Ogden Becomes “Wildcat Nation” for Homecoming

OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University’s homecoming begins Sept. 20 at 8:30 p.m. with a free showing of “Monsters University” on the west lawn of the Davis campus (2750 N. University Park Blvd., Layton) and ends on Sept. 28 with a football game and fireworks.

This year’s “Homecoming:  A Wildcat Tradition” will include many events the campus has come to enjoy, including the annual lighting of the “W” on the mountainside east of campus. The masquerade homecoming dance will be Sept. 21 from 8:30 p.m. to midnight.

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. 23 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 Woodfield, WSUSA programming vice president. “All the football coaches are there, as well as the team and cheerleaders. It’s a lot of fun.”

There will also be an on-campus pep rally Sept. 27 from 6 to10 p.m.

“We want to bring a rally home and show our Wildcat pride at the place we’ve received it,” Woodfield said. “It will be nice to have another rally the night before the big game, instead of just one five days earlier, so students can get pumped up right before the action happens.”

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 Sept. 23-27.

“We also have an 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 social media,” Woodfield 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 and raise scholarship money for students, families can participate in the Young Alumni 5k/Kids K “Run for the Fund of It” Sept. 28 at 7:30 a.m. Pre-registration ends Sept. 20. The entrance fee is $20 for adults, $15 for current WSU students and members of the Student Alumni Association, and free for children under 10. Participants will receive t-shirts and breakfast and should meet at the Lindquist Alumni Center. For registration, visit https://alumni.weber.edu/yac5k.

The pre-game tailgate party begins at 3 p.m. in the lot north of Stewart Stadium with food booths, music and entertainment. The game begins at 6 p.m., when the Wildcats take on the Sacramento State Hornets. Fireworks will follow the game to wrap up a week of WSU traditions.

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

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Courtney Woodfield, WSUSA programming vice president
801-752-5682 · courtneywoodfield@weber.edu

Aaron Newman, Student Involvement and Leadership director
801-752-8192 · aaronnewman@weber.edu

Nikki Nicholas, coordinator of student programs
801-752-7850 · nikkinicholas@weber.edu
Cozette Jenkins, University Communications
801-626-7948 · cozettejenkins@weber.edu