2019 Homecoming – Help Needed

Dear Colleagues,

As a member of the Division of Student Affairs, the Student Union Board of Governors (SUBOG) asks for your assistance in judging the 2019 Homecoming events during the weeks leading up to, and the week of Homecoming (October 13th to October 19th).  We would greatly appreciate your consideration in volunteering as a judge to help uphold these long-standing UConn traditions with SUBOG.

There are numerous events that our students participate in during Homecoming.  Many of these events are competitive and require judges.  Therefore, assistance from within the community is very important to the success of these events.

UConn’s Homecoming gives student organizations an opportunity to build spirit, work as a team and show their pride for their organization. They all come in with such high levels of enthusiasm, creativity and talent! Below are brief descriptions of the events that SUBOG is asking for your assistance with:


The Royal Tea occurs after the students have initially voted for candidates who they think have the potential to serve as the Homecoming King or Queen.  At this event, each judge will host a round table interview with the Royalty Candidates, judging them on their responses to questions that you ask pertaining to their involvement (resumes will be sent to you), pertinent issues on campus, or anything that you feel is appropriate (preferably UConn related). From here, the top 5 ranked Homecoming Kings and Homecoming Queens will be invited to participate in the Homecoming Pageant.

The Parade is the kickoff event to UConn’s Homecoming Week.  Held on the Sunday afternoon of October 13th. Student organizations parade around campus displaying their unique and artistic golf carts or marching unit. We encourage everyone in the community to attend, as it is a great family event. This event is followed up by SUBOG’s traditional Homecoming Carnival.

Artistic Homecoming Banners are hung in the Student Union Lobby throughout the week of homecoming to show school spirit.  The judging of the banner can be done at a time that is convenient for you during Homecoming Week.

At the Royal Pageant, 5 queen contestants and 5 king contestants are competing in various pageant segments to win the Homecoming Crown.  These 10 candidates have been voted on by their peers and then interviewed by our faculty and staff.  This event is held in conjunction with the Alma Mater Sing where after an elimination round the top 6 student groups are competing to win the honor of singing UConn’s Alma Mater at the Homecoming Football game pre show.

Lip Sync is one of the largest events of the year!  Over 4,000 people, whether they are students, faculty, staff or the general public, come to watch student organizations lip sync and dance their way to victory in Gampel Pavilion.  For many organizations winning the Lip Sync is the top prize!


SUBOG asks that you please consider participating in Homecoming 2019 by helping to judge one event.  We are very conscience of not having judges that are closely linked or associated with advising or overseeing the organizations that participate in Homecoming.  So if you have that type of connection, we ask that you do not volunteer but please, please come and show your support to students during ANY of these events!!

The theme of Homecoming 2019 is “Streaming Storrs” With an emphasis on the excitement of popular TV shows!  We anticipate that this will be a week of fun and entertainment for our students, faculty, alumni, and the surrounding community.  We hope you will be able to join us in making these traditions memorable.  For a complete schedule please check out homecoming.uconn.edu

We ask you to please list in numerical order of preference for three events you would be interested in judging. Please respond to Jessica.gerum@uconn.edu, no later than Wednesday, September 25th  (the sooner the better) and an email will follow up to confirm your participation in one of your choices should there be availability at the time you respond.  Thank you for volunteering!

____ Banners (your available time October 7th – October 16th)

____ Royal Tea (October 2nd 5pm-7pm SU 304A)

____ Parade (Sunday, October 13th please arrive 11:30am)

____ Royalty Pageant (Tuesday, October 15th, 7pm)

____ Lip Sync (Thursday, October 17th, 8pm)


Thank you for your consideration!

Jessica J. Gerum

Associate Director for Major Events & Programs

University of Connecticut

Department of Student Activities

2110 Hillside Road, Unit 3008

Storrs, CT 06269

Phone: 860-486-3423