Comin’ home to CCC

The movie “The Hulk” plays during Movie Day as part of the Clovis Community College 2003 Homecoming activities Tuesday at the Commons. At left, working the table, are students Carisima Garcia, Gina Martinez, and Tara Winslow. CNJ photo: Eric Kluth

By Darrell Todd Maurina

Clovis Community College has no athletic team. That won’t prevent homecoming this week.
Today’s events include hypnotist Steven Wood at 7 p.m. in the CCC Town Hall and a “find a prairie dog” contest from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
At 11:45 a.m. Thursday, Andy Mason and Brackston Taylor will perform in concert with free pizza, drinks and prizes.
The homecoming celebration concludes Friday with the Prairie Dog Bash at 7:30 p.m. in the Town Hall with featured performers Serine, Vanilla Warfare, Social Blindspot, and Forever Fallen. Admission will be four cans of food or a new toy to be donated to the Lifesaver food bank or CCC Angel Tree fund-raiser. Free homecoming long-sleeve shirts will be given away.
“I think it’s in some way a misnomer to say you have to have a homecoming to support a sports team,” said Kevin Sweeny, coordinator of CCC’s office of campus life and student leadership. “We have enough elements of activities throughout the week that we really don’t need a sports team.”
Sweeny said most of the homecoming events were coordinated by student government leaders.
“They work very hard to make sure all of the events are free,” Sweeny said.
Student body president Gina Martinez, a sophomore from San Antonio, Texas, who came to Clovis Community College because her boyfriend is stationed at Cannon Air Force Base, said she enjoyed being able to help put on an event for students and the community.
“We’ve been working really hard on planning these events throughout the week,” Martinez said. “We have a lot of fun doing these events because we feel we should give back to the community here.”
Sweeny and Martinez emphasized the homecoming events are intended for everyone, not just the students.
“There are so many things people don’t know and this is just a good way to get them out on our campus,” Sweeny said. “I think it’s always great when we can get people who don’t normally come to campus to come out here. Perhaps they’ll pick up a schedule and start taking the class they always wanted to take or start a new career path.”