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 Prairie Point Dining Center. Pay at the door.

  • Breakfast: $6 (7:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m. M–F)
  • Lunch: $7.95 (11 a.m.–1:15 p.m. M–F)
  • Dinner: $8.50 (5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m. M–F)
  • Coffee House (7 a.m.–11:30 p.m. M–F; 5–11:30 p.m. Sat.)

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
Story Student Center

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.

(Discount coupons available at the Welcome Center.)

Lodging options

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

Hotel Address Phone Price
New Victorian Suites 225 N. 50th St. 402.464.4400 starting at $74
Comfort Suites 331 N. Cotner Blvd. 402.325.8800 starting at $79
Chase Suites 70th & O St.
200 S. 68 Place
402.483.4900 starting at $82
Prairie Creek Inn
Bed & Breakfast
2400 S. 148th St.
Walton, NE 68461
402.488.8822 starting at $89
Staybridge Suites I-80 2701 Fletcher Ave. 402.438.7829 starting at $96
The Cornhusker Marriott 333 South 13th St. 402.474.7474 starting at $114
Courtyard by Marriott 808 R Street 402.904.4800 $129

Schedule of Events

Recurring events

Art Exhibition
Thursday–Friday 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Saturday–Sunday 1–4 p.m.
Anne Harris: Delusions/Illusions
Elder Gallery
Costume Sale
September 22–24, 2–5 p.m.
Elder Theatre Center
Spruce up your theatre production or costume party with items from the region’s largest costume library.
NWU Theatre presents
McDonald Theatre, Elder Theatre Center
September 22–24, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 25, 2 p.m.
“Romeo and Juliet”
See the Shakespeare play about young love and family conflict, directed by Professor of Theatre Arts Jack Parkhurst.

Purchase tickets online at theatre.nebrwesleyan.edu, or stop by or call the box office at 402.465.2384 between 2-5 p.m., Monday-Saturday.

Other events

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

Celebrate the achievements of these honored alumni.
  • Joshua L. Berry (’04), Young Alumni Achievement Award
  • Daphne E. Epp-Hall (’92), Alumni Loyalty Award
  • 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
9 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. The 2016 homecoming king and queen will be announced.
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 as times overlap.)
3 p.m. Weird Science: Experiments with Water
Olin Hall, Room 337

We all have our fears–our tension points. So does matter. Join Prof. Jodi Ryter as we play with "hydrophobic sand" and conduct surface tension experiments.
3:30 p.m. Motions of the Night Sky
NWU Planetarium, Olin Hall

Join Associate Professor of Physics Nathaniel Cunningham as you explore the stars and examine historical perspectives on what’s out there.
6:30 p.m. Group Reunion for Classes of 1965 and earlier (honoring the Class of 1956)
Class Reunion for 1966
Class Reunion for 1976
Class Reunion for 1986
Class Reunion for 1996

Country Club of Lincoln
3200 S. 24th Street, Lincoln

Celebrate your milestone reunion year and reconnect with your classmates. The group reunion for the classes of 1965 and earlier as well as 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, Lincoln

Enjoy catching up, delicious food and celebrating with classmates at this group reunion event in a landmark location (appetizers and hosted bar 6:30–8:30 p.m.)
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-Lyden (’95), basketball
  • Ann E. (Ferebee) Ringlein, track & field, cross country, Spirit of the Plainsman Award
  • Travis C. Solano (’01), baseball
  • Patrick T. Sweeney (’89), football
  • Chad E. Wemhoff (’98), track & field, 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's 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 (rain site – Knight Field House)

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 and introduction of the 2016 homecoming court and royalty. 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, Lincoln

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 today's first-year students compared to those of the past with Pete Armstrong, dean of students, and then explore the history of 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
  • Kaitlin (Gram) Westbrook (’09), Outstanding Young Music Alumni


Contact or visit us

Nebraska Wesleyan University Alumni Office
5000 Saint Paul Avenue
Lincoln, NE 68504
1.800.541.3818 ext. 2123
alumni [at] nebrwesleyan.edu