Homecoming 2014

October 9-12 our campus will be alive with many homecoming events and activities. Be sure to check this webpage often for updates as we bring you the latest news on this year’s events.


Stop by our Homecoming Welcome Center in the Story Student Center building as you arrive on campus. There you can check in, pick up your nametag, get event updates and get answers to your questions. Immediate questions can be directed to Alumni Relations at 402.465.2568 or alumni@nebrwesleyan.edu.

Welcome Center Hours

  • Thursday, October 9, 3-5 p.m.
  • Friday, October 10, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 11, 8-11 a.m.


Many of the Homecoming events include food but, in between those times, you can enjoy a convenient meal on campus in the Story Student Center dining hall. Simply pay at the door.

  • Breakfast: $5.70
  • Lunch: $7.75
  • Dinner: $8.50

Show Your Spirit

We hope you’ll wear your NWU colors with pride on campus. If you want the latest in campus fashion, we have NWU Homecoming t-shirts available to purchase at our campus bookstore when you get to campus (quantities are limited).

Prairie Wolves Book Store Hours

  • October 9, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • October 10, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • October 11, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.


Make your reservation by October 1, 2014 and specify “Nebraska Wesleyan Homecoming” to receive a discounted rate (limited availability).

Chase Suites
200 S. 68 Place
Lincoln, NE 68510
Prices starting at $79
Comfort Suites
331 N. Cotner Boulevard
Lincoln, NE 68505
Prices starting at $79
Hilton Garden Inn
801 R Street
Lincoln, NE 68508
Prices starting at $119
Marriott Cornhusker
333 S. 13th Street
Lincoln, NE 68508
Prices starting at $99
Marriott Courtyard
808 R Street
Lincoln, NE 68508
Prices starting at $129
Residence Inn by Marriott
5865 Boboli Lane
Lincoln, NE 68516
Prices starting at $99
Staybridge Suites
2701 Fletcher Avenue
Lincoln, NE 68504
Prices starting at $86

Schedule of Events

Recurring Events
Art Exhibition: Making Three of a Kind
Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday: 12-5 p.m., Sunday: 12-5 p.m.
Lucas Hall

When internationally known sculptor Patrick Dougherty came to Lincoln to create a stick structure in Karen and Robert Duncan's sculpture garden, 11 Nebraska Wesleyan art students seized the opportunity to work with him. During the three-week project, they learned how to weave with green saplings, manage a large auger, build scaffolding, work as a team and seek advice from an artist who has lived a successful life on his own terms. Most of the crew would say it was a life-altering.
Art Exhibition:

Susan Horn: Past and Present
Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday: 12-5 p.m., Sunday: 12-5 p.m.
Elder Gallery, Rogers Center for Fine Arts

Over the last thirty-four years, working fine arts photographer Susan Horn has examined family, friends and places in her home state of Nebraska. The selected works for this show span this time and sequence through various photographic processes, moving from silver prints to hand-colored prints to archival digital panoramas. Some of the present pieces include triptychs created in collaboration with her daughter Taura Horn.

Theatre Production:

“In the Heights”
Thursday, October 9 – Saturday, October 11, 7:30 p.m. & Sunday, October 12, 2:00 p.m.
McDonald Theatre, Elder Speech & Theatre Building

Not event the hottest day of summer in Washington Heights can hide all that's cool about this musical with a Latin beat.

Thursday, October 9
6 p.m. Legends and Legacies Alumni Award Dinner
Country Club of Lincoln
3200 South 24th Street

Celebrate the achievements of our alumni over an elegant dinner.

  • Young Alumni Achievement Award: Michael Feilmeier (’01)
  • Medal of Honor: John Gerrard (’76)
  • Alumni Achievement Award: Jack Huck (’69)
  • Alumni Loyalty Award: Wayne (’56) and Phyllis (Martin) (’60) Lang
  • Alumni Humanitarian Award: Sharon (Goff) Northrup (’64)
  • Young Alumni Loyalty Award: Mishayla Richardson (’11)
  • Alumni Achievement Award: Randy Schmailzl (’76)
Friday, October 10
Noon 50th Class Reunion Luncheon and Medallion Ceremony
Prairie Wolf A and B
Story Student Center

Alumni, current and emeriti faculty come together to honor members of the class of 1964 with 50th year commemorative medallions.
1:30 p.m. Campus Tour for Class of 1964
Story Student Center Lobby

Celebrate your 50th reunion by touring the NWU campus with your classmates.

3:00 p.m.





4:00 p.m.

Alumni Academies - Please select only one session as times overlap.

Books that Cook – Praire Wolf A, Story Student Center
Hear alumna Jennifer Cognard-Black ’91 read a selection of work from her new anthology of the literatures of food. Selections will include the writings of well-known authors Bill Kloefkorn, Ted Kooser and many others…including Jennifer’s own short story. Mango cupcakes and punch will be served as a compliment to the recipe literature!

Susan Horn: Past and Present – Elder Gallery, Rogers Center for Fine Arts
Hear about the various photographic processes that reveal the family, friends and places Susan has encountered during her 34-year career.

