Shakas Up! Island University Preps For Homecoming 2019

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Preparations are underway at the Island University for Homecoming Week 2019, set to take place Sunday, Feb. 3, through Saturday, Feb. 9. The theme for this year’s event is “Shakas Up!” From the Anchors Aweigh and Lighting of the “I” to the Homecoming Block Party, the entire week is a must-do for every Islander past, present and future. The long list of activities will be released soon.

“For me, Homecoming is a way for every person who has ever studied or worked on this campus to come back and reconnect. It’s time to remember this is YOUR Island,” said Dr. Kelly M. Quintanilla, President of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. “It doesn't matter if you’re a Tarpon from 1953 or an Islander from 2003. This island has created many lasting memories, and Homecoming is a way for those traditions and legacies to live on.”

And as part of the tradition, there are several competitions that are sure to attract participants from the entire campus community.

“Homecoming is all about getting Islanders, both past and present, to show their Islander spirit,” said Russell Wagner, Executive Director of Alumni Relations and Chair of the Homecoming festivities. “This year we worked hard to create new opportunities to get all Islanders involved in Homecoming unlike ever before.”

Islanders can look forward to all the classic traditions, but there have been strategic changes including new events, a revamped spirit competition, and the addition of offices and departments to compete for their own “Izzy’s Cup!” There are some surprises planned for Alumni as well.

“Our Alumni Board has been working since this summer to make the Alumni-side of Homecoming better than ever,” Wagner added. Tickets and all merchandise for Alumni events will be available Monday, Dec. 3.

For more information on Homecoming 2019 events, visit For any information on the festivities, or ways to get involved, email or call 361.825.2352.