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Save the Dates: WIU Homecoming 2019 Sep. 27-Oct. 5

April 1, 2019

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MACOMB, IL – Calling all Leathernecks! Alumni, students, faculty, staff and community members should mark their calendars for Western Illinois University's Homecoming 2019, Friday, Sept. 27-Saturday, Oct. 5.

Current students Rachel Greene, a freshman communication major, and Daria Levchenko, a freshman Law Enforcement and Justice Administration major at Western, will serve as co-directors of the University Union Board Homecoming Committee. This year's event is themed "Rocky on Broadway: The Leathernecks are a Tough Act to Follow."

"We are so excited about this year's theme as it can incorporate a variety of fun musicals and shows. We are anxious to see all the creativity that will be sparked by our peers. Take a seat, cue the lights and enjoy the show," said Levchenko.

"We cannot wait to see the unique ways that Homecoming participants take on the role of Broadway stars. Our hope is that this theme will allow students to think outside the box, and most importantly, have fun," added Greene.

Homecoming activities begin Friday, Sept. 27 with Paint the Paws, which prepares Western Avenue and University Drive for Homecoming 2019, with volunteers painting large gold paws on each street on a path leading to Hanson Field. This event is sponsored by the WIU Alumni Association.

Leading up to the Homecoming parade and football game, students will participate in a week of fun filled competitive events, including Saturday, Sept. 28 with Paint the Town at 10 a.m. and the Scavenger Hunt at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29 is Rocky's Boat Regatta at noon; Chalk the Campus at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1 is the Variety Show at 6 p.m. and Thursday, Oct. 3 is Yell Like Hell at 7 p.m.

Homecoming Day, Saturday, Oct. 5, starts with the "Old Stompin' Ground Runaround" 5K run/1.5 mile walk. The run will be followed by a Reunion Brunch hosted by the Alumni House. The Homecoming Parade will start at 10:30 a.m., followed by alumni and student events at Hanson Field/Q-Lot and the Leatherneck football game vs. Missouri State.

The 2019 WIU Homecoming Week competition is sponsored by the University Union Board. Anyone interested in joining the Homecoming festivities can sign-up a team at, or visit and those interested in entering the Homecoming parade can visit

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