Homecoming Carries on Despite Pandemic

While many of the traditional Homecoming events were cancelled this year, there will still be a combination of socially distanced and virtual events so students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends can show their Bulldog pride no matter where they are.
The Top Dog Challenge has been underway since Oct. 5, and Truman has until Oct. 23 to solicit enough donations to beat the Greyhounds of the University of Indianapolis. All donations made on Truman’s behalf will go to support The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri and the Adair County Humane Society. Donations can be made online at involvement.truman.edu/shop.
Everyday throughout the week there will be tabling from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on the mall including giveaway items, apparel pick up and sales and donations for philanthropy. Check @trumanstatehomecoming each day in case of weather
The Penny Bucket Challenge, Chalk Competition and Door Decorating Contest all start Oct. 19, and SAB will sponsor balloon sculptures in the Student Union Building Hub. Penny buckets are at the tables, all other events are around campus. Sign ups are required for door decorating.
Mask decorating will take place from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Oct. 20 on the mall or in the Student Union Building Down Under in the event of rain. There will also be take-home kits available at the tables.
A Homecoming photobooth will be set up from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Oct. 21. The Bulldog Battle will take place that day as well. Sign up is required. The photo scavenger hunt will take place from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Oct. 22.
The 24-hour Service Challenge sponsored by Blue Key will begin at 2 p.m. Oct. 23. Sign up can be completed here. That same day, the TikTok Competition winners will be announced.
A virtual 5K, sponsored by the Advancement Office, will take place Oct. 24. There will be a pep rally at 3 p.m. in Stokes Stadium where the results of the Top Dog Challenge will be revealed. The event will also be livestreamed.  
During the week, several schools and departments will also host Homecoming-themed events.
The School of Business is connecting alumni and current students through its “Bulldogs Helping Bulldogs Professional Development Day,” Oct. 23. Students can sign up for one-on-one mentoring, career advice, resume review and mock interviews with alumni.
Pickler Memorial Library will host “Bulldog Books” from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 22-23. This free book giveaway will take place near the library entrance. Mystery books will be available to unwrap, and everyone is encouraged to take a selfie near the Bulldog statue and post it to the library’s Facebook page with the hashtag #BulldogBook.
A more detailed schedule of events can be found online at homecoming.truman.edu/schedule-events.