Celebrate WCU homecoming next week

Oct 19, 2016
WCU international students march down Main Street in Sylva during the 2015 Homecoming parade.

CULLOWHEE — The Western Carolina University community will come together under the theme “Purple Reigns” to celebrate Homecoming 2016 with major public events planned over a five-day period — Wednesday, Oct. 26, through Sunday, Oct. 30.

Activities include a comedy show, pop-rock concert, golf tournament, parade down Main Street in Sylva, performance by WCU’s Inspirational Choir and football game pitting the Catamounts against the Mocs of the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga.

Chicago’s renowned improvisational group Second City will perform for the annual Homecoming comedy show at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.

The action will shift to the nearby Ramsey Regional Activity Center the next day, Thursday, Oct. 27, with the annual Homecoming concert at 8 p.m. Mayday Parade, a pop-rock quintet from Florida, will perform along with The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and Rescue Party.

Events on Friday, Oct. 28, begin with the annual Alumni Scholarship Homecoming Golf Tournament at 11 a.m. at Maggie Valley Golf Club. The cost is $100 per person. RSVPs are required by Friday, Oct. 21, to WCU’s Office of Alumni Affairs at 877-440-9990 or 828-227-7335, or by emailing bbusby@wcu.edu.

Also on Oct. 28, WCU’s Homecoming Parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. in downtown Sylva.

Activities on Saturday, Oct. 29, will begin with the Zombie 5-K Chase Race at 9 a.m., with proceeds going to support the WCU Physical Therapy Pro Bono Clinic. More information can be found at the “Zombie Run 5-K Chase Race” Facebook page and registration is available at active.com.

Also on Oct. 29, the Chancellor’s Brunch and Alumni Awards ceremony is set for 10 a.m. in the Grandroom of A.K. Hinds University Center. The cost is $15 per person and business attire is requested. RSVP by Oct. 21 by calling the Office of Alumni Affairs or by emailing magill@wcu.edu.

Football tailgating will begin at noon Oct. 29, and Catamount fans will gather at E.J. Whitmire Stadium at 3:30 p.m. for the Homecoming game versus UT-Chattanooga. Tickets to the game are available from the WCU athletics ticket office at 800-344-6928.

Postgame activities will include the African-American Alumni Reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Peele, Westmoreland Suhre, Hartshorn Hospitality Room at the Ramsey Center. RSVP by Oct. 21 by calling the Office of Alumni Affairs or emailing magill@wcu.edu.

After the football game, students and alumni are invited to the University Center Grandroom for an 8 p.m. concert featuring Mario, a rhythm-and-blues artist and Billboard Music award-winner. WCU students will be admitted free with a Cat Card. Admission for all others is $5.

Homecoming activities on Oct. 30 include a concert by WCU’s Inspirational Choir in the University Center Grandroom at noon. More information is available by calling WCU’s Department of Intercultural Affairs at 828-227-2276 or emailing ica@wcu.edu.

To see a schedule of Homecoming events with a student focus, visit homecoming.wcu.edu and click on “Event Schedule.” For a schedule with more of an alumni focus, go to alumni.wcu.edu and click on “Homecoming.”