|The Thunderin' Hawks Pep Band will be a part of the Homecoming Parade
PRINCESS ANNE, MD.- (Jan. 30, 2014)- The Home of the Hawks is prepping for Homecoming 2014, February 7-16, with a traditional event line-up that is sure to please campus and community. The Student Government Association and the Office of Campus Life have planned a steady stream of activities from concerts and parties to a variety of shows.
“Homecoming 2014 is going to be one for the books,” said SGA President Justin Thompson. "The SGA has worked tirelessly to deliver an exceptional product."
One of the opening events, a worship service with the UMES Gospel Choir and Praise Dance Team Sun., Feb. 9, at 6 p.m. in the Ella Fitzgerald Center for the Performing Arts, is free and open to all. Students get the week started with “The Official Homecoming Kickoff Party,” Mon., Feb. 10 at 8 p.m. in the Student Services Center Ballroom. The event is free for UMES students with doors opening at 7 p.m. DJ So Wavy will be “spinning on the 1’s and 2’s.” For the older but young at heart generations, this means a set of turntables.
The Homecoming Concert, Thurs., Feb. 13, is billed as the big event with recording artists Meek Mill, Yo Gotti and Reaction Band. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for a performance slated to run from 7 p.m. to midnight. Doors close at 10 p.m. Tickets are $35 for UMES students, $45 general admission and $50 at the door.
Mill is a hip hop artist from Philadelphia. In 2012, his first album, “Dreams and Nightmares,” hit number two on the US Billboard 200. Memphis rapper Yo Gotti released his first album from a major label, “Live from the Kitchen,” in 2012. He was on tour this fall with his sixth and latest album, “I Am.” Go Go genre Reaction Band hails from Washington, D.C.
Need some variety? Check out one of the shows happening on campus during Homecoming. This year’s Late Night Comedy Show, Tues., Feb. 11, features Corey Holcomb and Spank. Doors in the Ella Fitzgerald Center for the Performing Arts open at 7 p.m. for an 8-10 p.m. show with doors closing at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15 for UMES students and $25 general admission. A fashion show takes place Wed., Feb. 12 with the same time and venue. Tickets are $8 for UMES students and $12 general admission.
The National Pan-Hellenic Council sponsors the ever-popular Step Show, Fri., Feb. 14, from 6-9 p.m. in the William P. Hytche Athletic Center. Doors open at 5 p.m. and close at 8 p.m. Admission is $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Immediately following the Step Show is the “Official Homecoming Party” with DJ J Claxton. Tickets are $15 for UMES students, $20 general admission and $25 at the door. Doors close at midnight.
Don't miss the Homecoming game--UMES vs. Howard University, Feb. 15 with doors opening at noon for women's basketball at 2 p.m. and men's at 4 p.m. Tickets are $25 and includes both games. A parade on Somerset Ave. in Princess Anne at 10 a.m. and a Pep Rally at 11:30 a.m. serve as pre-game activities. Interested groups can request an entry form for the parade by Feb. 5 by calling 410-651-6434.
Visit UMEStickets.com for all ticketed events on campus during Homecoming or call 410-651-6434 for more information. UMES students can get tickets online by visiting the Hawk Campus Center sponsored by Auxiliary Services.
Gail Stephens, assistant director, UMES Office of Public Relations, 410-651-7580.