WEST LIBERTY, Oct. 7, 2019 — West Liberty University celebrates Homecoming 2019 the weekend of Oct. 11 – 13 with football, tailgating and activities perfect for returning alumni and current students, family and friends.
Students begin with the traditional Serenades at 9 p.m., today, Oct. 7 in College Hall. An entertainment competition, the show features all homecoming candidates performing for judges and is sponsored by Student Government Association (SGA). King and Queen candidates and the organizations they represent include:
- Senior Emily Bender, a human biology major from Burgettstown, Pa., representing Lambda Psi Sigma and Junior Jake Ramsey, an accounting major from Center, Pa. representing Hilltopper wrestling.
- Junior Kenzie Kyle, an elementary education major from Parsons, W.Va. representing Chi Omega and Senior Daron Weekley a human biology major from Sistersville, W.Va. representing Kappa Delta Kappa.
- Senior Kristin Coffield, a business management major from Moundsville, W.Va. representing Beta Rho Epsilon and Senior Bryce Coleman, a community education major with a specialization in sports, recreation and wellness from Martins Ferry, Ohio representing Chi Nu.
- Senior Olivia Bailer, a nursing major from Colerain, Ohio representing Delta Theta Kappa and Junior Jacob Mauzy, a marketing and finance major from Petersburg, Ohio representing Phi Delta Theta.
- Senior Fallyn Yonish, a elementary education major from Wheeling representing Alpha Xi Delta and Senior Zach Haught, an exercise physiology major from New Martinsville, W.Va. representing Theta Xi and the Hilltoppers football team.
- Senior Dakota Knotts, a digital media design major from Albright, W.Va. representing Beta Theta Gamma.
From 4 – 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 8, candidates will take on the role of Celebrity Servers in the Marketplace cafeteria. From 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 9, candidates campaign on the quad during Tent Day, offering free goodies to students as they vie for selection by the student body. Students then vote for their choice of king and queen from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Alumni Room, College Union.
New this year is a Candidate Service Project that is required for all candidates and their sponsoring clubs. According to SGA Director of Activities Charli McConnell, the service work will be take place Friday in the town of West Liberty and is coordinated through the mayor’s office.
Alumni get started celebrating with the 9 a.m. Friday, Annual Homecoming Golf Outing at Oglebay’s Jones Course. Other alumni events on Friday include the President’s Recognition Dinner and Wall of Honor induction ceremony held at the Highlands Event Center. This private dinner event honors donors. From 9 p.m. – midnight, alumni are invited to the annual reunion party at Undo’s in the Grove.
Saturday starts with a new event for alumni called Rise and Shine with Glaze and Grinds. This donuts, fruit and coffee breakfast takes place in 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 family-friendly activities for all ages, begins at 9 a.m.
At 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 12, 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 Concord University Mountain Lions, with kick-off at 1 p.m. at the West Family Stadium.
During halftime of the football game, the alumni Wall of Honor candidates for 2019 and the Homecoming King and Queen will be announced. (Wall of Honor alumni for 2019 are Engineering CEO Fred Kinder and Banking CEO Rich Lucas.)
Students end their homecoming festivities with a 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. dance at WLU’s Academic, Sports and Recreation Complex (ASRC).
Alumni will enjoy the after-game at the newly opened Mac’s Club II located directly across from campus and the annual Homecoming Post Party planned for 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. at Generations Restaurant & Pub.
Sunday includes another invitation only event, the dedication of the West Family Athletic Complex and Tim Weaver Memorial Track.
After the ceremony, there is a soccer double header on the new field with WLU taking on the University of Charleston, men play at 1 p.m. and women at 3 p.m.
For more information, please visit westliberty.edu/alumni or call 304-336-8888.