Motions of the Night Sky – NWU Planetarium Olin Lower Level
Join Assistant Professor of Physics Nathanial Cunningham in NWU’s on-campus planetarium as he demonstrates the wonders of our stars while providing a historical look back on earlier beliefs and science related to our universe. NWU Planetarium Olin Lower Level.

6:30 p.m. Class Reunions for Classes 1963 and before (honoring the Class of 1954) and 1964
Country Club of Lincoln
3200 South 24th Street

Celebrate your milestone reunion year and reconnect with your classmates at a special event just for you. The group reunion for the classes of 1963+ to honor the 1954 class and the class of 1964 will each have their own room for gathering and dining (appetizers and hosted bar 6:30-8:30 p.m.).
6:30 p.m. Class Reunions for 1974 and 1984
Hillcrest Country Club
9401 East O Street

Reconnect with classmates and celebrate your anniversary while enjoying fun, food and drinks. Each class year will have a separate room for gathering (appetizers and hosted bar 6:30-8:30 p.m.).
6:30 p.m. Class Reunions for 1994, 2004 and 2010-2014
Rule G
350 Canopy Street #300

Enjoy catching up, dining on delicious appetizers and celebrating with classmates at this joint reunion event held in the revitalized Haymarket area (appetizers and hosted bar 6:30-8:30 p.m.).
Saturday, October 11
9 a.m. Athletic Hall of Fame Induction
Snyder Arena

Honor the achievements of our alumni-athletes by attending the award breakfast and hearing their amazing stories. Inductees include:
  • Christina Renner Boesiger ’99 - Volleyball
  • John Hansen ’88 - Football
  • Noland Urban ’01 - Football
  • Scott Nelson ’96 - Track & Field
  • Traci Quick ’95 - Softball
  • 1989 Football Team
Spirit of the Plainsman Award: Dean ’70 and Bev ’71 Swanson
9:00-10:45 a.m. Greek Chapter Open Houses
9:30 a.m. Phi Mu Alumnae Brunch
Sunflower Room
Story Student Center

Join fellow Phi Mu alumnae to share stories as we honor our sisters from the Class of 1964. RSVPs are due on Friday, September 26 to Fran Colon, fcolon@neb.rr.com or 402.483.6742.
9:30 a.m. Campus Tour for Reunion Classes
Story Student Center Lobby

Join your classmates for an up-close, behind the scenes look at the NWU campus.
9:30 a.m. Yoga Session
Taylor Commons

Join Professor of Communication Karla Jensen, a certified yoga instructor, for an outdoor yoga class for everyone, no matter your level of fitness or age.  There are a limited number of mats for rent at Weary Center if you don’t want to bring your own.
10:15 a.m. Brick Dedication
Archway at 50th and St. Paul
10:45 a.m.

Golf Cart Parade
NWU Campus

Watch the decorated “floats” go by from designated spectator spots and try to catch candy. You may also catch a glimpse of former Homecoming kings and queens from years gone by!

11 a.m. Tailgate Party and Carnival
Taylor Commons

The victory party starts well before kickoff with free fun, food, and games for all ages. We will also have the volleyball team’s silent auction items on display at the tailgate. Join us under the tent on campus for a good, old-fashioned tailgate party!
1 p.m. Football vs. Concordia
Abel Stadium

Half-time show includes dance team, Hall of Fame inductees’ recognition, reunion classes’ gift presentation, introduction of the 2014 Homecoming Court and announcement of 2014 King & Queen. Students: $3; Adults: $6 (Pay at the gate.)
5 p.m. Volleyball vs. Hastings
Snyder Arena

It is “Dig Pink” night at the volleyball game to help raise breast cancer awareness. There will also be a silent auction to raise funds for this worthy cause.
7–9 p.m. Class of 1964 Memory Night
Engine House Café
6028 Havelock Avenue

Join classmates in historic Havelock for a free evening of desserts, coffee and socializing. Bring your best NWU memories and stories to share!
Sunday, October 12
8:30/10:45 a.m. Worship Services
First United Methodist Church

Join us for fellowship and worship to replenish your spirit!
3 p.m. Dr. William Wyman’s 40th Anniversary Celebration Alumni Choir Concert
O’Donnell Auditorium
Rogers Center for Fine Arts

Help celebrate “Doc” Wyman’s 40th anniversary with NWU by singing in the fifth alumni reunion choir concert. All alumni from NWU choral groups are welcome to participate.

Saturday, October 11 9:30-11:30 a.m. in O’Donnell Auditorium
Sunday, October 12 2:00-2:45 p.m. in O’Donnell Auditorium
4 p.m. Reception and Music Department Open House
Elder Gallery
Rogers Center for Fine Arts

Visit with music alumni and faculty following the alumni concert and tour the music department prior to the pops concert.
5 p.m. Organ Dedication
5:30 p.m.

Pops Concert
O’Donnell Auditorium
Rogers Center for Fine Arts

Enjoy an evening full of music and help us honor alumni music award recipients.