Rend Lake College’s 15th annual Homecoming festivities are set to begin Saturday, Feb. 18, and students will be casting their ballots later that week to decide who will reign as King and Queen. This year’s theme is “RLC Goes Hollywood.”
Homecoming activities kick off Saturday as the Warriors and Lady Warriors basketball teams take on their counterparts from Wabash Valley College at James “Hummer” Waugh Gymnasium. The Lady Warriors play at 1:30 p.m. and the men play at 3:30 p.m.
When classes resume on Tuesday, Feb. 20, students will return to Comedy Film Day, in which they are invited to wear funny clothing and costumes to school. Voting for Homecoming King and Queen will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Student Center.
Voting continues Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Student Center. Wednesday also is Sports Flicks Day, in which students can wear their favorite team jerseys or shirts. From 3 to 5 p.m. will be a chili supper in the Aquatics Center lobby, followed by the Lady Warriors facing off with rival John A. Logan College at Waugh Gymnasium. Candidates for King and Queen will be presented at 6:45 p.m., and the men take on the Logan Volunteers at 7:30 p.m. At half time of the men’s game, the winners of the new Faculty / Staff Homecoming King and Queen voting will be announced.
The Homecoming Dance will be held from 9 p.m. to midnight. Attendees are invited to come dressed as their favorite movie stars – prizes will be awarded for the best costumes. The coronation of the King and Queen will be held at 9:30 p.m.
Superstar Day will be Thursday, Feb. 23, and students are welcome to dress up as their favorite “diva” or “hunk.” The Creative Writing Club will hold a reading from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and from 4 to 6 p.m. will be a movie and popcorn in the Learning Enhancement Center. Students can enjoy free swimming, games, food and fun in the gymnasium and Aquatics Center from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday.
Friday, Feb. 24, is War Film Day, and students can dress in camouflage. Jeff McCoy, the featured speaker for Black History Month, will appear in the theatre from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Candidates for Homecoming King and Queen were nominated by the various athletic, academic and other organizations on campus. Students must be active participants of these organizations in order to become candidates.
The candidates for Homecoming King and Queen and the groups they represent are:
• Chris Clark (Paducah, Ky.) – Baseball
• Rebecca Harris (Belleville) – Women’s Basketball
• Amber Meador (Mt. Vernon) – Cheerleaders
• Erin Weber (Sims) – Criminal Justice Club
• Matt Jackson (Du Quoin) – Cross Country
• Megan Kern (Johnston City) – RLC Dance Team
• Blaze Ellis (Mt. Vernon) – Men’s Golf
• Meredith Mosel (DeSoto) – Women’s Golf
• Krista Cawvey (Collinsville) – Softball
• Lisa Parker (Centralia) – Women’s Tennis
• Charles Howell (Plainfield) – Track
• Amanda Higgerson (Du Quoin) – Women’s Volleyball
Candidates for Faculty / Staff Homecoming King and Queen are:
• King – Steve Holman, Biology Associate Professor; Henry “Buster” Leeck, History Instructor; and Rick Marlow, Architectural Technology Professor.
• Queen – Leslie Hodge, CPR Instructor / American Heart Association Training Center; Therese Melena, Art Professor; and Jeannie Mitchell Collins, Psychology Associate Professor.
For more information about Homecoming events, contact Tara Sullivan at (618) 437-5321, Ext. 1204.
High-resolution photos of each of the candidates are available by clicking on the blue links for each name above.