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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. 15-23 with “Bearcats Around the World.” (Northwest Missouri State University photos)

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. 15-23 with “Bearcats Around the World.” (Northwest Missouri State University photos)

Oct. 3, 2017

Northwest Homecoming will be “Bearcats Around the World”

By Taylor Middleton, media relations assistant

Registration & ticket information

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

  • Football and volleyball tickets may be purchased by clicking here or via check, made payable to Northwest Missouri State University and mailed to the Cashiering Office, 800 University Dr., Maryville, MO 64468.
  • M-Club Hall of Fame Banquet tickets may be purchased by calling 660.562.1977.
  • Homecoming Golf Classic registrations may be purchased by calling 660.562.1248.


Homecoming week schedule

Sunday, Oct. 15

  • Noon – Hanging of the banners (Student Union)

Monday, Oct. 16

  • Office Decorating Contest (University offices)
  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Canned Art Competition (Student Union)

Wednesday, Oct. 18

  • 7 p.m. – Comedian Brent Pella (Ron Houston Center)

Thursday, Oct. 19

  • 7 p.m. – Variety Show (Ron Houston Center)
  • 9 p.m. – Royalty crowning (Ron Houston Center)

Friday, Oct. 20 (Walkout Day)

  • 9 a.m. – Golden Years Reunion: Welcome reception (Alumni House)
  • 10:30 a.m. – Golden Years Reunion: Campus bus tour
  • 11 a.m. – Golden Years Reunion: Reunion photo (Kissing bridge)
  • 11:30 a.m. – Golden Years Reunion: luncheon (Student Union)
  • Noon – Homecoming Golf Classic ($50 per person, Maryville Country Club)
  • 2 p.m. – International Flag-Raising Ceremony (International Plaza)
  • 3:30 p.m. – Faust Center dedication (Alumni House)
  • 4:30 p.m. – Walkout Day celebration (intramural fields)
  • 5 p.m. – Golden Years Reunion: Social (Alumni House)
  • 5 p.m. – Black Alumni & Friends Weekend: Campus tour (Phillips Hall)
  • 6 p.m. – Bearcat volleyball vs. Washburn University ($20-$15 for reserved seating, $12-$7 for general admission, free for Northwest students, Bearcat Arena)
  • 6:30 p.m. – M-Club Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony ($25 per person, Student Union Ballroom)
  • 7 p.m. – Variety Show (Ron Houston Center)
  • 9 p.m. - Black Alumni & Friends: Fish Fry (Phillips Hall)

Saturday, Oct. 29

  • 8 a.m. – Homecoming Welcome (Alumni House)
  • 9 a.m. – Homecoming Parade (Fourth Street)
  • Noon – Bearcat Zone/ Homecoming meal (Optional meal: $10 per person, College Park Pavilion)
  • 2 p.m. – Bearcat football vs. Lindenwood University ($25 for reserved seating, $14 for adult standing room, $10 for K-12 and visiting student standing room, free for Northwest students, Bearcat Stadium)
  • 6 p.m. – Bearcat volleyball vs. Emporia State University ($20-$15 for reserved seating, $12-$7 for general admission, free for Northwest students, Bearcat Arena)
  • 9 p.m. – Black Alumni & Friends Weekend: Alumni Social (Student Union)

Sunday, Oct. 22

  • 9 a.m. – Black Alumni & Friends Weekend: Prayer Breakfast with guest speaker Mel Tjeerdsma (Student Union)

Monday, Oct. 23

  • 7 p.m. – Awards presentation (Charles Johnson Theater)
International flag-raising ceremony

International flag-raising ceremony

Variety show

Variety show

The Northwest Missouri State University community will celebrate its Homecoming this month with “Bearcats Around the World.”

The week begins Sunday, Oct. 15, with the hanging of the banners at the J.W. Jones Student Union, and the festivities close Monday, Oct. 23, with the presentation of awards in the Charles Johnson Theater. Highlights include the Homecoming parade and football game, as well as the Homecoming Variety Show, International Flag-Raising Ceremony and the Golden Years Reunion with the Class of 1967.

Students from throughout the world will carry their flags in the Homecoming parade and as part of a pregame ceremony at the football game.

“A lot of Northwest alumni will want to come back and see how Northwest has changed and how well we still hold our traditions,” Lucy Hilliard, the secretary of the Homecoming Executive Board and a senior organizational behavior and human resource management major from Batavia, Illinois, said. “We are very excited to have participation from the community and organizations on our campus. ‘Bearcats Around the World’ is a prominent theme on this campus, and it is great that we are able to show our diversity on such a large platform.”

Additional information about Homecoming activities appears below. For more information about Homecoming, call 660.562.1226 or email the Homecoming Executive Board at, or visit

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


Homecoming parade

The annual Homecoming parade begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at the corner of Ray and College Avenue and travels east on Fourth Street. It features more than 100 entries, including bands and floats sponsored by campus and community organizations, local schools and businesses.

