This year, SFA’s theme for homecoming will be “Stay at Home-coming.” Homecoming will begin the week of Oct.19, and will continue up until Oct. 24, where SFA will face off against Abilene Christian University for the homecoming football game.

The traditional events associated with homecoming like the bonfire, the parade and the homecoming court competition will not occur.

“While we hate that alumni and students are not able to participate in our favorite homecoming traditions this year, we are excited to create opportunities online that all Lumberjacks can safely interact and learn more about SFA history and traditions,” Lacey Folsom, director of student engagement, said.

The service aspects of homecoming will still happen. Beginning this week, volunteers will collect food donations for The Pantry, the campus food pantry. The annual blood drive will be on Oct. 22. Other service-based initiatives are still being secured for the week.

There will also be virtual competitions. Traditions Council, the organization that hosts Homecoming each year, is working to host an online photo competition.

SFA’s Alumni Association will be having a Homecoming Alumni Auction in which a portion of the proceeds will go to support SFA scholarships. Interested community members can submit unique SFA items to the auction, and items that yield the most bids or are voted for various awards will win prizes. The auction will be from Oct. 13-25.

“The Stay at Homecoming Auction is a way for the SFA Alumni Association to raise money for student scholarships and operations,” Craig Turnage, executive director of the SFA Alumni Association said. “We are very disappointed that we cannot have our traditional slate of homecoming activities this year but hope to return next year for a great 2021 homecoming.”

Amie Ford, coordinator of alumni events and engagements for the SFA Alumni Association, feels that the auction is a great way to support SFA scholarships and programs.

“We also have lots of unique items that cannot be found anywhere else,” Ford said.

Students will receive more information about the virtual competitions and service week information in the coming weeks.

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