CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi faculty, staff and students joined with Islander alumni and the community to celebrate a week of festivities during 2016 Homecoming, held Feb. 1-6. The theme of this year’s Homecoming was “Catch the Spirit.”
“Homecoming is a very special time at our university,” said Dr. Flavius Killebrew, President and CEO of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. “There is something special about each event. They are all great.”
Activities throughout the week included a Faculty/Staff vs. Students Basketball Game, won by staff thanks to some bending of the rules; the Lighting of the “I” Spirit Rally, which brought out hundreds of students to cheer and celebrate their Islander spirit; and an Alumni Honors Banquet, which hosted more than 250 people. Other events included a campus cleanup, a painting party, a “penny wars” fundraiser, a casino-themed night and a fashion show.
Saturday festivities included a colorful downtown parade, a tailgate party and Islander’s men’s and women’s basketball games. The parade consisted of 35 different entries from both the campus community and the community at-large.
“It’s great to see the public support the Islanders by participating in and watching the parade,” said Amy Kotulski, 2016 Homecoming Chair.
The Official Homecoming Tailgate, held in the parking lot of the American Bank Center, featured live music, games and food. The Alumni and Friends Pre-Game Party, in a nearby location, hosted nearly six times the number of party-goers as last year.
Following the pre-game festivities, Islanders fans headed into the American Bank Center for the Islanders men’s basketball game against Sam Houston State. The game saw a season-high attendance of 3,713 fans, and Islanders defeated the Bearkats 51-48.
During halftime, the Homecoming Court was announced. Anna Whisenhunt, a senior representing Zeta Tau Alpha was crowned Queen, and Jonathan Le, a senior representing Phi Delta Theta, was named King.
“Each year, we attempt to make Homecoming festivities bigger and better, and this year, we definitely succeeded,” said Kotulski.