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Sept. 25, 2019

Homecoming 2019 will be ‘Bearcats Ever After’ Oct. 21-26

By Leah Newell, communication assistant

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Northwest Missouri State University’s annual Homecoming celebration is “Bearcats Ever After,” Oct. 21-26, with activities and events planned for students, employees, alumni and friends of the University.

The week begins Sunday, Oct. 20, with the hanging of the banners at the J.W. Jones Student Union, and the festivities conclude Monday, Oct. 28, with the presentation of awards in the Charles Johnson Theater. Highlights include the Homecoming parade and football game, the Variety Show, the International Flag Raising Ceremony and the Golden Years Reunion with the Class of 1969.

Details about all Homecoming activities, including participant entry forms, are available at www.nwmissouri.edu/getinvolved/homecoming, or by contacting 660.562.1226 or homecmg@nwmissouri.edu. All entry forms are due Friday, Oct. 4, and entry fees are due at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18.

Northwest’s 2019 Homecoming Executive Board consists of Megan Bua, a senior geography and emergency and disaster management major from Peculiar, Missouri, as royalty and Variety Show executive chair; Riley Schumacher, a junior business management major from Omaha, Nebraska, as parade executive chair; Josh Paulus, a junior marine biology major from West Des Moines, Iowa, as banner, canned art, and philanthropy executive chair; and Katie Imhoff, a senior agricultural business and communication-public relations major from California, Missouri, as secretary.

Bobby Bearcat leads the Northwest football team on to the field at Bearcat Stadium at the start of last year's Homecoming football game. The Bearcats take on Lincoln University in this year's Homecoming matchup, beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26.

Bobby Bearcat leads the Northwest football team on to the field at Bearcat Stadium at the start of last year's Homecoming football game. The Bearcats take on Lincoln University in this year's Homecoming matchup, beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26.

Homecoming Parade

The annual homecoming parade begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the corner of Ray and College Avenue. The parade moves east on Fourth Street and concludes at the corner of Fourth and Main streets. It features more than 100 entries, including bands and floats sponsored by campus and community organizations 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. 26, at the Michael L. Faust Center for Alumni & Friends.

Athletic events

The annual M-Club Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, in the J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased by calling 660.562.1977.

The Bearcat football team takes on Lincoln University in the annual Homecoming football game, beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Bearcat Stadium. Ticket information is available by clicking here.

All fans are invited to the Bearcat Zone, opening at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Raymond J. Courter College Park Pavilion, to enjoy tailgate activities before the football game. A meal is $12 for adults and $5 for children 7 and under.

Other activities and entertainment

Other activities throughout Homecoming week include the annual canned art contest, a photo contest, a blood drive and the Homecoming Variety Show.

Student organizations will compete in the 13th Annual Canned Art Contest Sunday, Oct. 20, in the Student Union. The displays will remain in the Student Union until Friday, Oct. 25, 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; those cans will be donated to Northwest’s Pay it Forward Food Pantry.

University offices are invited to participate in an Office and Department Photo Contest. Each department has the opportunity to submit a photo displaying their Homecoming spirit. Entries are posted on social media, and the photo that receives the most “likes” will win a $100 prize. Submissions are due Thursday, Oct. 17, and voting ends Wednesday, Oct. 23, at midnight. To participate, contact homecmg@nwmissouri.edu to register.

The Homecoming Committee and Student Senate are collaborating to host Northwest’s annual fall blood drive, Oct. 22-24 in the Student Union Ballroom. The Northwest community is invited to give blood or a monetary donation to a local philanthropy. Additionally, student organizations will compete to raise units of blood and money as part of the overall Homecoming competition.

The Homecoming Variety Show is 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, in the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts and features an array of individuals and student organizations performing skits and musical acts.

The Homecoming Variety Show is 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, in the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts and features an array of individuals and student organizations performing skits and musical acts.

The Homecoming Variety Show is 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, in the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased online by clicking here.

The Homecoming King and Queen will be announced at the conclusion of the Thursday Variety Show. Students may vote for royalty through CatPAWS Monday, Oct. 14, through Friday, Oct. 18.

Walkout Day, the Northwest tradition of canceling all classes during the Friday of Homecoming week, is Friday, Oct. 25. Walkout Day activities include the International Flag-Raising Ceremony at 2 p.m. at the Joyce and Harvey White International Plaza.

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.


Media contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704