Homecoming Week lets current students celebrate Centre
October 24, 2013 By Mariel Smith
campus," says Emily Dennis ’15, "so Homecoming is a chance for
students to celebrate the one thing they all have in common—Centre."
As part of the Homecoming Week festivities, The Wild Feathers
will be performing in Chowan on Saturday, November 2.
To get the full scoop on Homecoming Week and Weekend, watch
this week's episode of Centre 360, featuring Hope Wigginton ’15,
Thomas Becker ’15 and Director of Alumni Affairs Megan Haake
Homecoming is an essential element of life at Centre, but for many students, it is known mostly as a time when hordes of unknown older alumni take over campus, leaving current students feeling a bit out of place. All of that changes this year, thanks to the efforts of the Student Activities Council (SAC), a group dedicated to keeping campus brimming with activities and events for students to enjoy.
Since Homecoming is specifically for those who have already graduated, the on-campus activities for students are structured along the lines of a spirit week.
Student Life Coordinator Sara Muren ’12 is excited about this addition to an already bustling weekend.
"As an alumna, I think we do Homecoming weekend really well—we welcome guests, we recognize those who deserve it most and we ensure that the Centre community feels as tight-knit as ever," she says. "However, I could see that students may feel overlooked in the festivities that happen on Homecoming weekend—so during Homecoming Week, the goal is to put the focus on the students. It's a chance to make them all feel special and to unite around a tradition that they can look back on fondly when they return as the next generation of alumni."
The entire week of festivities will be punctuated by a daily dress-up theme, analogous to those of high-school spirit weeks. While Monday and Thursday's themes are more general ("Dress for America Day" and "Channel Your Inner Superhero Day," respectively), Friday's "Gold and White Day" lets students show their school pride as alumni arrive on campus.
On Tuesday, in honor of the 92nd anniversary of the famous C6-H0 game against Harvard, Cowan will host a C6H0 trivia contest during common hour. Cowan will also host a pep rally on Thursday, complete with Centre Pep Band, Centre Cheerleaders and a Centre spirit banner contest judging.
Student clubs and organizations are encouraged to design a banner that displays Centre spirit, and the winning banners will be displayed in Cowan for the duration of Homecoming weekend.
On Saturday, the Homecoming Football game will include the traditional Homecoming Court Half Time presentation, and that night in Chowan, the Wild Feathers will perform live for current students.
"There are a wide variety of events coordinated by different offices and student groups," Muren explains, "but SAC is trying to unify new and old traditions into one awesome Homecoming Spirit Week."
For Emily Dennis ’15, the head coordinator of Homecoming Spirit Week, the week's events are an important way for students to feel involved in Homecoming.
"Students are already so involved in different organizations on campus," she says, "so Homecoming is a chance for them to celebrate the one thing they all have in common: Centre."
Muren echoes Dennis' sentiments.
"If current students get involved in Homecoming—whether it's the students helping plan events or the students who participate—it's a way to rally around Centre together, no matter what your major is, what sport you play or what club you're the president of. They're all students, and they should all be proud of their school.
"At Centre, we take community for granted because we are so close on an everyday basis," Muren adds, "but there's no reason that we can't strengthen that community with some enthusiasm, song and cheer."
Dennis is looking forward to the dual benefit of the week's events; not only will students enjoy Homecoming more, but, as she says, "I'd imagine that when alumni come back, they'd like to see students that are enjoying college as much as they did."
Centre College, founded in 1819, offers its students a world of opportunities, highlighted by the nation's premier study abroad program and a faculty ranked #5 in the nation for "Best Undergraduate Teaching" at a liberal arts college by U.S. News & World Report in 2013. Centre graduates enjoy extraordinary success, with entrance to top graduate and professional schools, prestigious fellowships for further study abroad (Rhodes, Rotary, Fulbright), and rewarding jobs (on average, 97 percent are employed or in advanced study within 10 months of graduation).