Metro State Homecoming Week is scheduled for Feb. 14-19, and includes a bonfire, battle of the bands, masquerade ball and men’s (16-3) and women’s (18-1) basketball games—both teams currently playing at the top of their game. And that’s just for starters.
"Homecoming has basically taken over the student government office over the past few weeks and been a major initiative over the last few months,” says Student Government Assembly President Sammantha O’Brien. “The students in this office have put countless hours into planning events and getting the word out. We are really trying to blow it out of the water this year.”
Coordination of the events brings together representatives from various College organizations, including the Alumni Association, Department of Athletics, Campus Recreation and the Office of Student Activities.
“Homecoming, at Metro State, is a particularly important event to student leadership because it is a rare opportunity to really bring our campus community together,” says O’Brien. “It seems that all too often individuals at Metro State find it hard to connect to one another and the campus. Homecoming is going to be one big celebration that we hope will draw a plethora of students.”
Casaundra Machado, SGA director of public relations, says, “I can only wish and hope that these events become part of a long-lasting Metro tradition. We are very excited for everything that will take place during the week and are looking forward to students participating and feeling a sense of Roadrunner spirit."
While a major collaborative effort is being put into all the activities, the kick-off event sets the stage by helping the campus community to take a look back.
The 45th Anniversary History Subcommittee is presenting “A Morning with Memories: Sharing 45 Years of Impact” to commemorate the College’s 45th Anniversary. On Monday, Feb. 14, four panels, featuring more than 35 individuals, will be held from 7:30 to 10:45 a.m. at Tivoli Room 320.
The panels include a current dean and trustee, two former trustees, and one interim president, along with many alumni and emeritus faculty who will share memories and history about Metro State. The event is free, but reservations will be required as seating is limited.
Susan Noble, subcommittee co-chair and director of development, says the morning of panels will be an opportunity to “see old friends, learn things you never knew, and share stories of your own.”
The final day of Homecoming Week, Saturday, Feb. 19, will feature Metro State Celebrate!, a luncheon to celebrate distinguished alumni, notable alumni athletes, coaches and administrators. The honorees will be featured in next week’s @Metro.
“As we celebrate the 45th anniversary of Metro State, it seemed like a great opportunity to come together to celebrate everyone’s contribution to the College,” says Director of Alumni Relations Mark Jastorff.
The luncheon will be held at Tivoli Turnhalle at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and include admission to both basketball games later that day. The cost also includes a custom commemorative t-shirt with the words to the school’s new fight song, according Jastorff. Liberty Mutual is the underwriter for both the luncheon and the t-shirts.Click here to see the most up-to-date schedule of events for Homecoming Week and to purchase tickets.
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