FULL WEEK OF CAMPUS ACTIVITIES PLANNED FOR CELEBRATION
There is no place like Homecoming at Arkansas Tech University. This year there are several events scheduled all across campus to get students in the Homecoming spirit. Homecoming week begins on Monday, Oct. 31 and ends on Friday, Nov. 3, just before the home football game on Saturday, Nov. 4 where the Wonder Boys will be playing against Southeastern Oklahoma. This year’s homecoming theme is “There’s No Place Like Home,” from the classic tale, The Wizard of Oz.
Pi Kappa Alpha is kicking homecoming week off early with the annual Nightmare at McEver haunted house on Friday, Oct. 27. The haunted house will run from Oct. 27 to Oct. 30 between 8 p.m. and 12 a.m. Tickets will be sold at the gate to enter and cost each participant $10.
Halloween will be a busy day for students on campus, offering many events for students to come and join.
Starting at 11 a.m and continuing until 2 p.m. the Society of Professional Journalists is hosting a Halloween themed photobooth for students to come and get their picture taken. A donation between $1-$4 will see the buyer receive both a printed and a digital copy of their photo, while a donation of $5 or more earns the buyer a printed picture as well as an entry into a “Boo Basket” raffle.
A food truck alley will be available for students in Centennial Plaza at 5 p.m. Students can stop by and grab a bite to eat before going to the homecoming pep rally held in Thone Stadium at 7 p.m. that night. At the pep rally students will see the entirety of the ATU homecoming court nominees and find out who was selected to be on ATU’s homecoming court.
Trunk-or-Treat, hosted by ATU FBLA in the Witherspoon parking lot from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., will include music, candy, and face painting for attendees. Registered student organizations are encouraged to reserve a spot and attend the event. If interested, organizations can email ATU FBLA at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Student Activities Board is conducting their second annual Haunting of Hull House from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Oct. 31 in the Student Union. The event, hosted by the SAB Signature Events Chair, Noah Sumler, is expected to be one of their highest attended events this semester. “In the depths of the night, where shadows dance and whispers echo, where every creak, every moan conceals, the secrets of the restless souls who dwell within… beware Hull House,” says Noah Sumler, a vocal music major from Memphis, TN.
Another fan favorite SAB event returning this week is Big Money Bingo. This event, nestled directly in the middle of this busy week, boasts “big money” prizes for students participating in the bingo game. The event consists of ten rounds and ten chances to win a prize.
SAB is also hosting the annual Tech’s Got Talent show, with the preliminary round being held on Thursday, Nov. 2, and the final round the following day, Friday, Nov. 3. Contestants will be scored the first night by a panel of judges selected by the Student Activities Board. Those that advance to the final round will then be voted on by the audience in order to determine the first, second, and third place winners. Those three contestants will be awarded a cash prize from SAB. Students can come and watch the talents perform each night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The first place winner receives a check for $600, the second place winner receives $350, and the third place winner receives $150.
Immediately following the finale of Tech’s Got Talent, the Nu Alpha Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. will be hosting the ATU Homecoming Stroll Off. The event is $5 per person presale and $10 per person at the door.
For more information regarding events during homecoming week, follow along with the Instagram accounts of the Department of Campus Life @atucampuslife, and the Student Activities Board @atu_sab.