College partners with Firelands for homecoming event

Hundreds of faculty, staff, students and alumni gathered to celebrate BGSU’s homecoming on Saturday, Oct. 1.

“This year, the College of Technology, Architecture and Applied Engineering (CTAAE) teamed up with BGSU Firelands to host the homecoming tent, which led to an energetic atmosphere,” said Heidi Hakel, who led the homecoming committee.

“The collaboration created a camaraderie that embodied the spirit of homecoming,” Hakel said. “We were able to accommodate more guests and make the experience fun for both kids and adults.”

The two colleges served Campus Polleyes breadsticks, a BGSU tradition, along with sandwiches from Jimmy John’s.

In addition to giving away mugs created by the Department of Visual Communication Technology, the colleges distributed homecoming pins and sunglasses. Those who attended were entered to win gift baskets by submitting their business cards.

In an effort to drive recruitment numbers, prospective students interested in majors within the college were invited to eat lunch with faculty and staff. After lunch, the students and their families took tours of the classrooms and labs in the Technology Building. Every attendee received a free ticket to the homecoming football game.

“We thought students would enjoy being a part of a homecoming celebration because it would give them an impression of what it would be like to be a student at BGSU,” said Brandi Barhite, recruiter for CTAAE. “We had a great turnout and hope to make this a tradition.”