Homecoming 2019

Campus will be alive with homecoming events and activities October  3–6, 2019. 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 Welcome Center booth to get answers to questions, pick up your pre-purchased Homecoming t-shirt and get updates on all of the weekend’s festivities. If you have questions before your arrival you may also contact Alumni Relations at 402.465.2568 or alumni [at] nebrwesleyan.edu.

Welcome Center hours

Courtesy golf carts will be available at the Welcome Center during the day on Friday and Saturday.

Friday, October 4, 8:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m., outside Acklie Hall of Science

Friday, October 4, noon.–2 p.m., on Taylor Commons.

Saturday, October 5, 8 a.m. – noon, on Taylor Commons


Many homecoming events include food. You can also enjoy a convenient meal on campus at the Archway Cafe in the lower level of the Student Center (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 when you register either online or via mail.

Prairie Wolves Bookstore hours

Story Student Center

Thursday, October 3, 8:30 a.m.–6 p.m.

Friday, October 4, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

Saturday, October 5, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

(Discount coupons available at the Welcome Center booth.)

Lodging options

Make your reservation by September 3 and specify “Nebraska Wesleyan Homecoming” to receive the discounted rate (limited availability). 

Hotel Address Phone Price
Hampton Inn & Suites 7343 Husker Circle (402) 435-4600 starting at $109

New Victorian Suites

225 N. 50th St. (402) 464-4400 starting at $109-119
Sleep Inn & Suites 2803 Folkways Boulevard (402) 477-0645 starting at $154-164
Quality Inn & Suites 7333 Husker Circle (402) 435-8100 starting at $89-129



Recurring events

Art Exhibition
Thursday–Friday, October 3–4, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Saturday–Sunday, October 5-6, 1–4 p.m.

NEW! “Low Form Frequency”
Elder Gallery

A collaboration between artists Josh Johnson and Allison Wade explores the possibilities of contemporary sculpture with a range of materials including wood, fibers, metal, and clay.
NWU Theatre
October 3–5, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 6, 2 p.m.
McDonald Theatre, Elder Theatre Center

Catch NWU's first Disney production! Jack Kelly is a charismatic newsboy and leader of a band of teenage New York newsies. When Joseph Pulitzer raises distribution prices at the newsboys' expense, Jack and his newsies fight for what's right. It's big business vs. the underdogs in this high-energy musical for the whole family.

Purchase tickets online at theatre.nebrwesleyan.edu, or stop by or call the box office at (402) 465-2384 between 3-5 p.m., Monday-Saturday.

Thursday, October 3, 10:00 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday, October 4, 10:00 a.m.–7 p.m.

NEW! NWU on Display
Cochrane-Woods Library, Vaughan Archives Center, 2nd Floor

Stop in and view a new display in our renovated library:

Special exhibit of books and other items from our Kloefkorn Collection



NEW! ISEP’s 30th Anniversary (International Student Exchange Program)

If you studied abroad on an ISEP program or studied at NWU as an ISEP exchange student, we’d love to hear from you.  Share your memories and photos via social media with the hashtag #NWU_ISEP30th.

Facebook- Nebraska Wesleyan Study Abroad

Instagram- nwustudyabroad

Twitter- @NWUStudyAbroad

Or email them to studyabroad [at] nebrwesleyan.edu


Other events

Thursday, October 3
6 p.m.

Legends and Legacies alumni awards dinner
Country Club of Lincoln
3200 S 24th Street, Lincoln

Celebrate the achievements of these honored alumni:

Mary Beth (Gottula) Byrne (‘62)
Alumni Humanitarian Award

David Dyke (‘63)
Alumni Loyalty Award

Noel Frisbie (‘66)
John Rosentrater Act of Valor Award

Deb (Jones) Frison (‘77)
Alumni Achievement Award

Bernie Olsen (‘75)
Medal of Honor

Alynn (High) Sampson (‘06)
Young Alumni Loyalty Award

7:30 p.m.

