WVU Parkersburg kicks off Homecoming Week on Monday

PARKERSBURG — West Virginia University at Parkersburg will kick off Homecoming Week on Monday.

Festivities next week feature student competitions, alumni recognition and selecting the homecoming royalty, among other celebrations.

“We are excited to invite our campus community and wonderful alumni to show their school pride and join in on all the activities we have planned,” said Samantha Suggs, WVU Parkersburg Student Activities coordinator. “Whether you attended the school when it was known as Parkersburg Community College, or are a student entering the doors for the first time, WVU Parkersburg is ready to welcome you to an event we hope becomes a yearly tradition.”

Homecoming Festival, a wrap-up to the week, will be held 6:30-9 p.m. Sept. 20 on the main campus. The evening will include carnival games, concessions, crowning of the Homecoming Court, live entertainment and alumni tours.

The Homecoming Week schedule is:

Monday, Sept. 16

* 12:15-1 p.m.: Meet the Homecoming Court candidates, and enjoy a popcorn bar, corn hole and music in the Student Lounge. Homecoming candidates are sponsored by student organizations and clubs and chosen based upon leadership, school spirit, integrity and achievement through service and campus involvement.

* 6-9 p.m.: The Riverhawk Can Competition is a campus-wide contest in which teams will have 90 minutes to build a sculpture out of canned food in the College Activities Center. Teams are responsible for collecting cans. All non-perishable items will be donated to the Riverhawk Food Pantry. Pizza and drinks will be provided.

Tuesday, Sept. 17

* 12:15-1p.m.: The Constitution Day presentation will take place in the cafeteria. All participants will receive a pocket Constitution and festive trail mix.

Wednesday, Sept. 18

* 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.: Campus clubs, organizations, services and resources will be in the College Activities Center for the Student Resource Fair. The fair will offer giveaways, an interactive crime scene, games and snacks.

* 6:30-8:30 p.m.: Intramural sports are alive at WVU Parkersburg. Cheer on the intramural soccer teams on the back lawn during Riverhawk Spirit Night and enjoy a free cookout.

Thursday, Sept. 19

* All Day: Student Activities will host Throwback Thursday in the student lounge. Attendees are asked to dress in their favorite decade attire and visit the campus displays that highlight the college history.

Friday, Sept. 20

* 6:30-9 p.m.: In addition to the carnival games, concession food and Homecoming Court Crowning Ceremony, the Homecoming Festival will host live entertainment. This includes an alumni performance and concert by Luke Sadecky, Mon Hills Records singer/songwriter, as well as 1990s and 2000s rock cover band Division Street.

Admission to the Homecoming Festival is $5, which will be waived with a valid WVU Parkersburg student ID. Children 5 and under will be admitted free.

The cover charge does not include concessions.

For more information about Homecoming Week, contact Suggs at samantha.suggs@wvup.edu or 304-424-8309.