Homecoming 2015

September 17-20 our campus will be alive with many homecoming events and activities. The registration form will be available this summer. Be sure to check this webpage often for updates as we bring you the latest news on this year’s events.

Welcome Home

Stop by our Homecoming Welcome Center in the Story Student Center building as you arrive on campus. There you may check in, pick up your name tag, get event updates and find answers to your questions. Alumni Relations can also answer your questions now at 402.465.2568 or alumni [at] nebrwesleyan.edu.

Welcome Center Hours

  • Thursday, September 17, 3-5 p.m.
  • Friday, September 18, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 19, 8-11 a.m.


Many Homecoming events include food. You can also enjoy a convenient meal on campus in the Story Student Center dining hall. Pay at the door.

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

Show Your Spirit

Wear your NWU colors with pride on campus. NWU homecoming T-shirts are available to purchase online when you register or at the Welcome Center on campus (quantities are limited).

Prairie Wolves Book Store Hours

  • Thursday, September 17, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Friday, September 18, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 19, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.


Make your reservation by September 9 and specify “Nebraska Wesleyan Homecoming” to receive the 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
New Victorian Suites
225 N. 50th St.
Lincoln, NE 68504
Prices starting at $65
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

Thursday - Friday
September 17-18, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday
September 19-20, 1-4 p.m.
“Matt Rahner: Eminent Domain”
Elder Gallery, Rogers Center for Fine Arts

Photographer Matt Rahner explores the reality of legally forced relocation. His photographs highlight the lives of the residents from and the transition of the Wendell-Phillips neighborhood in urban Kansas City as a result of the city exercising eminent domain beginning in 2011.
Costume Sale

Thursday - Saturday
September 17-19, 3-5 p.m.
Elder Theatre Center

Spruce up your community theatre production or Halloween costume party with items from the region’s largest costume library.
Theatre Production

Thursday - Saturday
September 17-19, 7:30 p.m.
September 20, 2 p.m
“August: Osage County”
Miller Theatre, Elder Theatre Center

Watch the saga of the dysfunctional Westons family in this black comedy that won both a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award.
Thursday, September 17
6 p.m. Legends and Legacies Alumni Award Dinner
Wilderness Ridge, Yellowstone Room
1800 Wilderness Woods Place

Celebrate the achievements of our alumni over an elegant dinner as we honor:
  • Alumni Loyalty Award – Todd ’88 and Connie ’87 Duncan
  • Medal of Honor – Dr. Walter R. French, Jr. ‘48
  • Alumni Humanitarian Award – Rev. Dennis J. Hanneman ‘64
  • Young Alumni Achievement Award – Mrs. Andrea M. Kabourek ‘00
  • Alumni Achievement Award – Ms. Karen A. Linder ‘82
  • Alumni Achievement Award – Dr. James R. Munkres ‘51 (in absentia)
  • Young Alumni Loyalty Award – Mishayla Richardson ’11
9 p.m. “Howl Like Hell” Pep Rally
Abel Stadium

Come watch this fun, new Homecoming tradition as the students participate in a cheer/dance/spirit competition to kick off their weekend celebration!
Friday, September 18
11:30 a.m. 50th Class Reunion Luncheon and Medallion Ceremony
Elder Gallery
Rogers Center for Fine Arts

Alumni, current and emeriti faculty come together to honor members of the class of 1965 with 50th year commemorative medallions.
1:30 p.m. Campus Tour for Class of 1965
Main Lobby of Rogers Center for Fine Arts

Join your classmates for a behind-the-scenes look at the NWU campus.
Alumni Academies – Choose from three sessions and learn from NWU faculty in different fields. Choose only one as times overlap.
3 p.m. Artistry for a Cause – Lucas Hall, Main Level, Ceramics Room
Tap into your inner artist and glaze a handmade bowl with Lisa Lockman, Professor of Art, while learning about one of our most successful service projects, “Bowls for Backpacks: An Empty Bowls Event”. All completed bowls will be donated to the project. Session limited to 25 participants…bring an old shirt to wear!
3 p.m. Psychological Benefits of Nature – Smith-Curtis Building, Lower Level, Callen Conference Room
Listen to Associate Professor of Psychology Frank Ferraro as he provides a fascinating and scientific look at how “unplugging” from technology positively impacts our mental well-being based on his research and work with NWU students.
3:30 p.m. Motions of the Night Sky – NWU Planetarium, Olin Lower Level
Join Assistant Professor of Physics Nathaniel Cunningham as he explores the stars and examines historical perspectives on what’s out there.
6:30 p.m. Group Reunion Honoring Class of 1955 (1964 and before)
Class Reunion for 1965
Class Reunion for 1975
Nebraska Club, 233 S. 13th Street, #1708

