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Homecoming 2017 Activities

SDSU will host a number of fun festivities to celebrate Homecoming.
By Kelly Nguyen

Homecoming at San Diego State University is an annual tradition that brings together students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends and family to share their Aztec pride and commemorate outstanding Aztec achievements. 

This year, Homecoming Week takes place from Oct. 15-21. 

Take a look at the exciting activities for this year:

Sunday, October 15

12-2 p.m., Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union

Donate cans to Aztecs Rock Hunger! Don’t fret if you don’t have cans to donate, you can also contribute to ARH at any of the Aztec Markets on campus, just ask a cashier.

Monday, October 16

12-2 p.m., Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre Walkway

A Homecoming week staple, come decorate the walkway and leave your mark with your student organization, sorority or fraternity. It’s like decorating your own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame while showcasing how much your love for SDSU.

Tuesday, October 17

Aztecs Give Back through Aztecs “CAN” Build It
12-2 p.m., Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union Courtyard

Give your engineering skills a go at the “CAN” Build competition. Bring canned food and a team and create your own can-struction.. The can-masterpiece will center around this year’s theme and SDSU pride. 
Look for the red bins on campus to donate food to the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank!

Spirit T-Shirt Swap
12-2 p.m., Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union Courtyard

Trade in your lightly used tee shirts for a new and FREE Homecoming t-shirt while supplies last. All traded in t-shirts will be donated to Embrace San Diego, a local non-profit organization.

Wednesday, October 18

Aztec Leaders: Past, Present and Future
5-7 p.m., Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union Theater

The annual “Aztec Leaders: Past, Present, & Future” event brings together former, current and future leaders. Come hear past Associated Student leaders engage in dialogue about the present and how it affects the future of the campus community.

Aztecs Got Talent
7-9 p.m., Montezuma Hall

SDSU definitely has talent, so come and check it out! We challenge you to incorporate the Homecoming theme and SDSU pride into your performance at the talent show.

Thursday, October 19

Ultimate Aztec Challenge
12-4 p.m., ENS Field

Do you have what it takes to compete in a relay race that involves an inflatable obstacle course, zorbs and more? Grab your team and join in the fun!

SDSU Women’s Volleyball vs. Boise State
6 p.m., Aztec Court at Peterson Gym

Friday, October 20

War Memorial Wreath-Laying Ceremony
9:30 a.m., War Memorial at Aztec Green

We will pay tribute to our fallen Aztecs  in the 21st Annual War Memorial wreath-laying ceremony.

National Pan-Hellenic Council Homecoming Yard Show
6:30 p.m., Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union Steps

Come enjoy this thrilling yard show that commemorates the history of African Stepping in the Greek community.

SDSU Women’s Soccer vs. Wyoming
7 p.m., SDSU Sports Deck

Saturday, October 21

Homecoming 5K Fun Run
8 a.m., Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union, Lee & Goldberg Courtyard

Run alongside students, alumni, faculty and staff as you start and end at the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union. Following the run, enjoy free food, a photo booth, giveaways and more!

SDSU Women’s Volleyball vs. Utah State
1 p.m., Aztec Court at Peterson Gym

The Great Alumni Tailgate
5-7 p.m., Wells Fargo Aztec Village

Celebrate Homecoming with SDSU alumni! Tickets are $20 for Alumni lifetime members and $28 for non-members and guests. The ticket includes a one-time-through buffet and hosted beverages. Register at

Homecoming Football Game
7:30 p.m., SDCCU Stadium

The Homecoming extravaganza culminates with the football game against the Fresno State University Bulldogs!

Homecoming Court

The Royal Court is a celebrated tradition of Homecoming. Through recognition of the Royal Court, SDSU honors exceptional individuals who have shown their dedication to SDSU through an extraordinary commitment to leaving a legacy of pride.

During Homecoming Week, Royal Court members participate in many of the week’s festivities, including tabling, volunteering at an Aztec Unity Project and attending the annual Homecoming brunch. The announcement of the two Homecoming Royals takes place at halftime of the Homecoming football game on Saturday, Oct. 21.

The following is a list of Homecoming Court nominees and their nominating organizations:

Joanna Alex
Aztec Winter Guard 
Kimberly Alli
Associated Students & Aztec Dance Marathon
Charmagne Jones
Mortar Board SDSU Jane K. Smith Cap and Gown Chapter
Ryan LaMar
Honors Council
Leilani Melendrez
Mortar Board SDSU Jane K. Smith Cap and Gown Chapter
Abel Mercado
SDSU Ambassadors
Nnagozie Odeluga
Student African American Brotherhood
Cristal Ramirez
Alpha Pi Sigma
Jenna Stearns
Kappa Alpha Theta 
Victor Uwakwe
Afrikan Student Union

Creation of the Homecoming logo

Designing this year’s official Homecoming logo was a combination of Matthew Ortiz’s two biggest passions: illustration and SDSU football.

Ortiz was selected as the winner of this year’s official Homecoming logo design contest for his submission of “Clash for the Can.”

A life-long Aztec fan and current season-ticket holder, Ortiz jumped at the opportunity to submit a Homecoming logo design.

“It’s a family university,” said Ortiz. “My father worked in the SDSU Athletic Department for over 20 years, so we grew up going to every single football, basketball and baseball game.”

For his design, Ortiz opted to let the font and movement of the design speak for itself. The logo consists of big red and white lettering with a central image of a black football containing the SDSU logo.

According to Ortiz, his winning design took between five and 10 hours from concept to completion.

“It feels great,” Ortiz said on winning the contest. “I’m passionate about art work, SDSU Athletics and the university as a whole, so it was very exciting.”

As the top finisher in the design contest sponsored by Associated Students, Ortiz’s design will be printed on a black T-shirt that will be sold at the SDSU Bookstore.