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UGA Homecoming Week celebrates Bulldog spirit

The Homecoming parade goes through downtown Athens. (Photo by Dorothy Kozlowski/UGA).

University of Georgia Homecoming Week 2018—“Home is Where the Arch Is” —gets underway Sept. 28 with activities and events for all members of the university community. Activities for students are scheduled throughout the week, and the weekend features events for alumni and the Oct. 6 football game against Vanderbilt, including the crowning of the Homecoming king and queen.

Homecoming Week activities begin Sept. 28 at 10 p.m. when members of registered student organizations paint Sanford Drive at the Tate bus stop. The street painting will be on display throughout the week.

The annual Bulldog Bash is scheduled on Oct. 1 on Tate Student Center Plaza from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. with games, free food and giveaways for students.

A Lip Sync competition is scheduled on Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. in the Tate Student Center Grand Hall. Student organizations will prepare three-minute acts consisting of song, dance and lip syncing, and they will perform for a panel of judges. Admission is free.

Following the Lip Sync, Grand Hall will be transformed into a Silent Disco where students can dance to their own personal DJ.

The Homecoming Committee will partner with Serve UGA to host Stop & Serve on Oct. 3 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Tate Student Center Plaza. The event is free and will give students the opportunity to engage in several quick service-related projects benefiting the Athens community.

Comedian Fortune Feimster will bring her stand-up act to the Tate Grand Hall on Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. Feimster made her television debut on “Last Comic Standing” and starred on the situation comedy “The Mindy Project.” Admission is free for students with valid UGACards.

The Homecoming parade kicks off Oct. 5 at 6 p.m. and winds through downtown Athens. Led by Army and Air Force ROTC members and the Redcoat Band, the parade will include floats, displays, spirit squads and appearances by UGA athletes and university and Athens dignitaries. UGA President Jere W. Morehead will serve as grand marshal.

Following the parade, the Homecoming Carnival, hosted by University Union Student Programming Board, will be held at Legion Field from 7-11 p.m. with games, midway rides and food. Admission is $5, free for students with valid UGACards.

Voting for Homecoming king and queen will be open to students from Oct. 1 at 8 a.m. through Oct. 5 at 4 p.m.; the ballot can be accessed on the UGA mobile application under the “UGA Polls” link.

Homecoming Court members, all of whom are seniors, their majors, hometowns and sponsoring organizations are as follows:

  • Caroline Carder, marketing, Cumming, Panhellenic Council.
  • Brooke Carter, business management, Kingsland, The Defender Advocate Society.
  • Michelle Kancheva, exercise and sport science, Sofia, Bulgaria and Duluth, Dean William Tate Honor Society.
  • Avalon Kandrac, biological engineering, Roswell, College of Engineering.
  • Lauren Slappey, marketing and real estate, Milton, Zeta Tau Alpha.
  • Jack Bush, mechanical engineering, Savannah, College of Engineering.
  • Dwain “Chip” Chambers, biology and economics, Watkinsville, Dean William Tate Honor Society.
  • Joshua Clifford, geography and comparative literature, Kingsland, IMPACT UGA.
  • Ammishaddai Grand-Jean, political science and economics, Jonesboro, Student Government Association.
  • Destin Mizelle, psychology, College Park, New Student Orientation.

Bailey Marshall, a fourth-year psychology-neuroscience major from Asheville, North Carolina, serves as director of the Homecoming Committee.

“This year, Homecoming is taking a fresh look at what the students and alumni of UGA want, while staying true to the traditions at the heart of the week’s festivities,” Marshall said. “The Homecoming Committee is working to cater our events and promotional items towards a wide variety of demographics. While our take on ‘home’ might not be unique, we are committed to opening the arms of UGA to all Dawgs on campus and off.”

The Homecoming Committee and the University Union Student Programming Board are registered student organizations within the Tate Student Center’s Center for Student Activities and Involvement.

For more information about Homecoming events, call 706-542-6396 or see the Homecoming website.