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Photo Contest

Photo Contest

Campus departments and offices are invited to participate in the annual Homecoming Spirit Photo Contest. Departments and offices should take a photo displaying their best Homecoming spirit reflecting Bearcat pride and the year’s Homecoming theme.

All submissions will be posted on Northwest Homecoming Facebook and Twitter accounts to be voted on by ‘liking’ the image. Retweets and shared will not count towards vote totals, but is encouraged.

Please submit photos via email to hocopr@nwmissouri.edu by the deadline detailed below. Please refer to the Homecoming Bylaws for detailed descriptions of rules and regulations.

Event Location Date Time
Photo Submissions Due Email to hocopr@nwmissouri.edu 10/13/22 5 p.m.
Photos Posted Posted to all Homecoming social media accounts 10/17/22 5 p.m.
Voting Ends - 10/20/22 5 p.m.
Winner Announcement Homecoming Variety Show 10/22/22 Intermission

Questions? Contact hocopr@nwmissouri.edu or call 660.562.1496

Homecoming Twitter


Tailgate and Football Game

Tailgate and Football Game

Bearcat Football takes on Northeastern state at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22.

Bearcat Tailgate Zone

Saturday, Oct. 22, 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Raymond J. Courter College Park Pavilion.

The Bearcat Tailgate Zone is free to attend. Tailgate meals are available for a cost and inspired by your tailgate favorites like barbeque, burgers, and homestyle sides.

To pre-order meal tickets, they must be purchased by 5 p.m. Oct. 21; cash, debit or credit will be accepted at the tailgate.

$12 per meal

Pre-order tailgate meal

Football Game Ticket Information

Available for purchase Oct. 1, 2022

Purchase TICKETS

**Single Game Tickets:

  • Reserved Seating for Adult: $23
  • Standing Room Only (SRO) for Adult: $14
  • SRO for K-12 or Visiting Students*: $10
  • Northwest Students* (one per game): Free

* All high school and college students must show valid school ID cards to receive the discounted student prices.
* To pre-purchase tickets please call 660.562.1212.
** $6 processing fees per order (online, in person or phone)

For additional information and to purchase tickets, visit BearcatSports.com


Banner

Banner

Banner decorating has long been a Northwest Homecoming tradition. Student organizations are invited to submit a banner with their best, and most original, expression of Bearcat Pride and the year’s Homecoming theme. All submitted banners will be hung on the J.W. Student Union for display the week of Homecoming. A panel of faculty, staff, and community members will judge the banners and select winners. See below for detailed deadlines regarding the Homecoming Banner competition. Please refer to the Homecoming Bylaws for detailed descriptions of rules and regulations.

Event Location Date Time
Banner Entries Due BearcatLink 10/7/22 11:59 p.m.
Banner Turn-in J.W. Jones Student Union, Office of Student Involvement 10/14/22 TBD
Banner Hanging J.W. Jones Student Union 10/16/22 Noon
Banner Judging J.W. Jones Student Union 10/17/22 TBD
Banner Tear-Down J.W. Jones Student Union 10/23/22 TBD
Banner Pick-Up J.W. Jones Student Union, Office of Student Involvement 10/24/22 - 10/31/22 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Questions? Contact hocophil@nwmissouri.edu or call 660.562.1496


Donation Creation

Donation Creation

Donation Creation (formerly Canned Art) is both a feat of structural engineering and creativity. Student organizations are invited to create a structure using only non-perishable food items that represents their best, and most original, expression of Bearcat Pride and the year’s Homecoming theme.

All Donation Creation structures will be placed on the 2nd floor of the J.W. Jones Student Union for display the week of Homecoming. A panel of faculty, staff, and community members will judge the Donation Creation entries and select winners. A secondary, “People’s Choice,” competition accompanies the Homecoming Donation Creation competition. Donation Creation entries can be ‘voted’ on by donation of non-perishable food items. All non-perishables collected will be donated to area food pantries. See below for detailed deadlines regarding the Homecoming Donation Creation competition. Please refer to the Homecoming Bylaws for detailed descriptions of rules and regulations.

Event Location Date Time
Donation Creation Entries Due BearcatLink 10/7/22 11:59 p.m.
Donation Creation Set-Up Lobby, J.W. Jones Student Union 10/16/22 Noon - 4 p.m.
Donation Creation Judging Lobby, J.W. Jones Student Union 10/17/22 TBD
Donation Creation Tear Down Lobby, J.W. Jones Student Union 10/23/22 9 a.m. - Noon
Take Items to Ministry Lobby, J.W. Jones Student Union 10/23/22 TBD

Questions? Contact hocophil@nwmissouri.edu or call 660.562.1496


Philanthropy

Philanthropy

Northwest Homecoming has a standing commitment to give back to the Maryville community that gives so much to the campus community. Annual philanthropic events vary, as community need varies. See below for additional information about past Northwest Homecoming philanthropy initiatives and this year’s events.

