When is Homecomings 2011 …Homecomings Week 2011 is Wednesday, October 12th through Sunday, October 16th. Virginia Football hosts Georgia Tech on Saturday, October 15th (kickoff at 3:30pm). The week begins on Wednesday because Fall Break is the weekend before.
About Homecomings 2011 ..UPC and Student Council are bringing the University of Virginia tradition of Homecomings back to the student body this year for the first time since 2006. Homecomings in recent years at the University has been a huge event for alumni thanks to the work the Alumni Association has done, but the student body has noticed a lack of student Homecomings celebrations. This year, wherever you are on Grounds, we expect that you’ll be surrounded by people celebrating the University and what it means to be a Cavalier. All UPC and Student Council committees and several CIOs are working to bring over a dozen initiatives and events to you throughout the week.
Major Sponsors ..Thank you to the Alumni Association, UVA Dining, the Parent’s Committee, and the College Council for their generous support!
Homecomings 2011 Event Information
Paint the Corner Orange
Location: Corner businesses
Time: Homecomings week (Oct. 12-15)
Description: Various businesses along the Corner will be hanging decorations in their windows, as well as offering UVA-themed menu items and drink specials for the week of Homecomings.
Paint O’Hill Orange
Time: Throughout the week
Description: Enter your design for Homecomings Week and the chosen winners will have the opportunity to paint the windows of O-Hill with their design. Only orange paint will be used! Place entries (8.5” x 11”), with your name, computing id, and phone number on the back, in the Student Council-Student Arts mailbox in Newcomb 164 (back wall – next to the ‘Student Programs & Councils’ sign). Winners will also receive a coupon from Dining Services valued between $25-50! Entries are due Wednesday, Oct. 5th.
Dorm Banner Contest
Co-sponsor: Alumni Association
Location: On-Grounds Dorms
Description: Each dorm will have the opportunity to create banner to hang around their dorm in celebration of Homecomings Week. This will allow the students living on grounds the chance to show their school pride. The winning association will receive a great prize for the most creative banner.
Homecomings Spirit Bands
Co-Sponsor: Alumni Association
Location: At Homecomings events throughout week
Description: Student Council is partnering with Alumni Hall to distribute 6,000 spirit bands that will be distributed to students and alumni during Homecomings Week. These bands will be available at the various activities going on during the week, and we are giving them away absolutely free!
Wear Spirit Attire
Location: All around Grounds
Time: Throughout the week
Description: During Homecomings Week, wear as much UVA spirit attire as possible! Send a picture of you or a group of friends to email@example.com and we’ll put the pictures up on Student Council’s facebook page. The person/people with the most likes will be honored on the field during the game and their picture will be displayed on the giant video board in Scott Stadium.
Orange Ribbons across Grounds
Location: Central Grounds
Time: Throughout the week
Description: Orange ribbons will be tied around the trees on Central Grounds to serve as a constant reminder of Homecomings Weekend.
Canned Food Drive
Location: At the various Homecomings events around Grounds
Time: Throughout Week
Description: We are supporting the annual Hoos for the Hungry food drive benefiting the Thomas Jefferson Branch of the Blue Ridge Food Bank, which begins October 12th. There will be boxes set up around Grounds all week for people to bring canned food. For every 10 cans you donate, email firstname.lastname@example.org and you’ll gain more chances to win giveaways at the cookout on the Lawn on Saturday.
Co-sponsor: The Thomas Jefferson Center
Location: Downtown Mall Chalkboard
Time: Wednesday, October 12th
Description: The Thomas Jefferson Center donated the use of their chalkboard wall at the Downtown mall, as well as the necessary chalk, for our use during Homecomings. We are going to have a mural contest on-grounds and select the best designs to decorate the wall with that day.
Coach London at O’Hill
Location: O’Hill Dining Hall
Time: Football Themed dinner – 5:00pm to close. Coach London: 6:00 – 6:30pm.
Description: Coach London is once again coming to speak to O’Hill in the second UVA Football Night at O’Hill. There will be themed meals and Coach London will be on hand to pump up the crowd and give away free stuff.
