Association for Campus Entertainment

The Homecoming committee programs, creates, schedules, and promotes a themed week of events leading up to the Homecoming Basketball Game. They also coordinate all aspects of Homecoming Court nomination and selection processes leading up to the crowning of the Homecoming King and Queen. 

Vote for Your 2020 Homecoming King & Queen Here!

Homecoming 2020 Schedule 

Be sure to stop by the Selfie Station in the Fisher Student Center located near the information desk to take pictures throughout the entire week of all your spirit week outfits!

Monday, February 3rd - Pajama Day

Kick-Off - Join ACE all over campus to meet the Homecoming Court! We will have tables set up from 11 am-2 pm outside of Randall, at the top of Chancellors, and outside of Cameron with snacks and swag to start Homecoming week. 

Late Night Breakfast - Join ACE,  the Homecoming court, and the men’s basketball team from 10 pm-12 am at Wag for our 10th annual breakfast for dinner tradition. Sign up to perform in our lip sync battle or hang out with your friends and eat breakfast food. Free entry to all UNCW students - no meal plan required.

Tuesday, February 4th - Spirit Day- Teal Out

Teal Tuesday After Dark - Join ACE and the Homecoming court on the Crossing Lawn from 6 pm-8 pm for s’ mores and an outdoor showing of The Great Gatsby (2013). Be sure to bring your beach towel, chair or eno to enjoy the showing!

Wednesday, February 5th - Hawaiian Shirt Day

Art Activity - Join ACE and the Homecoming court at the International Lounge in FSU from 11 am-2 pm for some roaring ’20s themed craft making. Be sure to stop by the photo display located at the solicitation tables by the information desk to take a picture with your creations.

Be sure to stop by the Tiny Desk Concert at 12 pm at the Information Center in the Fisher Student Center across from the bookstore and hear some tunes from L Shaped Lot.

Thursday, February 6th - Throwback Thursday (Decade Day)

Basketball Tournament - Join ACE and the Homecoming court to shoot your shot at the Student Recreation Center Court 4 from 3-6 pm. We will have to knock out 3v3 games and prizes for winners of our competitions, donated by local businesses!

Be sure to head over to the Home Men’s Basketball Game after the event!

Friday, February 7th - Band Tee Day

Battle of the Bands - Join ACE and the Homecoming Court for the highly anticipated annual student band competition. There will be live music, free food and homecoming giveaways! We will also be announcing the winners of the banner competition!

Saturday, February 8th 

Teal Gate and Trunk Show - Join ACE, RHA, CHE, and the Homecoming Court for food, fun, and live performances. This year’s Teal Gate will feature performances by several different UNCW student organizations, lawns games and face painting! Be sure to stick around for the Homecoming Basketball Game at 7 pm. We will announce the Homecoming King and Queen as well as UNCW’s most spirited student organizations at half-time!


Meet Our 2020 Homecoming Court!

Hannah Boone

Hannah Boone HeadshotHannah Boone is a senior from Winston-Salem, North Carolina majoring in Communication Studies with two minors in Leadership Studies and Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Hannah was nominated by Delight Ministries and she is proud to represent her student organization on Homecoming Court. Hannah Boone has served on campus as a former Orientation Leader/Returner and former Resident Assistant for the University Apartments/Belk and Seahawk Landing. Currently, Hannah works in the Office of Admissions as a Guest Relations Specialist and is a member of the National Residence Hall Honorary. After graduation, Hannah plans to be a First Year Admission Coordinator through UNCW's Office of Admission. She is abundantly grateful for all the students, faculty/staff members, and organizations who encouraged, challenged, and loved her throughout her years at UNCW. Hannah Boone dearly treasures our campus community and is honored to be a part of UNCW's 2020 Homecoming Court.

Tanner Heath

Tanner Heath's headshotTanner Heath is a senior here at UNCW. Born and raised in Rutland, Vermont, he came to UNCW to study both marine biology and environmental sciences. He was nominated for homecoming court by Cupcakes For A Cure, an organization that raises money for pediatric cancer research, and is overjoyed to represent them. He also serves as the Vice President of Student Ambassadors, is an Honors Mentor for first-year honors students within the Honors College, is an alumnus of the Disney College Program, and works on campus as a Lifeguard Supervisor with Campus Rec. After graduation, he is pursuing a Marine Mammals Internship within the Disney Company. He hopes to share his unbridled passion for UNCW with the entire student body while on the homecoming court just as he shares it with potential Seahawks during campus tours (which are arguably the highlight of his week).

Kevin Jauregui

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Kevin is a senior from Eden, NC and is majoring in Exercise Science with an Allied Health concentration while also minoring in Biology. He was nominated by Centro Hispano Embajadores (CHE), an organization of which he is the president that motivates Latino students, K-12, to pursue post-secondary education through their volunteer efforts in the surrounding communities. He is also a mentor for the MI CASA Program, a 2-year program under Centro Hispano that identifies local high achieving Hispanic students who wish to continue their education after graduating from high school. Kevin has also performed research under Dr. DeBastiani and has helped with looking at socioeconomic determinants of health and how this has affected the suicide risk in the Wilmington population after Hurricane Florence. His goal after graduation is to attain his Doctor of Chiropractic degree through the Council of Chiropractic Education (CCE) and help people of all ages with mechanical disorders associated with the spine. Kevin is very thankful for UNCW and the surrounding community for preparing him well for the next chapter of his life; he hopes that he has left a positive impact with students/staff and hopes to find ways to contribute back in any way he can to the university post-graduation. He is simply honored to be nominated for this great celebration!


