Homecoming week kicks off Monday

Homecoming week events continue through Saturday, Oct. 5, culminating in Saturday night’s football game against Northwood.

The first activity, window decorating outside the Marketplace, opened at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 27. Window designs included elements of SVSU, football and this year’s theme, Disney.

The kickoff party is planned for Monday, Sept. 30, at noon in the President’s Courtyard.

Jason Schoenmeyer, the associate dean of students, said that kickoff was moved to Monday — it was Sunday in prior years — so more students could be involved.

“(We wanted) to have it at a time when students are walking through the courtyard,” he said.

Kickoff will include music, games and the sale of homecoming sweatshirts.

Monday also will feature the kickball game at 6 p.m. in the fieldhouse.

Schoenmeyer said kickball would be replacing macho volleyball.

“We’ve done it for a while,” he said. “There was no seating, and we wanted to do something different.”

On Tuesday, quiz bowl will take place at 9 p.m. in the Malcolm Field Theater. Student teams will have the chance to answer trivia questions in categories such as entertainment, history and sports.

Wednesday at 9 p.m. is the lip sync competition. Unlike previous years, the competition will take place in the Malcolm Field Theater.

On Thursday, students can participate in the Instagram photo competition to show their Red Pride.

“(Students) can post pictures of the things they’re doing for homecoming,” Schoenmeyer said. “We hope that alum will see these pictures and reminisce.”

He noted that many student photos last year received positive comments from alumni, and that it was an opportunity to connect.

Friday is the deadline for food donations. This year, donations will go to the on-campus food pantry.

At 1 p.m. Friday, students can participate in the flag football tournament at the intramural fields.

“(Our hope) is that whether or not students are on court, they’re representing SVSU and our traditions,” Schoenmeyer said. “We hope they’re creating memories and making experiences.”

Nate Naples, a secondary education senior, expressed appreciation for the chance to run for court through Alpha Kappa Lambda.

“The fact that I got to run with my fiancé, Hannah Walusky, was the biggest factor in my decision to run,” Naples said. “We
wanted to give thanks to this university for bringing us together and being the place we have grown at.”

Like Schoenmeyer, Naples said he hoped that students would take time during the homecoming festivities to enjoy being a part of the SVSU family.

“I hope others get a chance to just step back and reflect on their time at SVSU and think about every small way the university has impacted them,” he said.

Abigail Schreiner, a secondary education senior, ran for court through Peer Health Education. She said her decision to run for court came from the desire to leave her legacy at SVSU after she graduates.

“I hope to show people that anyone can run for court regardless of popularity or looks,” she said. “You can start from anywhere and always shoot for the moon.”

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