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'Emory Land' brings fun and games to Homecoming Week

This year's Homecoming theme is classic board games, kicking off with "Emory Land" (Candy Land) on Monday and "Swoopopoly" (Monopoly) on Tuesday.

It's all fun and games as the campus community celebrates Homecoming with "Emory Land," a series of events all week that take their inspiration from Candy Land and other classic board games.

Candy Land came to life Monday in Asbury Circle as the Student Programming Council (SPC) kicked off student Homecoming events with "Emory Land," complete with a candy walk, cotton candy, frozen custards and cake pops.

Next up was Tuesday's Monopoly, or rather "Swoopopoly," when participants could travel around the board game completing different tasks and earning stamps to get prizes. SPC members also braved a dunking booth with a fall chill finally in the air.

"The Game of Emory" (think The Game of Life) is the theme for today's Wonderful Wednesday, also in Asbury Circle. Students can play various carnival games for a chance to win prizes while eating funnel cakes, popcorn and snow cones. Later, comedian Alingon Mitra will perform at Harland Cinema. Doors open at 7 p.m. 

The College Council hosts "Scoops and Ladders," like Chutes and Ladders, on Thursday in Asbury Circle from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Students can eat buttercream ice cream and play on an inflatable slide. That night, the University Center Board will host a trivia night themed to the board game Trivial Pursuit at the Campus Life Pavilion on Peavine Creek Drive from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The annual Homecoming Ball will be on Friday featuring a performance by Post Malone beginning at 8 p.m. Prior to the concert, students can enjoy First-Year Dinner on the Wagner Quad from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; the Greek Block Party on the Sorority Lawn from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.; and Eat to Beat Cystic Fibrosis hosted by Delta Phi Epsilon in Asbury Circle.

Homecoming events culminate on Saturday with the Homecoming Parade, which starts at 12:30 p.m. and makes its way down Asbury. Alumni, parents and students are welcome to come enjoy the parade and then the Alumni Homecoming Concert featuring a performance by the Plain White T's. Doors to the concert open at 1:30 p.m.

Alumni events welcome all

Alumni events for Homecoming kick off on Thursday, Oct. 19, at 10:30 a.m. with the Golden Alumni Brunch for those who graduated at least 50 years ago. Throughout the weekend, each of Emory’s schools and units will host specific events for alumni. 

There is also a diverse slate of university-wide events welcoming the entire campus community. Highlights include the following:

Friday, Oct. 20:

  • A historical walking tour of campus steps off at 4:30 p.m. with Gary Hauk, university historian and senior adviser to the president, starting at the rock structure near Alabama Hall. The tour is also part of Family Weekend.
  • Cocktails and Community Engagement: Building Atlanta Together, a conversation led by Emory Atlanta Young Alumni on the importance of civic participation, will be held at the Miller-Ward Alumni House from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • WISHDUST, a Staibdance Dance Performance, includes Emory alumni and takes place at 7:30 p.m. in the Dance Studio of the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. Dancers and Emory’s Vega String Quartet premiere this new work. The cost is $15 for parents of current Emory students; $8 all students; $20 all others.
  • A free concert by the Emory Wind Ensemble features the world premiere of Emory alumnus Nikoloz Kevkhishvili 13C’s newest film, “In Her Image,” with an original score by Emory Symphony Orchestra conductor Richard Prior, conducted by Emory Wind Ensemble conductor Paul Bhasin. The performance begins at 8 p.m. in Emerson Concert Hall of the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts.

Also, on Friday, Family Weekend events feature sessions on the career center, study abroad opportunities and information about the math and science program, as well as Goizueta Business School.

Saturday, Oct. 21:

  • The Homecoming/Family Weekend 5K Run/Walk through Lullwater Preserve starts at 9 a.m. at the Student Activity & Academic Center on Clairmont Campus and goes through Lullwater Preserve. Online registration is encouraged, but walk-ups are welcome. Prizes will be awarded to male and female winners in age groups of 21 and under, 22-29, 30-39, 40-49, and 50 and up.
  • The Welcome Center at the Peavine Parking Deck opens at 10 a.m. and continues until 5 p.m. with Emory t-shirts and schedule updates.
  • The Emory Alumni Authors Showcase will be held at Asbury Circle/Dooley's Statue from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • “Emory Street Eats” Food Truck Park will be in Asbury Circle from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Buy a Homecoming lunch in the heart of campus. Complimentary Coca-Cola beverages will be available.
  • The annual Homecoming Parade begins at 12:30 p.m. at Asbury Circle, processing through campus, after which McDonough Field will open up for the 1:30 p.m. concert with the Plain White T’s.
  • For children, there will be a Costume and Reading with Curious George at 12 p.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. The free event will be at Emory Bookstore in the children’s section on the first floor.
  • A Cookie Social will also be held at the Emory Bookstore on the second floor at 1:30 p.m.
  • The Emory Concert Choir performs a free concert at 8 p.m. in Emerson Concert Hall in the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, celebrating music professor Eric Nelson's 20th anniversary as Emory's choral director. The current Concert Choir will sing the first half of the program, and then more than 60 alumni of Concert Choir from all over the country will join them on stage to sing the second half.

Saturday will also have a variety of academic sessions with opportunities to interact with faculty; athletic contests for volleyball, swimming and diving and soccer; and informational events such as admissions information with campus tours.

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