Celebrating Homecoming at Western Illinois University-Quad Cities isn’t a new thing, but this year’s celebration will include a brand-new event: the inaugural WIU-QC Homecoming dance.
We asked Priscilla Porter, a Liberal Arts & Sciences major in her second year at WIU-QC, to fill us in on how and why this new event came to be.
Being the social butterfly that I am, I was on a mission to find events and clubs on campus last year when I first started attending WIU-QC.
One of the first things I did was join the Student Government Association. Although I didn’t hold a spot on the board, I still voiced my opinion and invested my time in helping with events here on campus.
I loved being a part of SGA, so this year I took the position of Chief of Staff on the board. I pitched my idea for a new approach to homecoming this year. In addition to our typical Homecoming day celebrations, why not have a homecoming dance the night before? This way we could advertise to our community of traditional students that may not know many people on our commuter campus.
We want students to have an opportunity to come together for an evening and get to know others here on campus.
Some of my fellow board members weren’t as sure about hosting this dance, fearing that it would only appeal to a certain kind of college student.
Our way of getting around that issue is to not only provide dancing and a DJ, but to also provide a social area, free Chick- Fil-A and other snacks, and a game room. The game room will be including, but not limited to, poker, Wii games, Apples to Apples, chess, and many more! This way we can have something for everyone to enjoy.
We are excited to see how our first time hosting the event will turn out! It will be in the Quad of the campus this Friday, (Sept. 29), from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m.! Friends of students are more than welcome to attend as well; the more the merrier!
We want students to have an opportunity to come together for an evening and get to know others on campus.