Homecoming 2017

Campus will be alive with homecoming events and activities September 28–October 1, 2017. 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 28, 3–5 p.m.

Friday, September 29, 10:30 a.m.–2 p.m.

Saturday, September 30, 8–10 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)
  • Archway Cafe (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 28, 8:30 a.m.–6 p.m.

Friday, September 29, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

Saturday, September 30, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

(Discount coupons available at the Welcome Center.)

Lodging options

Make your reservation by September 8 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 $64.99
Chase Suites 70th & O St.
200 S. 68 Place
402.483.4900 starting at $79
Comfort Suites 4231 Industrial Ave. 402.476.8080 starting at $89
Staybridge Suites I-80 2701 Fletcher Ave. 402.438.7829 starting at $99
The Cornhusker Marriott 333 South 13th St. 402.474.7474 starting at $104
Hyatt Place 600 Q Street 402.742.6007 $129

Schedule of Events

Recurring events

Art Exhibition
Elder Gallery
Thursday–Friday, September 28–29, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Saturday, September 30, 1–4 p.m.

Nebraska Art Teachers Association (NATAS) Art Educators Exhibition
Nebraska's art teachers share their creativity.
NWU Theatre presents
McDonald Theatre, Elder Theatre Center
September 28–30, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 1, 2 p.m.
“Comedy of Errors”
See the Shakespeare play that tells the story of two sets of identical twins who were accidentally separated at birth.

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.

Campus scavenger hunt
Campus wide

NWU Scavenger Hunt
Explore NWU’s campus to find special items and locations that will qualify you for fun prizes! Details about the Scavenger Hunt and how to play will be at the Welcome Center during open hours.

Great Hall, Smith-Curtis Building

NWU on Display
Stop in throughout the weekend and view photos, exhibits and video of exciting things happening at Nebraska Wesleyan University!

Other events

Thursday, September 28
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:

Phylis (Stelling) Hollamon ’65
Alumni Achievement Award

Marilyn (Morris) Horn ’65
Alumni Humanitarian Award

Bob Johnson ’60
John Rosentrater Act of Valor Award

Jason Licht ’93
Alumni Achievement Award

Marty Martinez ’99
Young Alumni Achievement Award

Doug ’63 and Martha ’63 (Dennison) Maxwell
Medal of Honor

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. Also, the 2017 Homecoming King and Queen will be announced.
Friday, September 29
11:30 a.m. 50th class reunion luncheon and medallion ceremony
Prairie Wolf A and B, Story Student Center

Alumni, current professors and former faculty come together to honor members of the class of 1967 with 50th year commemorative medallions.
1 p.m. Campus tour for class of 1967
Story Student Center lobby

Join your classmates for a behind-the-scenes look at the NWU campus.
3 p.m. "Health care in the U.S. versus health care in the U.K."
Callen Conference Room, Smith-Curtis Building, Lower Level

Attend a presentation by NWU's Dr. Linda Hardy and Dr. Mollie Fitzke as they explore the similarities and differences between health care in the US and the UK based on their travels and research. (Qualifies as one nursing continuing education contact hour.)
4 p.m. Tour of the Nursing Simulation Lab
Simulation Lab, Olin Hall, Lower Level

NWU's Dr. Linda Hardy will give a tour of our nursing simulation lab, describe how it is used in today's teaching environment and answer questions.
4 p.m. Science Faculty Interactive Panel 
Olin A Lecture Hall, Olin Hall, Lower Level

As we celebrate a new science building and the future of our science programs, join some of our favorite emeriti and former science faculty (including Jerry Bockoven, Glen Dappen, Garry Duncan, Denise George, Ken Keith, W. Leonard Staudinger and Bill Wehrbein) as we share memories, stories and experiences from their time and yours on campus. Moderated by Professor Karla Jensen.
5 p.m. Science and nursing reception
Great Hall, Smith-Curtis Building

Join former and current faculty, alumni and others at a hosted reception to reconnect with friends and give special recognition to Professor Garry Duncan upon his retirement.
Saturday, September 30
9 a.m.

Athletic Hall of Fame induction
Snyder Arena, Weary Center

Hear the stories and honor the achievements of our alumni–athletes at this award breakfast. Inductees include:

Josh Beaver ’01, football, track & field

Justin Hertzel ’03, baseball

Dick Janda, Spirit of the Plainsman Award

Taci Laws ’95, women’s basketball

Kelly (Sheaff) Mullendore ’96, softball

Justin Rice ’97, football

Nate Thomas ’98, basketball

2006 National Champion Men’s Golf Team:
Coach Brett Balak ’91
Travis Davis ’06
Jon Deines ’06
Jeff Holm ’06
Tyler Lawson ’08
Aaron Stockton ’07 

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 1967. RSVPs are due on Friday, September 8 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.
10:45 a.m. Golf cart parade
NWU campus

Catch candy and watch the decorated “floats” go by. You may also catch a glimpse of homecoming kings and queens from previous years!
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 carnival games for kids of all ages, and musical entertainment by John Rush, the Human iPod. 

Visit "Coaches Corner" at the tailgate tent to meet current coaches and reconnect with some of your favorite coaches from your time at NWU.

1 p.m. Football vs. Loras College
Abel Stadium

Cheer on the Prairie Wolves as they take on the Duhawks. Half-time show includes dance team, Hall of Fame inductees’ recognition, reunion classes’ gift presentation and introduction of the 2017 homecoming court and royalty. Students: $3; adults: $6 (Pay at the gate.)
5 p.m. Women's soccer vs. Loras College
Able Stadium

Students: $3; adults: $6 (pay at the gate)
6:30 p.m. Class reunions for 2007 and 2013–2017
Blue Blood Brewing Company
925 Robbers Cave Road

Enjoy catching up, delicious food and celebrating with classmates at this group reunion event (appetizers and drinks 6:30–8:30 p.m.)
6:30 p.m. Group Reunion for Classes of 1966 and earlier (honoring the Class of 1957)
Class Reunion for 1967
Class Reunion for 1977
Class Reunion for 1987
Class Reunion for 1997

Cornhusker Marriott Hotel
333 S. 13th Street, Lincoln

Celebrate your milestone reunion year and reconnect with your classmates. The group reunion for the classes of 1966 and earlier (honoring the Class of 1957) as well as the classes of 1967, 1977, 1987, and 1997 will each have their own room for gathering and dining (appetizers and drinks 6:30–8:30 p.m.)
7 p.m. Men's soccer vs. Loras College
Able Stadium

Students: $3; adults: $6 (pay at the gate)
Sunday, October 1
8:30/10:45 a.m. Communion worship services
First United Methodist Church

Join us for fellowship and worship to replenish your spirit.
12:30 p.m. Pre-Show theatre reception
Lobby, Elder Theatre Center

Enjoy appetizers and conversation while mingling with students in theatre costumes.
4 p.m. Reception and music department open house
Gildersleeve Lounge, Rogers Center for the Fine Arts

Visit with music alumni, faculty and guests before the Pops concert.
5:30 p.m.

Pops concert
O’Donnell Auditorium, Rogers Center for Fine Arts

Enjoy an evening full of music at a pops concert. During the concert, we’ll honor music alumni award recipients Emily Bruflat ’10, Liana Sandin ’81 and Ray Young ‘49.


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