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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 Events

Monday, September 30

Until Noon

Sidewalk Chalk Contest   ·   Palms Quad 
Open to Student Organizations

The Sidewalk Chalk Contest will take place on Monday, September 30 in Palms Quad. All sidewalk art displays are to be completed by 12:00 noon.  The Homecoming theme is to be incorporated into your displays.  There will be a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner.  The judges’ decisions are final.  Winners will be announced and the prizes will be awarded at the Homecoming Pep Rally and the Battle of the Bands festivities. See guidelines below.

Registration is Closed

Until Noon

Student Organization Spirit Sheet Sign Contest   ·   Main Campus
Open to Student Organizations

The Sheet Sign Contest will take place on Monday, September 30.  All sheet signs are to be completed and hung by 12:00 noon.  The Homecoming theme is to be incorporated into your displays.  There will be a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner.  The judges’ decisions are final.  Winners will be announced and the prizes will be given at the Homecoming Pep Rally and the Battle of the Bands festivities. See guidelines below.

Registration is Closed

7:30 PM

Residence Hall Video Competition   ·   Langdale/Georgia Courtyard
Open to Student Organizations

Each RA staff will coordinate the recording of a video to represent each hall and promote the on-campus experience. On this night, those videos will be shown to students and alumni who will vote on the winning hall video.

Registration is Closed

Tuesday, October 1

12:00 PM

T-Shirt Exchange  ·  Behind West Hall in the new seating area
Open to Students Only

Exchange your gently used T-shirts featuring other colleges or universities for a VSU 2013 Homecoming Shirt. The event will last until all shirts are given out.


Thursday, October 3

6:00 - 7:00 PM

President's Cookout  ·  Reames Field (Next to PE Complex)
Open to Students and Alumni

Students and Alumni are invited to join the President and First Lady for a cookout.

This event is free of charge; however, registration is required.

Registration is Closed
7:00 - 8:00 PM

“Blacklight with the Blazers” Pep Rally  ·  PE Complex 
Open to the Public

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.

8:00 PM

Battle of the Bands  ·  PE Complex
Open to the Public

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.

Registration is Closed

Friday, October 4

All Day

Red & Black Day

Show your Blazer Pride by wearing Red and Black!

8:00 AM 

Annual Alumni Golf Tournament  ·  Stone Creek Golf Club
Open to the Public

4 Person Scramble Tournament  ·  $75 Individual  ·  $300 Team  ·  Lunch is included in the registration fee. Prizes will be awarded throughout the day.

Registration is Closed.
5:00 - 6:30 PM

Zero-Year Reunion  ·  West Hall Rotunda  
Open to Fall 2012, Spring 2013, and Summer 2013 Alumni Only

Students who graduated in Fall 2012, Spring 2013, or Summer 2013 are invited to meet with President McKinney and Dr. Charlesworth.

Register for President's Cookout
5:00 - 6:30 PM

College Alumni Receptions

Looking to reconnect with your favorite professor or classmates? Attend these free events, open to all alumni.

Registration Link

College of the Arts  ·  Fine Arts Building, Back Lawn

College of Arts & Sciences  ·  Bailey Science Center Lawn

College of Nursing & Health Sciences  ·  Martin Hall Lawn

James L. & Dorothy H. Dewar College of Education & Human Services  ·  Jennett Lecture Hall Lawn

Harley Langdale Jr. College of Business Administration  ·   Pound Hall Lawn

 

7:00 PM

Distinguished Alumni Dinner  ·  University Center, Magnolia Room
$25 Registration Fee  ·  Open to Faculty, Staff, Alumni, and the Community

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.

Registration is Closed.
6:30 PM

First Friday / Blazin' Downtown CommUNITY Throwdown   ·  Downtown Valdosta
Open to the Public

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

11:00 AM

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 a community member interested in registering to participate in the parade, contact the Office of Student Life at 229.333.5674.


11:00 AM

Alumni Tailgate Party  ·  Front Lawn - South End
Open to Alumni, Faculty, Staff and Friends

Tailgate fare includes pulled pork sandwiches, BBQ chicken, potato salad, baked beans, chips, cookies and non-alcoholic drinks. Fans may also bring their own picnic. Face painting and other activities will be available for children. Lunches are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.

Registration is Closed

12:00 PM

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!


1:30 PM

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.

3:00 PM

Blazin' Brigade 30th Anniversary  ·  Bazemore-Hyder Stadium  
Open to Marching Band Alumni

The VSU Blazin' Brigade is celebrating its 30th anniversary, and all Blazin' Brigade alumni are invited to join in the pre-game performance. Please contact Eric Bradshaw at 229.249.4965 or eebradsh@valdosta.edu with questions.

Registration is Closed
3:00 PM

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.

 


6:00 PM

2013 Homecoming Step Show

The step show will be held on Saturday, October 5, 2013 as a part of Valdosta State University’s Homecoming activities. It is the biggest step show in all of South Georgia and North Florida with over 4,000 in attendance every year. Presented by the Mu Omicron Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.

Spirit Competitions

All of VSU is invited to participate in Homecoming by decorating their offices, lobbies, and campus itself. The following weeklong events are designed to communicate visually the Homecoming theme of “commUNITY.”

Participants in all three events are encouraged to maintain their decorations during the entire week of Homecoming as judging will occur September 30-October 3 by mystery judges. The winners of these events will be announced on October 3 at the Battle of the Bands and will be mentioned during the Homecoming Game.

Event registration will begin on the Homecoming Web site Monday, September 9. Final registrations must be submitted no later than September 24.

The following criteria will be used to evaluate the events:

·         Use of Homecoming theme—“commUNITY” (25 points)

·         Use of University Logos and Mascot (25 points)

·         Use of Creativity (25 points)

·         Use of Sustainable (e.g., recyclable) Materials (25 points)*

All participants will be recognized on the Homecoming Web page and in The Voice.

*This criterion will not be used by those judging the Spirit Sheet Competition

 

Student Organization Spirit Sheet Competition

The Sheet Sign Contest will take place on Monday, September 30.  All sheet signs are to be completed and hung by 12:00 noon.  The Homecoming theme is to be incorporated into your displays.  There will be a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner.  The judges’ decisions are final.  Winners will be announced and the prizes will be given at the Homecoming Pep Rally and the Battle of the Bands festivities.

Student Sidewalk Chalk Contest

The Sidewalk Chalk Contest will take place on Monday, September 30 in Palms Quad. All sidewalk art displays are to be completed by 12:00 noon.  The Homecoming theme is to be incorporated into your displays.  There will be a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner.  The judges’ decisions are final.  Winners will be announced and the prizes will be awarded at the Homecoming Pep Rally and the Battle of the Bands festivities. 

Residence Hall Lobby Spirit Competition

Residents will have the opportunity to participate in Homecoming by decorating the main lobbies of their Residence Hall. The winning hall will enjoy a Pizza Party with the President and will receive the President’s Residence Hall Spirit Award traveling trophy.

Departmental Office Spirit Competition

Faculty and Staff will have the opportunity to participate in Homecoming by decorating their main offices! The winning department will receive a free lunch catered by Southern Landing at their next staff meeting as well as the President’s Departmental Spirit Award traveling trophy.


If you have questions regarding Homecoming events and activities, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations.