The Tech community bops its way through Jukebox Homecoming celebrating the 89th year of the event with weeklong activities, ending with the parade and football game against Jacksonville State University on Saturday.
Jerry Keeton, coordinator of student activities and campus life, said two new activities were added this year.
“The pep rally is the newest thing we are bringing back this year and the pride day,” Keeton said.
Tech Activities Board introduced TN Tech Pride Day on Thursday on Centennial Plaza. Members of the TAB handed out T-shirts, a DJ played music, and the Golden Girls Dance Team, the cheer team and Awesome Eagle performed.
Other events included the banner contest on Monday, Battle of the Bands air band contest on Tuesday and the canned food drive on Wednesday.
Additionally, TAB is reintroducing the Homecoming Pep Rally at 5 p.m. today in The Hoop for the first time in four years. Competing organizations perform the fight song, a sideline cheer, and a mini routine in hopes of winning the pep rally award.
Campus organizations compete in homecoming through a point system. Keeton said teams gain points through member participation at events and competition placement.
Saturday’s events include the homecoming parade and the football game against JSU. At half time, Mr. and Miss TTU are scheduled to be crowned and the winners of homecoming are scheduled to be announced.
Six male and six female candidates take the field Saturday, representing their campus organizations in hopes of becoming the 2019 Mr. and Miss TTU.
“I have never received more support in my life than during my time as a Golden Eagle! Tech is my family,” homecoming candidate Chad Yonge of Kappa Sigma, said.
Keeton said homecoming builds a sense of leadership, teamwork and family.
“I have grown up being a Golden Eagle, and being a Tech student has helped me to grow into the person I am today,” homecoming candidate, Brookland Gordon of Phi Mu, said.
Organizers expect around 10,000 to attend the parade which steps off at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
The parade will be led by Grand Marshal Marc Burnett, Vice President of Student Affairs, who is retiring at the end of this fall semester.
The route starts at the former Hobby Lobby running north on Dixie Avenue and ending on Stadium Drive.
The 5-4 Golden Eagles take on the 6-4 Gamecocks of JSU beginning at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Tucker Stadium.