This year, since we can't all be together, we're bringing Homecoming to you—wherever you are! Our new reality has inspired us to find creative ways that keep us united and growing together as an HSU family, no matter the distance between us.

We have a great lineup of (mostly) virtual events that will give you opportunities to learn, play, connect, and celebrate what it means to be a Lumberjack, including Drag Queen Bingo, lectures by Distinguished Alumni Jason Ramos and Dan Phillips, a trash pickup challenge, a car parade, and more! The schedule is below and events are open for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members.

Show your school spirit by wearing green and gold all week. And help ensure that students can continue on their path to graduation, even during the pandemic, by giving to the Student Adversity Fund.

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Monday, October 5, 2020

Trash Pick Up Challenge

Details: This is something we can all do, no matter where we are! HSU has set a goal of picking up 100 lbs of trash for challenge. If you're in Arcata or somewhere else, simply find a trash bag (maybe one you can reuse or have already used) and go for a walk in your neighborhood collecting trash. You can take a photo while you're doing it and post it with #HSUHomecoming to help inspire others to do the same. When you're done, email the amount of trash in pounds to We'll keep a running total throughout the week and report our total Friday night. Let's go Lumberjacks - let's get to 100lbs of trash picked up!

Location: Anywhere Time: 12:00am to 12:00pm

Photo Scavenger Hunt

  1. Download the Homecoming Photo Scavenger Hunt here.
  2. Photos can be submitted until Friday, Oct. 9 at 11:59 p.m.
  3. To submit photos post them to Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #HSUHomecoming or email the photos to
  4. The three highest scores will win prizes. If there is a tie the winner(s) among those with tie scores will be selected at random.
  5. Please adhere to social distancing guidelines and wear a face covering when social distancing is not possible.
  6. Be creative!
Location: Community Time: 12:00am to 12:00pm

Door Decorating Contest

Details: Show your school spirit and decorate your door in green and gold! Residents can pick up grab-n-go decoration kits with some craft supplies to get you started. Submit your photo on social media by using the hashtag #HSUHomcoming. The deadline to submit photos is Friday, October 9 at 11:59 p.m. 5 winners will be announced the Monday after Homecoming (10/12)! Prizes for creating Green and Gold zoom backgrounds and face coverings too!

Location: Mad River Room, 3rd Floor JGC Time: 10:00am to 1:00pm

CSU Sustainability Month Keynote Address by Dr. Mustafa Santiago Ali

Registration: Learn more about the speakers and register at

Details: A renowned thought leader, international speaker, policy maker, community liaison, trainer, and facilitator, Dr. Mustafa Santiago Ali wears many hats. He is the Vice President of Environmental Justice, Climate & Community Revitalization for the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and also the Founder & CEO of Revitalization Strategies. He previously served as Senior Vice President for the Hip Hop Caucus, a national, non-profit and non-partisan organization that connects the Hip Hop community to the civic process to build power and create positive change.

CSU October Sustainability Month virtual events are meant to educate, empower and activate students, faculty and staff to join the movement for environmental, social and racial justice and get out the vote this November! Events are FREE and open to anyone—live captioning will be provided for accessibility. 

Location: Virtual Time: 12:00pm to 1:00pm Cost: Free (registration required)

Melanin Monday - Homecoming Style

Registration: Streaming live on Instagram at @aacaehsu 
Details: Open Q & A with two alumni, Doug and Diamond, on their experience at HSU and homecoming memories.  There will be time spent talking about the AACAE door (decorated for Homecoming!) and a final reveal.  Enjoy time connecting for Homecoming!

Location: Virtual Time: 5:00pm

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Drag Queen Bingo with Cynthia Lee Fontaine!

How To Register

  1. Fill out and submit our Zoom registration form.
  2. Check your email for the Zoom call event link.

How To Play

  1. Open our custom bingo baker link and click generate card. Bookmark this card just in case you accidentally close your browser.
  2. Join the Zoom call using the link provided to you via email at 7 pm PST on Tuesday, October 6th, 2020.
  3. Click on the bingo numbers that are called. If you get a bingo, type bingo in the Zoom chat and unmute yourself and say "BINGO!" A moderator will reach out to you for verification.
  4. When a game resets, click each box you checked in the last game to clear the card.

