A homecoming “Out of this world”

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As Slippery Rock University returned to in-person classes and events, the SRU Student Engagement and Leadership Office worked in partnership with other offices, organizations and clubs for a 2021 homecoming “out of the box”. of this world ”.

The Homecoming 2021 events will take place from October 12 to 17. Throughout the planning process, COVID-19 precautions have been considered as SRU students and alumni plan a comprehensive program of events, parades, hatchbacks and more.

Courtney Gross, chair of the reunion steering committee, has primary responsibility for this year’s reunion: the parade. Gross said the office had higher standards for the parade floats and worked to make the parade more enjoyable.

The Reunion Parade consists of fraternities and sororities, various organizations, campus sports teams, and community members such as breweries and high school teams.

Gross spoke about some of the difficulties in planning an in-person reunion this year.

“The biggest challenge we’ve had to face is contacting people to come and participate,” Gross said. “Also trying to decide where we want to hold events so that we can have more people and not have to worry about masks. Trying to follow the university rules has been difficult, but our advisers are very familiar with the procedures.

Anna Chiprean, co-chair of the Homecoming Steering Committee, assists Gross in his homecoming tasks and is responsible for overseeing the fee and communicating with other organizations involved in the homecoming. Chiprean spoke about the number of reunion nominations and student candidates for royalty.

“A lot of people were super excited because we’re in person this year and got to get the word out,” Chiprean said. “They are able to advertise who they are and attend events. I would say it’s better that we are in person.

Voting for reunion royalty will begin Tuesday, October 12 at 9 a.m. on CORE. At this point, those who have been nominated for reunion royalty can start to come forward to gain notoriety and votes.

The first get-home activities are Tuesday, October 12 between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. with Paint the Town and Campus Window Wars. During Paint the Town, Brotherhood and Sorority Life will be painting the windows of various Main Street businesses to match the homecoming theme and their own individual themes. Campus Window Wars is the same concept but for organizations on campus.

Tuesday, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., the Spirit Board Painting event in The Quad will offer a variety of clubs, organizations and fraternities and sororities supplies to paint pictures to display in The Quad during reunion week. Organizations and clubs will be able to register and stock up on the same day.

On Wednesday, October 13 at 8 p.m. in the Smith Student Center (SSC) Ballroom, students can attend the Silent Disco Glow Party. The Office of Student Engagement and Leadership has partnered with the Black Action Society to host a silent nightclub. At this event, there will be a luminescent candy bar, a luminescent mini-golf course and more.

On Thursday, October 14 between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m., students are encouraged to stop by the SSC Bookstore parking lot for the Launching Into Homecoming event for freebies, food, laser tag, live music, some tie-dye and a dunk tank. Students running for royalty are also welcome to help with the event and get their name out for the votes. This event is in partnership with the Council for University Programs (SRUPB).

The Stride for Pride event will also take place Thursday at 12:30 pm During this event, students will walk together and place pride flags around the campus and the Quad.

At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, the SRUPB also joined the reunion committee for the Meteor Mile. During this event, students will walk approximately one mile and then enjoy the music outside of the SSC.

On Friday, October 15, the reunion royalty vote will end at 12 p.m. The reunion tribunal will be announced during the Pep Rally from 8 p.m. Galaxy. ”Students are encouraged to bring their own blankets to enjoy the fireworks and the movie.

On Saturday, October 16, the reunion parade will begin at 10 a.m. on Main Street. Following the parade, the Rock the Block Tailgate Festival will take place outside the Mihalik-Thompson Stadium. Rock Football will play at Indiana University in Pennsylvania starting at 1 p.m. ET. During half-time of the match, the royalty and parade winners will be announced.

As reunion week draws to a close, Polish the Rock will take place at noon on Sunday 17th October. During this event, volunteers will meet at the Quad and walk around the Slippery Rock campus and downtown, picking up trash.

Students can keep up to date with all back-home events and activities through the Home page on CORE.


Morgan miller

Morgan is a major in Integrated Marketing Communications. This is her second semester on the staff at The Rocket as Associate Campus Life Editor. Previously, she was on SRU’s women’s lacrosse team for two years and was a writer for its high school yearbook from second to senior year. After graduation, she hopes to work in a marketing team in the DMV area. Outside of The Rocket, Morgan is also on staff in the Sports Communications Department.


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