UWA announces 2014 Homecoming schedule

LIVINGSTON — The University of West Alabama has announced the schedule for its annual Homecoming celebration, set for Oct. 22-25 in Livingston.

Homecoming activities begin Wednesday, Oct. 22, at the annual Serendipity talent show. Students will compete for prize money and bragging rights in four categories, and this year’s Homecoming Queen, a closely guarded secret, will also be announced at the show. Serendipity begins at 7 p.m. in Hughes Gymnasium. Admission is free, but students must present their student ID at the door.

On Thursday, Oct. 23, Coach Brett Gilliland, the Tiger football team, the Scarlet Band from Tiger Land, UWA cheerleaders and LUie will be on hand for the Homecoming bonfire, pep rally and fireworks show at 8 p.m. at the Intramural Complex. Following the pep rally, the Office of Student Activities will host a party featuring two popular bands back to back.

The annual UWA alumni party, sponsored by the National Alumni Association and the Office of Alumni Relations, is one of the most anticipated events of the year for the UWA family. The party begins Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. on the lawn of the Spence-Moon House adjacent to the UWA campus. Always a great time for friends, food and fun, this year’s party will feature live entertainment. Admission to the party is free for NAA members, who can join or renew at the door for $25.

During the alumni party, the UWA Campus School will host Parents’ Night Out for children age three and older from 6-10 p.m. The cost for a family is $25 for one child, and $15 per additional child, which includes pizza and drinks. Children must be potty trained to attend. To register, contact Annie Upchurch at 205-652-3832 or aupchurch@uwa.edu.

On Saturday, Oct. 25, Homecoming festivities continue at 9:15 a.m. in front of historic Webb Hall on the Walk of Honor with a reception honoring alumni. Alumni who graduated 50 or more years ago beginning with 1964, Forever Tigers, will be recognized at the reception. Those alumni are encouraged to register at www.uwaalumni.com or to call 205-652-3852.

Everyone is then invited to the annual National Alumni Association meeting and awards presentation at 10 a.m. in the Bell Conference Center. Each college will honor outstanding graduates with Alumni Achievement and Emerging Leader Awards, and former Tiger greats will be inducted into the UWA Athletic Hall of Fame, while the NAA presents other prestigious awards.

At noon, several colleges will host their alumni for lunchtime gatherings.

The Ira D. Pruitt Division of Nursing will host alumni in Brock Y Hall for a reception. For more details on the reception, alumni should email Lynn Lashley at lsl@uwa.edu.

The College of Business will host alumni and friends for a catfish lunch in Wallace Hall’s Wise Conference Room at 11:30 a.m. For more details on the College of Business lunch email Maxine McClusky at mfm@uwa.edu .

The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics will also host its lunch at 11:30 a.m. in Bibb Graves Hall. Alumni may email Rosie Campbell at rmc@uwa.edu for more information on the luncheon.

The Julia S. Tutwiler College of Education, the Division of Online Programs, and the School of Graduate Studies will unite for a BBQ lunch featuring live music on the Spence-Moon House lawn at noon. Those interested in attending should email Sara Reynolds at sreynolds@uwa.edu for more information.

The Homecoming parade winds through downtown Livingston at 1 p.m., featuring 2014 Athletic Hall of Fame inductees Rob Dahlberg and Willie Slater, the Homecoming court, marching bands, and a variety of floats from campus organizations.

College of Liberal Arts alumni and faculty will gather at 3 p.m. on the lawn of the Spence-Moon House for a pre-game cocktail party. For more information, email Mark Davis at mdavis@uwa.edu.

The family-friendly Homecoming Festival and Tailgate Party begins at 2:30 p.m. on the Campus School lawn with inflatable moonwalks and games led by UWA student-athletes. Other highlights include face painting and other prizes. All activities are free.

The pep rally at 5 p.m. in front of Tiger Stadium will feature the Scarlet Band from Tiger Land, UWA cheerleaders and LUie. Tailgating prior to the pep rally will include friends, food vendors and lots of Tiger spirit.

West Alabama and Delta State kick off at 6 p.m. at Tiger Stadium. Pre-game festivities feature the Scarlet Band from Tiger Land show and the newest Athletic Hall of Famers serving as honorary team captains. In addition, the homecoming court will be presented at halftime, and the new queen will be crowned.

The UWA Bookstore, the best place to shop for red and white gear, will open Saturday from noon until 6 p.m. in the Student Union Building.

For more information about UWA’s 2014 homecoming events, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 205-652-3852 or visit www.uwaalumni.com.