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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Sept. 21, 2011

Northwest Homecoming Oct. 16-23 will be ‘Once Upon a Time'

(Updated Oct. 12, 2011) By Brittany Keithley, media relations assistant

2011 Homecoming week schedule

Sunday, Oct. 16

  • Noon - Hanging of the Banners (Student Union)
  • 9:30 a.m. to noon - Homecoming 5K Run/Walk ($10 registration at 8:30 a.m., College Park Pavilion)

Monday, Oct. 17

  • 7:30 a.m. to noon - Homecoming Archives Display (Library)
  • All day - Department Decoration Contest
  • 2 p.m. - Canned Art Competition (Student Union)

Tuesday, Oct. 18

  • 7:30 a.m. to noon - Homecoming Archives Display (Library)

Wednesday, Oct. 19

  • 7:30 a.m. to noon - Homecoming Archives Display (Library)

Thursday, Oct. 20

  • 7:30 a.m. to noon - Homecoming Archives Display (Library)
  • 5 p.m. - Homecoming Buffet ($7.09 per person, Student Union)
  • 7 p.m. - Variety Show (Ron Houston Center)
  • 9 p.m. - Royalty Crowning (Ron Houston Center)

Friday, Oct. 21

  • 7:30 a.m. to noon - Homecoming Archives Display (Library)
  • 8 a.m. - Bell Ringing (Bell of '48, south of Administration Building)
  • 9 a.m. - Golden Years Class Reunion: Honoring the Class of 1961 ($20 per person, Alumni House)
  • 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Walk Out Day Celebration (Colden Pond)
  • 11:30 a.m. Golden Years luncheon (Student Union, Tower View Room)
  • Noon - Homecoming Golf Classic ($45 per person, registration at 11 a.m., Mozingo Lake Golf Course)
  • 2 p.m. - Flag Raising Ceremony (International Plaza)
  • 5 p.m. - Golden Years Reception (Alumni House)
  • 6:30 p.m. - M-Club Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony ($20 per person, Student Union Ballroom)
  • 7 p.m. - Volleyball vs. Southwest Baptist ($5 for adult general admission, $2 for K-12 or visiting student admission, free admission for Northwest students with valid University ID, Bearcat Arena)
  • 7 p.m. - Variety Show (Ron Houston Center)

Saturday, Oct. 22

  • 8 a.m. - Homecoming Welcome (Alumni House)
  • 9 a.m. - Parade (starts at the corner of Ray and College avenues)
  • 10 a.m. - Alumni tennis match (Frank Grube Tennis Courts)
  • 11:30 a.m. - Bearcat Zone/Homecoming Barbecue ($6.50 per person, College Park Pavilion, tailgate lots open at 11 a.m.)
  • Noon - Soccer vs. Lindenwood (Bearcat Pitch)
  • 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. - Homecoming Archives Display (Library)
  • 2 p.m. - Football vs. Washburn ($16 for adult reserved seating, $10 for adult general admission, $8 for K-12 and visiting students with a valid school ID, free for Northwest students with valid University ID, Bearcat Stadium)
  • 6 p.m. - Volleyball vs. Missouri Southern (Admission is free, Bearcat Arena)

Sunday, Oct. 23

  • 11 a.m. - Awards Ceremony (Charles Johnson Theater)
  • 1 p.m. to midnight - Homecoming Archives Display (Library)

Homecoming weekend reunions
(For more information, or to list additional reunions, contact the Alumni House at 660.562.1248 or

  • Golden Years (Class of 1961 and earlier)
  • Phi Mu 50th anniversary (call 314.255.1845 for more information)
  • Horace Mann High School (call 660.582.4807 for more information)
  • KXCV 40th anniversary (call 660.562.1163 for more information)
  • Northwest tennis (call 660.562.1312 for more information)

Northwest Missouri State University students, employees, alumni and friends will celebrate 2011 Homecoming week, "Once Upon a Time," Oct. 16-23 with athletic events, entertainment and more.

The week's worth of Homecoming events are highlighted Saturday, Oct. 22, with the annual parade and the Bearcat football game against Washburn. Kickoff for the game is 2 p.m. at Bearcat Stadium, and pregame activities begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Bearcat Zone in the Raymond J. Courter College Park Pavilion.

"Homecoming is a time of year when Northwest alumni and students come together and take part in a yearly tradition that will always be remembered," Homecoming co-chair Bryce Coffendaffer said. "All the individuals associated with Homecoming have put a lot of time and effort into making this year's Homecoming the best it can be. We have put together a packed week of events that includes something for all alumni and students to enjoy."


