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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. 18-25, with the theme “Rockin’ Around the Bell Tower.” (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. 18-25, with the theme “Rockin’ Around the Bell Tower.” (Northwest Missouri State University photos)

Sept. 22, 2015

Homecoming 2015 will be ‘Rockin’ Around the Bell Tower’ Oct. 18-25

By Brett Fredenberg, media relations assistant

Registration & ticket information

(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.
  • Tickets for the comedy performance featuring Dave Coulier may be purchased online at, at the Student Services Center or by calling 660.562.1212.

Homecoming week schedule

Sunday, Oct. 18

  • Noon – Hanging of the banners (Student Union)

Monday, Oct. 19

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

Wednesday, Oct. 21

  • 7 p.m. – SAC Comedian: Dave Coulier (Ron Houston Center)

Thursday, Oct. 22

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

Friday, Oct. 23 (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. – Walkout Day celebration (Colden Pond)
  • 11:30 a.m. – Golden Years Reunion: luncheon (Student Union)
  • Noon – Homecoming Golf Classic ($50 per person, Mozingo Lake Golf Course)
  • 2 p.m. – International Flag-Raising Ceremony (International Plaza)
  • 5 p.m. – Golden Years Reunion: Social (Alumni House)
  • 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)

Saturday, Oct. 24

  • 8 a.m. – Homecoming Welcome (Alumni House)
  • 9 a.m. – Homecoming Parade (Fourth Street)
  • Noon – Bearcat Zone/ Homecoming meal (Optional meal: $7 per person, College Park Pavilion)
  • 2 p.m. – Bearcat football vs. Fort Hays State University ($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. 25

  • 11 a.m. – Awards ceremony (Charles Johnson Theater)
International flag-raising ceremony

International flag-raising ceremony

Variety show

Variety show

Northwest Missouri State University’s annual Homecoming celebration is “Rockin’ Around the Bell Tower,” Oct. 18-25, with activities and events planned for students, employees, alumni and friends of the University.

The week begins Sunday, Oct. 18, with the hanging of banners at the J.W. Jones Student Union and the festivities close Sunday, Oct. 25, with the presentation of awards in the Charles Johnson Theater. Highlights include the Homecoming parade and football game Saturday, Oct. 24, as well as the Homecoming Variety Show, International Flag-Raising Ceremony and the Golden Years Reunion with the Class of 1965.

“The activities associated with Homecoming help build our Northwest community and bring us together as Bearcats to honor our traditions and celebrate who we are,” Director of Student Involvement Brooke McBride said. “Northwest is known for the energy and school spirit we have on campus during Homecoming, and the week is a great opportunity to connect with other Bearcats and celebrate our Northwest pride.”

Low-cost accommodations are available on the Northwest campus 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 Student Involvement 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 annual Homecoming parade begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, and travels on the newly completed Fourth Street corridor, featuring more than 100 entries, including bands and floats sponsored by campus and community organizations and businesses.

The parade begins at the corner of North Ray and College avenues. It continues east toward the University’s main entrance on Fourth Street and ends at Fourth and Main streets. 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. 24, at the Alumni House.

Lot 62 on the Northwest campus closes at midnight Saturday, Oct. 24, for parade entries.


Football game

Pregame festivities for the Bearcat football game begin at noon Saturday, Oct. 24, 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 to attend and fans may purchase a meal for $7.

The Bearcat football team faces Fort Hays State University at 2 p.m. at Bearcat Stadium. Northwest student tickets are free and may 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 (standing room only) is $12 and K-12 and visiting students with a valid school ID may purchase standing room only tickets for $10 each. Homecoming football tickets are available to the general public beginning Monday, Sept. 28.


Other activities and entertainment

Other activities throughout the Homecoming week include decorating contests, the Homecoming Variety Show and a performance by comedian Dave Coulier.

Coulier, best known for playing Joey on the hit ABC television series “Full House,” will perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, at the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets, which may be reserved at the Student Services Center, are free for Northwest students, beginning Monday, Sept. 28. Tickets will be available to the public, beginning Monday, Oct. 5, and cost $5. Tickets also may be purchased online at or by calling 660.562.1212.

In addition to appearing on “Full House,” Coulier has hosted ABC's “World's Funniest Videos,” “America's Funniest People” and “Animal Kidding” on the Animal Planet Network. He has appeared on “How I Met Your Mother,” “The Tonight Show” and “The Ricki Lake Show.” To learn more about Coulier, visit  

The Homecoming Variety Show consists of a two-night run at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, and Friday, Oct. 23, in the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are free and available at the Student Services Center or at the door if seats are available.

Homecoming royalty will be announced after the Variety Show’s Thursday show at about 9 p.m. Students can vote for royalty through CatPAWS Oct. 12-16.

Walkout Day, the Northwest tradition of canceling all classes during the Friday of Homecoming week, is Friday, Oct. 23. Walkout Day activities include the International Flag-Raising Ceremony at 2 p.m. at the Joyce and Harvey White International Plaza. The M-Club Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom.

The annual Homecoming Golf Classic also takes place at noon on Friday, Oct. 23, at Mozingo Lake Golf Course. Call 660.562.1248 or visit to register. Cost is $50 per person.

Student organizations are invited to compete in the Ninth Annual Canned Art Contest Monday, Oct. 19, in the J.W. Jones Student Union. The displays remain in the Student Union until Friday, Oct. 23. Cans from the Canned Art creations are donated to the Maryville Ministry Center after the contest. Organizations may register to participate through Bearcat Link.

University offices also may participate in the annual Office-Decorating Contest, which will be judged Monday, Oct. 19. Judges will consider creativity and incorporation of the theme “All That Jazz.” Prizes will be awarded in the form of Campus Dining catering, valued at $150 for first place, $100 for second place and $50 for third place. Department funds are not to be used for decorations, and departments interested in participating should send an email to


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 lots 60, 62 and 63, 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