Homecoming

UAB Homecoming 2015 will be the week of October 4-10.


Blaze at the UAB Homecoming game
UAB students, staff, faculty, alumni, and friends are invited to all Homecoming festivities throughout the week.

More information coming soon!

Main Events


The events listed below are traditionally part of UAB Homecoming Week. Some events may be removed or added as the 2015 schedule takes shape.



Paint the Town

Date & Time TBA
meet at the Commons courtyard

Join your fellow Blazers as we paint our community green and white (with gold accents). You will have the chance to paint windows across campus and into the city and bring out that Blazer pride and spirit.



Blazer Hustle

Date & Time TBA
Commons/Blazer Courtyard

As a part of the UAB Homecoming Spirit Competition, participants rush around campus in a scavenger hunt like activity to find answers to tricky UAB trivia and compete against their fellow Blazers.



Pancakes & Karaoke

UAB Homecoming: Pancakes and Karaoke
Date & Time TBA
Commons on the Green

For a night of fun, students are fed a late-night breakfast and get to chow down on some yummy breakfast food as they sing the night away.



Homecoming Comedy Show

Date & Time TBA
Alys Stephens Center

To add a bit of flair and entertainment to the week of Homecoming, a comedy show is presented at Alys Stephens Center. Recent performers have included Seth Meyers of "SNL" and the stars of "Reno 911."



Homecoming Blood Drive

Date & Time TBA
Blazer Hall RLC

Donate blood for the Red Cross.



Gurney Derby


Date & Time TBA

Brought to you by the National Alumni Society, dress up in your best costume and race a gurney down 13th Street. Whether you win 1st Place or come in “Dead Last,” come out and be a part of one of UAB’s oldest traditions.

After the Gurney Derby, there will be a a free cookout on the Campus Green.



Blazer Showdown

An ethusiastic crowd cheers during the Blazer Showdown
Date & Time TBA
Campus Green

Showcase your acting skills with a skit or your rhythm and dance moves on stage during the Blazer Showdown (formerly known as "Stompdown"). Even if you don't take the stage yourself, come out to show your support for those who do.



Hoops on the Haasephalt


Date & Time TBA
Parking Lot 15A - Bell/Ullman Lot

This annual event kicks off the UAB Basketball season on a temporary outdoor court constructed in the parking lot in front of the Bell and Ullman buildings. The Fan Zone includes inflatables, food trucks, and face painting. When the main event tips off, there will be a 3-point contest, slam dunk contest, celebrity knockout, and fireworks. Coach Jerod Haase and the basketball team will be joined by special guests (to be announced).



UAB Homecoming Bonfire at Blaze the Night Blaze the Night

Date & Time TBA
Fine Arts Plaza

A Homecoming Tradition, Blaze the Night, UAB’s take on a bonfire and pep rally is a fan favorite. Students, alumni, staff and faculty alike enjoy Fight Song performances by student groups, and the glow of the bonfire, as well as performances by the UAB Spirit Squads and the Marching Blazers. The UAB Football players also join us to say a few words.



Homecoming Parade


Friday, October 9 at noon

A highlight of the week, the UAB Homecoming Parade draws hundreds of viewers from all over Birmingham. Student Organizations, Campus Departments, and organizations from the Birmingham Metro area take the time to design floats and compete for first place.



Health and Safety Fair Dorm Burn

Health and Safety Fair Dorm Burn


Friday, October 9
immediately following the Homecoming Parade
Rast Hall/Blount Hall Quad

UAB Occupational Health & Safety's Dorm Burn demonstrates a real fire in a mock dorm to show just how fast a room can go up in flames. The accompanying Health and Safety Fair features free food along with lots of lots of activities and information.

Spirit Competition


UAB Cheerleaders in the Homecoming ParadeRegistered UAB student organizations as well as individual students can submit an application to be part of the Homecoming Spirit Competition.

The components of the Spirit Competition are as follows:
  • Paint the Town
  • Spirit Display
  • Blazer Hustle
  • Green & Gold Games
  • Blazer Showdown
  • Blood Drive
  • Fight Song Competition
  • Homecoming Parade

A spirit packet with complete information on the 2015 UAB Homecoming Spirit Competition is coming soon.

Alumni


Classic UAB Homecoming photoAlumni, interested in coming back and celebrating UAB Homecoming with us? For details on special events, please visit UAB Alumni Affairs.

Annual Homecoming Building Decoration Competition
The NAS will tour campus to view the building decorations displayed by different colleges and groups around UAB. The building decorations featured around the year’s theme will be judged by a panel and the 1st Place – 4th Place winners will be announced Saturday morning in Blazer Village outside Legion Field before the homecoming game.

Gurney Derby
Brought to you by the National Alumni Society, dress up in your best costume and race a gurney down 13th Street. Whether you win 1st Place or come in “Dead Last,” come out at noon on the Wednesday before the Homecoming game to be a part of one of UAB’s oldest traditions.

Parade
The UAB Homecoming Parade, held at noon on the Friday prior to the game, draws hundreds of viewers from all over Birmingham. Student Organizations, Campus Departments, and organizations from the Birmingham Metro area take the time to design floats and compete for first place.

National Alumni Society Tailgate
The NAS hosts a tailgate before the game in Blazer Village (across from Gate 17) at Legion Field. The tailgate if FREE to all NAS members and attendees with UAB campus ID cards.

Mr. and Ms. UAB Scholarship Competition
The presentation of the winners of the 2014 Mr. and Ms. UAB Scholarship Competition will be during halftime of the homecoming game. Mr. and Ms. UAB will be crowned and will each receive a $2,500 scholarship. The first alternates will each receive a $1,000 scholarship.

Further questions – please contact:
Sarah L Salzmann
ssalzman@uab.edu
205-934-3555

Homecoming History


uab-homecoming-bonfireThe first Homecoming was celebrated at UAB during the 1979 Men’s Basketball Season. On the 27th of January, 1979, UAB gained full membership as a Division I athletics program. As the UAB Blazers began their football program in the early 1990’s, UAB Homecoming Week has taken place during the Fall semester. In conjunction with the National Alumni Society, the Student Activities Council (S.A.C.), the programming council housed in the Office of Student Activities, plans the festivities of the week of Homecoming.

Each year, Homecoming kicks off with students painting the campus and town Green & Gold to show their Blazer Spirit. The week rounds out with a Homecoming Parade through campus the Friday before the game.

UAB - Jacksonville Homecoming ticket from 1979