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Oct. 3, 2012
By Philip Gruenwald, media relations assistant
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(Updated Oct. 25, 2012)
Northwest Missouri State University’s time-honored Homecoming week celebration, which features athletics contests, long-standing traditions, and philanthropy activities, will be “Superheroes and Villains,” Oct. 28 through Nov. 4.
The week begins Sunday, Oct. 28, with the hanging of banners at the J.W. Jones Student Union and culminates Nov. 3 with a women’s basketball game versus Peru State in Bearcat Arena. Kickoff for the Bearcat football game against Emporia State is 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Bearcat Stadium. Pregame activities begin at 11:30 a.m. at the HyVee Bearcat Zone at the Raymond J. Courter College Park Pavilion.
“During Homecoming week, you just feel Northwest spirit in your bones,” Megan Burley, special events and marketing graduate assistant in the Office of Campus Activities, said. “Everybody’s decked out in Bearcat gear and everyone’s working so hard. Everyone is just a little more alive because they’re a part of our Bearcat family.”
For more information about Homecoming events, contact the Office of Campus Activities at 660.562.1226 or email@example.com, or visit www.nwmissouri.edu/campusactivities/homecoming/. Homecoming information also is available by contacting the Northwest Alumni Association at 660.562.1248 or firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting www.nwmissouri.edu/ALUMNI/homecoming.htm.
This year’s Homecoming 5k takes place at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 2. The entry fee is $20, with all proceeds benefitting the United Way of Nodaway County. Entry forms are available in the Office of Campus Activities or by clicking here. As a colorful way to celebrate Homecoming, 5k participants will have chalk thrown on them as they run or walk through checkpoints along the route.
University offices can participate in office decorating, which will be judged Monday, Oct. 29. The winning departments will receive catering from Campus Dining worth $150 for first place, $100 for second place and $50 for third place. Judges will consider creativity and incorporation of this year’s “Superheroes and Villains” theme. Department funds should not be used for decorations. Departments interested in participating can register by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, by contacting Homecoming Committee Secretary Taylor Teeter at email@example.com.
The Sixth Annual Canned Art Contest will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, in the J.W. Jones Student Union. Cans from the canned art creations will be donated to the Ministry Center after the contest.
The Homecoming Variety Show has its two-night run at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, and Friday, Nov. 2, in the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are free and available at the Student Services Center or at the door. Homecoming royalty will be announced after the Thursday show at about 9 p.m. Students can vote for royalty through CatPAWS Oct. 22-26.
Honoring a long-standing Northwest tradition, Walkout Day will be celebrated with events and ceremonies in place of classes Friday, Nov. 2. The first Walkout Day took place in 1914 when students walked out of class and had a picnic, and this year’s Walkout Day activities include the ringing of the Bell of ’48 at 8 a.m., Student Activities Council’s Walkout Day Celebration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Colden Pond, the flag-raising ceremony at 2 p.m. at the Joyce and Harvey White International Plaza and the M-Club Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. in the J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom.
Homecoming 2012 activities conclude Sunday, Nov. 4, with an 11 a.m. awards ceremony at the Charles Johnson Theater in the Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building. The winners of competitive parade entries, decorative banners and other Homecoming contests will be announced.
The parade begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at the corner of Ray and College avenues and proceeds east along College Avenue, continuing east along Fourth Street and ending past the courthouse square on Fourth Street and North Vine. 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.
Student organizations may register for the parade by clicking here.
Community organizations may register for the parade by clicking here. Entry fees are $25 for non-profit and $35 for for-profit organizations or businesses.
The parade entry deadline is 5 p.m. Oct. 14.
Additionally, Northwest alumni are invited to the Homecoming Welcome prior to the parade at 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Alumni House.
Bearcat athletics teams will be in action throughout the Homecoming Week beginning with Bearcat soccer playing Missouri Southern at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, at Bearcat Pitch. The Bearcat volleyball team plays Central Missouri at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, in Bearcat Arena.
Pregame festivities for the Bearcat football game begin at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at College Park. The HyVee Bearcat Zone features performances by the Bearcat Marching Band, Bearcat Steppers and the Northwest Cheerleading Squad at the Raymond J. Courter College Park Pavilion. The event is free, and fans may purchase a meal for $6.50.
The Bearcat football team will face off against Emporia State at 2:30 p.m. at Bearcat Stadium. Northwest students may gain free admission to the game with a valid Bearcat card. Adult reserved seating is $17, adult general admission is $12 and K-12 and visiting students with a valid school ID can purchase tickets for $10 each.
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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