Location: The Beta Castle (in the Beta Fraternity House by Beta Bridge)
Time: 5pm – 10pm Wednesday, October 12th
Description: Come to the Beta House on Wednesday to check out Sony’s latest technology. Play unreleased games/equipment, including 6 kiosks with the future 3D glasses and a new shooter game. There will be free food, drink, and music, along with tournaments, raffles, and contests. Lots of prizes will be given out, and you’ll get the opportunity to network with Sony employees and Beta brothers. Check it out!
Time: Thursday, October 13th, 10am-2pm
Description: Come grab some free SpeakUpUVa swag, no catch. There will also be reps from StudCo there to talk to if you have any concerns about the school or life around Grounds, and we’ll see what we can do to help.
Football 102: The Cavalier Combine – CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER
Location: Nameless Field
Time: 5:30 – 7:00pm, Thursday, Oct. 13th – NOW ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11th
Description: We’re painting Nameless to look like a football field and there will be eight football (or futbol!) themed competitions for students to compete in. People with the best times at each event, male and female, win prizes such as gift cards from restaurants on the corner and gifts from the Athletics Department. In some events, such as the 40-yard dash, compare your time with various players on UVA’s football team!
Parking Lot Movie
Location: Nau Hall Room 101
Time: Thursday, October 13th, 9PM
Description: A screening of the documentary film about the Corner Parking Lot, shot by a UVA alumni.
Trivia Night with Professors
Location: Newcomb South Meeting Room
Time: Thursday, October 13th, 9:30PM
Description: Test your skills in the Homecomings Students vs. Faculty Trivia Night! This is a great way to celebrate the Homecomings weekend as well as get to know some professors. The trivia will consist of questions about academic subjects, UVa history, pop culture, and random facts. We will have one faculty team of five and multiple student teams of five. The first round will determine the top student team which will then compete against the faculty. Winners will get PRIZES! You can register 1 through 5 people. If you don’t have five we’ll combine multiple groups into teams. PLEASE REGISTER HERE.
UGuides Traditions Tours
Sponsor: University Guide Service
Location: Steps of the Rotunda
Time: Every half hour from 3:00pm until 5:00pm
Description: Interested in learning more about past and present UVA traditions? Come to the steps of the Rotunda at 3:00, 3:30, 4:00, or 4:30 on Friday afternoon to be a part of a special UGuides tour in support of Homecomings.
Cavalier Carnival Cookout
Time: 4:30 – 6:30pm, Friday, Oct. 14th
Description: We’re hosting a cookout with outdoor games and an inflatable obstacle course with frisbee giveaways! Stay in the amphitheater for the Sons of Bill Concert to follow.
Time: 6:30-9:00, Oct. 14 (immediately after the Carnival/Cookout)
Description: Sons of Bill will be playing a free concert right after the cookout. See the facebook event.
Cookout on the Lawn
Location: The south part of the Lawn (by Homer)
Time: 12:30 – 3:00pm
Description: Stop by the Lawn for a Student Body Cookout catered by Big Jim’s BBQ and drinks provided by UVA Dining starting at 12:30pm Saturday. First 200 people get coupons for free food such as breakfast burritos, smoothies, and more from UVA Dining! We’ll be playing music and giving away tons of free stuff throughout the event. This is one of the keystone events of Homecomings, and with tons of free food and giveaways, there’s no reason you shouldn’t be there! Come for the food and then head to the game to support the Hoos!
Thanks to our Major Sponsors: Alumni Association, UVA Dining, Pepsi, the Parent’s Committee, and the College Council! Thanks also to the Engineering Student Council, First Year Council, and Second Year Council for their support as co-sponsors, and Third Year Council and Trustees for their support.
Sponsor: UVA Sustainability
Location: Scott Stadium
Time: During and prior to football game on Oct. 15
Description: UVa is participating in the EPA’s Game Day Challenge in an effort to increase recycling and reduce waste. Last year, we were FIRST PLACE IN THE ACC and we need volunteers to spread the word about recycling to keep the winning streak going. Volunteers will work a three-hour shift before the October 15 game against Georgia Tech and will receive FREE T-SHIRTS. Sign up by October 12 by emailing email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Description: Cheer the Hoos on to victory!
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We hope you enjoy Homecomings Week 2011!