For a printable map of the parade route, click here 

Additionally, Northwest alumni are invited to the Homecoming Welcome prior to the parade at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Alumni House.


Alumni Events

The Golden Years Society Reunion, sponsored by the Northwest Alumni Association, welcomes all Northwest classmates from 1967 to attend Homecoming Oct. 20-21. The weekend includes a campus tour, a Golden Years social and a luncheon. Reunion cost is $50, with optional activities for additional cost.

The Northwest Alumni Association and the Association of Black Employees also will sponsor Black Alumni and Friends Weekend Oct. 20-22. The weekend will include a fish fry, campus tour and prayer breakfast in conjunction with other Homecoming activities. Weekend passes are $100, which includes a T-shirt, the alumni social, prayer breakfast and fish fry, a guided campus tour and a ticket to the football game. 

Northwest’s Office of University Advancement, at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, will host a dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting for its Michael L. Faust Center for Alumni & Friends, formerly known as the Alumni House. The ceremony will mark the completion of an expansion of the house that was made possible through a $1 million gift by the Suzanne and Walter Scott Foundation of Omaha in honor of Faust, a director of the Scott Foundation, for his support of the Scotts’ civic and philanthropic activities, his 36 years of service to Peter Kiewit Sons’ Inc., where Walter Scott was chairman and chief executive officer, and his loyalty to Northwest.

For more information about alumni events or to register, contact the Alumni House at 660.562.1248.


Athletics events

The annual M-Club Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom. Tickets are required and may be purchased by calling 660.562.1977.

In addition, the Bearcat volleyball team will play games during the weekend in Bearcat Arena. The Bearcats will face Washburn University Friday, Oct. 20, and then Emporia State at on Saturday, Oct. 21. Both games begin at 6 p.m.  

The Bearcat football team takes on Lindenwood University in the annual Homecoming football game, beginning at 2 p.m. at Bearcat Stadium.

Ticket information for the volleyball and football games is available by clicking here.

In addition, all fans are invited to the Bearcat Zone at noon Saturday to College Park to enjoy tailgate activities prior to the football game. A meal is available for $10 at the Raymond J. Courter College Park Pavilion.


Other activities and entertainment

Other activities throughout the Homecoming week include decorating contests, the Homecoming Variety Show and a performance by comedian Brent Pella at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct 18, at the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts.

Pella, a stand-up comedian from California, was featured in 2016 on MTV’s “Greatest Party Stories Ever” and recently completed the Spring Brent 2017 comedy tour of clubs and schools throughout the country. A graduate of the Groundlings and Upright Citizen's Brigade improv programs, he continues to write and produce while performing nightly at venues throughout Los Angeles. For more information about Pella, visit

Student organizations will compete in the 11th Annual Canned Art Contest Monday, Oct. 16, in the J.W. Jones Student Union. The displays will remain in the Student Union until Friday, Oct. 20, and cans used during the contest are donated to the Maryville Ministry Center. Individuals also may vote for the People’s Choice Award by leaving canned goods at their favorite canned art display, and those cans will be donated to the Northwest's Pay it Forward Food Pantry.

University offices also may participate in the annual Office Decorating Contest, which will be judged Monday, Oct. 16. Judges will consider creativity and incorporation of the theme, and winners will receive Campus Dining catering, valued at $150 for first place, $100 for second place and $50 for third place. Department funds may not be used for decorations, and departments interested in participating should contact

The Homecoming Variety Show consists of a two-night run at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, and Friday, Oct. 20, in the Ron Houston Center. Tickets are free and available in the cashiering office located on the first floor of the Administration Building or at the door if seats are available.

The Homecoming King and Queen will be announced during the Variety Show’s Thursday show. Students may vote for royalty through CatPAWS Oct. 9-13.

Walkout Day, the Northwest tradition of canceling all classes during the Friday of Homecoming week, is Friday, Oct. 20. Walkout Day activities include the International Flag-Raising Ceremony at 2 p.m. at the Joyce and Harvey White International Plaza. The Student Activities Council also will host a Walkout Day celebration from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the intramural fields that will feature Kool Kats and hot air balloon rides.

The annual Homecoming Golf Classic also takes place at noon Friday, Oct. 20, at the Maryville Country Club. Cost is $50 per person. Check-in begins at 11 a.m. and tee times begin at noon. Call 660.562.1248 to register.


Smoking and Alcohol Policies

To provide an environment that is safe and healthy for all students, employees and visitors to Northwest, are reminded that smoking is prohibited in all areas of the Northwest campus. Smoking is defined as the use of cigarettes, cigars, pipes and all other forms of smoke-generating products.

Alcohol is not permitted on University property except during home football games in designated tailgating areas at College Park. For more information about Northwest’s tailgating policy, click here.

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