UWA announces slate of Homecoming 2015 festivities

LIVINGSTON, Ala.—The University of West Alabama has announced the schedule for its annual Homecoming celebration, set for Oct. 14-17.

Homecoming activities begin Wednesday, Oct. 14, 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. 15, 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 the band 17th Floor.

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. 16 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 by Farmer’s Daughter. Admission to the party is $15 for singles or $25 for couples. Alumni may also renew their National Alumni Association membership at the door.

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 Kim Smith at 205-652-3832 or ksmith@uwa.edu.

On Saturday, Oct. 17, Homecoming festivities continue with a breakfast hosted by the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at 8:30 a.m. on the lawn of Bibb Graves Hall.

Spirited festivities continue at 10 a.m. when UWA students and organizations, special guests, and marching bands from across the state wind through downtown Livingston for the annual Homecoming parade.

Everyone is then invited to the National Alumni Association’s awards and barbecue luncheon at 11 a.m. in the Bell Conference Center. Each college will present its 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.

The College of Business will also host alumni and friends for a fish fry lunch at Wallace Hall at 11 a.m. Alumni interested in attending should email Jana Cram at jcram@uwa.edu.

The family-friendly Homecoming Festival and Tailgate begins at 1 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.

West Alabama and Shorter kick off at 2 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 College of Liberal Arts will host a post-game wine and cheese gathering at the Spence-Moon House party.

The UWA Bookstore, the best place to shop for red and white gear, will open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Union Building.

For more information about UWA’s 2015 homecoming events, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 205-652-3852.