With Homecoming weekend fast approaching, Samford’s campus has been bustling with preparations and Homecoming activities. Both students and alumni have been showered with opportunities to gather, reunite and celebrate the Samford legacy.
The Student Activities Council (SAC) has been hard at work to provide undergraduate students with an exciting itinerary of Homecoming Week events. Planning for Homecoming Week began a month in advance, with students visualizing their ideas for the week, confirming plans, and eventually finalizing events and their corresponding vendors.
SAC President Andrew Mintz expressed his enthusiasm for the opportunity to organize the Homecoming week functions.
“Seeing as this is the first Homecoming week we have had without COVID restrictions since 2019, we really wanted to make this a special week for students and go all out,” Mintz said.
From the very start of the week, Samford’s campus saw a fun change. On Monday, Oct. 31, Homecoming banners were hung in Samford’s cafeteria, displaying the artwork of students from different on-campus organizations. Mintz said that the Homecoming Banner Reveal was one of his favorite events to coordinate.
“I love seeing all [student organizations] come together for one event,” Mintz said.
Then, late in the morning on Tuesday, Nov. 1, the SAC handed out free Chick-Fil-A biscuits on Ben Brown Plaza, and were able to give out free food to the first 125 people who arrived. They also provided T-shirts at the stand to purchase. That evening, the SAC brought in a giant inflatable slide and obstacle course for all students to enjoy at their leisure.
On Wednesday, Nov. 2, the SAC organized a cookie-decorating party at Harry’s Coffeehouse in the University Center. Insomnia Cookies catered the event, and T-shirts were also made available for students in attendance.
SAC hosted many more events throughout the remainder of the week, including a Doodles Ice Cream Truck and performance by DJ Skippo on Thursday evening, a Wild Honey Flower Truck and Son’s Donuts and Coffee Truck on Friday morning. Additionally, SAC plans on hosting the SGA Tailgate before the Homecoming game on Saturday.
“The Homecoming tailgate is one of my favorite events during the year because it is a chance for students, families, and alumni all to connect,” Mintz explained. “Homecoming is such a special event, and I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to play a part in the process.”