FORM DUE BY: Form, Profile Sheet and Honors form due Tuesday, September 10, 2013 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 26, 2013.
DATES: Events below are MANDATORY for King/Queen candidates unless otherwise noted. No points will be awarded for a missed event.
EVENTS: CANDIDATE ORIENTATION: This orientation will be held on Thursday, September 12th, 2013 in 102 Yates Hall. 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. You will be signing your contracts here.
PICTURES: All King/Queen candidates must set up a time to have their picture taken on either Tuesday, September 17th or Wednesday, September 18th, 2013. 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, September 29th, 2013 in the Heritage Room 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, September 30th, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. in the Crimson & Gold Ballroom at the Overman Student Center. Dinner for all candidates will be immediately preceding at 6:00 pm in the Balkans Room in the Overman Student 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 1, 2013 and will close at 10:00 am on Wednesday, October 2, 2013.
CONVOCATION: Convocation will be held Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013, 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 bad weather, the event will be held at the Weede Gymnasium. Attire is a nice dress or suit for Queens and a suit for Kings.
HALF-TIME REHEARSAL: The King, Queen and their Courts will be required to attend the half-time rehearsal prior to Yell Like Hell at 6:15 p.m. on Thursday, October 3rd, 2013. 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 3rd, 2013. The King and Queen will receive a script for Yell Like Hell. Attire for this event is casual – jeans and PSU clothing.
HOMECOMING DINNER (TASTE OF PITTSBURG): This event will be held on Friday, October 4th, 2013, at TBA 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 5th, 2013, 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 5th, 2013, 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:
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, September 29th, 2013 at TBA time. Report to the Heritage Room - Overman Student Center. 1. Ability to communicate 2. Appearance 3. Character 4. Intellectual response 5. Poise
CANDIDATES' PRESENTATION: Monday, September 30th, 2013, Overman Student Center, at 7:00 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 2nd, 2013, 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.
QUALIFICATIONS: 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).
SWEEPSTAKES POINTS: Homecoming King/Queen Competition Entering a King/Queen Candidate - 4 points/candidate Candidate making the top 6 - 1 point/candidate (ANY GROUP HAVING A CANDIDATE MAKE TOP SIX, COURT, OR KING/QUEEN WILL RECEIVE A TOTAL OF 5 POINTS)
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 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.