2022 Homecoming Philanthropy
Blood Drive

Past Homecoming Philanthropy Initiatives

  • 2021 - North Star Advocacy Center
  • 2019 - Northwest Pay-It-Forward Fund
  • 2018 - Maryville Public Schools
  • 2017 - Lettuce Dream
  • 2016 - Children & Family Center of Maryville

Walkout Day

Walkout Day

Walkout Day is one of Northwest Homecoming’s longest standing traditions, dating back to Oct. 22, 1915. On this date, students walked out of classes and declared the day an unscheduled holiday. Early Walkout Days featured all-school picnics and hikes. Now, Walkout Day is filled with student-focused events as a part of the annual Homecoming Week. See below for more information about Walkout Day events.


Bell of ’48 Ringing

The class of 1948 gifted Northwest with a bronze memorial bell in honor of all soldiers who fought and died during World War II, especially those fallen soldiers who attended Northwest or who once lived in northwest Missouri. The bell heralds Northwest achievements and celebrations and mournfully chimes to honor the passing of students. The ringing of the bell commences Walkout Day and the beginning of Homecoming festivities.

Questions? Contact senpres@nwmissouri.edu or call 660.562.1226

Event Location Date Time

Ringing of Bell of ‘48

Northwest Campus, Bell of ‘48

10/21/22

8 a.m.


Flag Raising Ceremony

The Joyce and Harvey White International Plaza has existed on the Northwest campus since the fall of 1998 as a tribute to Northwest students and alumni who have come to the University from other nations and as a reminder of the size and diversity of our world. The Friday of Homecoming Week includes a flag-raising ceremony where Northwest students raise their nations’ flags.

Event Location Date Time

International Flag Raising Ceremony

Joyce and Harvey White International Flag Plaza

10/21/22

TBD

Questions? Contact intlprog@nwmissouri.edu or call 660.562.1367


Student Activities Council

Student Activities Council hosts various activities for students during the week of Homecoming and notably, Walkout Day. 

Questions? Contact sacnwtrad@nwmissouri.edu or call 660.562.1496

More Information about SAC


Homecoming Parade

Homecoming Parade

The Northwest Homecoming Parade is the oldest homecoming tradition. Student organizations are invited to participate in the float building competition, in the “Jalopy” competition, in the “Dancing Clowns” competition, in the “Paper Mache Heads” competition, or simply walk in the parade to represent their best, and most original, expression of Bearcat Pride and the year’s Homecoming theme. This year's theme is "Bearcats Got Game." The community is also invited to participate in the parade by submitting a walk-in entry to advertise a business, organization, or initiative. See below for detailed deadlines regarding the Homecoming Parade, and it’s competitions. Please refer to the Homecoming Bylaws for detailed descriptions of rules and regulations.

Register to be in the Homecoming Parade. Register

Event Location Date Time
Competing Parade Entries Due BearcatLink 10/1/22 5 p.m.
Parade Scripts Due BearcatLink 10/5/22 5 p.m.
On-Campus Walk-In Entries Due BearcatLink 10/14/22 5 p.m.
Off-Campus Entry Registration Open
Fee: $30 non-profit and $50 profit
Office of Student Involvement 8/24/22 - 10/7/22 11:59 p.m.
Off-Campus Entry Registration Open
Fee: $35 non-profit and $65 profit
Office of Student Involvement 10/8/22 - 10/14/22 11:59 p.m.
Off-Campus Entry Registration Open
Fee: $55 non-profit and $80 profit
Office of Student Involvement 10/15/22 - 10/19/22 11:59 p.m.
Off-Campus Entry Registration Open
Fee: $100 for all groups (check only)
Office of Student Involvement 10/20/22 - 10/21/22 11:59 p.m.
Off-Campus Entry Registration, Parade Day
Fee: $100 for all groups (check only)
In Person at Parade Route 10/22/22 7 a.m.
Parade 4th Street, Maryville 10/22/22 9 a.m.

Questions? Contact HOCOPARADE@nwmissouri.edu or call 660.562.1496

High School Marching Band Registration


Variety Show

Variety Show

The Northwest Homecoming Variety Show is a compilation of student performances, including skits and olio acts (miscellaneous performances), and the crowning of Northwest Homecoming royalty. Students are invited to participate in the variety show as student organizations and/or individuals. Students participating are asked to represents their best, and most original, expression of Bearcat Pride and the year’s Homecoming theme with their performance. Royalty crowning will conclude the show. See below for detailed deadlines regarding the Homecoming Variety Show. Please refer to the Homecoming Bylaws for detailed descriptions of rules and regulations.

