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FORM DUE BY: Form, Profile Sheet and Honors form due Tuesday, September 9, 2014 by 4:00 p.m. to the Campus Activities Center.  Forms may be turned in to the Campus Activities Center starting at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, August 25, 2014.

 DATES: Events below are MANDATORY for King/Queen candidates unless otherwise noted. No points will be awarded for a missed event.

  • Candidate Orientation – Tuesday, September 9th, 2014, Balkans Room, Overman Student Center
  • King/Queen Candidates must make an appointment to have their picture taken. Times will be announced during Candidate Orientation.  Pictures will be taken in room 124 Whitesitt Hall.
        Attire for photographs
                 Queen Candidate: nice blouse and/or jacket
                 King Candidate: jacket, shirt, tie
  • Personal Interview Notification (Top 36 Candidates) – By 8:00 pm on Tuesday, September 30th, 2014.  All other candidates will be notified by 8:00 pm on Wednesday, October 1st, 2014.  
  • Personal Interviews (Top 36 Candidates) – Sunday, October  5th, 2014.  Times TBA.  Report to Kansas East and West Rooms - Overman Student Center
  • Candidates' Dinner (all candidates) – Monday, October 6th, 2014, 6:00 pm, lower level Wilkinson Alumni Center
  • Presentation Night (all candidates) – Monday, October 6th, 2014, 8:00 pm, Sharon Kay Dean Recital Hall in McCray Hall
  • Convocation (all candidates) - Wednesday, October 8th, 2014, 11:30 am, Carnie Smith Stadium
         (rain site: Weede)
  • Halftime Rehearsal (King/Queen and attendants only) - Thursday, October 9, 6:15 pm, Stadium
  • Yell Like Hell (King and Queen only) - Thursday, October 9, 7:00 pm, Stadium
  • Taste of Pittsburg (King/Queen and Attendants only) - Friday, October 10, 6:00 pm, Technology Center
  • Homecoming Parade (all candidates) - Saturday, October 11  - Candidates must report by 8:30 am. Downtown
  • Homecoming Game (King/Queen and Attendants only) - Saturday, October 11, 2:00 pm, Stadium


CANDIDATE ORIENTATION: This orientation will be held on Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 in the Balkans Room, Student Center. Attendance is required for all King/Queen candidates. This meeting should last approximately one hour. Dress for orientation is casual; no judging takes place at orientation. Candidates will be signing contracts here.

PICTURES: All King/Queen candidates must set up a time to have their picture taken on either Thursday, September 11th or Friday, September 12th. Pictures will be taken in 124 Whitesitt Hall. Times will be from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm (noon). Attire for photographs: nice blouse and/or jacket for women and jacket, shirt and tie for men.

PERSONAL INTERVIEWS: Personal interviews will be held for the Top 36 candidates (18 men & 18 women) who excelled in the resume and application review prior to interviews taking place.  These individual interviews with the judges will be held for candidates on Sunday, October 5th, 2014 in the Kansas East and West Rooms at the Overman Student Center. Suggested attire is business: a nice dress for Queens and nice slacks, shirt, tie and jacket for Kings. Again, this will take several hours, please prepare accordingly.

PRESENTATION: The candidates' presentation will require a nice dress or suit for Queens and a suit for Kings. No formals or tuxedos.  All candidates are expected to attend this event and dress properly.  Reserved seating will be proved for candidates not in the Top 36. The presentations will be held on Monday, October 6th, 2014, at 8:00 p.m. in the Sharon Kay Dean Recital Hall at McCray Hall. Dinner for all candidates will be immediately preceding at 5:30 pm in the lower level of the Wilkinson Alumni Center. Immediately following Presentation, announcement of the Top 12 candidates (6 men & 6 women) will take place.

ONLINE VOTING: Will open at 10:00 am on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 and will close at 10:00 am on Wednesday, October 8, 2014.

CONVOCATION: Convocation will be held Wednesday, October 8th, 2014, at 12:00 p.m. at the Stadium. All King and Queen candidates will be required to be at the Stadium by 11:30 a.m., meet under the West Side stadium. All candidates will be introduced at the Homecoming Convocation. The finalists will be announced based upon the judges' scores and information will be given about each finalist. The results from online voting will be announced during Convocation and the King and Queen will be crowned at that time. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held in the Crimson and Gold Ballroom. Attire is a nice dress or suit for Queens and a suit for Kings.

HALF-TIME REHEARSAL: The King, Queen and their Court will be required to attend the half-time rehearsal prior to Yell Like Hell at 6:15 p.m. on Thursday, October 9th, 2014. This event will be held at Brandenburg Field/Carnie Smith Stadium. In case of inclement weather, this event will move to the Weede Gymnasium.

YELL LIKE HELL/PEP RALLY: The King and Queen must act as co-hosts for the Yell-Like-Hell/Pep Rally on Thursday, October 9th, 2014. The King and Queen will receive a script for Yell Like Hell.  Attire for this event is casual – jeans and PSU clothing.  The King and Queen may not participate in Yell Like Hell performances as they are acting as the official emcees for the evening.

