Your Kelley Confidante: A Very Merry Kelley Homecoming

Maddie (Front and Center) with Homecoming Court

Homecoming at Indiana University is one of the greatest weeks of the year! At the Kelley School of Business, we have our own ways of contributing to the week’s festivities.

Kelley competes in the IU Student Alumni Association’s Spirit Competition, where participation in Homecoming activities contributes to spirit points. The student organization with the highest number of points wins and is awarded a trophy at halftime of the Homecoming game!


Kelley Homecoming 2022

This year, after being nominated by my advisor within Kelley, I had the privilege of serving as a member of the Homecoming Court! Being on the court not only earns spirit points for Kelley, but also afforded me unique opportunities to build IU spirit! IU students earn points for their respective organizations by participating in the IU Student Alumni Association (IUSAA) charity 5K, Red Cross Blood Drive, Tie Dye event, and (my personal favorite) the Homecoming Parade! As a member of homecoming Court, I was able to meet so many student leaders from various student organizations, volunteer at the IUSAA programming, and be recognized for my work in the IU Community on the field during the homecoming game! Serving on court was a unique experience and the camaraderie and friendship I developed in such a short homecoming week was the best part of the experience!

At Kelley, we also have incredibly involved alumni. From donations to networking, our alumni actively invest time and energy into fostering the next generation of Kelleys. Kelley Connection Week overlaps with homecoming and we use both as an opportunity to thank them for their continuous contributions to our school. For Thank a Donor Day, hundreds of students made videos, which are sent to donors to thank them for their commitment and generosity. We also host alumni panels, lunches, and young alumni events to foster connections with future and past Kelley students.


Kelley Homecoming 2022

Our biggest Homecoming event is the Homecoming Parade! Kelley students, alumni, and faculty walk in the parade and display their Hoosier pride! This year, Kelley students received free Kelley Homecoming t-shirts, buckets hats, and drawstring bags filled with candy to hand out during the parade! We also had a float featuring Andy Morris, the Tiktok pianist! We all arrived a few hours before the parade, met new people within Kelley and other student organizations, and viewed other parade floats. Convincing my friends and parade participants to wear red face paint and handprints was easily one of my favorite parts of participating in the Kelley Homecoming Parade my sophomore year. My hands were stained red for days after, but it was well worth it. While I was on the IUSAA Homecoming float this year, I managed to convince a few KSG kiddos to go bold with face paint!

For Kelley, homecoming signifies a fun opportunity to come together as a school and extend our community past the halls of Hodge. We represent Kelley with pride and use our unique identities as Kelley students to celebrate our experiences within Indiana University.

Bio: Madeline Heath is a third-year at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business where she is majoring in Marketing and International Business and minoring in Studio Art. Maddie is passionate about the Kelley community and devotes much of her time to Kelley Student Government where she has served as Director of Student Life and currently serves as First Year Engagement Lead. A creative at heart, Maddie believes in the power of an imaginative approach and is excited to share favorite experiences and insights about Kelley with you!


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