Attention, Penmen! SNHU will be hosting its Homecoming Weekend from Friday October 13 to Sunday, October 15.
To kick off the weekend, CAPE will be sponsoring their annual concert, featuring artist Fetty Wap with opener and SNHU alumni Matt Corman. The Student Government Association (SGA) will be sponsoring a pump-up event prior to the concert located in the Athletic Complex at 6 p.m. for everyone to attend, and the Fieldhouse doors will open for the concert at 7 p.m.
While CAPE wants everyone to have fun at the event, they also want to ensure everyone is safe and that the concert goes smoothly. CAPE’s late night chair, Matt Montminy, opened up about what rules have been set in place for the Homecoming Concert. He shared general concert etiquette as well as the organization’s worries and their plans to eradicate the potential issues.
“The ones [guidelines] that I do know is no drugs, alcohol, or weapons,” Montminy said. “The big thing we’re worried about this year, since it’s sold out, is that people may be trying to sneak in.” He then shared that Shannon Conway, vice president of CAPE, has spoken to Public Safety as well as the Hooksett Police Department to help maintain order and control.
“…What I’ve told people is that if you’re coming with a group of friends, make sure you’re all together, because once that electronic ticket barcode, whether you scan it from your phone or you scan a paper copy, once that ticket is used, it can’t be used again,” said Montminy
Among the guidelines for the event, the concert will prohibit reentry.
Starting at 12:30 p.m. the following day (Saturday), students and alumni can bring their family and friends to the Street Fair, located on the Green Space. Attendees can play carnival games, get a caricature and eat while listening to music provided by RadioSNHU.
Later that night at 6:30 p.m., students and their guests can visit the practice field located on East Side Drive for “Lighting Up the Night”, an event hosting fire pits, s’mores, live music and homecoming fireworks. Following the fireworks display, Big Money BINGO will be held in second floor banquet hall of the Dining Center. A variety of prizes will be available, but students should make sure to get there early as seats will only be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Associate Director of Student Involvement, Colleen Lubin, discussed the differences between this year’s homecoming as opposed to past years.
“This year’s theme is Destination SNHU, so we’re trying to have a really cool global perspective,” Lubin said. “That kind of helped us decide what activities we should do during the Street Fair. We got three or four different food trucks for the Street Fair… to try and play [to] the theme. We also incorporated a couple of international students performing during the Street Fair as well.”
When asked what she thought about the annual concert being held during Homecoming weekend, Colleen was very enthusiastic.
“I love it; I love the idea,” she said. “I’m psyched about who they got and that the students are really excited about the artist. But also there [are] alumni that [are] into it too, so you’re having alumni already come back to the campus for that weekend, and then they have this big exciting event to go to on Friday. I think that’s pretty cool.”
Lubin also mentioned some other events occurring this upcoming weekend, such as the Muse Paint Night, Sunday’s brunch, performance with comedic magician Michael Kent, as well as a wine and cheese tasting led by one of SNHU’s alumni chefs. Lubin then shared what she felt Homecoming was really about.
“Homecoming is interesting because a lot of it is about nostalgia, so the people are coming back, and they want to see the people they saw when they were here, and they want to do the things they did while they were here,” she said. “I just think it’s a fun weekend. Saturday especially; it’s like the center of the campus becomes this hub. I think it’s just a fun activity, something fun to do on a weekend, but it’s also just about being a part of the community and connecting with the alums… and it’s just about school pride, having spirit and being excited about being a student here.”
So, Penmen, be sure to come on out this weekend and show that school pride! A complete schedule can be found at https://alumni.snhu.edu/events/homecoming/schedule