The Summer is Drawing to a Close, but the Fun is Just Beginning (Day 69)

Good Morning Argos! I can hardly believe that we have reached the 69th day of Summer Homecoming 2012 Planning. This past week has been full of adventures, organizing, planning, and more. During our weekly Homecoming 2012 Executive Board Meeting (Wednesday, July 25th) we met and discussed a variety of things.

To begin, Laura Jansen, Homecoming’s Spirit Chair provided us with an example application forms for her Spirit Squad, a list of potential prizes to be awarded at each Homecoming event, the calendar of events for the Spirit Squad members, and an example Spirit Attack sign-up sheet. Spirit Attack consists of a group of students (two per group) that sign up to go around the University of West Florida advertising the different Homecoming events and getting everyone excited and ready for Homecoming. There will be a variety of groups throughout each day signed up. If you are interested in signing up, be sure to check out the attached photo to see how everything works, or e-mail Laura Jansen (ljj6@students.uwf.edu) for any questions or concerns that you may have.

Our next update is with Ashlee Mobley, the Associate Director with Homecoming 2012. She has recently got in contact with Sonic, and has expressed they there are indeed interested in working with us for this years homecoming. They even indicated that the company has some ideas for spirit-related activities and that they can provide in-kind donations (food, beverages, etc.). Ashlee also spoke with Eric Ingerman, the University of West Florida’s Technical Operations Coordinator about creating a Homecoming video for her Volunteer Training Sessions that she will be offering for all those individuals who are interested in taking part in Homecoming 2012. Idealistically the video will be completed prior to school starting on August 27th, and each individual section will be narrated, include some form of humor, and by and large informational.

Chris Wheeler, our Logistics Coordinator has contacted the Corporate Office for Panera, is meeting with Nancy Quina in Aquatics about reserving the pool for Homecoming’s Pool Party, is going to be placing a Pepsi products order with Dale (not solely Pepsi), and is planning to meet with UWF’s Athletics Department about renting their tents. During our Homecoming Executive Board meeting we also went over each decorative item that would be present at each individual event; i.e streamers, lights, etc.

Two of the bigger events that we fleshed out were the Homecoming Dance and the Transformation of the Campus. The dance this year, similar to last year, will be broken up into two unique dances that will be held in the UC Conference Center. One room will be the Blue Room and will play Hip-Hop oriented music. The other room will be the Green Room and play Dance, Trance, and Electronica oriented music. Each room will also have its own distinguishable layout and decorations. The Transformation of the Campus consists of exactly what it sounds like; the entire campus will be transformed UWF Blue and Green style. There will be decorative flags, streamers, banners, etc. all over campus to let the UWF student body and the residing Pensacola area know that we mean business!

On another note, on Thursday, July 26th I, as well as Jessica Tweed, Roderick Wilson, Jordan Lore, and Morgan Sellers all presented to one of the Academic Foundations classes that UWF provides for its freshman. We basically presented about Student Involvement, how to get involved, and what were some of the requirements when it comes to getting involved. I, myself, presented on the different facets that go into planning, organizing, and being a part of Homecoming. Overall, this was a wonderful opportunity to have and I thoroughly enjoyed interacting with 35 First Time in College Freshman (FTIC).

The final component of this weeks’ Homecoming 2012 update consists of my one-on-one with Ben Stubbs. We discussed getting in contact with several food vendors (i.e. Mellow Mushroom and Pepsi) to see their willingness to work with Homecoming again this year. Furthermore, we went over a new UWF Tradition that we may start this year. I do not want to go over it yet, due to logistical reasons, but it looks like it would be a lot of fun for the student body. Finally, we discussed what the other Executive Board members had been working on over the past week due to Ben not being able to make it to our meeting on that Wednesday. Keep everyone informed of what each other is doing is my goal!

The week of July 30th I hope to acquire the homecoming@uwf.edu account so that we can begin re-contacting all of our potential UWF Student Volunteers on one uniform account (as opposed to our individual student accounts). Additionally, we were able to reach 238 First Time in College Freshman as potential volunteers / workers for Homecoming 2012. I am thoroughly excited to see some of them begin working with us in the Fall!

We only have 63 Days until Homecoming 2012! Be sure to check at our Facebook Page and Twitter Page for more fun summer updates!

GO ARGOS!

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