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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. 12-19, with the theme “A Trip Down Bearcat Lane.”

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. 12-19, with the theme “A Trip Down Bearcat Lane.” (University Relations photos)

Sept. 23, 2014

Homecoming will be ‘A Trip Down Memory Lane’ Oct. 12-19

By Jennifer Kirk, media relations assistant

Homecoming week schedule

Sunday, Oct. 12

  • Noon - Hanging of the banners (Student Union)

Monday, Oct. 13

  • Department Decoration Contest (University offices)
  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Canned Art Competition (Student Union)

Wednesday, Oct. 15

  • 7-9 p.m. - SAC Comedy Series: Comedy Central on Campus (Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts)

Thursday, Oct. 16

  • 7 p.m. – Variety Show (Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts)
  • 9 p.m. – Royalty Crowning (Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts)
  • 8-11 p.m. - SAC event: Paint U (Centennial Garden)

Friday, Oct. 17
(Walkout Day)

  • 8 a.m. – Bell Ringing (Bell of ’48, south of Administration Building)
  • 9 a.m. – Golden Years Class Reunion: Honoring the Class of 1964 ($20 per person, Alumni House)
  • 11 a.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)
  • 10 p.m. – Comedy Mentalist Sean Bott (Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts)

Saturday, Oct. 18

  • 8 a.m. – Homecoming Welcome (Alumni House)
  • 9 a.m. – Parade (starts at the corner of Ray and College avenues)
  • Noon – Bearcat Zone/Homecoming barbecue ($6.75 per person, College Park Pavilion)
  • 2 p.m. – Bearcat football vs. Pittsburg State ($20 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)

Sunday, Oct. 19

  • 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.
  • 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.
International flag-raising ceremony

International flag-raising ceremony

Variety show

Variety show

Northwest Missouri State University’s annual week-long Homecoming celebration will be “A Trip Down Bearcat Lane,” Oct. 12-19, with activities and events planned for students, employees, alumni and friends of the university.

The week begins Sunday, Oct. 12, with the hanging of banners at the J.W. Jones Student Union and the festivities close Sunday, Oct. 19, with the presentation of awards in the Charles Johnson Theater. Highlights include the Homecoming Parade and football game Saturday, Oct. 18, as well as the Homecoming Variety Show, international flag-raising ceremony and the Golden Years Reunion with the Class of 1964.

“Homecoming is a great opportunity for alumni, faculty, students and staff to come together as one to honor our past, celebrate our present and look forward to our future as Bearcats,” said Brooke McBride, interim director of Campus Activities. “We have a dedicated group of students who have worked hard to plan and execute numerous events for everyone to enjoy and we’re excited to see these plans come to fruition.”

Low-cost accommodations on the Northwest campus are available to individuals and families during the Homecoming weekend. For more information, contact the Office of Residential Life at 660.562.1214 or visit

Additional 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. 18, and travels a different route this year due to construction on Fourth Street.

The parade begins at the intersection of Northwest Drive and College Park Drive, east of the high-rise residence halls. The parade proceeds south on College Park Drive to College Avenue, continues east on College Avenue, travels north on University Drive and ends on the Northwest campus at the intersection of University Drive and Seventh Street. For a printable map of the parade route, click here.

The area between Memorial Drive and the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts 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. 18, at the Alumni House.

Lots 28 and 29 on the Northwest campus will close at midnight Friday for parade entries.


Football game

Pregame festivities for the Bearcat football game begin at noon Saturday, Oct. 18, 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 $6.75.

The Bearcat football team will face off against Pittsburg State University at 2 p.m. at Bearcat Stadium. Northwest student tickets are free and can be reserved online by logging on to the tickets tab at, or picking them up at the Student Services Center on the first floor of the administration building. Adult reserved seating is $20, 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. 16, and Friday, Oct. 17, 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 can vote for royalty through CatPAWS Oct. 6-10.

The Homecoming 2014 philanthropy event will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nodaway County.  Campus organizations will participate in penny wars to raise money, awareness and support for Big Brothers and Big Sisters. Organizations can score points by donating pennies, and decrease competing organization’s points with silver coins and bills.  All donations will go to Big Brothers Big Sisters to support their programs in Nodaway County. Donation buckets will be in the Student Union Oct. 1-3 and 6-10. Northwest will present the donation total to Big Brothers Big Sisters during the Homecoming Variety Show. To register for Bearcat Penny Wars, click here.

Walkout Day will be celebrated with events and ceremonies in place of classes Friday, Oct. 18. 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 10 a.m. to 2 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 6:30 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom.

The annual Homecoming Golf Classic will take place at noon Friday, Oct. 17, at Mozingo Lake Golf Course. Call 660.562.1248 or visit to register. Cost is $45 per person.

University offices may participate in annual office decorating contest, which will be judged Monday, Oct. 13. 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 “A Trip Down Bearcat Lane” theme. Department funds should not be used for decorations. Departments interested in participating should contact Mayur Gangala at  

Student organizations will compete in the Eighth Annual Canned Art Contest Monday, Oct. 13, in the Student Union. The displays will remain in the Student Union until Friday, Oct. 17.  Cans from the Canned Art creations will be donated to the Maryville Ministry Center after the contest. Organizations can register to participate by clicking here.


Smoking and Alcohol Policies

In order to provide an environment that is safe and healthy for all students, employees and visitors to Northwest, 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 near 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