Spotlight: Fall Homecoming a Success

Week-long festivities end with Panther victory


Georgia State President Mark Becker (right) and his wife, Laura Voisinet, lead gsu’s traditional Homecoming Golf Cart Parade through downtown on Sept. 30.

Georgia State’s first fall Homecoming – and its first centered on a football game – proved Panther spirit is strong and growing among students, alumni, employees and the community.

A crowd of 15,264 at the Georgia Dome Oct. 2 was treated to a solid performance by the GSU Panthers, who dominated the Morehead State Eagles, 37-10.

Georgia State’s unique Golf Cart Parade also transitioned well for fall Homecoming. On the afternoon of Sept. 30, GSU President Mark Becker and his wife, Laura Voisinet, rode in a convertible mini-Cooper and led the traditional parade of golf carts, decorated with blue and white streamers, balloons and signs, through downtown. The parade included more than 30 student organizations, numerous GSU academic and administrative divisions, the ROTC, the GSU Marching Band, the GSU Cheerleading team and, new this year, the Pantherettes dance team.

Even after a hectic week, Panthers were out in force for game day. The Dome’s Orange Lot was full of tailgating alumni, students, Georgia State faculty, staff, and families as well as other supporters.

“You can tell alumni are thrilled,” said Christina Million, assistant vice president for the GSU Alumni Association. “They’re already excited about being a Georgia State grad, but this just adds to it.”