By Vanessa Willis, Staff Writer—
With the knowledge that many students at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga are celebrating homecoming away from campus this week, the Homecoming Student Steering Committee has put in extra work to ensure all Mocs get to join in on the festivities. This means that many events have been modified so that they are accessible remotely, including a scavenger hunt that can be completed online or in-person.
Daveon Hall is the Small Event Coordinator for the Homecoming Student Steering Committee and helped plan the scavenger hunt event. He believes that this event is special because of its accessibility to all students.
“This event is unique because it engages all students from in-person to virtual students,” Hall said. “It invokes every aspect of campus, from landmarks to certain staff. It’s one of our few events that is a week long.”
The scavenger hunt utilizes the app GooseChase, which allows participants to enter responses to questions and send in photos to prove they have completed a task.
The online portion of the event asks participants to send in selfies in their Mocs apparel, answer questions about their experience at UTC, and even bust out their favorite dance move. Students playing along on campus are asked to upload selfies with members of the homecoming committee and of themselves attending various other homecoming events on campus.
Every student that gets 6000 or more points receives a prize. Junior Kristin Leslie is currently at the top of the leaderboard with 7500 points. She said that she appreciates homecoming events which include all students.
“I’m so thankful we have been given in person and virtual options for those who can’t make it onto campus,” Leslie said. “It’s really a blessing to be social in a crazy time of social distancing and a pandemic. ”
UTC junior Heather Bishop has also been participating in this year’s scavenger hunt.
“The tasks are easy to complete, but some require a little research,” she said. “I actually feel like I learned more about UTC while doing the scavenger hunt. It was a really fun way to feel connected to campus and get excited for homecoming from wherever you are.”
The scavenger hunt is ongoing through Saturday. For more information on how to join in on the homecoming fun, follow @utchomecoming on Instagram or see the official schedule.