Ready to celebrate with Colonels of today and yesterday? Wilkes homecoming weekend kicks off on Friday, Oct. 5 and concludes Sunday, Oct.7. But what happens behind the scenes?
Jacqueline Lukas, manager of alumni relations, shared seven things you might not know about preparations for homecoming weekend:
- 750— That’s the number of handmade nametags that will be made by the close of early registration. Each tag is assembled by the alumni office and members of the student team, who sort, organize and label each tag based upon the attendee’s relationship to Wilkes. Check out the fun, colorful labels on fellow Colonels name tags to learn a little more about them. You’ll see golden tags for members of the 50th reunion class, red for Alumni board members and brown for donors, just to name a few.
- 1,000— The number of chairs that have been ordered for the weekend. Dispersed between events from Friday evening until Sunday afternoon, hundreds will be set up at various locations.
- Future Alumni Participation—Twelve student clubs and organizations will provide activities in the Colonel’s Corner at the Tailgate Tent at the Ralston Athletic Complex for kids and alumni of all ages. Attendees can visit with current students while their future Colonels have fun.
- 21—The number of students on this year’s homecoming volunteer team. The students span majors and class years and assist with preparations weeks before the event and are available during homecoming weekend.
- Huge—This homecoming is projected to be the most well-attended yet. With 700 alumni currently registered, a total of 1,000 guests are estimated to attend events by weekend’s end.
- Mega support by the Mega Councils— The Mega Councils (Student Government, Programming Board, Inter Residence Hall Council, Commuter Council and Multicultural Student Coalition) will have displays across campus to show what they’ve been up to since alumni were on campus. Displays will be set up in the Henry Student Center lobby, Cohen Science Center, University Center on Main, Stark Learning Center Courtyard, and Farley Library. Alumni are encouraged to vote for their favorite display.
- University effort—Homecoming can’t happen without the support of many departments on campus. From the Alumni Association, to facilities, public safety, catering and athletics, the event is a community affair.
Didn’t pre-register for homecoming? No worries, you can still participate in all the actives by visiting welcome stations at each event to receive a name tag. You can also check out the full list of events here.