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Let the Southern Games Begin: Georgia Southern University is ready for Homecoming 2016, Nov. 7-10


On Monday, Nov. 7, Georgia Southern University will kick off a week full of activities for Homecoming 2016 centered around the theme, “Let the Southern Games Begin,” an Olympics-style celebration.

This year’s celebration consists of noon-time and evening events on campus throughout the week, along with the parade and celebration on Thursday, and the crowning of king and queen during halftime at the football game vs. University of Louisiana Lafayette. The week will conclude with a Veterans Day ceremony on Friday and a Red, White and True Blue 5K/10K race Saturday.

Other Homecoming 2016 highlights include:

Monday – Wednesday

  • Students can exchange non-Georgia Southern University collegiate apparel for a brand-new Georgia Southern Homecoming shirt during the T-Shirt Swap at the Russell Union Rotunda at 11 a.m.
  • The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life will host Pennies for Eagles at Russell Union Rotunda from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Pennies for Eagles proceeds goes to the Eagles for Eagles fund, which awards scholarships to help Georgia Southern students in extreme financial need.

Monday, Nov. 7

  • The True Blue BBQ and Biggest Fan on Campus Tailgate encourages student organizations to show off their cooking skills for a barbecue competition and set up tailgates with games, music and more. Both contests will be at the Russell Union Rotunda from 11 a.m. to  2 p.m.
  • GSU Idol, set for 7 p.m. in the Russell Union Ballroom invites students to show off their musical talents. Tickets are $5 in advance at $7 at the door.

Tuesday, Nov. 8

  • Student organizations compete in the annual Doo-Dah Dance and Step Show, set for 7 p.m. in Hanner Fieldhouse for spirit points and prizes. Tickets are $1 and proceeds go to Eagles for Eagles.
  • Crowning of Homecoming Duke and Duchess will take place during the intermission of Doo-Dah.

Wednesday, Nov. 9

  • Sculpt-It for the Food Bank, from 11 a.m. to 2p.m. at the Russell Union Commons, encourages student organizations to create homecoming-theme related sculptures in support of the Statesboro Food Bank.
  • The Screaming Eagles lip sync competition is set for 7 p.m. in the Nessmith-Lane Conference Center Ballroom.

Thursday, Nov. 10

  • The Homecoming Parade will kick off at 4 p.m. with President Jaimie Hebert, Ph.D., serving as the Grand Marshal.
  • The Crowning of Homecoming King and Queen will take place at halftime during Georgia Southern Eagles vs. UL Lafayette.

For more details about Homecoming 2016 and all events, visit

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