Thursday, September 18, 2008

Clayton State Homecoming 2008... Welcome Home

The 2008/09 academic year at Clayton State University is off to a fast start in what is a historic year with the opening of Laker Hall and the Student Activities Center. In the spirit of opening the University’s first residential housing facility and first recreational center, Clayton State has set its schedule to officially set out the place mat and welcome alumni, students, faculty/staff and friends. This year’s theme will be: Homecoming 2008… Welcome Home.

Homecoming will be Saturday, Oct. 18, and like always, there will be activities and events planned, leading up to the Saturday soccer matches. The Clayton State women’s and men’s soccer teams will face off against Georgia Southwestern University. The men’s match begins at 1 p.m., followed by the women’s match at 3:30 p.m. In addition to the annual soccer matches, several other traditional homecoming events have been set.

Homecoming Saturday will once again start with a long-standing favorite, the Alumni Pancake Breakfast. The breakfast will begin at 9 a.m. in the Atrium of the Harry S. Downs Center and continue until 11 a.m. The event is free of charge to alumni, students, faculty/staff and friends of the University.

Later that morning, the Alumni Association, along with the support of various schools, colleges and departments has planned class reunions from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The reunions will be open to all respective graduates but focus on the following class years, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, and 2003.

After the soccer matches, the Clayton State women’s basketball program will be holding its annual Alumni basketball game, playing a 5:30 p.m. contest in the Athletics & Fitness Center. The crowning of the 2008 Homecoming Queen & King is also scheduled for Saturday, along with the announcement of the other Homecoming contest winners.

Last year, Takeeia Williams and Michael Ivie were named Queen and King. The HUB took home the “Homecoming Spirit” trophy for a campus department for the second year in a row, and the Teacher Education Club captured the “Spirit Award” for the top student organization. The Center for Academic Success received top honors for the “Door Decorating Contest.

The Clayton State University Foundation Town & Gown Golf Tournament will kick off Homecoming week on Monday, Oct. 13 at Crystal Lake Country Club in McDonough, GA.

The annual Door Decorating contest will also start on Monday with judging planned later in the week. Homecoming T-shirts will be available for purchase in the University Bookstore on Monday as well.

On Tuesday, Oct. 14, the Department of Recreation & Wellness will sponsor an Intramural Powder Puff Flag Football Tournament. The opening round of the tournament will begin at 7 p.m. immediately after the Clayton State women’s soccer match against Lenoir-Rhyne, which is slated for 5 p.m. on Laker Field.

Another first will take place on Thursday, Oct. 16, as Homecoming will welcome a Golf Cart Parade and Pep Rally to campus. The parade will begin at 11:30 a.m. and wind through campus, ending in the University Quad with a Pep Rally. The golf cart parade is open to both campus and student organizations.

Later on Thursday evening, the Campus Events Council will sponsor a Comedy Show for students. The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Student Activities Center.

On Friday, it will be “Spirit Day” at Clayton State and students and faculty/staff are asked to wear school colors and “Paint the Campus Orange.” Atlanta area radio station HOT 107.9 will be on campus doing a live remote from the Student Activities Center from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The Clayton State cheerleaders will also be on hand to rev up the event.

Clayton State intramurals will hold the championship game of the Powder Puff Flag Football Tournament at 5 p.m. Friday on Laker Field, while a Fraternity & Sorority Life Step Show is planned by Department of Campus Life from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. that evening in the Athletics & Fitness Center. The Alumni Association will be starting a new Homecoming tradition as well, hosting the “C” State Club Dinner.

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.
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