By Maria Kimble, Contributing Writer
Homecoming on the Hilltop is one of the highlights of West Liberty University’s school year. It provides students with a week full of fun activities and the opportunity to come together. The Student Government Association (SGA), fraternities and sororities, campus clubs and other organizations have done a phenomenal job planning and preparing for an active and vibrant homecoming week. All students, faculty, and staff members are encouraged to get involved with the 2016 Homecoming festivities.
Campus comes alive throughout the week of Homecoming. Hilltopper pride is not only displayed by the students, but through faculty and alumni as well. WLU President, Dr. Stephen Greiner, commented on how the campus has been handling Homecoming.
“There is tremendous enthusiasm on campus and in the community for WLU Homecoming,” Greiner said. “Everywhere I go lately, Homecoming seems to be part of the conversation. This is a really big deal, and I am thrilled to be a part of it.”
This Homecoming is especially significant because, for the first time, the dance will be held on campus. This is a unique opportunity for all students to experience. WLU is showing President Greiner how much pride we have to show with this being his first Hilltop Homecoming.
“This is my first WLU Homecoming event, and I am extremely excited about it and look forward to a spectacular day,” Greiner said. “Homecoming is a special time for all of us to show our pride in West Liberty University.”
On Wednesday, the candidates and their organizations participated in a tent day on the quad. The students had a chance to visit with all of the candidates while getting some free food as well. Then, the student body had the chance to vote for Homecoming King and Queen; the results will be revealed at the Homecoming game on Saturday.
Today, Friday, Oct. 14, the candidates are participating in a town clean-up. They are showing their Hilltopper pride by cleaning up the Town of West Liberty in preparation for the returning alumni. Dr. Greiner will also be holding a President’s Recognition Dinner tonight to recognize loyal donors and to welcome the 2016 Alumni Wall of Honor Class.
Finally, on Saturday, Oct. 8, the Homecoming parade will start at 10 a.m. The parade starts at the West Liberty Volunteer Fire Department and will conclude at the West Family Stadium. The Homecoming football game will kick off at 1 p.m. The Hilltoppers will battle against the University of Charleston. Students and alumni can support the team by tailgating in the parking lot.
“I am most looking forward to all of the activities surrounding the homecoming football game, beginning with the morning parade, to meeting and greeting alumni and friends at tailgating, and the celebration at G-Top after the win,” said President Greiner. Students are encourage to come support our community for this Homecoming season. Homecoming is the best weekend of the year at WLU, and getting involved will just make it even better.
Photos by Daniel Morgan and Emily Salvatori