Homecoming 2013

Concert Choir Performs in Aida with Opera Carolina

Thirty-three members of the Johnson C. Smith University Concert Choir performed in Opera Carolina’s production of Aida in the Belk Theatre at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center in October. Some of the performances were during Homecoming Week.

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Coronation Ceremony Presents Miss JCSU and Inducts Student Government Association Officers

JCSU senior Rhonda Ieasha Wright was crowned Miss Johnson C. Smith University 2013-2014 during the Coronation Ceremony held on Oct. 24. The ceremony theme “Continuing the Legacy… A Showcase of Leadership, Royalty and Pride,” was held in the Jack Brayboy Gymnasium. She was crowned by Yolanda Babb who served as Miss JCSU 2012-2013, SGA President Shaquana Jackson and Louisa Taylor, Miss Senior.

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Faithful Father and Fans Feed the Golden Bulls

Most fans at JCSU’s tailgating section cook for a few friends at football games. But Russell Ransom of Richmond, Va., along with his cousin Travis Gleaton and wife, Belinda of Greenville, S.C., cook to feed the Golden Bulls football team, including son and senior player Cameron Ransom.

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Lumber Company Tailgating Crew Wins the First Ever MasterBULL Griller Title

The weather was cool, but the food was hot in the tailgating lot during Homecoming 2013. As the smoky smell of charcoal filled the air, hundreds of people enjoyed fellowship, music, dancing and food underneath the colorful tents. For those who dared to put their grilling and frying skills to the test, the heat was on in the competition to reign as king of the grill. 

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Class of 1967 Reunites at Homecoming

Alumni from the Class of 1967 were all hugs and smiles as they reunited for a reception and dinner at Mosaic Village during Homecoming.  It had been some 46 years since many of the alumni had seen one another. Grover Jackson of Stone Mountain, Ga., organized the event and encouraged his classmates to stay at Mosaic Village for the weekend.

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5K Golden Bull Race Is a New Activity in Homecoming Week

The Health and Human Performance Department added to the activities for Homecoming with a 5K Golden Bull Run on Friday, October 25. The event was sponsored by the Health and Human Performance Club, Willingdon Wealth Management, the JCSU Office of Institutional Advancement, OrthoCarolina, Old School 105.3, the JCSU Bookstore, Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation, and the Department of Health and Human Performance. 

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Leadership Academy Energizes Alumni Leaders

For the second year, more than 50 National Alumni Association officers, local chapter presidents and class agents met at the Sheraton Airport Hotel in Charlotte during Homecoming for a day of leadership training. The group ranging from the class of 1948 to the 2000s represented Virginia, Tennessee, the Carolinas, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., New York, Miami and Chicago.

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JCSU Step Show

Students, alumni and friends packed Brayboy Gymnasium for the annual Homecoming Step Show on October 25.

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Bury the Bears

Each year during Homecoming Week, the opposing football team is declared the enemy. On Oct. 21, Johnson C. Smith University held “Bury the Bears” a mock funeral in Biddle Hall. The tongue-in-cheek event kicked off weeklong activities leading up to the big Homecoming game. 

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Pep Rally

Jessica “The Girl Next Door” Williams ’04 of Power 98 radio had the crowd on their feet at the JCSU pep rally. Students and friends cheered on the Luv-a-Bulls cheerleaders, International Institution of Sound marching band, Miss JCSU and the entire football team in anticipation of the big game.

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100 Club Golf Tournament

JCSU alumni, staff, students and former Board of Trustees members gathered at Pine Island Country Club to compete in the annual 100 Club golf tournament during Homecoming. The winning group was Arthur Davis, Joe Johnson, Taylor Nelson and J. Freeman Johnson.

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Alumni Connections

Alumni returned to “Dear old JCSU” to reconnect with classmates, friends, faculty and staff. In addition to attending the parade, Festiville, tailgating, football game, and numerous parties, many alumni found time to come together and relive the old days on the basketball court, tennis court, cheerleading squad, in band and in other activities.

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FestiVille

JCSU opened to the community for a family-oriented event featuring games, rides and entertainment at the annual FestiVille following the parade. Retail and food vendors , local radio stations and businesses spread from The Block to the Golden Bull Fan Zone near the stadium to celebrate Homecoming. After the game, many people came through FestiVille “to see and be seen” as they caught up with old friends.

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Parade

JCSU Homecoming festivities started at West Charlotte High School, where community members lined up to march down Beatties Ford Road to perform for neighbors, family and friends in our traditional parade. JCSU participants included our Luv-a-Bulls cheerleaders, Golden Attraction dance team, International Institution of Sound marching band, the Royal Court, and the Student Government Association. A float also featured President Ronald L. Carter and members of the Board of Trustees.

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Kids at Homecoming

Homecoming is not just about coming home, it's about bringing your family and little ones out to have some fun. Here's some of the happy faces children our lenses caught enjoying the Homecoming festivities.

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Big Hitters and VIP Tent

More than 200 guests enjoyed the annual Big Hitters reception in the VIP tent during the Homecoming football game on Saturday, Oct. 26. The Office of Institutional Advancement sponsored the event to thank alumni and friends who have given $2,000 or more to the University during the past year. Guests also included members of the 1867 Society, which includes those who have given more than $10,000 since the year 2000.

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Concert

Photos from the Homecoming Concert featuring Kstylis, Bridget Kelly and Rich Homie Quan on Oct 26.

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Events During Homecoming Week

Students and alumni came out for the many events during Homecoming - parties, fashion shows, and even JCSU's own version of Wild N Out. Here's a look at the various activities on campus during Homecoming week. 

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Photos from the field

A look at the action from the sidelines of the big game. 

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