Details: Join Cynthia Lee Fontaine, a former two-time "RuPaul's Drag Race" contestant, as she hosts Zoom Drag Queen Bingo! During her time on "RuPaul's Drag Race", she won the title of Miss Congeniality for her bubbly personality, so you can be sure you'll have an incredible time. Prizes will be awarded to the winner of each round. Registration is required and closed captioning will be provided by request; please send requests to

Location: Virtual Time: 7:00pm

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series: Jason Ramos

Details: Please join 2020 HSU Distinguished Alumni recipient Jason Ramos (‘98, Kinesiology, ‘14 M.S. Kinesiology) for his virtual talk on "Opportunities in Transitioning to Low Carbon Energy"

Location: Virtual Time: 1:00pm

Humboldt to Hulu: A conversation with Dan Phillips, CTO of HULU

Details: Please join Dan Phillips, COO of HULU, to hear about his journey from growing up in Humboldt to being an executive at a major technology company.

Location: Virtual Time: 5:30pm

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Homecoming Trivia Night with Reel Genius Trivia

How To Register

  1. Fill out and submit our Zoom registration form.
  2. The Office of Student Life will review responses to organize into teams (based on your responses)
  3. Check your email for the Zoom call event link.

How To Play

  1. Get a team of folks together (not to exceed 6 folks) and identify platform you are going to respond to the trivia questions (ex: google hangout, texting, etc)
  2. Join the Zoom call using the link provided to you via email at 7 pm PST on Tuesday, October 8th, 2020.
  3. Additional Trivia instructions will be provided after you register!

Details: Join Reel Genius Trivia for a competitive evening of random facts, and knowledge! Get together your team to compete for some awesome HSU swag boxes for all our winners! Registration is required and closed captioning will be provided by request; please send requests to

Location: Virtual Time: 7:00pm

Friday, October 9, 2020

Green & Gold Car Parade

Registration: Fill out the form to register your car here.
Details: Let's spread our HSU Spirit all over town! This event is for any students, staff, and faculty who want to participate - the more the merrier. The parade is limited to cars/trucks only, and each vehicle must be registered in advance to participate. Meet in the FS9 parking lot between Gist Hall and the Student Business Services building no later than 3:30 p.m. People inside the cars must be from the same household, be wearing face coverings and remain in their cars. The route will go through campus around the plaza and back to campus. The parade will be live streamed on HSU's Instagram and Facebook pages. Prizes will be given out for the Most Green & Gold Car, the Most Sustainably-Decorated Car and Most Creative Car. Folks watching the parade are asked to maintain proper social distancing guidelines and not to gather in groups.

Location: FS9 parking lot between Gist Hall and the Student Business Services building. Time: 4:00pm

Homecoming Virtual Concert with Kameron Corvet!

Registration: Streaming live on Instagram at @kameroncorvet
Details: Kameron Corvet is a singer, songwriter, guitarist hailing from Cincinati, Ohio by way of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  As a performer, Kameron has traveled the world with his guitar as a solo/acoustic act while opening for the likes of: Adele, Chaka Khan, Marsha Ambrosius, Dilal, Dwele, Tamia and countless others. He has had features in Upscale Magazine and been featured on,,, and on as an artist to watch!

Location: Virtual Time: 9:00pm

Homecoming Virtual Concert with DJ the Rapper!

Special Opening Set with DJ Coop

Registration: Streaming live on Instagram at @dj.therapper
Details: DJ the Rapper is a young artist out of Atlanta, GA who has been grinding non stop, making quality music that rivals even the veterans in the music scene. At only 17 years old, this young man is in the game and only getting started. He's already dropped singles featuring featuring superstar guest artists such as Lil Baby, Boosie Badazz, and has worked with producer Swaeze. 

Location: Virtual Time: 9:30pm