It's kinda crazy how Homecoming is already here. Didn't school just start a few weeks ago?
Either way, WE ARE SO READY FOR IT.
This year's Homecoming is super special because the University of Wisconsin–Stout is celebrating 125 years, which will act as the theme. It's sort of like a huge birthday party. A week-long birthday party.
But what exactly is going on? What can you expect?
Some New Traditions
Speaking of NEW things, we're super excited to announce...
Stout Spirit Ambassadors
First, and probably most significant, we are not crowning royalty for king and queen this year. Instead, 8-12 students will be chosen for a Stout Ambassadors Spirit Award.
As a progressive campus, it's only natural that we begin perceiving Homecoming through a progressive lens. The tradition of king and queen, although not inherently bad, tends to put a premium on gender rigidity and status. This felt a bit restricting. With the Stout Ambassadors Spirit Award, we will be able to honor students across a broader spectrum.
In addition, the Stout Ambassadors Spirit award has greater responsibility tied to it: those chosen will play a greater role with alumni events, Career Conference socials, and the Stout Summit. In turn, ambassadors will establish a greater sense of community connectivity across campus.
Lip Sync Battle
When it comes to new events, we're going to be hosting a faculty/staff lip sync battle!
Groups of up to five faculty/staff showcasing their "pretend-singing" skills will face off against each other on-stage. Complete with props, outfits, and routines, these faculty and staff members will truly be putting it on the table for eternal stardom.
This grand event will be taking place on Wednesday, October 5th in the Memorial Student Center Great Hall from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Neon lights, music, and epic prizes. Need we say more? You can catch this one in the Great Hall as well from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Monday, October 3rd.
We've Got Old Traditions Too
Of course, we're bringing back events that Stout has known for years.
This one's a classic: taking place from the first day of Homecoming, Monday, October 3rd, at 8:00 a.m. until Thursday of that week until 3:00 p.m.
Proceeds coming from this year's Penny Wars will go to the Chancellor's Fund for Teaching Excellence and Student Success. The fund is dedicated to attracting top teaching talent and enriching student experience here at Stout.
Another classic. All week there will be a hidden medallion located somewhere on campus. Look for clues on Campus Life Today!
Probably one of the best sources of entertainment that you'll find all week. The Soapbox Derby is a mainstay for Stout Homecoming. There's nothing more satisfying that watching people race down a steep hill in makeshift vehicles. Stay for the crashes.
The derby will take place on Tuesday, October 4th at 4:00 p.m. on Wilson Ave & 2nd Street W.
Comedian: Jeff Scheen
We always have a comedian for Homecoming and this one is certainly different. Michigan native and Chicago resident Jeff Scheen is a total weirdo who has a tendency to appeal to millennials. His off-beat humor and slightly unsettling nature is why we love him.
You can catch Jeff on Friday, October 7th in the Memorial Student Center Great Hall at 8:00 p.m.
So consider yourself informed!
Any other Homecoming questions? Contact us!
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