KOKOMO, Ind. – Indiana University Kokomo celebrates Homecoming with a weeklong series of school spirit competitions and events, all surrounding a theme of "Tradition Matters."
Beginning Monday, November 18, students will earn points for their clubs and organizations by participating in a variety of activities, with the overall winner announced at the Homecoming basketball game at noon on Saturday, November 23.
Students like Ron Tamir are looking forward to the festivities.
"Homecoming reminds the students that this is bigger than them, it's about the institutions, the graduates coming back, and looking back at their accomplishments and their legacy," said Tamir.
Starting off the week is a sheet banner competition, where organizations design a banner to display in the Kelley Student Center. Students can vote for their favorite design throughout the week. Those needing some Cougar swag can trade in t-shirts from other colleges for a free homecoming t-shirt, also on Monday.
Tuesday's event will take place on the grass. Get ready for a single-elimination bracket flag football tournament.
Deray Boyd will represent the new fraternity, Phi Kappa Tau, in this year's homecoming competitions.
"I am most excited for the flag football tournament. It's a great bonding experience for the new fraternity," said Boyd.
Teams need a minimum of five players to compete, and do not have to be affiliated with an organization.
Wednesday's events will help raise awareness about hunger in the local community. Students can participate in a "fast-a-thon," where they pledge to fast for the day, and, in return, local businesses have been asked to donate based on number of students involved.
Also, Enactus will host its annual Let's CAN Hunger! competition in Alumni Hall. Students collect canned food items and use them to build structures. Donations for both events will benefit the Kokomo Urban Outreach.
On Thursday, students will have the opportunity to be on the big screen with a video contest. Each video must be under two minutes and be taken using a cell phone video camera. The videos will be shown in Kresge Auditorium.
Friday, be ready to walk the "Red Carpet" at the homecoming dance. The event is semi-formal, complete with snacks, desserts, and beverages. Cost is $10 per person or $15 per couple, with a special gift for the first 50 to purchase tickets. Attendees must 18 or older, and only IU Kokomo students and their guests are allowed entry. Please bring a student ID for admittance. Tickets may be purchased at myiuaa.com/IUK-Homecoming.
Saturday's events will start with the Alumni brunch, celebrating the accomplishments and service of the inaugural class of the IU Kokomo Alumni Association Hall of Fame. The 2013 class includes Chuck Bucheri, Judy Golitko, Alex Huskey, Eva White, and John Wisler.
The Homecoming basketball game, against conference foe Point Park, is at noon Saturday in the new Cougar gym. Be sure to wear your homecoming t-shirt and cheer on the Cougars.
For more information, visit iuk.edu/homecoming.
Story written by Sofia Stout. Sofia is an intern for the Office of Media and Marketing.
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