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UWEC virtual homecoming still brings excitement


EAU CLAIRE (WQOW) - It's homecoming week at UW-Eau Claire which means it's time for Blugolds to return to campus. But this year, they can only celebrate virtually.

Given the pandemic, traditional UW-Eau Claire homecoming festivities have been put on hold, with some new events to make up for it.

This year, students and alumni can enjoy a Zoom trivia contest, a virtual concert and Facebook campus tours.

Officials that helped plan this year's homecoming said it seems campus is pleasantly surprised that homecoming is still happening, even if it's through a computer screen.

"Instead of having in-person competitions like campus games, we're doing social media competitions on TikTok and Instagram, along with a fan art competition," said Joann Martin, the coordinator for student activities at UWEC. "We've been able to keep the homecoming royalty competition as well. So [students] are surprised I think that there is still some normal tradition there."

Also for homecoming, the university launched a week-long "RecUnite" virtual event Monday for all students, staff and alumni, where participants submit a photo of themselves doing a physical activity wearing a special race bib and are then entered to win some cash prizes.

For information on all homecoming activities at UW-Eau Claire, click/tap here.

McKenna Alexander

McKenna Alexander is the weekend anchor and a multimedia journalist for News 18. She started in June 2019. She was born in San Francisco, but spent the majority of her life growing up in Dallas.

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