By IMANI DAVIS and SHENE’ M. LEWIS
The countdown to Panther Town is underway.
11 ... 10 ... From Nov. 10-17, Claflin University will host its annual Homecoming festivities. Alumni, artists and everyone in between will be welcomed on the campus greens of the HBCU to reconnect, reminisce and rejoice with classmates and colleagues, past and present.
9 … .8 ….Planned events for the week include the "How Sweet the Sound" computation featuring Joshua Rogers and the Claflin University Gospel Choir "DREAM."
7 ... 6 ... R&B recording artist Melanie Fiona will headline this year's concert and comedian Benji Brown will be featured at this year's laugh fest.
5… 4 ... Signature strolls and rhythmic routines will also be on display at the annual Greek Step Show.
3 … 2 … There is still time to make plans to join us at this year's Claflin Family Reunion. Combo tickets are available and can be purchased online this year.
Ahead of the festivities, Claflin Interim Assistant Vice President of Communications Charlene Slaughter briefed multimedia students on Homecoming 2013 and her mission of spreading the word.
“My job is to make sure that I use all forms of media outlets to inform students, faculty and staff of what events are taking place at Claflin University,” Slaughter said.
Homecoming being among the biggest of events each year, the emphasis for Slaughter and her team is getting the word out to students and alumni – and beyond. “We are trying to target the community too,” she said.
Slaughter said homecoming involves a lot of planning.
SGA and SAB come up with homecoming event ideas, which must fall within a budget and also meet Claflin standards, she said. “We try to look at what took place the previous year to see what worked, what didn’t work and try to come up with homecoming events that could please students.”
In 2012, the student ball was not a very popular event and is not in the mix for 2013.
“We thought we would do some kind of outdoors carnival,” Slaughter said, saying the resulting event is Carnival on the Yard from 8-11 Friday night.
“Come out, join in on the festivities, it’s going to a lot of fun.” Slaughter said.
Click on the link to see the Homecoming events with details about times, locations and costs of admission http://www.claflin.edu/claflin-homecoming-2013
The 2013 Homecoming schedule
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10
3 p.m. - Miss Homecoming Crowning; Ministers' Hall
6 p.m. - "How Sweet the Sound" featuring Joshua Rogers and Claflin University's Gospel Choir DREAM; Tullis Arena, Jonas T. Kennedy Health and Physical Education Center
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11
11 a.m.-2 p.m. - Dorm Stroll Off; Panther Plaza
7-9 p.m. - Dorm Step Show; Tullis Arena, Jonas T. Kennedy Health and Physical Education Center
9-11:30 p.m. - Bon Fire and Car Smash, DJ; Gravel Lot Adjacent to the Jonas T. Kennedy Health and Physical Education Center
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12
11 a.m.-2 p.m. - Wild N' Out; Panther Plaza
7 p.m. - Volleyball Game: Claflin University vs. Paine College, DJ; Tullis Arena, Jonas T. Kennedy Health and Physical Education Center
8:30-11 p.m. - Poetry Café with Courtnay the Poet, Band; Ministers' Hall
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13
11 a.m.-2 p.m. - Fear Factor; Panther Plaza
6 p.m. - SGA/SAB Power Hour; James and Dorothy Z. Elmore Chapel
7-9 p.m. - Comedy Show featuring C. Dawg Oglesby, Lav Luv and Benji Brown; W.V. Middleton Fine Arts Center Auditorium
10 p.m.-Midnight - Late Night Breakfast, DJ; Claflin University Dining Center
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14
11 a.m.-2 p.m. - Greek Switch; Panther Plaza
7 p.m. - Claflin University F.A.M.E., DJ; W.V. Middleton Fine Arts Center Auditorium
8-10 p.m. - Concert featuring Mack Wilds and Melanie Fiona; W.V. Middleton Fine Arts Center
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15
8 a.m. - CUIAA Executive Meeting; Arthur Rose Museum
8 a.m.-Noon - Images of Success Classroom and Campus Visits
10 a.m.-4 p.m. - Alumni Registration; Multipurpose Room, Student Center
11 a.m.-2 p.m. - Two Minutes to Win It Flip Cup; Panther Plaza
12:30 p.m. - Leadership Giving Luncheon (by invitation only); Ministers' Hall
4-6 p.m. - Dinner on the Yard with DJ
6 p.m. - Presidential Scholarship Gala and Silent Auction featuring Stephanie Mills; Tullis Arena, Jonas T. Kennedy Health and Physical Education Center
8-11 p.m. - Carnival on the Yard
9 p.m. - Young Alumni Social; The Palmetto Room, The Cinema
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16
(All events at Jonas T. Kennedy Health and Physical Education Center unless otherwise stated)
9:30 a.m. - Homecoming Parade with parade marshal the Rev. Dr. Caesar Richburg; Russell Street from Edisto Memorial Gardens to Jonas T. Kennedy Health and Physical Education Center
11 a.m.-5 p.m. - Alumni Registration
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Lambda Sigma Graduate Chapter 75th Anniversary Celebration, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity; Ministers' Hall
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Omicron Chapter 90th Anniversary Celebration, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity; Orange and Maroon Room
12:30 p.m. - The Panther Den
1:30 p.m. - Homecoming Games: Claflin University vs. Barber-Scotia College
8 p.m. - Greek Step Show
9 p.m.-1 a.m. - Orange and Maroon Dance; The Garden Room, The Cinema
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17
8:30 a.m. - Pre-worship Continental Breakfast for alumni (complimentary); 1869 Club
9:30 a.m. - Worship Service; James and Dorothy Z. Elmore Chapel
4 p.m. - Founders' Day Convocation; Tullis Arena, Jonas T. Kennedy Health and Physical Education Center