Cara Benet Johnson

Cara-Benet Johnson's headshotCara Benet Johnson, from Smithfield North Carolina, is a senior in the Nursing School. She was nominated by the National Residence Hall Honorary and is proud to represent them on the 2020 Homecoming Court. She is currently a Resident Assistant in the Seahawk Landing, the President of her Nursing Cohort, an intern for the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement, and serves on the College of Health and Human Services' Dean’s Student Leadership Advisory Council. Cara Benet is also the former Vice President of Community Service for the Residence Hall Association. After graduation, she plans to enroll in a pediatric nurse residency program to further enhance her education while taking care of the pediatric population. Throughout her time at UNCW, she hopes to have inspired people to be the best version of themselves, and to treat others with kindness and acceptance in true teal spirit.

Rachel Kowadlo

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Rachel Kowadlo is a senior from Charlotte, North Carolina majoring in Business Administration with a Human Resources concentration. She is proud to serve as UNCW’s Student Body Vice President and represent the Student Government Association on Homecoming Court. In addition to her involvement in SGA as former Director of Communications and Chief of Staff, Rachel has served as a Seahawk Link, Study Abroad Ambassador, and has been a member of the Seahawkappellas, Cameron Executive Network, and Reformed University Fellowship. Rachel could not be more thrilled to call herself a Seahawk, and she would be honored to represent the school she loves as Homecoming Queen.

Ricki Nelson

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Graduating this spring, Ricki Nelson is receiving degrees in Creative Writing and Film Studies. She is honored to be nominated for homecoming queen and hopes to represent the vision of inclusivity, imagination, and innovation UNCW strives for. An avid supporter of the arts, Ricki is proud to be representing the Creative Arts Club (CAC) of which she is the founder and president. During her time at UNCW, Ricki has also served as a desk receptionist in Galloway Hall, a resident assistant for Belk Hall, and is a proud member of both Rhyme ‘n’ Reason and Black Student Union. She has enjoyed making the most of her four years at UNCW. Some of her favorite memories include presenting at OSLE’s leadership conference, studying abroad, performing at various campus events, interning in LA, CAC’s first art showcase, and being awarded first place in UNCW’s annual talent competition Hawk it Out. 

Nick Pianovich

Nick Pianovich's HeadshotNick Pianovich was nominated by the Student Government Association. He is a senior from New Orleans, Louisiana majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resource Management and a Minor in Leadership. Nick currently serves as Student Body President and was a Resident Assistant for two years in Galloway Hall. Since freshman year, Nick has been a member of Alpha Sigma Phi, serving in the roles of President, Vice-President, and Chief of Staff. He also worked as an Involvement Specialist for three years in the Campus Activities and Involvement Center assisting students to find their passions and start new student organizations. After graduation this May, Nick plans to enter into the business field with the ultimate goal of returning to school to earn his MBA. During his time at UNCW, Nick has been impacted by students, faculty, and staff who have helped to shape him into the individual he is today. He is honored to be on this year’s homecoming court and hopes to leave an impact at UNCW that inspires future Seahawks to go outside of their comfort zone, confront challenges, and always strive to make a difference. 

Julia Singer

Julia Singer's headshotJulia Singer is a senior in the Honors College studying marine biology with a concentration in conservation and a minor in sustainability. She is from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and was nominated by the Association for Campus Entertainment. In addition to being president of ACE, she has also held leadership positions in UNCWeekends, Phi Eta Sigma, Swingin' Seahawks Swing Dance Club and performance team Stand up Paddleboard Club, 350 UNCW, and Study Abroad Ambassadors. She is also very active in research, participating in two directed independent research projects, two research trips abroad, an undergraduate honors thesis, and the Paul E. Hosier fellowship. After graduation, she hopes to move to Washington DC to pursue work in environmental policy. Julia is honored to be nominated for Homecoming Queen and is excited to be surrounded by so many other amazing Seahawks on the court!

Holden Walter

Holden Walter's HeadshotHolden is a senior from Winston-Salem, North Carolina majoring in Marketing Professional Selling and a Minor in Leadership Studies. Holden was nominated by his Fraternity Pi Kappa Alpha (PIKE). In addition to his involvement in his fraternity, he is also a zealous member of Order of Omega, Student Government Association (SGA), Pi Sigma Epsilon (PSE), and served on the Interfraternity Council (IFC). He served as a former Orientation Leader and as Sammy the Seahawk. After graduation, Holden plans to go straight into the workforce pursuing a job in sales in which he can work his way to the top. Throughout his time on the court, Holden wishes to represent all of his organizations to the best of his ability, leave UNCW better than he found it, and serve as an inspiration to younger Seahawks who are struggling with getting involved. He is also known to be very vibrant on the dance floor.

Ben Williams

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Ben Williams is a senior from Pinehurst, North Carolina. He is majoring in Athletic Training with a minor in Psychology. Ben was nominated by the Student Ambassadors, in which he has served multiple positions. Since his freshman year, Ben has been a committed member of the club tennis team. While serving in numerous positions for the team, he maintained a competitive game and continued to climb the ladder to become the 2019 Club Sports Council President. As a member of the College of Health and Human Services, he serves as an ambassador and represents athletic training on the Dean’s Student Leadership Advisory Council. Ben demonstrates applied learning through the countless clinical hours he contributes to varsity athletics each and every day. After graduation, Ben plans to continue his education in a doctoral program in Physical Therapy. Once he obtains his doctorate, he plans to combine his knowledge of athletic training and physical therapy while working for a professional sports team. He believes that hard work and perseverance create a powerful mindset that fosters healthy habits. Ben is honored to be a part of the homecoming court and hopes to inspire those around him to do what makes them happy.