From Oct. 10 through 15, Bellevue College hosted its first Homecoming Week, a series of events to celebrate its 50th anniversary. With events such as Thriller day and ramen eating competitions, the week was dedicated to involving students, staff and faculty in events across campus. Each day brought different activities and programs for the BC community to participate in.
“We were trying to think about what we could do that would create unity,” said Director of Marketing Alonda Williams.
“There wasn’t a sense of community on campus,” said Williams.
Nurturing a closer community is one of Williams’ main goals through Homecoming Week. In addition, the week’s events aim to elevate the awareness of, and affinity for, BC within the community, reinvigorate internal stakeholders with a sense of pride and enthusiasm for BC and establish programs that will benefit BC for years beyond this anniversary.
Events included the BC 50 photo in the library courtyard, food and clothing drives, LGBTQ’s “Speak Out” program, Thriller day and health and wellness day. Each day came with new activities for the BC community to participate in.
However, due to storm warnings the culminating event for this week, the Homecoming Festival, was cancelled. This festival was originally planned to be an all-day event on Saturday, Oct. 15. In addition, outdoor events on Friday Oct. 14 such as the sidewalk chalk art contest, photo ops with Brutus the BC mascot and golf cart decorating competitions were also cancelled. The ramen eating contest was still held in the cafeteria.
Although the Homecoming Festival was cancelled, BC plans to reschedule this event this coming spring quarter. The festival will still host a number of local artists, musicians, food trucks and events for kids. In addition, this event will be used to give the community a tour around the BC campus and educate them about new opportunities that the college will soon bring to the community.