Homecoming festivities come to campus

Barbara Harmon

Homecoming week at Volunteer State Community College will be Nov. 16-21, coinciding with International Education Week.

Tabitha Sherrell, Coordinator of Student Activities for Student Life and Diversity Initiatives, said that they have divided the week up for both.

“On Tuesday the 17th, we are going to do what is called Around the World in a Day; that is part of International Ed.,” said Sherrell.

“Any of our faculty staff or students that have traveled overseas will have the opportunity to do a table setup with their pictures, any memorabilia they brought back, and then they will be sharing their story and things that they did while they were there,” said Sherrell.

She said people will be able to come into the dining area and walk from table to table.

The International Education Department is paying for the lunch, said Sherrell.

She said, on Wednesday, there will be a spoken words artist, Asia Project, at 12:45 p.m.-1:45 p.m. in the carpeted dining room.

SLDI and the student organizations attend an annual national conference (APCA) where they listen to all types of artist, said Sherrell.

They heard Asia Project at the conference, and the students that heard him proposed to the SGA that they should have him come to Vol State, she said.

“SGA actually voted to bring Asia Project here, so this is the opportunity where he now gets to come here,” said Sherrell.

SLDI and the International Education Department are dividing the cost for this, since he is the act for both homecoming and International Education week, she said.

“Then, on Thursday the 19th, the cheerleaders are going to do a pep rally in the carpeted dining room,” said Sherrell.

“This is kind of moving into the homecoming part of it.

“They are going to introduce the men’s and women’s basketball team, while they are in there,” said Sherrell.

The cheerleaders will also be giving out flyers for the homecoming games, where a GoPro camera will be given away during both the men’s and women’s halftimes, she said.

“All you have to do is come to the games to get a raffle ticket, and you have to be present to win,” said Sherrell.

They will also be giving out small megaphones and suggesting people bring them with them to the games, she said.

Sherrell said there will also be some small refreshments, in the dining room, during the pep rally.

“Then, that evening, Evening Services is going to do the Clearly You crystals, and that is going to start at 1 p.m. in the Carpeted Dining Room,” said Sherrell.

“They will go until 6 p.m. or 7 p.m., and Evening Services will provide dinner starting at 5:30 p.m.,” said Sherrell.

She said the dinner will be set up in the 217 hallway.

There will be basketball games on Friday at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and everyone is encouraged to attend, said Sherrell.

“Then, of course, Nov. 21 is the actual homecoming where the raffle for the GoPro cameras is going to take place; that’s where they will vote for the best club poster and announce the winners of the coloring contest from the Halloween Party,” said Sherrell.

“We are also doing a Spirit Lunch, and that will start at 12:30 p.m.; first come, first serve, for anybody and everybody, and when it’s gone, it’s gone,” said Sherrell.

She said admission to all these events, including home games, are free this year.

“When you come, you and your family get to walk in for free,” said Sherrell.

Chastity Crabtree, Chair of SGA, said the club with the best poster will win $100, and the second place prize will be $50.

Crabtree wanted to encourage students to participate in this week’s events, she said.

“Thursday dress up as your favorite superhero, and Saturday wear superhero attire to the games,” said Crabtree.

She said even if it is just wearing a cape or putting on face paint, students should get into the spirit.

“Come cheer our team on,” said Crabtree.

Joshua Brewster, a student a Vol State, said that if there were better notifications for these activities he would like to participate in them.

He feels that students would be more involved if there was.

He does, however, like the superhero dress up idea and may have to find something to wear for it.