Activities and Contests

To kick off Homecoming week, the Homecoming Committee is sponsoring a 5k Run/Walk Sunday, Oct. 16. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Raymond J. Courter College Park Pavilion with the race beginning at 9:30 a.m. Entry is $10, and all proceeds benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Entry forms are available online by clicking here or in the Office of Campus Activities.

The B.D. Owens Library will feature a Homecoming archives display from 7:30 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to midnight Sunday. 

Campus departments are invited to participate in the Department Decoration Contest Monday, Oct. 17. The winning departments will receive catering from Campus Dining worth $150 for first place, $100 for second place and $50 for third place. Judging will take place Monday, and winners will be announced later in the week. Judges will consider creativity and incorporation of this year's "Once Upon A Time" theme. Decorations should be appropriate and tasteful; department funds should not be used for decorations. Departments interested in participating should register by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, by sending an e-mail to Darcy Ralston at

Additionally, the Fifth Annual Canned Art Contest will begin at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, in the J.W. Jones Student Union. Organizations are encouraged to purchase canned food items to create an artistic display. The canned items will be donated to the Ministry Center after the contest.

The Homecoming student Variety Show begins its two-night run at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, and Friday, Oct. 21, in the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are free and available at the Student Services Center or at the door.

Students may begin voting for the 2011 Homecoming royalty Monday, Oct. 10, and the royalty will be crowned during Thursday night's Variety Show at about 9 p.m. To view a listing of the candidates, click here.

In accordance with longstanding Northwest tradition, there will be no classes Friday, Oct. 21, known as Walkout Day. Friday's events include:

Homecoming 2011 activities end Sunday, Oct. 23, with an 11 a.m. awards ceremony at the Charles Johnson Theater in the Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building.


Homecoming Parade

The Homecoming Welcome prior to the parade, with free refreshments, begins at 8 a.m. at the Alumni House. The parade begins at 9 a.m. at the corner of Ray and College avenues. The route proceeds east to the University entrance at Fourth Street and continues east to Main Street, past the courthouse square to Market Street. To view a campus map of the route, click here.

The area between Colden Pond and the intersection of University Drive and Fourth Street is designated as a "family friendly" viewing area. The parade is expected to feature more than 100 entries, including floats sponsored by campus and community organizations, bands and political candidates.  

Entry forms may be downloaded by clicking here or by visiting the Office of Campus Activities. On-campus entries must pay a $25 refundable entry fee, per entry. Off-campus entries must pay $25 for a non-profit entry or $35 for a for-profit entry.

Businesses, groups and individuals not affiliated with the University that would like to participate in the parade should contact Candice Wolf at 660.562.1226 or

The parade entry deadline is Friday, Oct. 12.



In Homecoming athletics events, the volleyball team plays Southwest Baptist at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, and Missouri Southern at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, both in Bearcat Arena. The soccer team plays Lindenwood at noon Saturday at Bearcat Pitch.

Additionally, alumni of Northwest's tennis program are playing an alumni tennis match at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Frank Grube tennis courts. For more information, contact tennis coach Mark Rosewell at 660.562.1312 or MROSEWE@NWMISSOURI.EDU

Tailgate lots adjacent to College Park open at 11 a.m. Saturday, and the Bearcat Zone tailgate party begins at 11:30 a.m. in College Park. College Park is located along College Park Drive across the street from the west entrance to Bearcat Stadium. Admission is free.

At the Bearcat Zone visitors will find a Homecoming barbecue provided by Campus Dining for $6.50, along with the Bearcat Bookstore offering a variety of Northwest memorabilia. In addition, children can have pictures taken in an actual football or cheerleading uniform with Bobby Bearcat. The tailgate includes a pep rally featuring the Bearcat Marching Band, Bearcat Steppers and cheerleaders.

The Bearcat football team will face off with Washburn at 2 p.m. Saturday at Bearcat Stadium. Northwest students may gain free admission to the game with a valid Bearcat card. Adult reserved seating is $16, adult general admission is $10 and K-12 and visiting students with a valid school ID can purchase a ticket for $8.



Football and volleyball tickets may be purchased at the Student Services Center located on the first floor of the Administration Building or by calling at 660.562.1212 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Football tickets also may be purchased online by clicking here or via check, made payable to Northwest Missouri State University and mailed to Student Services Center, 800 University Dr., Maryville MO 64468.

Event details are subject to change.

For more information about Homecoming, contact the Homecoming Committee at

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468