Britney, left, Vanessa, middle, and Jasmine slide down an inflatable slide during Spartan Village, part of the 2009 UNCG Homecoming festivities.

Come home again to UNCG.

Homecoming 2010 kicks off Monday, Sept. 20, and runs through Sunday, Sept. 26. It peaks with a full day of activities and events for the community on Saturday, Sept. 25.

Homecoming was previously known as Fall Fest, but alumni response to the name change has been overwhelmingly positive, says Linda Carter, director of the Alumni Association. And more alumni affinity groups than ever before have been invited back to campus.

“This is truly a homecoming for everyone…alumni, students, their families, UNCG friends, children of all ages,” Carter says. “There will be something for everybody. Homecoming is meant to be casual, spontaneous and fun.”

This is truly a homecoming for everyone.

The Big Bang Boom Children’s Band
performs 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday in conjunction with the Children’s Festival and Health Celebration sponsored by the School of Education and the North Carolina Teaching Fellows. Kids can enjoy games, inflatables, music, dancing, cheering, arts and crafts 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Kaplan Commons on the West Lawn of Elliott University Center (EUC).

UNCG alumna and Nashville music sensation Karla Davis performs songs from her debut country album Saturday 1:45 p.m.-2:15 p.m. at Kaplan Commons.

For sports enthusiasts, UNCG Men’s Soccer takes on Wake Forest at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Soccer Stadium.

Other homecoming highlights include:

  • Sept. 20 – Founders Day Celebration, reading by Rebecca Warren (winner of the 2010 Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition), Student Cake Decorating Contest, Campus Tours
  • Sept. 24 – Bryan School Alumni Reception, Political Science Reunion, alumni-student rugby game
  • Sept. 25 – Reunion gatherings for UNCG classes ending in 0 and 5 (and that includes brand-new grads from the Class of 2010), Greek Alumni Reunion, Russian Studies Reunion, Family Weekend, Spartan Village, Step Show, All-Black (attire) Party at the Lotus Lounge

Carter calls Homecoming a true collaboration. “Spartan Athletics, University Advancement, Student Affairs, academic units, Facilities, Groundskeeping, Parking Services and our chancellor – we all contribute staff time and resources to make this event happen.”

For a complete schedule of events, visit the Homecoming website.

Photography by David Wilson, University Relations