• Jacob Hensley

Prepare to celebrate with the heroes of homecoming


Graphic courtesy of CCU Student Activities and Leadership.

A student organizer for the Coastal Activities Board (CAB) said Homecoming is a time for students to get in the school spirit and become more involved on campus.


Nashira Riley, CAB president, is helping organize several of the events at Homecoming during the week of Nov. 7 – 13. This year’s theme is superheroes. CAB hosts the Talent Show, the Miss Teal and Bronze Pageant, and they will be involved with the Homecoming Parade.


“I believe that it will be different being that, you know we are kind of getting back into, not normal life, but normal life from COVID,” she said. “Last year it was – everything was pretty much virtual.”


CCU faculty, staff, alumni, and community member volunteers will be judging organizations competitions.


Jessica Combess, Director of Student Activities and Leadership, oversees homecoming. Combess said homecoming is a time to celebrate the University and what it means to the students, and it’s also a time for CCU to welcome back alumni.


“We are a relatively new institution,” Combess said. “I think it’s very important to get that alumni base here, to celebrate you know, what it means to be a Chanticleer.”


Combess said homecoming is a great time for students to celebrate being a Chanticleer. She said many schools in the past year did not celebrate homecoming because of the pandemic, whereas CCU still welcomed back alumni, although virtually.


Combess said many of the events last year were redirected and adapted to virtual. She said last year for the talent show there were a very limited number of tickets available because of the social distancing policy on campus, which is no longer in effect.


“We’re excited to get back for this year to more of a full scale, even if that is masks - of course safety,” she said. “We are here. We want to celebrate.”


Combess said this homecoming will hopefully get students involved who have never had the chance to experience a complete school year at CCU. She said the competition is a great way to get students involved and in high spirits.


“We are somewhat unique in the fact that we have a group, or we have a competition,” Combess said. “You don’t see it as much with your larger universities.”


Other offices on campus are also getting involved in the celebration of CCU spirit.


Matthew Barnes, telecommunications and cable TV technician, said his office is getting involved by decorating in a Daily Bugle style – following the superhero theme. Barnes said the office of Information Technology Services (ITS) will be creating a newspaper in which ITS saves homecoming.


“We’re doing pretty much everything Marvel basically,” Barnes said.


He said his office plans on placing the printouts of the newspaper around campus in the newspaper stands. This is a way for them to celebrate along with the students and alumni. Barnes said also that ITS will be making a short commercial containing clips from Marvel movies that they will be projecting in their office.


Riley said things will be different this year, and safety measures will still be followed.


“Social distancing and masks are still required inside the buildings,” Riley said. “But outside the buildings we will still be promoting it and advertising that.”


HOMECOMING SCHEDULE


· Miss Teal and Bronze Pageant

The Miss Teal and Bronze Pageant, sponsored by the Coastal Activities Board, will be held in the Wheelwright Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 7. Combess said Those participating in this event will be competing for a chance to move onto the Miss South Carolina Pageant. She said the finalists for the Spirit of the Chanticleer Award will also be announced at this event.


· Paint the Campus Teal

This event is tentatively scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 8 at Prince Lawn. Teams will be assigned sections of sidewalk to decorate with chalk based on the homecoming theme. This is a great event for students to artistically express their CCU spirit!


· Banner Competition

Banners will be hung around CCU’s campus on Monday, Nov. 8. Groups will decorate their provided banner in accordance with the superhero theme and hang them up around campus to be judged.


· Teal Tuesday T-Shirt Swap

This annual event will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 9. If students bring a rival university’s shirt, they can trade it for a limited-edition spirit item.


· Homecoming Talent Show

This annual event will also be held on Nov. 9 in the Wheelwright auditorium at 7 p.m. The event will also be live streamed. The Talent Show will consist of individual, duo, trio, and group acts. Individuals not associated with an organization are free to audition. Riley said two alumni will be judging the event along with other judges, and this is an opportunity to have alumni host an event that they most likely attended during their years at CCU.


· Farmer’s Market

The Farmer’s Market will be on Prince Lawn from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 10. Sustain Coastal sponsors CCU’s Farmer's Market. Various vendors from the Grand Strand Community will be selling fresh vegetables as well as many other natural products.


· “Veterans Welcome Home Resource Center” Supply Drive

This tentatively scheduled event is set for 3 – 5:30 p.m. in the HTC Concourse on Nov. 10. This year’s annual Civic Engagement project is a toiletries drive serving the “Veterans Welcome Home Resource Center,” (VWHRC) a local organization in Little River, SC.


Combess said the VWHRC works to help veterans in the Grand Strand area get back on their feet. She said the goal is to have them set for all of 2022.


· Superhero Glow Dash

This event will be held at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 11. Participants will dress as their favorite superheroes and race around Coastal’s Campus. There will also be alternative events for anyone to help celebrate U.S. Veteran heroes on Veterans Day.


· NPHC Step Show

This annual event, hosted by the National Pan-Hellenic Council, will be held at 7 p.m. in the Wheelwright Auditorium on Friday, Nov. 12. This event showcases the seven historically Black fraternities and sororities at CCU for their traditions, culture, and creativity.


· Conway Homecoming Parade

Combess said after more than six years, the CCU Homecoming Parade is back. The Parade will be held in Downtown Conway at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 13, which is also Homecoming Day. Groups may participate by designing a float or by walking alongside the parade route. At the end of the parade route, groups will be given 30 seconds to make a presentation, dance, or skit that will factor into the final judging of each group.


“With the excitement of the University’s football success and our further connection to the University, we felt as though this was a great year to bring it back,” Combess said.


· Homecoming Football Game vs. Georgia State

The Homecoming Football Game will be held at Brooks Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 13. Combess said first place winners for each category of the homecoming competition (small group, large group, housing community) will be announced between the third and fourth quarters of the homecoming game. Combess said the Spirit of the Chanticleer Award will be announced at halftime.


· The Spirit of the Chanticleer Award

This award is meant to recognize students who show excellent school spirit. Combess said this award truly epitomizes what it means to be a Chanticleer. She said this award will be personalized for the one student that stands above the rest in school spirit.


She said the winner of this award will be announced during halftime of the Homecoming Game. Nominated students must pick a platform to promote as part of the process, and they must demonstrate how they show school spirit. The winner of the award will receive a “Spirit of the Chanticleer” branded pullover, a trophy, and a $250 prize.