CAB, OSLE prepped to kick off homecoming

The Guilford College football team kicks off conference play Saturday Sept. 29, but they will not be the only ones on campus prepping for the matchup. The College will also celebrate homecoming week leading up to the game. Pioneered by the Campus Activities Board (CAB) alongside the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement (OSLE), events will be held throughout the week, opening an opportunity for students as well as the entire Guilford community to be involved on campus.

“I’m excited to experience homecoming here at Guilford,” said Lateesha Watkins, a graduate assistant for OSLE. “Coming from a school where homecoming is the highlight of the year, I’m looking forward to getting the students as excited for homecoming as I hear they are about Serendipity.”

Each day from Monday, Sept. 24, until Friday, Sept. 28, is themed as a special day, giving students a chance to be funny, creative and quirky each day of the week. Each theme day is also accompanied by a daily event for five days of fun congregation.

“I am looking forward to our students coming together to celebrate the pride, culture and tradition that is Guilford College,” said Assistant Director for Community Development and Campus Spirit Jalen Baker. “I am excited to see some new traditions come upon our campus and to see everyone together just enjoying each other. Putting together homecoming is definitely fun and I anticipate that everyone enjoying the activities will be equally as fun to see.”

The week starts with “Meme Day” on Monday. At 7 p.m., “Trap Karaoke” will be held in the Community Center.

The trap culture flows into Tuesday with “Trap N Paint” being held in the Community Center at 7 p.m.. The theme for the day will be “2000’s Tuesday.” Both events are new additions to homecoming week.

“There is a lot more excitement and the events are more tailored to a wider audience,” said Director of Student Leadership and Engagement Tim Johnson. “I think the institution is taking more healthy risks toward more exciting and tradition-building future. (It is) important that students, staff, faculty and community members have an opportunity to have a good time over new shared experiences.”

The week continues with “Pop Out Day” on Wednesday. From 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., the Founders Hall lobby will be home to “Runway Wednesday.”

Thursday was dubbed “Denim Day,” and at 7 p.m. on the Founders Quad, CAB hosts the Homecoming Kick Off. Friday is the final theme day, and the theme will be “Spirit Day” for the game. The Neck of the Woods Music Festival will begin at 5 p.m..

“QuakerPalooza” begins Saturday at noon and lasts until 6 p.m. The Quakers’ football team hosts Bridgewater College for their first game in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference this season. Kick off is scheduled for 1 p.m..

After the game and QuakerPalooza, homecoming week will conclude with a pajama jam beginning at 10 p.m. and lasting until 2 a.m..

The committee who put together homecoming week is ready to see there hard work go into action.

“I’ve been able to see all of the hard work that the staff and students put into the week and can’t wait to see it unfold,” Watkins said.