Ogden Becomes ‘Wildcat Nation’ for Homecoming

OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University’s homecoming begins Sept. 14 at 8 p.m. with a free showing of “Brave” on the west lawn of the Davis campus (2750 N. University Park Blvd., Layton) and ends Sept. 22 with a football game and fireworks. 

This year’s theme is “Homecoming 2012: A Wildcat Tradition” and will include many events the campus community has come to enjoy, including the annual lighting of the “W” on the mountainside east of campus. 

WSU students, faculty, alumni and community members are invited to participate in the week’s many activities, such as the Wildcat Pep Rally on Sept. 17 at 6 p.m. at The Junction on 23rd Street and Kiesel Avenue. Crowds will hear from football players and coaches and  enjoy performances by the cheerleaders and dance squad. The community event also includes live music, street painting, food and fun.

“During the Monday night pep rally, Ogden turns into Wildcat Nation,” said Courtney Ellis, homecoming student co-chair. “All the football coaches are there, as well as the team and cheerleaders. It’s a lot of fun.”

During the week, the Homecoming Traditions Booth will travel around campus. Current students, faculty and staff can stop by the booth or the bookstore to obtain information, win prizes and take part in the “T-shirt Trade Up.” They can trade a T-shirt from another school for a homecoming shirt. The booth will be in various campus locations from 9 a.m. to noon each day. 

“We also have a new activity that takes place all week, and it’s called ‘Where’s Waldo.’ We have three stuffed wildcats that we will hide around campus and will then send out clues via text message, Twitter, etc.,” Ellis said. “If you discover the hiding place, you will win prizes and have your name entered in a drawing for an iPod Touch. The winner will be announced at the football game.”

To get a head start on game day, families can participate in the Young Alumni 5K/Kids K run, Sept. 22 at 8:30 a.m. The entrance fee is $20 for adults, $15 for current WSU students; children 10 and younger are free. Participants should meet at the Lindquist Alumni Center. Proceeds will support student scholarships. For registration, visit https://alumni.weber.edu/yac5k.

The pre-game carnival begins at 3:30 p.m. in the lot north of Stewart Stadium with food booths, music and entertainment. The game kicks off at 6 p.m., when the Wildcats take on the Eastern Washington Eagles. Fireworks will follow the game to wrap up a week of Weber State traditions.

To see a complete list of homecoming activities visit https://www.weber.edu/homecoming.

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Courtney Ellis, homecoming student co-chair
801-725-5682 • courtneyellis9@gmail.com

Nancy Collinwood, director, Alumni Relations
801-626-6885 • ncollinwood@weber.edu
Kelsy Peterson, office of University Communications
801-626-7948 • kelsypeterson@weber.edu