Mini-trike Relay. Taking place on the Pedestrian Mall, the teams will race down a path and at specific locations will trade-off with members of their team to complete the race. Teams will run in 3-team heats and winners will be tracked in a bracket-style system to determine 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners, awarded with prizes from the VSU Bookstore. Teams are also asked to dress in a uniform that incorporates the artistic theme of Homecoming with the best team design wining a prize. 

Registration Link

7:30 PM

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. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014  ·  Black Out Day

Noon - 2:00 PM

T-shirt Exchange  ·  Tent in front of Odum Library
Open to Students Only

VSU students may bring a gently worn t-shirt representing any other university and exchange it for a VSU t-shirt (First 500 students will receive a VSU t-shirt). Used shirts will be donated to charity. 

6:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Wild Adventures Night  ·  Wild Adventures Theme Park 
Open to VSU Students

All VSU Students with a current student ID will be admitted freely to Wild Adventures theme park. 

Thursday, October 23, 2014  ·  Organizational/VSU Roll Call and White Out Day

5:30 PM

President's Cookout  ·  Reames Field (Next to PE Complex)
Open to Students, Alumni, Faculty & Staff

What's Homecoming Week without a cookout? VSU students, faculty, staff & alumni are invited to a cookout hosted by VSU President William McKinney & First Lady Dr. Dacia Charlesworth. This event is free of charge, but attendees must register online by Monday, October 20th. Face painting & games will be available for the kids. 

Register for President's Cookout  
7:00 PM

Pep Rally  ·  PE Complex 
Open to the Public

VSU Students, alumni, & fans: join us at the PE Complex following the cookout for a Blacklight Pep Rally. The Blazin' Brigade, VSU Cheerleaders, Red Hots, Blazer Coaches, and members of all Blazer Athletic teams will be attendance. The court for Homecoming King & Queen will be announced, as well as winners from the contests held during the week. Event is open to the public and no registration is required. 


Lip Sync Competition  ·  PE Complex
Open to the Public

Following the Pep Rally, organizations will compete to showcase talents of our VSU students and staff. Event is open to the public. Register to participate in the contest through Student Life. 

 Registration Link

Friday, October 24, 2014  ·  Red Hat and Red Shoes Day

8:30 AM & 1:30 PM

Alumni & Friends Golf Tournament  ·   Stone Creek Golf Club
$100 individuals/$400 team

Four-person scramble with lunch and drink tickets included. Entry fee is $100 per person, or $400 per team. Mulligan packages are available for $15. Hole Sponsorships are $100 and due by Friday, October 17th. Registration begins at 7:30 AM and 12:30 PM with tee times at 8:30 AM and 1:30 PM. Prizes will be awarded to winning teams, and early registration is encouraged. Tee times are first come, first serve. Event is open to the community. 

Registration Link
7:00 PM 

Alumni Recognition Dinner ·  University Center Magnolia Room   
$35 per person

This annual event recognizes the accomplishments of the recipients of the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award and the G.O.L.D. (Graduate of the Last Decade) Award winners. Cocktails will begin at 7 PM with dinner served at 7:30 PM. Drinks and a 3 course dinner are included in the registration fee. Reservations are required by Monday, October 20th. We will recognize this year's honorees:

  • College of Arts & Sciences: Labib Nasir '01
  • College of Arts: Dr. James Ford '94
  • College of Business Administration: Downing Barber '95
  • College of Education & Human Services: Kip Moore '03
  • College of Nursing & Health Sciences: Paul Higgs '89

G.O.L.D.(Graduate Of The Last Decade) winners:

  • Jamie Hill '05 '06
  • Micha Hogan '04
  • Lindsey Lloyd '08 '09
Register for President's Cookout
6:30 PM 

Blazin' Downtown Throwdown ·  Courthouse Lawn

Join us downtown, where our local businesses will be decorating their storefronts and providing specials and discounts to VSU students, faculty, staff, and alumni in support of the Blazers! Bring the whole family to watch the VSU Red Hots, Blazin' Brigade Marching Band, Blaze and the VSU Cheerleaders perform at 6:30 PM on the Courthouse Lawn. The VSU Bookstore will be on location for all your gameday needs, including game tickets. The Community is invited to attend.    


Saturday, October 25, 2014  ·  Game Day

9:30 AM

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 admissions@valdosta.edu if you are interested.

9:30 AM

Reunion Breakfast for Graduates of the "4s"  · UCEDR
$10 per person

Alumni who graduated in years ending in a "4" are invited to attend a gathering in their honor to reminisce and visit with long-lost friends. The registration includes a full breakfast. Registration will be required before Wednesday, October 22nd. Yearbooks will be on hand, and pictures submitted from graduates prior to Homecoming week will be compiled into a slide show. 
Registration Link
11:00 AM

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.

Registration Link
12:00 PM - 2:45 PM

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

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). 

Registration Link
1:30 PM

VSU Blazer Walk  · Main Gate, Bazemore-Hyder Stadium
Event is open to community

3:00 PM

VSU Blazers vs. Shorter Hawks  · 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, 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.


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