Homecoming is a time every year marked as a tradition for ISU during which many activities and events are offered for students to participate in throughout the week.This year was the 150th anniversary of the Alumni Association, and several events throughout the course of this year’s homecoming were planned to accommodate and pay tribute to alum from ISU.
Some of the events of the day were the Homecoming Parade, Reggie’s Tailgate and the Bone Student Center 40th Anniversary Reception.
The Anniversary Reception took place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Prairie Room of the Bone Student Center.
The reception was open to current and former employees, student employees, interns and volunteers.
ISU homecoming king and queen Brian Kulaga and Sarah Bollinger rode in a Normal Fire Department truck during the homecoming parade. The parade began at 10 a.m. on the corner of College Ave. and University St.
As always, students and alumni alike were tailgating to root on the Redbirds.
“We are getting bigger each year,” Carrie Anna Courtad, assistant professor in the department of special education, said about the College of Education Tailgate.
“We started off with very little. We had never done one prior to three years ago and I thought we needed a tailgate for the college. It has grown every year since then.”
Students joined Reggie at his Official Tailgate at 11:30 a.m. in the Tailgating Zone with live music from Heroso.
“It was really nice to meet up with friends and tailgate before the game,” Andrew Medina, junior criminal justice sciences major, said.
The Department of Politics and Government hosted a tailgating tent at Hancock Stadium’s Tent Zone.
The tailgate ran from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and was open to all alumni, faculty and students.
Marina Johnson, 1980 alumnus, was excited to come back to the campus not only to see the new stadium, but to witness a fellow alum be inducted into the 2013 Percy Hall of Fame.
“It was nice to come back and see the new stadium, but part of it was the Hall of Fame inductees,” Johnson said.
“I taught Nicole Duncheon as a student, who was honored at halftime into the Percy Hall of Fame.”
Among the others inducted into the Percy Hall of Fame at halftime of the Redbirds game were Jill Hollembeak, Tom Sipula, Sam Young and Stacey Stewart.
Even with all of the festivities and excitement surrounding the activities for ISU Homecoming, the Redbirds were able to pull off a win against the Leathernecks to finish off the weekend.