Homecoming Week is Oct. 8-13 at Eastern Illinois University, and, as usual, it is jam-packed with fun-filled activities for every segment of the EIU family.
Current students, faculty or staff members, alumni, and community members will all find plenty to enjoy throughout the week. If you're not convinced, just take a look at this video to see what kind of fun we had during Homecoming 2011:
While you'll want to make sure you check out our full listing of this year's Homecoming Week activities, here are some of the highlights:
The "Royal Blue" coronation ceremony kicks off festivities Monday night; the winners of this week's Homecoming King and Queen voting will be announced. The proceedings, which also include naming of the Homecoming Prince and Princess, Faculty King and Queen, and Lil' Prince and Princess, begin at 7 p.m. in the south gym at McAfee Gymnasium.
Whether you're a youngster or an adult, Tuesday's Family Fun Night promises a good time for the entire EIU community. Planned activities include BINGO, refreshments, carnival games, inflatable games, and prizes for all ages.
If you're on campus Wednesday, make sure you get yourself some Panther gear at our "Bleed Blue" Shirt Swap! All you have to do is bring a shirt from another college or university to the MLK Jr. Union Bookstore; we'll donate that shirt to a good cause and give you a discount on a brand new EIU T-shirt.
Eastern's commitment to community service takes a front seat Thursday in the Panther Pile-Up — a service opportunity with a hint of adventure! Participants take part in a "reverse scavenger hunt" and give back to the community all at once.
Also, faculty and staff should make sure to stop by the South Quad beginning at 11:30 a.m. for the Blue-B-Que appreciation picnic. Good food and great prizes are in store for all who attend.
Business really picks up Friday night with the "Yell Like Hell" pep rally and "Who Wants to be a Mascot?" contest at McAfee Gym. Before that 7 p.m. extravaganza, EIU Panther Club hosts a 1 p.m. golf outing at Charleston Country Club. The Student Publications alumni reunion also kicks off the first of two days' worth of activities.
Obviously the football game against Jacksonville State and the Homecoming Parade are the main attractions, but you can get an early start to the day at the Rotary Pancake Breakfast and the 12 Annual Homecoming Race.