Alex Volkova, a senior in astronomy and astrophysics, and Sam Gallion, a junior in forensic psychology, are running homecoming for the first time this year.
They have made some changes to homecoming in order to make it inclusive and exciting for all who wish to participate.
Both Volkova and Gallion have made changes to homecoming in order to make it inclusive and exciting for all who wish to participate.
“The theme this year, we feel, is something that everyone can relate to,” Gallion said.
Gallion said last year the two of them had worked actively with Marianne Amundsen, last year’s homecoming coordinator.
They feel this gave them the experience they need for this year. Volkova and Gallion said they have a clear image of what they want this year’s events to look like.
Gallion said that she wants students to learn more about each other and work together in a way they wouldn’t have before.
One of the major changes is the Royalty competition, both in changing its name from King and Queen to Royalty, and also in preventing Greek organizations from working with one another.
Homecoming has always been a platform for organizations to come together, and Greek Life has been especially active and involved, according to Volkova.
She said that they wanted to use the successful homecoming platform to inspire organizations other than Greek Life to participate as well, encouraging organizations who have not worked together in the past to come together now.
“All organizations on campus make it a great place, so what better way to show it than to unite different types of organizations in doing things together,” Volkova said.
Likewise, the name for the competition was changed to make things more inclusive.
“There’s never really been a rule that says you need to be male and female to do this,” Volkova said.
Gallion agreed, saying that changing the name would make it more appealing to those who identify with something outside of the gender binary and could encourage organization pairs with a same-sex pairing.
Beyond the Royalty competition, Gallion and Volkova have also added a new event called Big Night Out 2.0, which will take place before a soccer game and reminds Gallion of a high school football game.
“You’d get food, you’d hang with your friends,” Gallion said. “It’s really about school spirit and making sure that people go to events that our athletes work so hard to put on for them.”
Alumni Affairs and the Florida Tech Alumni Association are also putting on events for alumni, students and the local community to encourage this theme further, said Cindy Berger, the director of Alumni Marketing and Communications.
“There’s a little bit of something for everyone,” Berger said, who’s planning her second homecoming. “It’s a chance for student activities and alumni activities to all come together.”
While the talent show for students is Thursday night, Alumni Affairs is having a 5K event during the day.
Meg O’Malley’s is serving as the meetup location as well as the location of the post-race party.
There’s also the signature concert event on Friday as part of Homecoming Fest in Downtown Melbourne.
“A free concert with great music is good for students, good for family and friends and good for the community, so we’re really proud to be a part of that,” Berger said.
On Saturday, the football game will kick off with tailgating, and alumni can attend the black-tie Alumni Gala Awards at night during the carnival for students.
According to Berger, one distinguished alumni will be awarded the Jerome P. Keuper Award in honor of Florida Tech’s founder and first president.
Berger said that they are trying to make sure the students have great experiences and that they feel engaged so when they become alumni, they are proud to have a good relationship with Florida Tech and Alumni Affairs.
“Homecoming is a great opportunity for student focused fun and a reason for graduates to come back and look upon their alma mater fondly,” Berger said.
According to Gallion, the reason homecoming is so important is because it brings people together.
The most important thing, she said, is enjoying the events together and being able to put that unity to good work.
Gallion said that the organization they are donating the raised funds to is HeadKnowles for the Bahamas hurricane relief. Both Gallion and Volkova agreed on the purpose of homecoming: bringing people together and helping people in whatever way possible.
Volkova said, “We’re all family and we want everyone to feel happy.”