Monday, October 11, 2010

Homecoming attendance, enthusiasm up at UIS

Attendance increased for every event at the University of Illinois Springfield’s 2010 homecoming, officials said.

UIS is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

Rebecca Roche, coordinator for the homecoming student activities, said the university worked hard this year to get the word out about events.

“It’s been a big thing to get people out,” she said. “In the past, people have come for the shirts, and that’s it. This year, in every event we had an increase in students.”

This year’s homecoming events started Oct. 4 and continued through Saturday. The university boasts 5,174 students, about 1,100 of whom live on campus.

This year about 600 students attended a pep rally Monday, while attendance doubled from 20 to 40 during Tuesday’s Make Your Own Spirit Wear and from 100 to 200 at the Homecoming BBQ and Lawn Party Saturday, she said.

Homecoming was featured in a October 10, 2010, article in The State Journal-Register.

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