Homecoming events bring together students

By Ryan Miller

Contributing Writer

Homecoming is a time where past and present V-Hawks come together to celebrate the sports and traditions of Viterbo University. The week is in full swing as Viterbo stu­dents find themselves in the midst of hunting for the bro code, compet­ing in Minute-to-Win-it challenges and reflecting on the “Suit Up” Vic contest submissions.

The day will kick off with the Wall of Fame induction at 10 a.m. in the VAC (Varsity Athletic Center) lobby.

Each year, two recipients are in­ducted into Viterbo’s Wall of Fame based on performances in athletics, academics and community involve­ment. This year both recipients, Jeremy Fradette (basketball, class of 2007) and Chelsea (Mucken­hirn) Hawkins (volleyball, class of 2007), will attend the ceremony and give acceptance speeches for their awards, followed by a reception located in the VAC lobby/gymnasi­um area directly after the ceremony.

Following the Wall of Fame in­duction will be a women’s alumni basketball game at 11:45 a.m. and then a men’s alumni game at 1 p.m. Both alumni basketball games will be hosted in the VAC gymnasium.

Kathy Duerwachter, director of Alumni Relations, said “The men’s and women’s alumni games are open and free to anyone who would like to come and cheer on our alumni.”

The Alumni Association would like to increase the number of alumni playing in the games and spectators cheering them on. At 3:30 p.m., the Alumni Association is also sponsoring the second annual homecoming tailgate party located in between Murphy and the VAC.

When asked about the event, Duer­wachter commented, “Alumni are excited for the new Tailgate Party…

In fact, Stephanie Kane and Kaila Schoenberger [both 2012 graduates] are coming back to help with the Tailgate Party [as alumnae]…We hope to keep growing the event!”

However, the tailgate is not just for alumni Duerwachter said. It is open to the entire Viterbo com­munity and will have free food, a basketball competition and prizes to promote school spirit.

The women’s basketball game against conference foe Mount Mer­cy will kick off at 4 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 6 p.m..

When asked about having a big, enthusiastic crowd, junior guard Izac Sheforgen from Saint Francis, Minn., answered, “It would mean a lot to us to have a crowd like that…I think a good fan base at home­coming would definitely energize our guys and help us pull out a very important win.”

Both the men’s and women’s bas­ketball teams hope for an energetic crowd at the games, Sheforgen said. SAAC (Student Athletic Advisory Committee) has dubbed the crowd dress up theme for the homecoming games to be a “pink out” in corre­spondence with the annual t-shirt sale to raise money for the Play 4 Kay cancer research foundation sponsored by the women’s basket­ball team.

Sheforgen also had a message for his Viterbo peers: “Be ready to cheer and help us pull out an important victory. We are having a great season thus far, and with your support, hopefully we can finish our regular season in good fashion.”

Wash off your face paint after the basketball games and bust out your red carpet attire for the 2013 “Suit Up” Homecoming Dance. It starts at 9 pm and lasts until midnight. This year the dance is located at 1129 La Crosse Street in the Concor­dia Ballroom. Be sure to have dance shoes on, because according to Con­cordiaBallroom.com, the Concordia Ballroom has one of the largest real wood dance floors in the area.

Shuttle bus transportation to the dance will leave from the student union every thirty minutes. Not a fan of dancing? Do not worry, snacks and beverages will be provided at the dance. The shuttle bus transportation, dance, and snacks are all free thanks to the SAB (Student Activities Board). After the dance, RHC (Residence Hall Council) is hosting a post party. The party will be back on campus and will last until approximately 2 am.

Homecoming is an event that has been a crucial piece of schools for decades. During this week at Viterbo it becomes evident that this campus is a community rather than a university. Clubs and other organizations have pooled together to host countless free events for stu­dents and alumni alike. Enjoy this week to the fullest, and remember, it is a great day to be a V-Hawk!

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