The Bears are coming home this week, and the festivities got started at College Square Retirement Community with the kickoff to Homecoming Week.

"Homecoming is such a big week for us." said UCA Athletic Director Brad Teague. "Our student athletes — our football program and the other programs — love Homecoming Week. It’s just such a great purple and gray week for us."

In addition to cupcakes, a brief dancing showcase and updates on UCA sports, attendees at the kickoff heard from former UCA cheerleader Becky Vint about what it was like cheering for UCA in the 1960s as one of the school’s six-member cheerleading squad.

"I remember there being a large contingency of fans to support the teams, both basketball and football," Vint said. "The attendance from the community was also very good, especially for the football games."

Vint said the UCA community was strong and Conway embraced Homecoming Week, supporting events such as the parade and the football game.

"Creating school spirit on campus and leading in cheers is a treasured memory of my time here at the university," Vint said. "And just as I said then and I still say today — Go mighty Bears!"

Homecoming Week will continue Tuesday with a homecoming pep rally at 7 p.m. sponsored by The Bear Den in the Farris Center. On Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Grits and Glamour: Pam Tillis and Lorri Morgan concer will be held at Reynolds Performance Hall. Friday holds several events including the Alumni and Friends "Ultimate" Homecoming Party from 7 to 11 p.m. at Centennial Valley Country Club.

The homecoming game will kick off at 3 p.m. against Stephen F. Austin.

For a full list of homecoming activities, visit www.uca.edu/alumni/homecoming.

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