– Homecoming Week begins February 3, 2014
GRAPHIC: UMSL Homecoming logo


By Danyel Poindexter, Staff Writer for The Current

Homecoming is just around the corner. The change from an October celebration to a February Homecoming has not put a damper on student enthusiasm; ticket sales continue to rise.

This year also saw an increase in applications for Homecoming court. According to Jessica Long-Pease, director of Student Life at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, court candidates will have their first introductions during the Homecoming kick-off event, held on the first floor of the Millennium Student Center on February 3 at 11 a.m.

This year’s candidates for Homecoming King are Adam Delgado, junior, liberal studies; Tyler Brockman, senior, international business and marketing; and Devin Thompson, senior, accounting. Candidates for Homecoming Queen are Briana Lawson, senior, psychology; Hope Gassier, senior, business marketing; Marissa Steimel, senior, communication; and Taylar Merriweather, senior, accounting. Voting starts online at http://umsl.orgsync.com/org/umslhomecoming/Royalty on February 3 at 11 a.m. and will be open until Friday, February 7, at 11:45 p.m.

New events have been added for this year’s Homecoming week. Events such as the Window Painting Competition and 5K Run will provide students with a hearty helping of competition, fun, and prizes. A variety of service projects will be held throughout the week; participation is open to all students, staff, faculty and alumni. With these added activities, the Homecoming Steering Committee hoped to encourage giving back more than ever before.

“You’ll see many events that are focused on helping the community that UMSL calls home, as well local non-profit organizations that have had an impact on our students,” Long-Pease said. Canned goods donations will go to the Pagedale Family Support while the blood donations from this week’s blood drive goes to the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center.

Wondering how “Forever Red and Gold” became this year’s Homecoming theme? According to Long-Pease, “Forever Red and Gold” is all about pride in the university and school spirit.

“As we continue to grow our Homecoming week, we want to encourage our alumni to come home to UMSL and connect with our current students,” said Long-Pease.

During Homecoming Week, student organizations have the opportunity to battle it and compete for prizes. An action-packed week leads up to the Homecoming Dinner and Dance, held at St. Louis Union Station Hotel, on February 8 at 6:30 p.m. Check out the schedule below for a listing of the week’s activities that are sure to connect Tritons old and new in UMSL pride.

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