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Northwest Missouri State University

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The Homecoming parade is always a highlight of the fall at Northwest. The week's schedule also includes alumni reunions, contests and the Homecoming Variety Show. The University will celebrate its annual Homecoming week Oct. 20-27, with the theme “Rolling out the ‘90s.”

The Homecoming parade is always a highlight of the fall at Northwest. The week's schedule also includes alumni reunions, contests and the Homecoming Variety Show. The University will celebrate its annual Homecoming week Oct. 20-27, with the theme “Rolling out the ‘90s.” (University Relations photos)

Sept. 30, 2013

Northwest to celebrate Homecoming by ‘Rolling out the ‘90s’

Updated Oct. 23, 2013

Homecoming week schedule

Sunday, Oct. 20

  • 11 a.m. – Bearcat soccer vs. Fort Hays (Bearcat Pitch)
  • Noon - Hanging of the banners (Student Union)

Monday, Oct. 21

  • All day - Department Decoration Contest
  • 10 a.m.-2 p.m. - Canned Art Competition (Student Union)

Thursday, Oct. 24

  • 7 p.m. – Variety Show (Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts)
  • 9 p.m. – Royalty Crowning (Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts)

Friday, Oct. 25
(Walkout Day)

  • 8 a.m. – Bell Ringing (Bell of ’48, south of Administration Building)
  • 9 a.m. – Homecoming 5k run registration ($20 per person, College Park Pavilion)
  • 9 a.m. – Golden Years Class Reunion: Honoring the Class of 1962 ($20 per person, Alumni House)
  • 10 a.m. – 5k start (College Park Pavilion)
  • 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Walkout Day Celebration (Colden Pond)
  • 11:30 a.m. – Golden Years Luncheon (J.W. Jones Student Union)
  • Noon – Homecoming Golf Classic ($45 per person, Mozingo Lake Golf Course)
  • 2 p.m. – International Flag-Raising Ceremony (Joyce and Harvey White International Plaza)
  • 5 p.m. – Golden Years reception (Alumni House)
  • 6:30 p.m. – M-Club Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony ($20 per person, J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom)
  • 7 p.m. – Variety Show (Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts)
  • 7 p.m. – Bearcat volleyball vs. Washburn (Bearcat Arena)

Saturday, Oct. 26

  • 8 a.m. – Homecoming Welcome (Alumni House)
  • 9 a.m. – Parade (starts at the corner of Ray and College avenues)
  • 11:30 a.m. – Bearcat Zone/Homecoming barbecue ($6.50 per person, College Park Pavilion, tailgate lots open at 11 a.m.)
  • 2 p.m. – Bearcat football vs. Missouri Southern ($17 for adult reserved seating, $12 for adult general admission, $10 for K-12 and visiting students with a valid school ID, free for Northwest students with valid University ID, Bearcat Stadium)
  • 6 p.m. – Bearcat volleyball vs. Emporia State (Bearcat Arena)

Sunday, Oct. 27

  • 11 a.m. - Awards ceremony (Charles Johnson Theater)


Register/order tickets

(Tickets will not be mailed and must be picked up at the event.)

  • Football tickets may be purchased 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 by Oct. 26.
  • M-Club Hall of Fame Banquet tickets may be purchased by contacting Michele Steinmeyer at 660.562.1977 or
  • Homecoming Golf Classic registrations may be purchased by calling 660.562.1248 or clicking here
  • Homecoming 5k registrations may be purchased by contacting Emma Clark at

Northwest Missouri State University’s annual week-long Homecoming celebration will be “Rolling out the ‘90s,” Oct. 20-27, with activities and events planned for students, employees, alumni and friends.

The week begins Sunday, Oct. 20, with the hanging of banners at the J.W. Jones Student Union and a Bearcat soccer game, and the festivities close Sunday, Oct. 27, with the presentation of awards in the Charles Johnson Theater. Highlights include the Homecoming parade and football game Saturday, Oct. 26, as well as the Homecoming variety show, international flag-raising ceremony and the Golden Years Reunion with the Class of 1963.

