The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff’s 2017 Homecoming Celebration will be held Sunday, Oct. 8, through Saturday, Oct. 14. The theme is “Let the Good Times Roar,” according to Charles Colen, Homecoming Committee chairman. Highlights include:
Sunday, Oct. 8 — UAPB Day will be held at Full Counsel Church, 517 S. Cherry St. Sponsored by the Word of Faith Student Fellowship – UAPB Chapter, the free, public event begins at 10:30 a.m. and will feature the UAPB Vesper Choir and Marching Band. A Gospel Extravaganza will be held at 7 p.m. in the J.M. Ross auditorium of the Hathaway-Howard Fine Arts Building. Sponsored by the Student Government Association, the event will feature recording artists The Walls Group. Admission to the event is $3 for general public and free to UAPB students with a valid ID.
Monday, Oct. 9 — The Black and Gold Pride Rally will be held at 10 a.m. in the Kenneth L. Johnson Sr. Health Physical Education Recreation (HPER) Complex. Attendees are invited to wear black and gold, bring their pompons and school spirit. The day will end with a comedy show at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 11 — Salonica Hunter will be crowned the 88th Miss University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff during the Coronation Ceremony at 6 p.m. in the HPER Complex arena. The Coronation Ball will begin immediately after at the same location. Formal attire is required.
Thursday, Oct. 12 — For alumni, the Homecoming Alumni Scholarship Golf Tournament will be held at 8:30 a.m. at Harbor Oaks Golf Course. Registration information can be obtained by calling the Office of Alumni Affairs at 870-575-8499. The annual Yard Jamz will be held later that day from noon to 3 p.m. in the L.A. Davis Sr. Student Union. Sponsored by Wal-Mart and the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership, the event will include a variety of foods, vendors and games. The Marching Musical Machine of the Midsouth (M4) marching band will also host a bonfire at 9:30 p.m. in the rear of the HPER Complex.
Friday, Oct. 13 — the Annual Alumni Assembly will be held at 10 a.m. in the HPER Arena. Following the assembly, the National Alumni Association will host a Chapter Awards Luncheon and General Business Meeting in the STEM building Conference Center. Tickets for the luncheon are $45 per person and can be purchased by calling 870-536-2309. Friday evening the Greek Show will be held in the HPER Complex arena. The doors will open at 5 p.m. The event is sponsored by National Pan Hellenic Council. Tickets are available for purchase at the UAPB bookstore. Tickets will be $10 each the week before the event, $15 each the week of, and $20 at the door.
Friday at 7 p.m., the Hall of Fame/King and Queen Banquet will be held in the Pine Bluff Convention Center Ballroom. Tickets are $100 each and can be purchased by calling the National Alumni Association at 870-536-2309.
Saturday, Oct. 14 — the Annual Homecoming Parade will be held at 10 a.m. on Main street in downtown Pine Bluff. Completed parade applications are due by Sept. 29. They can be picked up at the Welcome Center or downloaded via www.uapb.edu/homecoming.
Saturday, pre-game activities will begin at 12:30 p.m. in Golden Lion Stadium. Kick-off time is 2:30 p.m. where the Golden Lions will play the Marauders of Central State University. Tickets for the game can be purchased by calling the ticket office at 870- 575-8601 or online at www.uapblionsroar.com .
Homecoming will conclude with the Battle Royale at 6 p.m. in the HPER Arena, sponsored by the UAPB Marching Band. More information is available by calling 870-575-8919.