Celebrate your milestone reunion year and reconnect with your classmates at a special event just for you. The group reunion for the classes of 1964 and before to honor the 1955 class, the class of 1965 and the class of 1975 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 1985 and 1995
Nebraska Club, 233 S. 13th Street, #1708

Reconnect with classmates and celebrate your anniversary while enjoying fun, food and drinks (appetizers and hosted bar 6:30-8:30 p.m.).
6:30 p.m. Class Reunions for 2005 and 2011-2015
Blue Blood Brewing Company
500 W. South Street, #8

Enjoy catching up, dining on delicious appetizers and celebrating with classmates at this group reunion event (appetizers and hosted bar 7-9 p.m.).
Saturday, September 19
9 a.m. Athletic Hall of Fame Induction
Prairie Wolf A and B
Story Student Center

Hear the stories and honor the achievements of our alumni-athletes at this award breakfast. Inductees include:
  • Chad Ideus '98 Basketball
  • Lee Jameson '92 Football
  • Mike Einspahr '95 Football
  • Kristen (Wakeley) Holzer '95 Volleyball
  • Tracy Nichols '94 Women's Golf
  • Ryan Daniels '94 Track
  • Spirit of the Plainsman - Dave Schultz
9-10:45 a.m. Fraternity and Sorority Open Houses
9 a.m. Women’s Soccer vs. Augustana College IL
Abel Stadium

Come cheer on the Prairie Wolves as they take on the Vikings!
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 1965. RSVPs are due on Friday, September 4 to Fran Colon, fcolon [at] 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. Joyce Michaelis Global Engagement Office
Story Student Center, Lower Level

Join us as we honor Joyce Michaelis with the dedication of our new Global Engagement Office.
10 a.m. Woody Greeno Invitational
Pioneers Park
3201 S Coddington Ave.

Cheer on the NWU Cross Country team as they race to the finish line!
10:15 a.m. Pioneer Hall Ribbon Cutting
Pioneer Hall – East Entrance

Join us as we unveil the newly renovated Pioneer Hall. Tour included.
10:30 a.m. Class of 2015 Brick Dedication
Archway at 50th and St. Paul

Join the Class of 2015 to dedicate the newly laid paver that recognizes their senior class gift.
10:45 a.m. Golf Cart Parade
NWU Campus

Catch candy and watch the decorated “floats” go by from designated spectator spots. You may also catch a glimpse of Homecoming kings and queens from years gone by!
11 a.m. Tailgate Party and Carnival
Taylor Commons

Join us under the tent for an old-fashioned tailgate party! Featuring free food, fun and entertaining new carnival games for kids of all ages.
1 p.m. Football vs. Briar Cliff
Abel Stadium

Acclaimed broadway performer, Ivan Rutherford, will be singing the national anthem! Half-time show includes dance team, Hall of Fame inductees’ recognition, reunion classes’ gift presentation, introduction of the 2015 Homecoming Court and announcement of 2015 King & Queen.
Students: $3; Adults: $6 (Pay at the gate.)
3:30 p.m.
5 p.m.

Volleyball vs. Hastings
Junior Varsity

Snyder Arena

Cheer on the Prairie Wolves as they take on the Broncos!
7-9 p.m. Class of 1965 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, September 20
8:30/10:45 a.m. Worship Services
First United Methodist Church

Join us for fellowship and worship to replenish your spirit! We are honored to have Rev. Dr. Charlotte Abram as the guest minister at both services.
Noon-1:30 p.m. History of University Place Talk and Luncheon
Sunflower Room, Story Student Center

Join us for lunch as we learn about the history behind University Place from local historian, Ed Zimmer.
1 p.m. Phyllis Chard Blanke Costume Collection Dedication
McDonald Theatre Lobby

Join us as we honor Phyllis Chard Blanke who created NWU’s costume collection in her 32 years in the NWU Theatre department and which today consists of over 40,000 pieces.
3 p.m. Organ Recital
First United Methodist Church

Join us for an organ recital featuring NWU instructor of organ and harpsichord, Masako Bacon, and national artist Tom Trenney as they accompany a short, funny silent film. There will be a free-will offering to support a newly founded scholarship for NWU organ students.
4 p.m. Reception and Music Department Open House
Main Lobby
Rogers Center for Fine Arts

Visit with music alumni, faculty and guests and tour the Music Department before the Pops Concert.
5:30 p.m. Pops Concert featuring Ivan Rutherford
O’Donnell Auditorium
Rogers Center for Fine Arts

Enjoy an evening full of music with acclaimed broadway performer Ivan Rutherford and the NWU Symphonic Band. Rutherford’s career includes over 2,000 performances of Jean Valjean in Les Miserables. During the concert, we’ll honor music alumni award recipients, Sondra Reesman-Stoltenberg ’83 and Ashley (Andrews) Leader ’09.