Low-cost accommodations on the Northwest campus also are available to individuals and families during the Homecoming weekend. For more information, contact the Office of Residential Life at 660.562.1969 or click here.

Detailed information about Homecoming activities appears below. For more information about Homecoming events, contact the Office of Campus Activities at 660.562.1226 or, or visit

Homecoming information also is available by contacting the Northwest Alumni Association at 660.562.1248 or or by visiting


Homecoming parade

The parade begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the corner of Ray and College Avenue and proceeds east to the main University entrance at Fourth Street, continuing east along Fourth Street to Main and ends past the courthouse square on Fourth Street and North Vine.

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 local businesses.

Additionally, Northwest alumni are invited to the Homecoming Welcome prior to the parade at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Alumni House.

Lot 62 on the Northwest campus will close at midnight Saturday for parade entries. The lot will reopen for tailgating Saturday morning immediately after the parade's conclusion.



Bearcat athletics games will take place throughout Homecoming Week beginning with Bearcat soccer playing Fort Hays at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, at Bearcat Pitch. The Bearcat volleyball team plays Washburn at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, in Bearcat Arena and Emporia State at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, in Bearcat Arena.

Pregame festivities for the Bearcat football game begin at noon Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Raymond J. Courter College Park Pavilion. The Hy-Vee Bearcat Zone features performances by the Bearcat Marching Band, Bearcat Steppers and the Northwest cheerleading squad. The event is free, and fans may purchase a meal for $6.50. The menu includes Lazy Country Pulled Chicken, Loaded O’Brien Potatoes, Molasses Baked Beans, Lays chips, assorted cookies and a canned soda or bottled water.

The Bearcat football team will face off against Missouri Southern at 2 p.m. at Bearcat Stadium. Northwest student tickets are free and can be reserved online by logging on to the Northwest Game Day tab at, or picked up at the Student Services Center. Adult reserved seating is $17, adult general admission is $12, and K-12 and visiting students with a valid school ID may purchase tickets for $10 each.


Other activities & contests

The Homecoming Variety Show has its two-night run at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, and Friday, Oct. 25, in the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are free and available at the Student Services Center or at the door. To reserve tickets, call the Student Services Center at 660.562.1212. Homecoming royalty will be announced after the Thursday show at about 9 p.m. Students may vote for royalty through CatPAWS Oct. 14-18.

The annual Homecoming 5k takes place at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 25, with registration starting at 9 a.m. The entry fee is $20, with all proceeds benefiting the Susan G. Komen Foundation and St. Francis Hospital and Health Services’ mammography program. Entry forms are available in the Office of Campus Activities or by clicking here. Participants will be “painted” throughout the race and should wear a light-colored shirt. Contact Homecoming Co-Chair Emma Clark at to register.

Walkout Day will be celebrated with events and ceremonies in place of classes Friday, Oct. 25. Walkout Day activities include the ringing of the Bell of ’48 at 8 a.m., Student Activities Council and Student Senate’s Walkout Day Celebration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Colden Pond, the international 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 p.m. in the J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom.

The annual Homecoming Golf Classic will take place at noon Friday, Oct. 25, at Mozingo Lake Golf Course. Call 660.562.1248 or visit to register. Cost is $45 per person.

University offices may participate in office decorating, which will be judged Monday, Oct. 21. First and second place-winning departments will receive a catered breakfast or lunch for their offices, and third place winners will receive catered snacks. Judges will consider creativity and incorporation of the “Rolling out the ‘90s” theme. Department funds should not be used for decorations. Departments interested in participating should contact Emma Clark at

The Seventh Annual Canned Art Contest will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, in the J.W. Jones Student Union. Cans from the canned art creations will be donated to the Ministry Center after the contest.

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