Homecoming 2016

Campus will be alive with homecoming events and activities September 22–25, 2016. Check this webpage often for updates as we bring you the latest news on this year’s events.

Welcome home

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

Welcome Center hours

Thursday, September 22, 3–5 p.m.

Friday, September 23, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Saturday, September 24, 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 or when you register or at the Welcome Center on campus. (Quantities are limited.)

Prairie Wolves Book Store hours

Thursday, September 22, 8:30 a.m.–6 p.m.

Friday, September 23, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

Saturday, September 24, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Lodging options

Make your reservation by September 2 and specify “Nebraska Wesleyan Homecoming” to receive the discounted rate (limited availability).

Hotel Address Price Phone
New Victorian Suites 225 N. 50th St. starting at $65 402.464.4400
Chase Suites 70th & O Street
200 S. 68 Place
starting at $79 402.483.4900
Comfort Suites 331 N. Cotner Boulevard starting at $79 402.325.8800
Staybridge Suites I-80 2701 Fletcher Ave. starting at $86 402.438.7829
Prairie Creek Inn
Bed & Breakfast
2400 S. 148th St.
Walton, NE 68461
starting at $89 402.488.8822
The Cornhusker Marriott 333 South 13th Street starting at $99 402.474.7474
Residence Inn by Marriott 5865 Boboli Lane starting at $99 402.423.1555
Hilton Garden Inn 801 R Street starting at $119 402.475.9000
Courtyard by Marriott 808 R Street $129 402.904.4800

Schedule of Events

Recurring events

Art Exhibition

Times and dates TBD
Anne Harris
Elder Gallery
Costume Sale

September 22–24, 2–5 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

September 22–24, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 25, 2 p.m.
NWU Theatre presents: “Romeo and Juliet”
See the NWU adaptation of the Shakespeare play about young love and family conflict, directed by Professor of Theatre Arts Jack Parkhurst.

Other events

Thursday, September 22
6 p.m. Legends and Legacies alumni award dinner
Country Club of Lincoln
3200 S. 24th Street

Celebrate the achievements of our alumni over an elegant dinner as we honor:
  • Joshua L. Berry (’04), Young Alumni Achievement Award
  • Daphne E. Epp-Hall (’92), Alumni Loyalty Award
  • Rev. Gary W. George (’82), Alumni Humanitarian Award
  • Dr. Steven K. Krueger (’74), Alumni Achievement Award
  • Dr. Jack K. Plummer (’58), Medal of Honor
  • Angelo C. Stabler (’09), Young Alumni Humanitarian Award
Friday, September 23
11:30 a.m. 50th class reunion luncheon and medallion ceremony
Prairie Wolf A and B

Story Student Center
Alumni, current professors and emeriti faculty come together to honor members of the class of 1966 with 50th year commemorative medallions.
1:30 p.m. Campus tour for class of 1966
Story Student Center lobby

Join your classmates for a behind-the-scenes look at the NWU campus.
  Alumni Academies
Homecoming offers you two opportunities to learn from NWU science professors. (Choose one. Times overlap.)
3 p.m. Smith-Curtis

Tap into your inner scientist as you perform experiments alongside Associate Professor of Chemistry Jodi Ryter.
3:30 p.m. Motions of the Night Sky
NWU Planetarium, Olin Hall

Join Assistant Professor of Physics Nathaniel Cunningham as you explore the stars and examine historical perspectives on what’s out there.
6:30 p.m. Class reunions
Country Club of Lincoln
3200 S. 24th Street
  • Group Reunion Honoring Class of 1956 (Classes of 1965 and before)
  • Class Reunion for 1966
  • Class Reunion for 1976
  • Class Reunion for 1986
  • Class Reunion for 1996
Celebrate your milestone reunion year and reconnect with your classmates. The group reunion for the classes of 1965 and before will honor the 1956 class. The classes of 1966, 1976, 1986, and 1996 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 2006 and 2012–2016
Blue Blood Brewing Company
925 Robbers Cave Road

Enjoy catching up, dining on delicious appetizers and celebrating with classmates at this group reunion event in a landmark location (appetizers and hosted bar 6:30–8:30 p.m.).
8 p.m. “Howl Like Hell” pep rally
Abel Stadium

Come watch this fun homecoming tradition as the students participate in a cheer/dance/spirit competition to kick off their weekend celebration.
Saturday, September 24
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:
  • Donald J. Hoelting (’83), baseball
  • Wendi W. (Rocole) Jeffers (’00), track & field
  • Taci Michelle Laws (’95), basketball
  • Ann E. (Ferebee )Ringlein, track & field, cross country, Spirit of the Plainsmen Award
  • Travis C. Solano (’01), baseball
  • Patrick T. Sweeney (’89), football
  • Chad E. Wemhoff (’98), track & field and football
9 a.m. Fraternity and sorority 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 sisters from the class of 1966. RSVPs are due on Friday, September 9 to Fran Colon, fcolon [at] neb.rr.com or 402.483.6742.
9:30 a.m. Old Main open house
Alabaster Lounge
Old Main

Come tour Old Main and visit with faculty to share stories of your favorite memories in the most iconic building on NWU campus.
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.
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, new carnival games for kids of all ages and musical entertainment by John Rush, the Human iPod.
1 p.m. Football vs. Coe College
Abel Stadium

Cheer on the Prairie Wolves as they take on the Kohawks. National anthem performed by Bijon Watson and NWU trumpet instructor, Mike Thompson. Half-time show includes dance team, Hall of Fame inductees’ recognition, reunion classes’ gift presentation, introduction of the 2016 homecoming court and announcement of 2016 king and queen. Students: $3; adults: $6 (Pay at the gate.)
5:30 p.m. Women’s soccer vs. Loras College
Abel Stadium

Students: $3; adults: $6 (Pay at the gate.)
7:30 p.m. Men’s soccer vs. Loras College
Abel Stadium

Students: $3; adults: $6 (Pay at the gate.)
7 p.m. Class of 1966 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 25
8:30/10:45 a.m. Communion worship services
First United Methodist Church

Join us for fellowship and worship to replenish your spirit.
Noon Then and now luncheon
Sunflower Room, Story Student Center

Join us for lunch as we learn about first year students compared to those past with Pete Armstrong, dean of students, and then explore the history behind University Place with local historian, Ed Zimmer.
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 Bijon Watson
O’Donnell Auditorium, Rogers Center for Fine Arts

Enjoy an evening full of music at a pops concert featuring the NWU Symphonic Band and NWU Jazz Ensemble with world-class guest artist, Bijon Watson on the trumpet. Watson is best known for performing with an all-star horn section for the season and series finale of “American Idol”. During the concert, we’ll honor music alumni award recipients, Kevin Boesiger (’89), Outstanding Music Alumni; and Kaitlin (Gram) Westbrook (’09), Outstanding Young Music Alumni.


Questions should be directed to Alumni Relations at alumni [at] nebrwesleyan.edu or 402.465.2123.