Homecoming Week 2012 is finally here, and with it the realization of months of hard work and planning. Student Life, UAB’s National Alumni Society and scores of student and staff volunteers have organized fun, free events, activities and competitions to build spirit across campus.
It certainly looks like all fun and games when you check out the three-page brochure—Pancakes & Karaoke, T-Shirt Trade-In Day, Homecoming Comedy show, Building Decoration Competition, Gurney Derby race—but behind the scenes, it’s a massive undertaking that teaches students how to brainstorm, coordinate, organize and communicate. See a full schedule here.
Student-led activities include Stompdown, Fall Festival, Blaze the Night and more, including Pre-Game at Blazer Beach, a swim and patio event at the Campus Rec Center. The week culminates with the Homecoming Parade on Friday, then Blazer Village and the football game Saturday at Legion Field.
“Being a part of the Homecoming Executive Board this year has been an awesome experience,” says Rosheda Wallace, 21, a senior from Mobile majoring in health education. This is her second time to serve on the board and as the Homecoming parade chair. “My excitement to see all the hard work and planning of the events come together is over the top. Being that this is my senior year, I really wanted this homecoming week to be nothing less than the best." Wallace says she enjoyed working with her fellow board members to plan a homecoming week that "would unite UAB, promote school spirit and get Greater Birmingham involved." And, she says, "I believe we did just that. After all, this is our team, our town... This is Blazernation!”
Nzimwa Nuka, 20, of Huntsville, is a junior and first-semester nursing student. “As event coordinator, I plan the events and book all the supplies needed," he says. "I also make sure that on the actual day of the event, everything is set up beforehand.”
This is the second year of Homecoming planning for Cierra Myers, a junior from Valley, Ala. She admits she was nervous going into last year's event, but she was determined to do it again. “You see how alumni and students get so involved, and how much it means to them, and after you get done with it, it’s like, ‘I did this,’ and it’s a great accomplishment,” she says.
Stay tuned to UAB on Facebook and Twitter for more updates on Homecoming fun, and don’t forget: Go Blazers!
About the blogger: Shannon Thomason, Thomason@uab.edu, is a media specialist in the UAB Office of Media Relations. Her beat covers the arts at UAB.