Campus Homecoming prep begins early at WKU

Melissa Hardesty

WKU expects around 20,000 visitors to campus during

Homecoming week.

With numbers like that, campus cleanup and setup for

events becomes critical to the week’s success. 

The Campus and Community Events department begins

preparations as early as four to six weeks before Homecoming


After the date is set, the department begins looking

for events that might require special setup or equipment. 

The biggest difference this year is

the parade. In previous years, the parade has ended downtown in

Fountain Square and students walked back to campus for Big Red’s

Roar. This year, Big Red’s Roar will take place in the Square,

which Jeff Younglove, director of Campus and Community Events, said

makes things easier for his department. 

Besides all the events going on during the week,

almost every department is hosting some type of reception or dinner

that requires tables, chairs, setup and cleanup crews. 

For example, 300 people are expected to attend the

Hall of Fame induction on Friday. Many of the events also involve

WKU alumni, who will be recognized for their volunteerism and other

ways they help WKU during the year. 

Younglove says his department “works closely with the

alumni to make sure everything gets done and everyone’s