Spirit week replaces homecoming

Deandre Hogg

Assistant Producer

Homecoming is one of the biggest events that Tarleton State University has in the fall. Due to COVID-19 Tarleton had no choice but to move the football season and with it, homecoming week, to the spring.

Photo courtesy of Tarleton State University’s twitter.

The Homecoming Committee felt that some of the homecoming traditions needed to happen this fall for first-year students to truly have the college experience and for the seniors who are graduating in December.

 “First year students deserve to enjoy these events just as we did,” a student representative from the Homecoming Committee said.

Tarleton Spirit Week Committee Chair Donna Stroyhmeyer wanted students to be a part of the fall traditions and events, however, she wants student safety to be a top priority when planning.

“The committee agreed and determined which events could be held safely under the current COVID guidelines during the fall semester and which should be postponed to the spring,” Stroyhmeyer said.

Stroyhmeyer also said that she wanted to keep the homecoming name away from the newly created spirit week. She feels the name itself deserves to be saved for the spring when the time is appropriate.

“We wanted to reserve the name ‘homecoming’ for the events held in conjunction with the football game in the spring. Many of those events are also attended by alumni, hence the name homecoming. We wanted a unique name attached to the events being held during the fall and Texan Spirit Week was chosen,” Stroyhmeyer said.

Stroyhmeyer views Spirit Week as an opportunity for current students to celebrate Tarleton traditions. The Homecoming Committee and Stroyhmeyer have been planning spirit week for months and have created a safety plan for students that come to these events that will be administered at all times.

This semester other Tarleton campuses will be holding their own form of spirit week including Fort Worth and Waco. Typically those campuses would have held their own homecoming, but they wanted to be a part of spirit week for this fall.

“The outreach campuses have traditionally held events on their campuses during homecoming week. They wanted to be part of Texan Spirit Week as well, each campus set their own schedule,” Stroyhmeyer said.

Stephenville spirit week will begin Oct. 11 and run through Oct. 14.  There will still be a lighting of the smokestack Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m., a silver bugle hunt Oct. 12 at 6:30 p.m., launching of the ducks Oct. 13 at 5:30 p.m., purple out picnic and meet the court is Oct. 13 at 6 p.m., and s’ mores with the President and First Lady Oct. 14 at 10 p.m.

The Fort Worth Campus will be holding its events Oct.12 through Oct.15 and the Waco Campus holding one event that will be on Monday, Oct. 12.

Stroyhmeyer promised students that this is not the official homecoming week and that spirit week will be fun and eventful. Tarleton official homecoming events will be announced once the football schedule is finalized.

For more information about Tarleton’s Spirit Week go to Tarleton.edu/Homecoming for updates about all events and locations. 

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