Homecoming could include new attractions to spice up traditions as SACA begins planning for the Fall 2015 event.
Homecoming plans are headed by Alex Puryear, communication studies junior and the new Pride and Traditions coordinator of the Student Association for Campus Activities (SACA). SACA and the LBJ Student Center financially sponsor homecoming.
The 2015 homecoming football game will be held on Saturday, Nov. 7 against the New Mexico State Aggies.
Puryear has no solid plans for new events for Homecoming 2015 but has not ruled out making changes.
The Pride and Traditions coordinator can suggest new ideas each year, said Hallie Crawford, coordinator for Campus Activities.
“We are very excited about some new ideas to make (homecoming) an even better event,” Puryear said.
Traditionally, a talent show is held on the Wednesday and the Soapbox Derby on the Friday of homecoming week. The dates of other homecoming events have not been determined, Crawford said.
“The Soapbox Derby is one of the longest-standing homecoming traditions,” Crawford said.
A few other homecoming events are commonly held from year to year. Events last year included a three-on-three basketball tournament and powderpuff football.
New traditions were incorporated as well, Crawford said. The Spirit Festi-mall, added last year, included games, entertainment and carnival food. The hospitality tent for homecoming court members and families had food, drinks and photo opportunities during the pregame tailgate, Crawford said.
“Homecoming certainly has grown as the university has grown,” Crawford said. “Each year, we try to ensure our events are open and inclusive to the students, faculty, staff, alumni and community.”
The Student Organizations Council (SOC) pushes for participation from students and organizations throughout the week.
“SOC is not involved with the planning of homecoming, but we are involved in terms of promoting and being advocates for homecoming,” said Travis Green, English sophomore and SOC president.
SOC officials do not require participation in homecoming from their 364 student organizations, but it is encouraged, he said.
“It should be a really big week,” Green said. “It’s often overshadowed by everything else that is going on (at the beginning of the semester), but more effort from all organizations, departments and students would help.”
Homecoming 2014 did not attract as much excitement as the 2013 event, Green said.
“Everybody wasn’t as involved this year as they were last year,” Green said.
Russell Boyd, public relations freshman and event coordinator, said SOC serves as a resource for organizations during homecoming.
“We go out and support homecoming events for the university and also (for) student organizations,” Boyd said. “We make sure to show our Bobcat spirit in every way possible.”
Student organizations have an impact on homecoming, Boyd said. Organizations bring together diverse groups of students to garner school spirit and participate in events.
Boyd said better advertising and varied events to accommodate every student at the university could improve homecoming.
“Texas State is growing and changing, so we will work hard to ensure all SACA events, including homecoming, meet these trends while keeping the traditional spirit of Texas State alive,” Crawford said.