Homecoming Dance | Photo by Monica Brutto | The Wright State Guardian
Wright State University event planning and spirit organization hosts interactive, fun events throughout the week as part of the homecoming festivities of 2023.
UAB and Homecoming
Homecoming is a week for students and alumni to show Raider pride and the spirit of Wright State, in the words of Qunijah Echols, the president of the University Activities Board.
“Homecoming gives students the opportunity to be proud of the positive aspects of Wright State University,” Echols said.
Preparations for Homecoming week began as early as the end of the 2022 fall semester, according to Faith Thompson, the director of campus spirit and homecoming. UAB collectively decided which events to host, how to set up the dance for the week and which dates to host events. Furthermore, a lot of organization came from the ideas and opinions of students not a part of UAB, according to Echols.
Thompson voiced the motivations to hold a Homecoming dance as well as the goal to make the dance an annual event.
“[Because of COVID-19] freshmen, sophomores and even junior classes didn’t get to have homecoming or prom in highschool, and we thought this would be a fun way to give them that missed opportunity,” Thompson said.
Allison Smith, the director of marketing at UAB, described the dance as a rejuvenation of high school dances into a college environment. Smith further explained the environment of the dance.
“It allows students to feel excited about a dance again and get together with people,” Smith said.
The next stage of organizing homecoming involved the promotion of the week, according to Smith. UAB posted flyers, uploaded information to social media and promoted the events at the Involvement Fair, exciting the students of Wright State, according to Smith.
The homecoming kick-off occurred on Monday, Jan. 23 from 2 to 4 p.m. in Apollo Room A of the Student Union. Activities from this event included Stuff-a-Rowdy, a caricature artist and a hot chocolate machine with cookies, according to Smith. Additionally, UAB announced the homecoming court.
Unfortunately, UAB postponed this event due to the poor weather conditions of homecoming week, according to Smith.
Homecoming dance was on Friday, Jan. 27 in the McLin Gym of the Nutter Center. The dance included free food, music from Wright State’s WWSU 106.9 and a lot of dancing and fun, according to Echols.
Wright State usually does not hold dances due to a lack of attendance, and for this reason, Echols urged students to attend as it is different.
“The goal is to bring students together for a night they won’t forget,” Smith said.
Future of UAB
UAB has multiple upcoming events, ranging from a stand up comedian, UAB my valentine, creating a tote bag and blind-date with a book; however, the largest amongst these is April Craze, according to Echols.
April Craze is the largest event UAB hosts in the spring semester. The event is similar to a festival all across campus, consisting of food trucks, student organizations tabling and different vendors, according to Smith.
“It’s the Friday before exam week and just a way to celebrate the year,” Thompson said.
For more information on UAB, visit the office at 029G in the Student Union or view the organization’s Engage page.