Homecoming Moving to Fall for Enhanced Experiences

Cover of Spring 2014 Focus magazine, tiltedEditor's Note: This first appeared in the Spring 2014 issue of Focus, Columbus State University's twice-a-year magazine. (This schedule reflects a move in the Doughboy Bowl game date and location decided after print publication by CSU and Fort Benning.)

Homecoming, traditionally held in February at Columbus State, is moving to the fall and combining with Alumni Weekend for festivities on Oct.
20-25.

“It is going to be the biggest and most comprehensive homecoming CSU has ever had, involving  alumni, students, faculty, staff and the community at large,” said Jennifer Joyner, director of alumni relations.

“The entire university has taken a look at what activities could be combined and enhanced to bring everyone a wonderful week  and weekend of engaging events.”

[caption id="attachment_2964" align="alignleft" width="249"]Party Nation, an Atlanta-based band, will keep homecoming participants dancing Saturday, Oct. 25, continuing Alumni Weekend's popular Evening on the Top tradition of food and fun atop a Front Street parking garage that's transformed for the event. The band plays a wide range of music, including class rock, Motown, disco, '80s and contemporary Top 40. Party Nation, an Atlanta-based band, will keep homecoming participants dancing Saturday, Oct. 25, continuing Alumni Weekend's popular Evening on the Top tradition of food and fun atop a Front Street parking garage that's transformed for the event. The band plays a wide range of music, including class rock, Motown, disco, '80s and contemporary Top 40.[/caption]

The preliminary schedule includes:

Thursday, Oct. 23

6 p.m. - Alumni Recognition Awards, celebrating alumni achievement in five categories: outstanding  service to CSU, the community, career, military and distinguished young alumni.

Time TBA - Doughboy Classic at Fort Benning's historic Doughboy Stadium, featuring CSU’s club tackle football team vs. the Fort Benning Doughboys.

Friday, Oct. 24

6 p.m. - Homecoming Parade down Broadway

 7 p.m. - Live concert as part of the Uptown Columbus Outdoor Concert Series

Saturday, Oct. 25

7:30 a.m. - Columbus State ROTC’s Cougar Madness 5K Run

10:30 a.m. - Tailgating

7 p.m. - Evening on the Top, a popular Alumni Weekend event for three years, featuring Atlanta’s
Party Nation band and fireworks over the Chattahoochee River.

Joyner said more information on homecoming would be released closer to the October events, and some plans are subject to
change. For more information on homecoming plans, visit http://ColumbusState.edu/alumni.