As the Pittsburg State University community celebrates Homecoming 2010 the week of Oct. 11-16, a long list of activities have been planned to get every Gorilla involved.
A nod to the variety of efforts to create a more sustainable campus, this year's Homecoming theme is "The Grass is Greener on the Gorilla Side." Eva Sager, program coordinator for campus activities and the Homecoming committee adviser, said students are supporting this year's theme by bringing recycling containers to events, providing information to judges about King and Queen candidates online rather than on paper, and changing up the traditional yard art competition by encouraging students to use statues that can be repainted year after year.
It's a step toward a greener future for one of Pittsburg State's most beloved traditions. But Homecoming is also an event with a rich history.
Randy Roberts, curator of special collections at PSU, said Homecoming first began in 1910 as an annual reunion for the Kansas State Teachers Association. Not connected to a football game until 1922, Homecoming developed into a full celebration in 1929 when it separated from the reunion and began being celebrated with a pep rally, bonfire, dance, and the decoration of Greek houses.
Other milestones of Homecoming include the first parade in 1933 and the addition of Yell Like Hell in 1976.
Events for Homecoming 2010 include:
Monday, Oct. 11 - Gorilla Games and Spirit Art, with judging at 4 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 12 - King and Queen fishbowl presentations, Crimson and Gold Ballroom at 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 13 - Convocation at noon at the stadium.
Thursday, Oct. 14 - Yell Like Hell at the stadium, 7 p.m. Results announced at the Weede at Midnight Madness beginning at 10 p.m. Free food and scholarships will be given away.
Friday, Oct. 15 - Dr. Kenneth K. Bateman Outstanding Alumni Award reception, 5 p.m. in the Heritage Room, followed by the Crimson and Gold dinner in the Crimson and Gold Ballroom at 6 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 16 - Homecoming parade, 9 a.m. PSU vs. Washburn, 2 p.m.
This year, Homecoming will also be marked by the College of Technology Reunion (go to http://www.pittstate.edu/audiences/alumni-friends/college-of-technology-homecoming-reunion.dot for more information).
"It's a beautiful time here with plenty of activities," said Johnna Schremmer, director of alumni and constituent relations. "It's not just a PSU Homecoming, but a Pittsburg community Homecoming. We hope alumni will make plans to come back."