It’s every UAH student’s favorite time of year: Homecoming! This year’s homecoming theme is “Let the Games Begin.” This year’s Homecoming festivities and traditions will last from Wednesday October 23rd to Saturday October 26th. Some of the events for UAH’s 2019 Homecoming include Paint the Town Blue, Charger Stomp, community service events, Game Night and of course, the Homecoming Trophy Competition.
Paint the Town Blue is an iconic Homecoming spirit competition in which students, student organizations and campus departments can show their UAH pride. Entries for the contest can be seen around campus starting on Wednesday October 23rd at 9 a.m.
The Homecoming Kickoff Celebration will be a chance for students to see the UAH Cheerleaders and Charger Blue in action. Students will also have the opportunity to meet this year’s Homecoming Court candidates. This event will occur on October 23rd in Spragins Hall at 7:30 p.m.
Charger Stomp will be held in Spragins Hall on Wednesday, October 23rd at 8 p.m. This Homecoming tradition showcases the dancing and stepping skills of members of various student organizations.
UAH also gives back to the community during Homecoming through competitions such as Can Creations. This competition allows students to build creative structures out of cans that will be donated to Pack the Pantry, an organization that provides food to UAH students living with food insecurity. The creations will be judged based on best overall structure, most creative structure and most cans donated. This event will be held on Thursday, October 24th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Conference Training Center.
UAH will be giving away custom airbrushed shirts and hats in Charger Union Lobby on Thursday, October 24th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
UAH alumnus Molly and Dustin Timbrook are husband and wife. They have gained success with their game, Hedge Lord. On Thursday, October 24th from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. in the Charger Union Theater, students can learn more about Hedge Lord, and then will have the chance to play the game during Homecoming Game Night, which takes place at 7:00pm in the Charger Union Lobby.
At the Game Night, students will be able to play many tabletop games, including Hedge Lord. From board games to card games, there will be a game for everyone!
Students will be able to get a ride to class during Golf Cart Karaoke – but only if they sing on their way to class! The golf carts will be giving rides to class from 8:15 a.m. to noon on October 25th.
Chargers Give Back is a great way to serve the community. Students will have the opportunity to pack kits that will be given to schools as part of Jumpstart’s Read for the Record program. This organization ensures that students entering Kindergarten are given equal access to literacy resources. This event will occur off campus at First Baptist Church on Governors Drive on Friday, October 25th. There are two shifts for packing the kits: the first is from 10:00am to noon, and the second is from noon to 2 p.m.
There will also be several sports games during Homecoming week, all of which will occur on Friday, October 25th. The UAH Men’s Soccer vs. Union will be at Charger Park at 5 p.m. The UAH Volleyball game against Mississippi State is at 6 p.m. in Spragins Hall. UAH Hockey will play against Minnesota State at 7 p.m. at the Von Braun Center. The Paint the Town Blue contest winners will be announced at this hockey game, before the Homecoming King and Queen are revealed. The Women’s Soccer Team will play against Union at 7:30 p.m. at Charger Park.
Dance Marathon will be holding a Zombie 5K Race on at 8 a.m. on Saturday, October 26th. The money raised at this marathon will go towards helping children at the Children’s Hospital of Birmingham.
The annual Homecoming Trophy competition will be held at 7:55 p.m. on Saturday, October 26th. UAH Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) will compete for the Homecoming Trophy. They will compete by showing their school spirit through various competitions and events.
Both freshmen and upperclassmen students are looking forward to Homecoming. Katie Breiding is a junior earth system science major and says, ”my favorite Homecoming event is the hockey game.” Jaxon Tolbert, a freshman political science major, says, “I am most looking forward to Chargers Give Back because it brings an awareness to helping our community.”
From spirit competitions to community service events, UAH Homecoming is filled with traditions that everyone can enjoy.