AUBURN UNIVERSITY- From Friday, Sept. 30, to Sunday, Oct. 2, Auburn University and the town of Auburn celebrated the reunion of the Auburn Family for Homecoming 2016. The weekend was filled with events on campus and throughout the community to welcome all Tiger fans home
To kick-off the week, the 88th Omricon Delta Kappa Cake Race was run on Monday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. In keeping with tradition, the first male and female finishers received a kiss from Miss Auburn, Madison Rolling, and the Student Government Association president, Jesse Westerhouse, respectively. This was the first year SGA partnered with ODK for the Cake Race.

_d3l0426The SGA Homecoming parade began Friday at 6 p.m., and featured the Auburn University Marching Band, cheerleaders, Tiger Paws, and Auburn-themed floats from on-campus and community organizations. The pep rally and Homecoming concert immediately followed in the Gay Street parking lot and attracted a large crowd of students and community members alike. This was the first year University Program Council planned the concert, choosing to feature Echosmith, an Indie Pop band comprised of four siblings, with opener White Tie Ensemble.

dsc_0167Haley Horn, director of UPC’s Major Entertainment committee, said the concert went smoothly Friday night. “We had around 1,500 people in attendance and were very pleased with the turn out,” Horn said.

Gameday on Saturday included special activities such as the Auburn Hospitality Tailgate at the Alumni Center, Fall Family Weekend events, and the kick-off for the Homecoming football game against the University of Louisiana at Monroe at 2:30 p.m. Auburn defeated the Warhawks with a final score of 58-7. The Auburn University Marching Band worked with the Auburn Alumni band to put on a half-time show for the crowd.

In addition, the winner of Miss Homecoming 2016 was announced during halftime. Kate Hardman, a nursing major and aspiring pediatric oncology nurse from Birmingham, Ala., is this year’s Miss Homecoming, and has the opportunity to put her
platform into action on Auburn’s campus.

_d3l0357Hardman partnered with Make-A-Wish Alabama to raise money for the wishes of terminally ill children in the state. “Right now there are 256 kids in Alabama battling a life-threatening illness and waiting to have their wish granted, so my goal is to raise money to decrease that number,” said Hardman. “It is my here-and-now impact on the children I cannot wait to serve in the future. I will forever be grateful for this opportunity and thenumerous students who have joined me this week to help these children find hope.”

The downtown Auburn businesses joined in the festivities by participating in an event called “Brunch and Browse,” at 10 a.m. on Sunday. Visitors had the chance to experience downtown by dining at one of Auburn’s restaurants and explore the shops and specialty stores. “As a team, our goal has been to reach out to and include every organization at Auburn,” Brooke Taylor, SGA director of Homecoming, said. “We have tried to make each and every person we speak to feel like they are known and welcome at the Homecoming events simply because they are part of the Auburn Family.”

Taylor went on to say that “Homecoming is a representation of the Auburn Family and the idea that once you are a part of the family, you will always remain part of the family, and you will always be welcome home.”

For more information on future events, please visit https://auburn.collegiatelink.net.

Written by Hayley Wright

Last modified: 10/25/2016