Published: October 20, 2009
Homecoming 2009 is a time of shared recollection, of shared school
spirit and of shared commitment to the community of the University of
Tampa, and it kicks off Oct. 20.
“It’s a great opportunity to
show that UT students do have school spirit,” said Rachel Rollo,
coordinator of student programs and events for the Office of Student
Leadership and Engagement. “It is exciting seeing everyone come together
for one common cause.”
With a new kickoff party, UT will begin
homecoming Oct. 20 in Vaughn Courtyard from 8 to 11 p.m. Team Rootberry,
a juggling and stunt group, will entertain with sword swallowing and
flaming chainsaws. While they emcee, the homecoming court will be
introduced, the volleyball team will be showcased and UT cheerleaders
and dance team will keep the energy going.
The annual casino
night follows on Oct. 21 from 8 to 11 p.m. with the Monte Carlo Company
bringing casino game tables and professional dealers to Vaughn Lobby.
tradition is held every year and includes a full casino set-up with
roulette, craps, Texas holdem and blackjack, which is always popular,”
Students can win one of about 20 prizes, including a
flat-screen TV. They’ll also be entertained with incredible balloon
animals and face painting and body art. UT’s own DJ Dayve will be
performing all night.
On Thursday, Oct. 22, students and alumni
are encouraged to attend the Fall Dance Happening in Falk Theater at 8
p.m., and then on Friday, cheer on the 15 groups who will parade through
the brick street of University Drive, throwing beads and showing off
The parade starts by the ROTC building and ends at
Brevard Hall, where participants can walk to the tailgate party in the
McNiff Fitness Center parking lot at 5:30 p.m. The student group Class
Campaign for UT will be tossing pies at faculty members during the
tailgate in its fundraising event, Pie-A-Professor, which is helping to
create a student scholarship.
The women’s volleyball game
against Lynn University will be at the Martinez Sports Center at 7 p.m.
and will include the crowning of UT’s homecoming king and queen and the
most spirited student organization.
“It’s all about fun and having school spirit,” Rollo said.
are participating in homecoming with 5, 10, 20 and 25 year reunions for
the classes of 2004, 1999, 1989 and 1984. The UT National Alumni
Association will host a party at the end of the week, reviving the UT
homecoming tradition of Oktoberfest.
Traditional Fletcher Lounge
will be transformed into a German beer hall on Oct. 24 from 7 to 11
p.m. For tickets and information, go to
or call (813) 253-6209.
For a complete schedule of homecoming events, go to
. For other information, contact Rachel Rollo,
, for student activities and Jay Hardwick,
, for alumni events.