Homecoming at Elon University

Happy Monday everyone!

If you have looked at Elon University’s website lately, you may have noticed many articles about Elon University’s Homecoming.  For those that may not be familiar with this annual university tradition, I thought it might be helpuful to provide some insight into this event.  

Homecoming, as defined by Dictionary.com, is described as “a return to one’s home; arrival at home”.  Thus during a university’s Homecoming Weekend is when many alumni will come back to campus to take part in various activities.   There will often be golf tournaments, reunion gatherings, free concerts, and much more as part of the weekend festivities.  Check out the complete list of activities for Elon alumni who came back to visit campus!

In the week leading up to Homecoming, current student groups will organize teams and compete in various activities, such as a trivia contest, banner contest, money drive, and other activities.  Typically, a “Homecoming King and Queen” are also elected based upon a vote from the student body.  One of Elon’s international students was actually the 1st runner-up in the election for Homecoming king and the actual Homecoming King and Queen are current tour guides for Admissions!  The conclusion of the weekend is marked by the Homecoming football game – which Elon won 45-10 against the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

All in all, Homecoming Weekend is a weekend designed to celebrate alumni as well as current students.  It is a weekend that promotes school spirit as well as brings the entire university community together.  To see what Elon University’s weekend entailed, visit the picture gallery



Homecoming Weekend!

Happy Friday ETA readers!

I know, I know…it has been quite a while since my last post! However, like many of you who read this blog, life has become incredibly busy here at Elon. I am actually going to post back-to-back posts in order to not only talk about Elon’s Homecoming Weekend (November 7-9th), but also to continue with my weekly “From My Inbox” post.

As I mentioned above, Homecoming weekend was last weekend (November 7th – 9th) and it was a fantastic weekend -both in programming as well as temperature. All weekend long, there were a variety of different activities to participate in and it literally began as I stepped out of the front door of the building where my office is located! As I was leaving work on Friday, there was a Spirit Rally around Fonville Fountain that included both football players and cheerleaders -what a great way to start off the weekend! After the Spirit Rally, I went to the Student Governement Association (SGA) alum gathering and met up with both new and old SGA-ers.

Saturday was GAME DAY!!! Elon posted at 33-14 victory over fellow Southern Conference opponent, Western Carolina on what was one of the most gorgeous days of the fall. You can see from the picture on the right that the stands were filled – we had over 10,000 fans for the game! This victory sets the stage for a big football game for the Phoenix this weekend against Appalachian State University Mountaineers. After football was over, the evening belonged to our our men’s soccer team. The team defeated Wofford 3-0 in the first round of the Southern Conference Men’s Soccer Tournament. The soccer team takes on College of Charleston this afternoon (Friday, November 14th) in the Southern Conference semifinals – best wishes go out to Coach Darren Powell and his team!

And finishing up the weekend was the performance of “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” by Elon University’s Music Theater Department on Sunday. I went to the matinee showing with several colleagues from the Admissions Office and thoroughly enjoyed the performance! I am not much of a judge when it comes to music theatre productions, but I can tell you that I watched the film version of “Sweeney Todd” on Monday night – and thought Elon’s production was WAY BETTER! Our Sweeney Todd was 100x better than the movie one (sorry Johnny Depp!) and our Mrs. Lovett blew away the one in the film version! Kudos go out to Ms. Catherine McNeela, professor in Performing Arts and the director of “Sweeney Todd”

To better capture the spirit of the entire weekend, I would encourage you to visit :http://www.elon.edu/e-net/Note.aspx?id=933146. Here you can find a slideshow of pictures from Homecoming and see currently enrolled students, alumni, and families enjoying an amazing weekend on campus!

As I mentioned before, the Elon Phoenix football team takes on Appalachian State University tomorrow in a big match-up in the Southern Conference. With a victory tomorrow, the Elon Phoenix will be in a tie for 1st Place in the Southern Conference – although they have a tough opponent to beat! I am actually traveling up to Boone, NC with some friends for the game tomorrow and will share my thoughts next week!