In-person homecoming returns to Edinboro

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Wednesday, October 6th, 2021 at 9:01 AM
In-person homecoming returns to Edinboro by Julia Carden
Edinboro University's 2021 Homecoming court prepares for the festivities. Photo taken by Emma McNeeley

There’s nothing better than the crisp fall air, the melodious sound of bagpipes echoing across campus, trees adorned with spectacular hues of orange, red and yellow and a sea of tartan as far as the eye can see. You can feel the energy and excitement in the air.” 

 – Kristen Dockett  

 

Edinboro University will welcome students, staff, alumni, and friends to campus Oct 7 – 9 for th164th Homecoming celebration, themed “Through the Decades.”  

Last fall, the on-campus celebration was canceled, with limited events held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year the university is bringing back the annual tradition. 

As we grapple with the chaos, disappointment and heartbreak caused by this global pandemic, we are all craving a bit of normalcy,” said Kristen Brockett, Manager of Communications. “Edinboro University Homecoming is a treasured tradition, the opportunity to gather with friends and family means even more this year.”  

According to Brockett, the “Through the Decades” theme was selected through student input. Edinboro’s Homecoming Committee provided a list of options which was then narrowed down by employees of the Student Engagement Division. “Through the Decades,” received the most votes, succeeding the other three options: mythical creatures, the Olympics and cartoons. 

This year’s homecoming logo was designed by Edinboro alum Samantha Smith, a graphic designer in the University’s Marketing and Communications division. 

The homecoming court was announced Sept. 27 at a ceremony in the Louis C. Cole Auditorium.  The 2021 king candidates include: Caleb Dankle, Frank Hawbaker, Duffy Gallagher, Tyler Kratz, Branden Haylett, Azzer Carpenter, and Hakeem Walters. The 2021 queen candidates include: Allison Blackmon, Erika Goss, Gwenyth Bogaczyk, Megan Burr, Hailey Scopel, Trenity Meacham, Sydney Brown, Katie Bernatowicz, Kaitlyn Binotto, and Rachel Duncan. Students can vote through EngagEU up until Oct. 7 at 4 pm. 

According to Amanda Sissem, Co-Chair of the Homecoming Committee and Associate Vice President for Advancement and Alumni Engagement, the committee is expecting a good turnout for this year’s events.  

“Across the board, we’re seeing students and alumni really want to engage right now. They want to participate, see each other, reminisce, connect with new people,” she said. 

Sissem said the Alumni Association did more outreach to the recent classes of graduates from 2020 and 2021. “It’s important that we get young alum to come back right away. With such a weird year last year, it’d be really great to get them back on campus.” 

The homecoming parade will occur in downtown Edinboro at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9.  Participation in the parade is free for all EU students. Non-students and community members must complete and return a registration form to be considered.  

There are prizes for different categories of participants in the parade. For large floats, 1st place receives the President Award and $1000, 2nd place receives the Queen Award and $700, and the best use of theme will receive $250.   

1st place in community floats will receive the Mayor Award and $350, the best use of theme will receive $175.  There are also prizes for walking units: 1st place will receive the King Award and $300, and the best use of theme receives $150.                                                    

Members of the 1970 Edinboro football program will serve as the grand marshals for the parade. The team made history 50 years ago when they won the Pennsylvania Conference Championship and were crowned recipients of the Lambert Bowl. The ‘70 and ‘71 teams will be honored in a joint ceremony at Saturday’s game.  

Brockett explained that all students and visitors must follow university health and safety protocols. “It’s important for all of us to stay vigilant and follow CDC and Erie County Department of Health guidelines throughout the weekend. The health and safety of all our students, employees, alumni and friends is paramount,” she said. 

All individuals must wear a mask when inside campus buildings, regardless of vaccination status. It is also recommended by the CDC and university to maintain 6 feet of physical distancing between yourself and others if unvaccinated.  

For those who can't attend the festivities in person, the football game will be live streamed at gofightingscots.com. Additionally, merchandise, including T-shirts, bandanas and a special homecoming kit, are available online through the university bookstore. According to Brockett, there will be plenty of updates and pictures posted throughout the weekend on the official Edinboro University social media channels. 

Homecoming attendees can look forward to a range of in-person and virtual events leading up to Saturday’s football game. Here’s the breakdown of events: 

 

Throughout Homecoming Week  

  • Monday, 7 p.m. – "Science and Religion: The Myth of Conflict" presented by Dr. Stephen Barr in Louis C. Cole Auditorium – first speaker in the new James F. Drain speaker series on religion and culture  

  • Thursday, 6 p.m.  – Women's Basketball Reunion and Alumnae Basketball Game, Current Team vs. Alumni 

 

Friday 

  • 9 a.m. – Alumni and Friends Golf Outing at Culbertson Hills Golf Resort hosted by the Edinboro University Alumni Association (sold out) 

  • 6 p.m. – Alumni and Friends Outdoor BBQ and Class of '70 and '71 Reunions featuring decade-themed music and BBQ from Three B Saloon behind Doucette Hall  

  • 7 p.m. – 2020 Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Frank G. Pogue Student Center  

 

Saturday 

  • 9:30 a.m. – The Kilted Mile (In-person and virtual) 

  • 11 a.m. – Annual Homecoming Parade in downtown Edinboro  

  • Noon – Free Community Lunch behind Doucette Hall, art students will their artwork on display for purchase  

  • 1 p.m. – Alumni Tailgate in Sox Harrison Stadium  

  • 2 p.m. – Fighting Scots vs. Slippery Rock Homecoming Football Game in Sox Harrison Stadium, admission free with student ID, Homecoming court to be crowned at half time 

 

More information on these events and the 2021 Homecoming celebration can be found, here.  

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