Celebrate Dixie State University During Homecoming 2019
By Brett Coleman
Beginning with the age-old tradition of turning the “D” on Black Hill red, Dixie State University is excited to invite community members and alumni to campus to celebrate Homecoming 2019 with a variety of time-honored activities.
“Homecoming is a time to reconnect with people who made an impact in our lives,” said John Bowler, Dixie State Alumni Director. “They may be friends, professors, or community members who helped us in some way. Remembering the people, places, and things that made us who we are is always worth our time.” To foster this reconnection, there is so much going on during Homecoming Week, which will run October 20–26. Let me give you a student’s insights into some of the events on campus you don’t want to miss.
The week will kick off on Monday, October 21, with the Classic Car Show and Carnival hosted by the DSU Alumni Association. Held at Atwood Innovation Plaza from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., the event is great for families, alumni, and students. There will be plenty of food, tons of games, and really cool cars.
The 2020 Miss Dixie State University competition will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 22, in the Cox Performing Arts Center. I’m always amazed by the incredible talent, initiative, and drive of my classmates who compete. Admission is $10, and tickets are available to purchase at the DSU Box Office.
Special this year, Dixie State will celebrate continued growth, innovation, and progress with the dedication and open house of our new Human Performance Center on Thursday, October 24. A premier recreation and academic space, the center is sure to become a great outlet for students at Dixie as they work on fitness goals, improve their personal wellness, and become active learners. During your tour, make sure to check out the 56-meter swimming pool, rooftop pickleball courts, and 65-foot rock climbing wall.
Friday, October 25, ushers in a weekend rich in heritage and tradition. At 10:00 a.m., the annual Homecoming Assembly will be held in the Eccles Concert Hall, where past and present students will share their love for Dixie. Following the assembly, my favorite event of the week, Rock the Mall, is held at noon on the Encampment Mall.
What is Rock the Mall? It’s a show, a spectacular, and a great laugh. Mostly, it’s good old-fashioned Dixie State pride! Student organizations and clubs take the lyrics to the school song and use them to create musical parodies and dances to popular songs. They are sure to entertain with their vocal takes, high kicks, and group routines. I’ve seen performances done to songs from The Greatest Showman, Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson, and even the ’70s classic, Grease.
Friday night, the DSU Student Association will host a drive-in movie on Tech Ridge. This is a family-friendly event with free admission. It will be a double feature with the first film beginning at dusk.
Prepare for a full day of fun on Saturday, October 26! The annual Homecoming Parade will run down Tabernacle Street (between 900 East and Main Street) and feature Dixie State athletes, departments, alumni, and (I’m hoping) plenty of candy. Directly after the parade, the DSU Alumni Association will host a pregame tailgate party complete with food and fun for all at Atwood Innovation Plaza.
The Homecoming football game will begin at 1:00 p.m. at Trailblazer Stadium. Kids eighteen and younger get in free, so bring the whole family to enjoy the afternoon as the Trailblazers take on Chadron State.
Homecoming is a time of celebration, reflection, and fun. I hope to see you on campus as we celebrate Dixie State. For a full list of Homecoming event details and updates, visit homecoming.dixie.edu.