CSU Homecoming Week Combined New Events with Traditional "Flare"


COLUMBUS, Ga. --- Columbus State University celebrated Homecoming Week Nov. 7-12, with a full slate of activities that appealed to alumni, students, families and community members alike.

“I am thrilled community members as well as area alumni came out to support CSU and their alma mater this weekend,” said Jennifer Joyner, assistant vice president for alumni engagement and special events. “We created events that were fun, family-friendly and mostly free to encourage our 15,000+ alumni that live in the area to get engaged with the university. It's a great time to be a Columbus State Cougar!”

CSU again celebrated through the streets of downtown, from Broadway to Woodruff Park, during the annual CSU Homecoming Parade Friday, Nov. 11.

Following the parade, the public was invited to keep the party going during “Evening on the River,” featuring live music from Party Nation Band, Atlanta’s favorite party band, in CSU’s Woodruff Park. “Evening on the River” concluded with a fireworks show over the Chattahoochee River.

New this year, CSU hosted a family-friendly tailgate before the men’s and women’s basketball games on Saturday, Nov. 12. Adults had the option of attending Cougarfest, an Oktoberfest-like beer festival coordinated with the help of Columbus’ Maltitude craft beer bottle shop, before the games. The women’s basketball team dominated Agnes Scott 89-33; the men soundly defeated Fort Benning 111-62. Admission to both games was free and open to the public.

“This year’s Homecoming was one to remember,” said Cylina Velazquez, senior marketing major at CSU and student co-director of the Homecoming Committee. “We brought back old traditions, such as Paint the Town and the Paws Up Talent Show, while creating new ones, like our #ThrowbackThursday Dance Party. This was my last year attending Homecoming, so I definitely wanted it to be the best one, yet."

On Friday, Nov. 11, CSU honored the following alumni during an awards program and luncheon at CSU’s Cunningham Center:

- P. Timothy Money (B.B.A. ‘86), 2016 Alumni Service Award
- Molli M. Newman (B.S. ‘05), 2016 Young Alumna Award
- C. Bernard McCrary (B.B.A. ‘05 & M.P.A. ‘09), 2016 Young Alumnus Award
- Bruce E. Baldwin (B.S. ‘79), 2016 Excellence in Alumni Achievement
- Denise A. Yardley (B.S. ‘83), 2016 Excellence in Alumni Achievement
- Raymond V. Herras (B.S. ‘00), 2016 Distinguished Alumnus in Military Service
- Yuliya A. Komarova (B.B.A. ‘01 & M.B.A. ‘03), 2016 International Education Alumni Award