Homecoming season is just around the corner here at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU). This year’s theme is There’s No Place Like SNHU; Student Involvement chose this theme to remind current students and alumni that SNHU is their home that they can always return to.
Homecoming usually brings in between 1,000 and 1,500 attendees. Alumni and families of current students are invited to spend Oct. 14 and 15 on campus to join staff and students in the festivities.
Starting Oct. 9, Residence Life and Greek Life will host activities each day until Homecoming weekend. The main events begin on Friday, Oct. 14 with the Alumni, Family and Friends Golf Tournament from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Passacon away Country Club in Litchfield, N.H. Other events that day include a NH Beer and Farm-to-Table Food Pairing in The Quill from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and a Muse Paint bar painting session at The Last Chapter Pub from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
On Saturday, Oct. 15, the annual Homecoming 5K Run/ Walk will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. starting at the Student Center. Sporting events, which includes lacrosse, soccer, softball, baseball, and volleyball, will be held throughout the day.
The Street Fair, the star attraction of SNHU’s Homecoming, will begin Saturday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. This will be held on The Green Space as well as in the Belknap Lot. The fair will feature carnival rides for the second year in a row.
In addition, there will be an inflatable slide, obstacle course, and bounce house.
Several food trucks will be parked to the side of the Green Space and food truck vouchers will be distributed to students. For the first time at Homecoming, SNHU bands and solo musicians will perform.
During the Street Fair, multiple Penmen College events will be held in the Hospitality Building where attendees can take mini classes in Pizza, Chocolate, and Charcuterie.
Later in the evening, the firework show, Lighting Up the Night, will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the Practice Field; fire pits and s’mores-making stations will be set up to accompany the show.
Colleen Lubin, the Associate Director in the Office of Student Involvement, is the coordinator of this year’s Homecoming. “This is the 50 year that [SNHU has] had student involvement [including] clubs and activities and Greek Life,” said Lubin.
A panel consisting of the dean of students from 50 years ago will meet with current students and discuss what involvement at SNHU has looked like from 1966 to 2016.
For the full list of events for Homecoming, visit the SNHU Alumni website at alumni.snhu.edu/homecoming.