Numerous Student Events Planned for Homecoming Week

Published: Oct 15, 2007
A “ladies football” game at Pepin Stadium and the ever-popular “casino night” are among several events scheduled to take place this week for The University of Tampa’s homecoming festivities.

This year’s homecoming theme is “This is Sparta,” a reference to the popular film “300.” The theme will be incorporated into each of the week’s events in a lead up to Friday’s volleyball game, pitting the first-ranked Lady Spartans against North Alabama.

The festivities kick off Monday with a “Chalk the Walk” contest in which student organizations will summon their creative talents to create original sidewalk art pieces designed to promote the week’s events on sidewalks near the Vaughn Center, Plant Hall and other areas throughout campus. The chalk drawings, which will be judged by faculty members on Wednesday, must incorporate elements of the “This is Sparta” theme as well as promote the Lady Spartans’ volleyball game on Friday, according to Student Productions Special Events Chairwoman Khristy Nguyen.

Student Productions personnel will be on hand Tuesday afternoon in the Vaughn Center to dispense T-shirts and other merchandise for the “Spirit Giveaway.” A performance from comedian Steve Hofstetter is scheduled to follow at 8 p.m. in the Vaughn Courtyard.

Cameras, iPods and other merchandise will be among the prizes available Wednesday to students who participate in Casino Night in the Vaughn Center. The event, in which students gamble in order to obtain raffle tickets for a chance to win the various prizes, traditionally draws the largest crowd of all the homecoming events, Nguyen said.

The UT Ladies Football game takes place Thursday night, with four teams competing. A parade around campus as well as a pep rally and barbeque at the Martinez Sports Center will precede Friday’s volleyball game, during which this year’s homecoming king and queen will be announced. Voting for the homecoming king and queen will take place throughout the week via Blackboard.com.

The Homecoming Dance will close out the week’s festivities Saturday at 9 p.m.

For more information about the homecoming events, contact Student Productions at studentproductions@ut.edu