The University of La Verne’s Homecoming weekend is Nov. 5, 6 and 7 and consists of many events for the University’s alumni as well as current students.
The alumni were sent post cards with the information of the events and could RSVP on Eventbrite, an online event manager.
“The University is hosting various events throughout the weekend for our alumni,” Malissa Hernandez, coordinator of alumni relations, said.
“The Homecoming dinner is on Friday night at 6:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Fairplex hotel,” Hernandez said. “The honorees for this dinner are President Morgan and his wife.”
Saturday is the busiest day of the weekend that starts off with a number of different breakfasts.
There is a breakfast for alumni, a breakfast with President Morgan for students and parents to attend and a breakfast for first generation students and their parents.
Following breakfast is the Homecoming street fair and a picnic lunch.
“The picnic lunch is for faculty, students, parents and alumni,” Hernandez said. “We are expecting about 1,000 people to attend.”
The street fair will be featuring booths hosted by different clubs and organizations. The theme this year is Las Vegas with the slogan, “Welcome to Fabulous La Verne, California.”
“The street fair booths will all have activities that students, faculty, alumni and anyone else can participate in,” Jose Hernandez, senior communications major and major events co-chair, said. “It is a big interactive day.”
“I worked in conjunction with the alumni relations department for the street fair, but I mostly planned the student side of homecoming including the street fair and the halftime show at the football game,” Hernandez said.
Like always on the Saturday of homecoming weekend, there is the Homecoming football game. During the halftime show, the Homecoming king and queen will be announced.
The candidates for Homecoming queen are seniors Deborah Allison, Courtney Gooden, Roxanne Garcia, Noor Wahba and Jennifer Juhasz.
The candidates for Homecoming king are seniors Kim Rampaul, Roddy Cobb, Phil Velasco, Fabian Barreto and David Bradley.
After the game, alumni can come on the field to commemorate the field and the man that it is named after, Roland Ortmayer.
“In addition, on Saturday there will be a reception for the College of Business in the Hanawalt courtyard as well the communications department celebrating their 35th anniversary at the Finish Line Sports Grill,” Malissa Hernandez said.
“The classes of ’80, ’90 and 2000 will also be at Finish Line Sports grill, while the classes of ’50, ’60 and ’70 will be eating on campus,” Malissa Hernandez said.
Sunday is the final day for events. This day will start off with the La Verne Church of the Brethren giving a closing sermon. In addition to the sermon, the church will be hosting an alternative Christmas fair where one can donate to certain people or organizations.
Homecoming, however, is not just a weekend, but a weeklong of events prior to the weekend with activities for students.
Monday through Thursday hosted two events per day that went with the theme of the week, Las Vegas. Each day’s theme was named after a prominent Las Vegas casino.
Monday’s first event was Bling Bling Cups where students were able to decorate cups at the rock in front of Founders Hall. This event was part of the sub-theme “Planet Hollywood.”
The second event on Monday was Illuminations, where the Homecoming Court was presented at the Campus Center. Along with the presentation was free drinks and dessert.
Tuesday’s theme was “Circus Circus.” This event was called Circus in the Park and featured an outdoor lunch where the first 100 commuters could eat for free. Along with lunch was the entertainment of circus performers and music in Sneaky Park. Tuesday’s second event was in LaFetra and was a performance by a juggler and magician. There was also free cotton candy.
“I hosted the event that was held on Tuesday night,” Ally Schultz, sophomore English major and comedy chair, said. “It was a performance by Josh Casey, a comedian juggler.”
Wednesday’s “Hard Rock” theme presented the band Heartstop in Sneaky Park with the first 100 commuters eating free.
There were also souvenir concert cups and slushie mocktails. Wednesday’s night event consisted of a casino/game night with free food at Davenport.
Thursday’s theme was “The Venetian” that started again with free food for the first 100 commuters. This afternoon in Venice had an Italian cuisine at Davenport.
Thursday’s later event was called “A Night Out at Tau,” and was a lounge and dance club with free food at the Campus Center.
Friday’s theme is “Caesar’s Palace” and is the only day with one event. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Johnson Family Plaza is a pep rally and pie in the court. The spirit squad and dance team will be performing and there will also be free Little Caesar’s pizza.
Brittany Lawrence can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.