WEST LIBERTY, Oct. 11, 2021 — West Liberty University celebrates Homecoming 2021 this week with fun activities for students and alumni to enjoy. Most of the activities are in-person, though face masks are required in all campus buildings due to COVID-19 safety rules.
Students begin with the traditional Serenades at 9 p.m., today, Oct. 11 in College Hall. An entertainment competition sponsored by the Student Government Association (SGA), Serenades feature homecoming candidates performing skits before a panel of judges.
2021 King and Queen candidates and the organizations they represent include:
- Hannah Jacobs (Delta Theta Kappa) running with DiDi Prajnabhakti (Phi Delta Theta)
- Sierra Aniballi (Housing and Residence Life) running with Parker Sherry (Football Team)
- Grace Dodson (Lambda Psi Sigma) running with Joey Adams (Kappa Delta Kappa)
- Jenna Mankowski (Alpha Xi Delta) running with Michael Runkle (Theta Xi)
- Mycah Ritchea-Yoho (Beta Rho Epsilon) running with Jacob Walker (Beta Theta Gamma)
- Sydney Jefferys (Chi Omega) running with Gary Braithwaite (Track Team)
- Tianna Meyer (Acro and Tumbling Team) and Parker Mazik (Chi Nu)
From 4 – 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 12, candidates will take on the role of Celebrity Servers in the Marketplace cafeteria.
From 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 13, candidates will campaign on the quad during Tent Day, offering free goodies, including gifts and food, as they vie to be elected by the student body.
Students then vote for their choice of king and queen from 10 a.m., Oct. 13 through Oct. 14 in an online election.
8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 13 concludes with a live music performance on the Quad presented by the SGA.
7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 14, a Pep Rally is planned by both the SGA and Topper’s Den (student cheering section). This will take place on the Quad and include a 7:15 p.m. performance by the WLU Dance Team and a 7:30 p.m. performance by the Marching Hilltoppers. Food and games will be available.
4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, students are invited to join the SGA in performing service work as they clean-up the neighboring town of West Liberty.
Alumni get started celebrating Homecoming with the 9 a.m. Friday, Annual Homecoming Golf Outing at Oglebay’s Palmer Course.
Other alumni events on Friday include a new National Alumni Virtual Lunch & Learn. This virtual meeting begins at noon and offers a chance to hear the latest news from the Hilltop and information on how to form an Alumni Chapter.
From 5 – 9 p.m., Friday, alumni may choose to attend either a casual social at the Alpha Tavern (Carmel Road, Wheeling) or the reservation-only Recognition Banquet (Elbin Library).
The Recognition Banquet takes place from 5:30 – 9 p.m. and includes the Wall of Honor induction ceremony, sponsored by Alumni Affairs, and the new Impact of Philanthropy Award presentation, sponsored by the WLU Foundation. Held in the newly renovated alumni alcove on the second floor of Elbin Library, please contact WLU Foundation with any questions (304.336.5635).
Saturday starts with a donuts and coffee for alumni and friends at the Alumni Tent from 9 – 11 a.m. Saturday, followed by guided tours of campus and is sponsored by the WLU Foundation.
Tailgating, with food trucks, live music, and activities for all ages begins at 9 a.m.
At 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 16, the Hilltopper Homecoming Parade led by the Marching Hilltoppers begins.
Students and alumni are invited to tailgate before and during the homecoming game as the Hilltoppers take on the Fairmont University Fighting Falcons, with kick-off at 1 p.m. at the West Family Stadium. NOTE: Registration is required to tailgate in the ASRC parking lots.
During halftime of the football game, the alumni Wall of Honor candidates and the Homecoming King and Queen will be announced.
Students end their homecoming festivities with a 10:30 p.m. – 2 a.m. dance at WLU’s Academic, Sports and Recreation Complex (ASRC).
Sunday concludes with an 11 a.m. Homecoming Brunch at the Alpha Tavern.
For more information, please call 304-336-8888.