FAMU Kicks Off 2014 Homecoming Week

Posted at 4:19 PM, Oct 26, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-26 16:19:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL)-- Florida A & M University kicked off homecoming week this weekend. This year's theme is "I'm So FAMU: College of Love and Charity."

They kicked off the week with a Race 4 a Cure Run on Saturday and a Coronation Ball Sunday evening. This week will also include a talent show, health and safety fair, comedy show and barbeque. Next weekend will be the annual homecoming convocation, parade and football game.

Here is a full list of events from FAMU:

Students will showcase their talent during the FAMU's Best Dance Crew/Pit Pandemonium on Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. in Gaither Gymnasium. This competitive showcase will feature several student dance organizations.

On Oct. 28, the annual Homecoming Health and Safety Fair will take place at the Hansel E. Tookes Recreation Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The community is encouraged to come out and take part in free educational and health-related services, which include: diabetes, blood pressure, cholesterol and vision screenings. Attendees will also be able to receive free acupuncture pulse diagnoses, bone density scans, HIV/AIDS testing, and body mass index examinations.

After the Health and Safety Fair, the annual Homecoming Comedy Show will begin at 7 p.m. in the Alfred Lawson Jr. Multipurpose Center and Teaching Gymnasium. The show will feature comedians Cocoa Brown, Benji Brown, Lav Luv, and Lil Man.

On Orange Day, Oct. 29, SGA will host the "Taste of a Rattler" barbecue and celebrate Spirit Day on the Set. That evening at 7 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center the SGA Homecoming Concert will be held. The event will feature hip-hop and popular music artists Wiz Khalifa, Migos, and August Alsina.

During the day, on Oct. 30, the celebration continues with Green Day. The day begins with the Black Out March to the polls beginning at Lee Hall Auditorium at 10 a.m. The judging of campus buildings for the best and most creative decorations will begin at 3 p.m. At 6 p.m. the Real is Back Block Party and Rip the Runway will take place on the FAMU Quadrangle featuring music from DJ Drama and DJ Loosekid.

The SBI 40th Anniversary Hall of Fame Induction and Gala Mixer will also be held on Oct. 30 at 6 p.m. in the SBI Courtyard. The keynote speaker is John W. Thompson, CEO of Virtual Instruments and chairman of Microsoft, Inc.

During Orange and Green Day, on Oct. 31, the annual Homecoming Convocation will be held at 10:10 a.m. in Gaither Gymnasium. John Lee, Ph.D., FAMU alumnus and vice president of the Office of Access and Success for the Association of Public Land-Grant Universities, is the keynote speaker. At 12:30 p.m. SBI will continue its celebration of its 40th anniversary with an SBI open house and time capsule burial. Also at 12:30 p.m., the FAMU Young Alumni Movement will host its annual brunch at Hotel Duval honoring FAMU alumni Andrew Gillum, mayor-elect of the City of Tallahassee, and Phillip Agnew, executive director of the Dream Defenders. The event is hosted by Kimberly Brown, Ph.D., Miss FAMU 2005-2006.

The full day of activities, on Oct. 31, will include the Day Party on the front lawn of Gaither Gymnasium at 12:30 p.m., which will be hosted by Don Benjamin and special invited guest T-Pain. The event will be followed by the National Pan-Hellenic Council Greek Step Show at 7 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center.

The much-anticipated annual Homecoming Parade will be held on Nov. 1. The parade will start at the intersection of North Macomb and West Georgia Streets. The parade will end at Howard Hall, serving as the kick-off of tailgating events and the Alumni Village at Bragg Memorial Stadium. The Homecoming game against Norfolk State University will begin at 3 p.m.

Immediately following the game at 7 p.m. there will be an open air concert on the front lawn of Gaither Gymnasium hosted by Marvin Dixon, and featuring performing artists Quinn and Juke Box. The annual Homecoming Gospel Concert will begin at 8 p.m. at Lee Hall Auditorium featuring Ricky Dillard.

Ending the week of homecoming activities on Nov. 2 is the Rattler Fever Campus Clean Up at Bragg Stadium at 10:10 a.m. The Homecoming Car Show will also take place at Bragg Stadium at 1 p.m.

For more information, call the Office of Student Activities at (850) 599-3400.