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Homecoming Glossary

Have you ever wondered what Smokey’s Howl or Anything Goes means? This glossary should help!


ACE – ACE stands for All Campus Events, one of the longest-running student organizations on UT’s campus. They plan the traditional events that have lasted around 100 years each – Homecoming competition, Carnicus, and All-Sing.

SHC – SHC stands for Student Homecoming Committee, which is a new committee formed to plan events for the general student body and community during Homecoming Week. They are responsible for events like Barnwarmin’, Carnival, and the Gift Card Drive.

UHC – UHC stands for the University Homecoming Committee, which is made up of representatives from departments and organizations across campus who make Homecoming Week possible.


5K Fun Run/Walk – Participants can either run or walk the 3.1 mile route. The first participants to arrive at the finish line will win a prize.

Chalk Ped Walk – Teams are invited to use sidewalk chalk to decorate their designated square on Pedestrian Walkway according to the Homecoming theme.

Anything Goes – This ACE competition event involves a team relay race in which the teams do not know what activities they must do until they get there. Think of them as Minute-to-Win-It style games.

Barnwarmin’ – This event was traditionally a fall dance hosted by the Ag Club up until the 1960’s. This year, we brought it back with a twist for the 100th anniversary. It is now a fall festival, complete with contests, pumpkin painting, and a car show.

Smokey’s Howl – Smokey’s Howl is part of the ACE competition that focuses on spirit and creativity. Participating teams come up with their own cheer routines based on the Homecoming theme.998495_1098097193584136_2717587625122578267_n

Vol Navy Boat Races – The Vol Navy is a long-standing tradition at UT. This year, ACE has replaced the Bed Races with a new event in which participating teams must build boats out of recyclable materials, then two members must row them across the TRECS Pool.

Office Decorating Contest – Check out various offices around campus that have been decorated according to the Homecoming theme!

Banner Drop – This ACE competition event involves hanging decorated banners on the side of Neyland Stadium. All banners are revealed at the same time, making it the Banner Drop!

Breakfast on Ped Walk – Several faculty and staff members will be handing out free healthy breakfast items and coffee on Pedestrian Walkway just to get you ready for the day!

Rocky Top Royalty – This is a new twist on a Homecoming Court. The top 10 candidates of the Rocky Top Royalty must complete interviews, meet & greet, and other requirements throughout the week to stay in the running for Top Volunteer.

Top Volunteers – The top two candidates will be selected as Top Volunteers. These candidates should represent the mission and values of the university and use their platform to represent the university in the coming year.

Tower of Cans – Teams participating in the ACE competition collect canned goods in preparation for this event. The goal is to make the tallest tower in a short period of time. The canned goods are then donated to Second Harvest Food Bank and Smokey’s Pantry.

Mr. and Miss Freshman Pageant – The Multicultural Mentoring Program hosts this scholarship pageant each year to allow first-year students to showcase their personalities and talents to the student body.

Paint the Town Orange – Visit Knoxville and the Downtown Knoxville Central Business Improvement District are partnering with the university to pair local downtown businesses with teams of UT students. The teams will paint the windows of their assigned business based on the Homecoming theme.

Parade – The event that started it all back in 1916! This annual event brings together members of the UT and Knoxville communities for a fun parade through campus. The Post-Parade Celebration will follow at Fiji Island to celebrate Homecoming. All are welcome to attend!

3638_1098097283584127_3783882763268296610_nLittle Vols in the Parade/At the Ballpark – Hundreds of children and their families will join Smokey Jr. in the parade, then head over to the baseball stadium for crafts and activities.

Southeastern Stomp Fest – Stomp Fest is an opportunity for the UT student body, alumni, and Knoxville community to enjoy high energy stepping performances by NPHC Fraternities and Sororities.

Bonfire & Pep Rally – Join SGA and SHC as we celebrate the spirit of UT with the cheerleaders, band, mascot, refreshments, s’mores, and a bonfire to celebrate the eve of the Homecoming game.

Party in the Park & Rocky Top Tailgate – Alumni, friends, family, prospective Vols, and parents will all be in attendance. Join us and share your story with these future Vols. Help us welcome new Vols to our Big Orange family!

Annual Frieson Black Cultural Center Homecoming Tailgate – Join us for a trip down memory lane as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Frieson Black Cultural Center. The annual tailgate is known to provide a fun-filled environment for everyone. Sponsored by the Black Cultural Programming Committee and Multicultural Student Life.

Competition Trophy & Rocky Top Royalty Presentation – During halftime, ACE will award trophies to winning teams that participated in the Homecoming competition, and SHC will award the honor of Top Volunteers to the two winning students.

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