Christian Bucey, a member of the 2013 Homecoming Court, speaks at last year’s “Yell Like Hell” event. Bucey and Tyla Young were crowned the 2013 Ohio University Homecoming king and queen. Nominations for this year’s Homecoming Court are being accepted.
Photographer: Royle Mast
The Ohio University Marching 110 Alumni Band performs during last year’s Homecoming parade. Guidelines and entry forms for this year’s parade are available.
Photographer: Olivia Wallace
The 2014 Homecoming logo was designed by Rachel Keaveny, who graduated from Ohio University this past year with a degree in information design. This year’s Homecoming theme, “Bobcat Family Reunion,” was selected by OHIO students and alumni.
Graphic courtesy of: University Advancement
Aug 4, 2014
By Angela Woodward
Ohio University’s Homecoming celebration kicks off in two months, but it’s not too early to start thinking about how you will be involved in this annual tradition of Bobcat pride.
One of OHIO’s largest and most-spirited events, Homecoming Week 2014 is scheduled for Oct. 6-11 and will celebrate the theme “Bobcat Family Reunion.”
Organizers of this annual celebration are busy preparing a full schedule of events that promises something from everyone and are calling on members of the Bobcat family and the surrounding community to participate in the festivities. Nominations are currently being sought for this year’s Homecoming Court, and guidelines and entry forms for the annual Homecoming Parade are available.
The 2014 Homecoming Court
Everyone from within the University and the surrounding community is encouraged to nominate an OHIO graduating senior to serve on this year’s Homecoming Court, which will be made up entirely of seniors.
The nomination process is being done entirely online, with nomination forms available at http://www.ohio.edu/homecoming/homecoming-court-nomination.cfm. OHIO seniors may also nominate themselves.
Those submitting nominations should nominate a senior who promotes the values of Ohio University, takes pride in the University, represents the student body and enhances the University as a whole.
The nomination period kicked off Aug. 1 and runs through 5 p.m. Sept. 24.
Students who are nominated for Homecoming Court will be notified and will then decide whether to apply as a candidate for Homecoming Court. After candidates apply for the court, they will receive an e-mail with instructions.
Based on the applications, 20 students will be selected to move on to an interview process. Homecoming Court interviews will be held Sept. 29-30 with the 10 individuals selected for the Court to be announced Oct. 1.
Members of the Homecoming Court will proudly represent OHIO’s Class of 2015 during this year’s Homecoming festivities.
“Homecoming Court represents the students on campus who have shown dedication and excellence in academics, extracurricular activities and giving back to the OHIO community,” explained Brian Heilmeier, assistant director of student activities. “I’m really looking forward to seeing the outstanding students who will represent their campus this year during Homecoming Week.”
During Homecoming Week, the OHIO student body will vote to select who among the Homecoming Court will serve as the 2014 Homecoming King and Queen. The king and queen will be announced during the Homecoming football game on Saturday, Oct. 11.
The 2014 Homecoming Parade
While Ohio University’s Homecoming Court is only open to OHIO’s graduating seniors, perhaps the largest Homecoming event of them all – the annual parade – is open to the entire Bobcat Nation as well as members of the local community.
Guidelines and entry forms for this year’s Homecoming Parade are available at http://www.ohio.edu/homecoming/parade.cfm. The deadline to submit parade entry forms is 4 p.m. Sept. 26. Again this year, there is no fee to participate in the Homecoming Parade.
Hosted by the University Program Council, the Homecoming Parade will kick off at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, and will pay tribute to this year’s Homecoming theme, “Bobcat Family Reunion.”
Organizations from within OHIO and the surrounding community are invited to participate in the parade with spirited floats, banners and displays. Prizes, ranging from $150 to $500, will be awarded to the top three floats and banners, and the winners will be recognized at the Homecoming football game later that day.
Parade participants are required to attend one of two meetings during which they will receive their number placement in the parade and be asked to sign a Parade Compliance and Safety Form. Those meetings are scheduled for noon to 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 29, in Baker University Center 240 and 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, in the Baker University Center Theatre.
The parade route will remain the same as last year, traversing city streets before entering the Athens Campus. The parade will start on Factory Street, turn right onto Union Street and then turn right onto Court Street (traveling in the opposite direction of the normal traffic flow). The parade will go past Baker University Center where the units will be scored by judges before proceeding left onto Park Place. The parade will then turn right onto University Terrace and proceed to parking lot 93 (outside the golf and tennis facility) for float dismantling and recycling.
For a growing list of Homecoming events, visit www.ohio.edu/homecoming/ and follow OHIO Homecoming on Twitter @OUHC2014.