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  • Writer's pictureJayson Toney

lions saddle up for homecoming

Updated: Aug 29, 2022

Last week the students at The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith celebrated their homecoming week with a western twist. The week was packed with fun activities to help honor our students, staff, and community. The Wild Roarin’ West spirit was seen all over campus through several contests. From western decorations to lasso competitions, lions enjoyed getting to take part in all homecoming festivities.

The week started off with homecoming banner displays on Monday. Each RSO competing was told to make a banner that represented their organization as well as the homecoming theme. The results of this competition were Delta Gamma & Sigma Nu in 3rd place, Alpha Omicron Pi & Kappa Alpha in 2nd place, and the Campus Activities Board took home 1st place. Monday also consisted of Rising in the River Valley, a rally to raise awareness about violence against women, men, and children. Educational booths were hosted over various topics to help educate our students on the importance of domestic, sexual, and gender-based violence awareness.

Tuesday was filled with cowboy hats and 2 steps at the Hoedown Throwdown. This is a line dancing competition where each team gets to show off their creativity and representation of the Wild Roarin’ West through a group dance. Pi Kappa Phi placed 3rd, Culture Cliques placed 2nd, and Gamma Phi Beta & Kappa Sigma placed 1st in this event.

Next, Pack the Pantry made for a very rewarding Wednesday. Pack the Pantry is a competition to see which organization can donate the most items. This food drive raised more than 6,000 nonperishable food items to donate to The Lion Pride Pantry and The Community Services Clearinghouse. Results from this competition were Delta Gamma & Sigma Nu coming in 3rd, Culture Cliques in 2nd, and Gamma Phi Beta & Kappa Sigma in 1st place.

On Thursday, Lions competed in Homecoming Trivia. Delta Gamma & Sigma Nu landed in 3rd place. Pi Kappa Phi landed in 2nd place. And lastly, Gamma Phi Beta & Kappa Sigma ended in 1st place. Later that evening, students got to enjoy some Lady Lions and Lions basketball games, where the 2022 homecoming court was announced. This year's Queen court included: Kassidy Barnt, representing Alpha Omicron Pi; Reagan Heppner, representing the Campus Activities Board; Jade Rogers, representing the Student Government Association; and Isabelle Tillman, representing Gamma Phi Beta. This year’s King court included: Logan Aguilera, representing the Campus Activities Board; Bao Ha, representing Sigma Nu; Logan Kelley representing Kappa Sigma; and Miguel Roque, representing the Spanish Club. Congratulations to these outstanding students on representing their organizations with Lion Pride.

On Friday, students got to take part in the Western Showdown. This is a competition made up of several western-themed carnival games where teams compete for the Western Showdown title. The results from this competition are Gamma Phi Beta & Kappa Sigma in 3rd, Culture Cliques in 2nd, and Pi Kappa Phi in 1st.

Saturday started off with a tailgate, filled with lion spirit to help get everyone excited to watch the Lady Lions and Lions basketball games. Homecoming court took center stage during this to announce our homecoming Queen and King. Reagan Heppner was crowned the 2022 Homecoming Queen. She is a senior vocal music major from Elkins. Bao Ha was crowned the 2022 Homecoming King. He is a senior organizational leadership major from Binh Duong, Vietnam. We are so proud of these two exceptional leaders. Next, the overall homecoming awards were presented to the organizations with the most points gathered throughout the week's festivities. 3rd place overall was awarded to Delta Gamma & Sigma Nu. 2nd place overall was a tie between Culture Cliques and the Campus Activities Board. Lastly, 1st place overall was awarded to Gamma Phi Beta & Kappa Sigma. Congratulations to our homecoming week overall winners. Lastly, we ended homecoming week with a Lions Basketball win over Texas Permian.

Our students had an exciting jam-packed week celebrating homecoming 2022. We are so thankful for all the effort contributed to making homecoming festivities possible. All of the organizations that took part did a fantastic job in showing what Lion Pride is really about. Congratulations on another successful homecoming week Lions.


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