Homecoming Week 2013 is officially underway and students have been provided with free food and fun events throughout the week. However, the focus shifts to the ISU alumni this weekend.
Illinois State University’s Black Colleagues Association (ISUBCA) has put together a number of great opportunities for alumni to come back and enjoy this Homecoming weekend.
“BCA takes the opportunity to come back to campus and to engage with each other, and to build relationships with the university and with each other,” Doris Groves, executive director of Alumni Engagement, said.
All weekend events planned by ISUBCA will be held at the new host hotel, The Parke Hotel and Conference Center in Bloomington.
The ISUBCA has a full schedule planned for the returning alumni this year. Kicking off the weekend on Friday, the Meet and Greet will go on from 7-8 p.m. at The Tavern at the Parke Restaurant. The Welcome Event will then follow from 8 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. in the hotel’s Grand Ballroom. Plans include the ISUBCA Showcase, in which ISUBCA alumni will get to show off their talents, and a comedy show. Afterwards, Club BCA will take over with activities such as dancing, card games and other surprises. For the cost of $35, alumni will be provided with an appetizer buffet, three drink tickets and entertainment.
Battle of the DJs will take place on Saturday from 8 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom. Included DJs are Reggie (DJ Qualls) Qualls, Randy (DJ Slick) Halbert, Tony (DJ Tone) Jones, James (DJ Acid) DeLette and Danny (DC) Cochran. For $25, alumni can sit back and enjoy the battle between the DJs as well as food and beverages served buffet style. A cash bar will also be included.
The ISUBCA Scholarship Brunch from 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday will bring the weekend to a conclusion. It will be held in the Hawthorne and Sienna Room of the hotel. Recipients of the scholarship will be present and recognized during the brunch. Groves hopes that the brunch will show “how important making scholarships available to students really is.”
Alumni can enjoy the Sunday brunch for $30. President Timothy Flanagan will also be in attendance.
The BCA is an active group of the Alumni association that plans a series of events through the Homecoming weekend, planning events in addition to the parade and tailgate.
For more information, check out Alumni.IllinoisState.edu/Networks/Networks/Bca/ or call (309) 438-2586.