Welcome home, Temple
Homecoming celebrates ‘The New TU’ through service, special alumni events and more.
Homecoming this year is a testament to Temple’s strong sense of community and service, as the week’s events begin on Saturday, Oct. 21, with a large-scale service project in North Philadelphia. 1K Help for a Day will mobilize more than 1,000 current students to help through activities such as street cleanups, school and recreation center improvements, and food packing for Philabundance.
This massive service project is not the only new venture to infuse Homecoming: A newly formed committee of nine enthusiastic and committed student leaders ensured the Temple celebration lives up to its slogan this year, “The New TU,” in honor of our new president and new football and basketball coaches — and overall new spirit invigorating the University.
“Homecoming has traditionally been planned by administrators with the help from a few involved students, but this year that ratio is turned completely upside down,” Dean of Students Ainsley Carry said. “Students are taking the lead, and the energy and excitement these students have brought to Homecoming is electric.”
This year’s student-led Homecoming committee worked closely with Athletics, Alumni Affairs, the Office of the Dean of Students and Student Activities to plan an exciting and unprecedented range of events from 1K Help for a Day to a concert by Philly-based hip-hop band the Roots, who will play in McGonigle Hall on Oct. 28, after the game.
Well-loved Homecoming traditions will continue with the outdoor Fall Fest on Oct. 24, a high-energy tailgate and football contest against Bowling Green on Oct. 28 at Lincoln Financial Field, and alumni and parents’ events over the Oct. 26–28 weekend. Donors of $1,000 or more to the University — Temple’s Conwell Society — will be feted in the annual recognition dinner on Oct. 26 in Mitten Hall.
Alumni Affairs has added its own new twist to Temple’s homecoming traditions. For the first time in its history, the University will welcome back alumni of specific groups and organizations, including Temple Rome, The Temple News, Temple Black Alumni and the Honors Program. In celebration of Temple Rome’s 40th anniversary, Temple Rome Dean Kim Strommen will be a special guest at the campus’ Oct. 27 reunion at the Student Center.
Join in on “The New TU”: Schedules of Temple’s Homecoming events are available at the Homecoming and Alumni Affairs Web sites, www.temple.edu/homecoming and www.temple.edu/alumni_friends.
By Erin Cusack
For the Temple Times