TROY - Troy University's Homecoming Week will officially kick off Oct. 10 and brings students and the community together in many ways.
The Trojans will face the Georgia State Panthers on Saturday, Oct. 15. Kickoff has been set for 2:30 p.m. in Veterans Memorial Stadium.
"We wanted to bring excitement and celebration to our Homecoming theme and events," said Sam Moody, Student Government Association Vice-President of Campus Activities. "I firmly believe that Troy University and its students, alumni, faculty and administration are a beacon, set in a position of prominence and influence, and I equally believe that our homecoming is a celebration for all who have, currently do, or will call this place home."
Moody said the theme, "The Trojan Games: A Beacon to the World," reflected both the international spirit demonstrated by the Summer Olympics and the 50th anniversary of Greek life at the University.
"As we span culture to culture, the Trojan Spirit will always flourish, particularly during our homecoming week," he said.
The University's Homecoming Court will be announced Oct. 5 during the Trojans' volleyball game in Trojan Arena. The queen will be announced during homecoming halftime festivities.
On Sunday, Oct. 9, students may participate in the Troy University Homecoming Service Day from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m., and on Monday, Oct. 10, Homecoming Week officially kicks off with 5 p.m. opening ceremonies on the Quad featuring the lighting of the Homecoming Torch, followed by a concert in Janice Hawkins Park Amphitheater.
Following the concert, students will gather on University Avenue for "street painting" with chalk from 10 p.m. until midnight.
Other Troy Campus activities include:
Tuesday, Oct. 11:
Blood Drive from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. in Trojan Center Ballrooms
Palladium Pictures from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. in the Trojan Center
Skit Night at 7 p.m. in Trojan Arena
Wednesday, Oct. 12:
Blood Drive continues 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. in the Trojan Center Ballrooms
Around the World in One Meal from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. in Trojan Dining
Dorm Lobby Contest Judging begins at 4 p.m.
Homecoming Spirit Night on the Square from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 13:
Dunking Booth from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. outside Trojan Center
"Minute to Win It" at 6 pm. In Trojan Arena
Tailgate for Troops immediately following "Minute to Win It"
Faculty/Staff Door Decorating Contest Judging from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 14:
Trojan T-shirt Day
Pep Rally at Dusk (approx. 5 p.m.) outside Trojan Arena
Troy Volleyball begins at 6 p.m.
Dance Night (immediately following volleyball)
WWII-era Alumni Reunion, 5 p.m., Stadium Club
Saturday, Oct. 15:
Nick Costes 5K, 9 a.m., Downtown Troy
Homecoming Appreciation Day Parade on the Square, 10 a.m.
Homecoming pre-game festivities, 2 p.m.
Homecoming game, 2:30 p.m.
Alumni Scholarship Ball (call 334-670-3318 for ticket information), 7 p.m., Trojan Center Ballrooms
Alpha Phi Alpha Step Show at 7 p.m. in Sartain Hall
In Phenix City, Trojans will celebrate with a Torch Run down the Chattahoochee River, which will take the homecoming torch down the river, across the 14th Street Bridge and onto the Riverfront Campus where it will be received by Campus Vice Chancellor Dr. Dave White and Phenix City Mayor Eddie Lowe on Oct. 3. The event begins with the river run at 8:45 a.m. and will conclude with a ceremony on the Riverfront Campus at 10:50 a.m., when the campus torch will be lit.
The Montgomery Campus will kick off Homecoming Week from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. Oct. 4 on the circle with an international food tasting event, a corn hole contest, a photo booth and music, among other events.
The Dothan Campus will start Homecoming Week with a picnic from 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 5.
In addition to the presentation of the Homecoming Court during Saturday's game, the 2016 Alumni of the Year will be presented.