Western Carolina University’s 2007 Homecoming theme is “Heritage: A Catamount Never Forgets,” and the planning committee has lined up new and traditional events from community service to fireworks to create a celebration worth remembering.
The festivities kicked off Thursday, Sept. 20, with the announcement of a community service goal – for students, staff, faculty, their families and alumni to complete 10,000 hours of community service before Saturday, Oct. 20.
“Service is one thing that ties us all together at Western,” said Rebecca Saunders, co-chair of the Homecoming planning committee and associate director for programs at A.K. Hinds University Center. “Not everybody is about football or is an alumnus coming home to see old friends, but everybody that is a Catamount is about service.”
Continuing traditions include the annual Alumni Scholarship Golf Tournament on Friday, Oct. 19. All golfers are welcome to take part and tee off at Laurel Ridge Country Club in Waynesville at noon. To participate, register by Friday, Oct. 12, with the Office of Alumni Affairs at (828) 227-7335.
That evening, the Homecoming parade will begin at 6:15 p.m. in downtown Sylva. Featured entrants include community and student floats, cheerleaders, the Homecoming Court, the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band and visiting performers from Bread and Puppet Theater.
Spirit Night activities follow in the Catamount Athletic Complex at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, with a free show by Asheville rock band Dawn of the Dude. The following pep rally will feature the WCU football team, cheerleaders and dance team as well as Spirit Night skits. Fireworks will begin at 9:45 p.m. and last about 15 minutes.
Preceding the Homecoming football game against The Citadel at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, will be alumni events and tailgating.
Right after the game, a free, family-friendly performance by the Bread and Puppet Theater will start outside the Cordelia Camp Building. The troupe’s performance of “The Divine Reality Comedy Circus” is part of the Lectures, Concerts and Exhibitions Series. Guests will be treated to laughs and fresh-baked bread.
The Saturday festivities continue with Stompfest 2007, a step-show competition featuring African-American fraternities and sororities, at Ramsey Regional Activity Center at 8 p.m. The master of ceremonies will be comedienne Cocoa Brown and the featured comic is Rip Michaels. For tickets, call the Office of Multicultural Affairs at (828) 227-2276.
Homecoming festivities conclude with the 4 p.m. Catamount home soccer came and the annual concert by the Inspirational Choir in the A.K. Hinds University Center Grandroom at 3:30 p.m.