Activities include pep rallies, reunions, concerts, award presentations, hall of fame inductions, parade, crowning of the Homecoming queen and the football game between the Hilltoppers and Florida Atlantic.
Homecoming Day on Nov. 7 will feature numerous reunions of organizations, Greek groups, athletic teams, academic programs and more. With the football game kicking off at 11 a.m., the Festival of Friends Homecoming Tailgating will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.; groups can resume tailgating after the game until 5 p.m.
“Every day is a great day to be a Hilltopper, but Homecoming is a special time when all alumni, staff, students and the community join together to celebrate WKU as a family,” said Ginny Hensley, director of Alumni Programming. “WKU has a Homecoming atmosphere that very few universities can match. Regardless of when you spent your time on campus or where you call home today, Homecoming has something special for every member of the WKU family.”
Homecoming events begin Nov. 5 with the Homecoming Chili and Cheese Luncheon and Pep Rally, presented by Junior Achievement of South Central Kentucky and the WKU Alumni Association, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 6-4-3 Sports Bar, 360 E. Eighth Ave., in downtown Bowling Green. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased in advance at www.alumni.wku.edu/chilicheese15 or at the door.
Also on Nov. 5, the Homecoming Concert, sponsored by Campus Activities Board, will feature Hunter Hayes and special guest Kelsea Ballerini. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m.; doors at Diddle Arena open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available through the WKU Ticket Office.
Homecoming Friday Night on Nov. 6 will be highlighted by the parade, Concert in the Park and Big Red’s Roar.
“The annual Midtown Homecoming Parade puts all Hilltopper fans in the WKU Spirit,” Hensley said. “Our student body works countless hours perfecting their Homecoming floats, and their enthusiasm makes us all want to be college students again. This year’s circus theme will allow our student body to be creative and incorporate all aspects of circus life into this year’s activities, especially the parade. While we expect the circus theme to surface most, ‘Under the Big Top’ can also be interpreted in a more traditional way of celebrating the Hill-TOP-pers.”
The parade, sponsored by Midtown by Brookside, will begin at 4:30 p.m. near the Downing Student Union and will make its way up College Heights Boulevard then down State Street to downtown Bowling Green.
“Following the parade, the student body will fill Fountain Square Park as the Concert in the Park wraps up and the annual Big Red’s Roar pep rally begins,” Hensley said. “Coach Jeff Brohm and members of the WKU Football Team will rally the student body in preparation for Saturday’s Homecoming football game against FAU.”
The Homecoming Concert in the Park, sponsored by Midtown by Brookside, will begin at 5 p.m. and will feature Buffalo Rodeo. Big Red’s Roar, the annual Homecoming student pep rally, will begin at 6 p.m.
The Hall of Distinguished Alumni and the WKU Athletic Hall of Fame also will induct new members. Members of the 24th class of HODA — Thomas A. George III, Naomi J. McAfee and Nancy L. Quarcelino – will be inducted during a luncheon at 11 a.m. Nov. 6 at the Sloan Convention Center. Members of the 25th class of the Athletic Hall of Fame — Chris Robinson, Eugene Smith, Raigo Toompuu and Kicker Vencill – will be inducted during a brunch at 8 a.m. Nov. 7 at Diddle Arena.
Homecoming 2015 highlights
The complete Homecoming 2015 schedule of events can be found at http://alumni.wku.edu/homecoming; here are some highlights:
Thursday, Nov. 5
- Homecoming Chili and Cheese Luncheon and Pep Rally, presented by Junior Achievement of South Central Kentucky and the WKU Alumni Association, 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. at 6-4-3 Sports Bar, 360 E. Eighth Ave., Bowling Green.
- Summit Awards Dinner, presented by Service One Credit Union, 6 p.m. at Knicely Conference Center.
- Homecoming Concert, sponsored by Campus Activities Board, featuring Hunter Hayes with special guest Kelsea Ballerini, 7:30 p.m. at Diddle Arena; doors open at 6:30.
- Mainstage Theatre Production, Into The Woods, 8 p.m. at Ivan Wilson Fine Arts Center’s Russell Miller Theatre. (Continues at 8 p.m. Nov. 6-7 and 3 p.m. Nov. 8.)
Friday, Nov. 6
- Hall of Distinguished Alumni Luncheon and Induction Ceremony, presented by Franklin Bank & Trust Company, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Sloan Convention Center. Inductees are Thomas A. George III, Naomi J. McAfee and Nancy L. Quarcelino.
- Homecoming Parade, sponsored by Midtown by Brookside, 4:30 p.m. from near Downing Student Union to downtown Bowling Green.
- Homecoming Concert in the Park, sponsored by Midtown by Brookside, featuring Buffalo Rodeo, 5 p.m. at Fountain Square Park, downtown Bowling Green.
- Big Red’s Roar, student pep rally, 6 p.m. at Fountain Square Park, downtown Bowling Green
- Hilltopper Basketball vs. Kentucky Wesleyan, exhibition game, 7 p.m. at Diddle Arena.
Saturday, Nov. 7
- Homecoming Day. Numerous reunions of student organizations, Greek groups, athletic teams, academic programs; open houses; tailgating activities; and more at various locations.
- Alumni W-Club Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Brunch, 8 a.m. at Diddle Arena. Inductees are Chris Robinson, Eugene Smith, Raigo Toompuu and Kicker Vencill.
- Homecoming Opening Act at the Augenstein Alumni Center, 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. at 292 Alumni Ave.
- Festival of Friends Homecoming Tailgating, 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. at various locations; groups encouraged to resume tailgating after the game until 5 p.m.
- Hilltopper Football vs. Florida Atlantic, 11 a.m. at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium. Homecoming Queen will be crowned at halftime.
- Homecoming Step Show, sponsored by WKU National Pan-Hellenic Council, 7 p.m. at Diddle Arena.
Sunday, Nov. 8
- 19th Annual Jim Wayne Miller Celebration of Writing, featuring author Sallie Bingham, 2 p.m. at Kentucky Library and Museum’s Kentucky Room.
Contact: Ginny Hensley, (270) 745-4395