HOMECOMING DINNER (TASTE OF PITTSBURG): This event will be held on Friday, October 10th, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. in the courtyard of the Technology Center. The King and Queen and their attendants are required to attend this event. The King and Queen should wear a PSU polo, khakis or dress pants, NO JEANS!

PARADE: The parade will be held Saturday, October 11th, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. in downtown Pittsburg. All King and Queen Candidates will participate in the parade either by riding on a car or float. Each sponsoring group will be allowed one motorized vehicle in the parade and organizations MUST PROVIDE their candidate with a vehicle and signs. Signs stating candidate names and sponsoring group must be present on both sides of the vehicle/float, and all groups are responsible for their own signs. Vehicles must be at their designated space at 7:30 a.m. Candidates must be with their vehicle by 8:30 a.m. Candidates from different organizations may ride in the same car. Attire is a nice dress or suit for Queens and a suit for Kings.

GAME: The Homecoming game will be held on Saturday, October 11th, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. with pre-game at 1:30 p.m. at the Brandenburg Field/Carnie Smith Stadium. The King and Queen and their attendants will be part of the half-time ceremonies. Attire is a nice dress or suit for the Queen and a suit for the King and their court.

POINTS: Semi-finalists will be chosen by 9 (nine) judges. Points will be given on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being a perfect score. Selection of the semi-finalists will be made on the basis of:

RESUMES: All King/ Queen candidates will be prescreened by their professional resume by the 9 judges. This section of judging will narrow down the candidates to Top 36 (18 Queens & 18 Kings). This section of the judging will be worth 25% of the total score up to Convocation. Resumes will be judged on:

  1. Leadership on/off campus
  2. Community Service
  3. Recognition and Awards
  4. Overall Neatness/ Appearance
  5. Cover Letter
    A. Why should you be chosen for Homecoming King/Queen?
    B. How have you contributed to PSU in your time here?
    C. What do you like most about being a Pitt State gorilla?
    D. After you graduate, what is the legacy you would like to leave behind?
    E.  What is your favorite Pitt State tradition? (30 words max) [Please indicate by highlighting in YELLOW the 30 words used]

PERSONAL INTERVIEW: This section of the judging will be worth 40% of the total score up to Convocation.  Personal Interviews will be held for candidates that make the Top 36.  Interviews will be at Sunday, October 5th, 2014 at TBA time.  Report to the Kansas East and West Rooms at the Overman Student Center.
            1. Ability to communicate
            2. Appearance
            3. Character
            4. Intellectual response
            5. Poise

CANDIDATES' PRESENTATION: Monday, October 6th, 2014, McCray Hall, at 8:00 p.m. This section of the judging will be worth 35% of the total score up to Convocation.
                1. Intellectual response
                2. Ability to communicate
                3. Appearance
                4. Poise

ONLINE VOTING: Online voting will be worth 40% of the final score.

CONVOCATION: Wednesday, October 8th, 2014, Carnie Smith Stadium at Noon. Online voting will be worth 40% of the final score, and the judges' scores will be worth 60% of the final score. The finalists with the highest totals will be crowned King and Queen. The finalists with the 2nd and 3rd highest totals will be the King's and Queen's attendants.

1. All candidates must:
     a. Be full-time students enrolled in at least 10 (ten) undergraduate hours or 9 (nine) graduate hours,
     b. Have at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average, and
     c. Have completed at least 24 (twenty-four) credit hours at PSU.

2. Any student who has previously achieved recognition as a PSU Homecoming King/Queen is not eligible to enter the contest.

3. King and Queen candidates cannot be members of the Homecoming Steering Committee.

4. Any group sponsoring a candidate must:
     a. Provide a properly decorated candidate car, mini float, or large float for the parade
     b. Clearly identify the candidate's name and sponsoring group on the parade entry
     c. Provide flowers for their Queen candidate to carry in the parade and a boutonniere for their King candidate

Points will be subtracted from organization's total points in Homecoming events if all three requirements are not met.

5. The Homecoming King and Queen shall be full-time undergraduate or graduate students and available to represent the University Community at various functions, such as Family Weekend, Apple Day, Campus Visit days, Alumni events, etc., as needed.

6. Any organization that nominates a candidate/s MUST participate in another Homecoming event: Gorilla Games, Spirit Art, Yell Like Hell or Parade Float/Mini Float (candidate cars within the parade DO NOT count).

Homecoming King/Queen Competition
Entering a King/Queen Candidate - 4 points/candidate
Candidate making the top 6 - 1 point/candidate

Any member of the Homecoming Court who does not attend a scheduled event will forfeit their place on the Court AND THEIR SPONSORING GROUP WILL BE INELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN HOMECOMING ACTIVITIES THE FOLLOWING YEAR. All candidates will be required to sign a contract prior to acceptance as a candidate. In event of a Court member losing their place in the court, the next highest-scoring contestant would replace them in the Court.

The presence or suspected abuse of alcohol or drugs by a participant could result in an entry's disqualification at the discretion of the Homecoming Steering Committee.