Event Location Date Time
Skit Entries Due BearcatLink 4/15/22 5 p.m.
Skit Draft Due BearcatLink 9/5/22 5 p.m.
Variety Show Tryouts Olive Deluce Fine Arts Building, Charles Johnson Theater (CJT) 9/14/22 & 9/15/22 6-10 p.m.
Announce VS Finalists Email 9/20/22 TBD
Script Read Through with Theater Techs TBD TBD TBD
Final Scripts Due BearcatLink 10/1/22 5 p.m.
Prop Load-in Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts 10/16/22 TBD
Skit Technical Rehearsal Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts 10/18/22 5 p.m.
Olio Technical Rehearsal Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts 10/17/22 5 p.m.
Tech Rehearsal Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts 10/18/22 5 p.m.
Dress Rehearsal Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts 10/19/22 5 p.m.
Skit Chair Meeting Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts 10/18/22 - 10/19/22 After Rehearsals
Variety Show Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts 10/20/22 7 p.m.

Questions? Contact hocovariety@nwmissouri.edu or call 660.562.1496


Homecoming Royalty

Homecoming Royalty

The Northwest Homecoming Royalty Court is chosen in the Spring of each calendar year. The Royalty Court is recognized at the conclusion of the Variety Show, with winners being crowned.

Students may begin voting at midnight Monday, Oct. 10, by logging into CatPAWS; voting ends at midnight Wednesday, Oct. 19. The king and queen will be announced Friday, Oct. 20, at the conclusion of the Homecoming Variety Show, which begins at 7 p.m. in the Charles Johnson Theater at the Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building.

Event Location Date Time
Royalty Nominations Begin BearcatLink 2/2/22 8 a.m.
Nominations Due BearcatLink 3/2/22 5 p.m.
Applications Due BearcatLink 3/16/22 11:59 p.m.
Royalty Application Selection Office of Student Involvement 3/17/22 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Royalty Interview Sign-Up Google Drive 3/18/22 - 3/22/22 5 p.m.
Royalty Interviews Student Union 3/24/22 6-9 p.m.
Announcement of Court Social Media & PR 4/4/22 Noon
Royalty Voting Voting on CatPAWS 10/10/22 - 10/19/22 Midnight
Royalty Crowning Variety Show, PAC 10/20/22 End of the Show

Awards

Awards

Event Location Date Time
Awards Presentation Charles Johnson Theater 10/26/22 6 p.m.

Meetings

Meetings

Event Location Date Time
General Meeting CH 3500 3/2/22 4 p.m.
General Meeting CH 3500 3/16/22 4 p.m.
General Meeting CH 3500 3/23/22 4 p.m.
General Meeting CH 3500 3/30/22 4 p.m.
General Meeting CH 3500 4/6/22 4 p.m.
General Meeting CH 3500 4/13/22 4 p.m.
General Meeting CH 3500 4/20/22 4 p.m.
General Meeting CH 3500 4/27/22 4 p.m.
General Meeting CH 3500 8/31/22 4 p.m.
General Meeting CH 3500 9/7/22 4 p.m.
General Meeting CH 3500 9/14/22 4 p.m.
General Meeting CH 3500 9/21/22 4 p.m.
General Meeting CH 3500 9/28/22 4 p.m.
General Meeting CH 3500 10/5/22 4 p.m.
General Meeting (mandatory) CH 3500 10/12/22 4 p.m.
General Meeting (mandatory) CH 3500 10/19/22 4 p.m.

Deadlines

Deadlines

Event Location Date Time
Committee Application & Co-Chair Applications Open BearcatLink TBD TBD
Royalty Nominations Form Opens BearcatLink 2/2/22 8 a.m.
Theme Nomination Form Open BearcatLink 2/2/22 8 a.m.
Org Reps Forms Open BearcatLink 3/2/22 8 a.m.
Royalty Nomination Closes BearcatLink 3/2/22 8 a.m.
Royalty Application Open   BearcatLink 3/2/22 8 a.m.
Theme Nomination Closes BearcatLink 3/3/22 5 p.m.
First Round of Committee Selected Executive Board 3/14/22 3 p.m.
Committee Application & Co-Chair Application Closes BearcatLink 3/16/22 5 p.m.
Royalty Applications Close BearcatLink 3/16/22 5 p.m.
Org Reps Forms Due BearcatLink 3/20/22 5 p.m.
Entry Forms Open BearcatLink 4/5/22 8 a.m.
Variety Show Entries Due BearcatLink 5/6/22 5 p.m.
Parade Script Dropbox Open BearcatLink 9/22/22 5 p.m.
All Entry Forms Close BearcatLink 10/8/22 8 a.m.
Skit Final Script Due BearcatLink 10/10/22 5 p.m.
Parade Script Submission Closes BearcatLink 10/7/22 5 p.m.
On-Campus Walk-in Entries Due BearcatLink 10/22/22 5 p.m.
All Entry Fees Due BearcatLink 10/22/22 5 p.m.
Street Chalking Applications Open BearcatLink 3/28/22 8 a.m.
Street Chalking Applications Due BearcatLink 10/5/22 11:59 p.m.
Street Chalking Day Specified area on campus 10/16/22 Orgs sign up for time