It’s never too early to think about LCC Homecoming Week.
That is especially true for Andrew Lathrop, head of LCC’s Alumni Association, who has overseen the celebration for the past three years.
Scheduled for the week of Nov. 12 to 17, Lathrop said he expects Homecoming Week to be just as successful, if not more, than last year.
“Monday (Nov. 12) and Tuesday (Nov. 13) will be designated as kickoff days, where we have the tent in between A&S and Gannon,” Lathrop said.
Free food will be available to students, and a hot dog stand owned by an LCC couple will be present on campus to cater to students’ lunch cravings. A DJ will be standing by to provide music.
According to Lathrop, for the first time, the LCC Homecoming Week will promote the college’s annual alumni basketball game Nov. 13 in the Gannon Gym. During the game, past basketball players compete against the current teams.
On Thursday, Nov. 15, LCC alumni authors will set up shop in the college library on the second floor. The authors will sell their books and talk to students about the process of writing and publishing.
“Last year, I think we had 15 alumni authors from all over the state come in,” Lathrop said. “It’s a nice meet-and-greet opportunity for students, especially those who are involved in the literary world.”
The festivities take a back seat Friday, Nov. 16 as Silver Bells in the City takes place in downtown Lansing. Lathrop said LCC will continue the tradition of featuring a float in the parade.
The men’s and women’s doubleheader will kick into gear Saturday, Nov. 17 against Delta College. The Lady Stars will hit the court at 1 p.m. followed by the men’s team at 3 p.m.
“For the half-time show, I’m thinking about bringing in a singer for the game to sing the national anthem,” Lathrop said. “And I’m going to work with the new athletic director to do something really cool at half-time.”
Al Nowak, the ombudsman and director of LCC Student Life, said the goal for Homecoming is to build a sense of community on campus.
“If we can highlight some of the talent that our students have here at LCC and have a little bit of fun doing that, I think that’s our hope for Homecoming,” Nowak said. He added that Homecoming is an excellent opportunity to promote campus athletics.
“We can continue to add something every year to make (Homecoming) grow a little bit and make it more of a tradition.”