ESU Presents Homecoming 2018: Our Legacy

Posted by: Elizabeth Richardson on September 28, 2018, No Comments

East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania invites alumni, students, faculty, staff, and members of the community to Homecoming 2018. This year’s theme, “Our Legacy; Service – Spirit – Warrior,” will continue to celebrate ESU’s 125 Anniversary. An extended weekend packed with exciting activities kicks off October 4 with two ESU traditions. The 18th annual Pink Light Walk followed by the 10th Annual Drag Show. The Pink Light Walk will begin at 5 p.m. in the ESU Science and Technology Center on Normal Street with education tables with interactive programs and information regarding Lehigh Valley Hospital-Pocono’s free mammogram voucher program service. The Pink Light Walk will begin from there at 6 p.m. and will end at the Dale and Frances Hughes Cancer Center located on 181 East Brown Street.

The Drag Show, will once again be hosted by Sharron Ann Husbands and Carolann Carolann, and begins at 8 p.m. in the Abeloff Center for the Performing Arts.

Homecoming this year will include a Legacy Torch Run, inspired by an event which was highlighted in the opening of the ESU’s 100th Anniversary Time Capsule. The 2018 torch run is a symbolic passing of Homecoming spirit from the Alumni to the current students at ESU. On Friday, October 5, a torch will be lit at the Alumni Awards Banquet at Stroudsmoor Country Inn and it will be carried by different campus representatives through the streets of Stroudsburg and East Stroudsburg. Upon arrival to campus, the torch will light the bonfire.

The bonfire will be held on the rugby field behind Dansbury Commons. The bonfire will be the site of the Homecoming Royalty reveal, as well as feature performances from different organizations on campus. The bonfire will take place on from 7:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.

The Alumni Association welcomes back all alumni including the Class of 1968 who will be celebrating their 50 year reunion. This year’s Homecoming festivities also reach beyond campus and into the community, with 14 businesses in Stroudsburg and East Stroudsburg participating in a Paint the Town competition.

All activities listed below are open to the public:

Thursday, October 4 – Service

Stuff the Truck Service Project

1-4 p.m., University Center

To kickoff Homecoming ESU will collect school supplies for local elementary schools.

Pink Light Walk

5 p.m., Science and Technology Center

Education tables with interactive programs and information regarding Lehigh Valley Hospital-Pocono’s free mammogram voucher program service will be held in the ESU Science and Technology Center followed by the Pink Light Walk 6 p.m. to the Dale and Frances Hughes Cancer Center located on 181 East Brown Street, East Stroudsburg.

Drag Show – “Drag Through Time”

8 p.m., Abeloff Center for the Performing Arts

Cost: $5 general admission, $10 VIP admission. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Gender and Sexuality Center in the University Center, Room 103 or at Abeloff on the day of the show.

Proceeds benefit ESU’s Gender and Sexuality Center

Friday, October 5 – Spirit

Remembrance Day

2 p.m., Beers Lecture Hall

ESU celebrates the lives of students, faculty and staff who passed away this past academic year.

Midnight Madness

6 p.m., Koehler Fieldhouse

Events include entertainment by the ESU Cheer and Dance Teams, a three point contest, dunk competition Men’s Basketball Elite 8 banner, unveiling of the  and a first look at the 2018-19 Women’s and Men’s Basketball teams.

Legacy Torch Run

7:30 p.m., from Stroudsmoor Country Inn to ESU

Tailgate, Bonfire and Homecoming Royalty

7:30 p.m., Rugby Field

Events include a pep rally with ESU athletic teams and coaches, the ESU marching band and cheerleaders and food trucks. The 2018 Homecoming Royalty will be announced.

Saturday, October 6 – Warrior

Fall Fest

11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Dansbury Depot, Crystal Street

East Stroudsburg’s annual community Fall Fest and Block Party will include pumpkin and face painting, crafts, and more.

ESU Men’s Soccer vs. Gannon

11 a.m., Eiler-Martin Stadium

Cost: $6 Adults, $4 children under 12 /seniors

ESU Women’s Soccer vs. Gannon

1:30 p.m., Eiler-Martin Stadium

Cost: $8 Adults, $4 children under 12/seniors

Warrior Carnival

2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Minsi Hall Parking Lot

Enjoy amusement rides and carnival fare with family and friends.

ESU Football vs. Kutztown

6:05 p.m., Eiler-Martin Stadium

Cost: $15 chairback tickets, $10 general admission, $5 children under 12/seniors.

For more information on any of the homecoming events, please contact Joe Akob, executive director, student activity association at 570-422-3394 or jakob@esu.edu, or Jill Harper, campus rec and wellness director at 570-422-2977 or email jharper@esu.edu.  Information can also be found at esu.edu/homecoming.