SUU Hosts Virtual “Stay At Homecoming” Celebrations

Published: September 18, 2020 | Author: Kenzie Lundberg | Read Time: 3 minutes

Southern Utah University's virtual events for Homecoming 2020Held the week of September 21, Southern Utah University’s annual Homecoming Week celebrations are going to look a little different this year. While events like Forever Red and the Homecoming Parade are still on the schedule, all events will be socially-distanced, masks will be required, and all alumni and community members will be invited to participate virtually.

“We love our alumni and our Cedar City community, but this year we are focusing on keeping our campus and community healthy,” said Ron Cardon, director of alumni relations. “All of us here wish to thank you for allowing us to give our students the best homecoming experience possible, while following state of Utah health guidelines for physical distancing and contact tracing.”

To keep the campus community safe, faculty, staff, community, alumni, and parents are invited to participate in the following homecoming events virtually.

For those that would like to share their SUU school spirit, SUU’s National Alumni Council is sponsoring a Decorate Your Space contest. All are welcome to decorate their space, whether it be a desk, room, door, yard. To enter the contest, post a photo of the decorated space on Facebook or Instagram and tag @SUUAlumni and use #SUUHomecoming by Friday, September 25.

In a combined event this year, Mr. & Miss SUU will be crowned Tuesday, September 22 at 6 p.m. Watch live on SUU Alumni’s Facebook page. Mr & Miss SUU will proudly represent the university for the next year.

Presented by SUU Athletics and the Leavitt Group, anyone can participate in the Leavitt Group & Auto-Owners Insurance Annual Virtual 5k during the week of Homecoming. Walk or run a 5k (3.1 miles) at any time or pace and be entered to win various prizes from SUU Athletics sponsors. Participants must register before Monday, September 21.

In conjunction with Homecoming Week, SUU’s A.P.E.X. Events is hosting David Lee, professor emeritus of English at SUU. David Lee was Utah’s first poet laureate; in 2001 he was finalist-runner up for United States Poet Laureate. He is the author of two dozen volumes of poetry, including The Porcine Canticles, A Legacy Of Shadows, So Quietly The Earth, Last Call, and Mine Tailings. Lee’s presentation will be streamed live on SUU Alumni’s Facebook page on September 24 at 11:30 a.m.

This year’s Forever Red event will be streamed live on SUTV-9 in a “Rockin New Year’s Eve” style broadcast for all alumni and community members. Hosted by SUU alumnus Rob Ferre, the broadcast will include performances from four stages as well as alumni highlights, and conclude with the annual fireworks show. Tune in at on September 25 from 8-10 p.m.

Last, but certainly not least, the annual Homecoming Parade is taking place virtually with a live Shoebox Parade on Saturday, September 26 at 10 a.m. Themed “A New Decade of Tradition,” the parade will feature shoebox floats decorated by students, alumni, and clubs. Watch the live stream on SUU Alumni’s Facebook page.

SUU is excited to celebrate the time-honored tradition of Homecoming Week in a COVID-safe format. Alumni, community, family, and university friends all share in the rich history of SUU and we thank you for honoring tradition and helping us celebrate in a safe and healthy way.

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