Volleyball vs Central College
Snyder Arena

Cheer on the Prairie Wolves as they take on the Dutch. Students: $3; adults: $6 (pay at the door).


Friday, October 4
10:30 a.m. Presidential Inauguration
O’Donnell Auditorium, Rogers Fine Arts Center

Attend the installation ceremony of Nebraska Wesleyan University’s 17th president, Dr. Darrin Good. This “don’t miss” event will bring together local and NWU community members, dignitaries, delegates from universities across the country and others invested in the future of Nebraska Wesleyan University.
Noon Campus and Community Inauguration Celebration Picnic
Taylor Commons

Join in the celebration of our new university president by attending an all campus and community picnic featuring great food and local entertainers.
2 p.m. NEW! Titanic Today: Armchair Travel to Titanic’s Modern Port Cities
Cochrane-Woods Library, Learning Commons, 1st Floor

Travel back in time with historian, author, and NWU alum Sheryl (Rupp) Rinkol ‘99, as she shares modern photographs of R.M.S. Titanic’s maiden voyage route. Appealing to lovers of travel, history, and Titanic, learn both historical and modern aspects of Titanic’s journey. Discover how NWU inspired the author. Sheryl will share her rare collectibles, travels, and research, followed by a Q&A and signing of her book Titanic Today. Light refreshments will be provided.
5 p.m. NEW! Class of 1959 Reunion Dinner/All-Class Reunion
Country Club of Lincoln, Heritage Room, 3200 South 24th Street

Enjoy reminiscing with classmates from 1959 during this special event. Social time will begin at 5 and dinner will be served at 5:30. After dinner, we welcome you to continue the celebration at the All-Class Reunion in the main ballroom at 6:30 p.m.
5 p.m. NEW! Class of 1969 Reunion Dinner and Medallion Ceremony/All-Class Reunion
Country Club of Lincoln, Balcony Room, 3200 South 24th Street

Join us as we honor the class of 1969 with commemorative 50th year reunion medallions. Social time will begin at 5. Dinner will be served at 5:30 followed by the medallion ceremony. After dinner, we welcome you to continue the celebration at the All-Class Reunion in the main ballroom at 6:30 p.m.
6:30 p.m. All-Class Reunion
Country Club of Lincoln, Main Ballroom, 3200 South 24th Street

Reconnect with classmates and old friends at this special All-Class reunion gathering! Milestone classes will be recognized and have their photo taken during the reunion. Drinks and heavy appetizers will be provided.
9 p.m. "Howl Like Hell" pep rally
Abel Stadium

Come watch this fun homecoming tradition as current NWU students participate in a cheer/dance/spirit competition to kick off their weekend celebration. The 2019 Homecoming King and Queen will also be announced during the pep rally.
Saturday, October 5
9 a.m.

Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Breakfast
Snyder Arena, Weary Center

Hear the stories and honor the achievements of these outstanding alumni–athletes during the annual awards breakfast:

Tina (Westerhold) Blessen (’00), volleyball

Tommi (Bolton) Cox (’99), women’s soccer

Steve Harder (’01), track & field

Brian Hauff (’00), track & field

Bob Wellman (’99), men’s golf

Justin Wilkins (’96), men’s basketball

Loy Watley, Spirit of the Plainsman Award

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 1969. RSVPs are due on Friday, September 20 to Fran Colon, fcolon [at] neb.rr.com or (402) 483-6742.
9:30 a.m. Campus Tour
Story Student Center lobby

Take a walk down memory lane and relive the nostalgia as you tour NWU’s historic campus. Led by current NWU students and staff, tour stops include visits to places new and old, including the recently dedicated Acklie Hall of Science! Golf cart transportation is available.
11 a.m. Tailgate Party and Carnival
Taylor Commons 

Join us under the tent for an old-fashioned tailgate party. This family-friendly event features free food, inflatables, and games.
1 p.m. Football vs. Simpson College
Abel Stadium

Cheer on the Prairie Wolves as they take on The Storm. The half-time show includes a performance by NWU’s dance team, recognition of the Athletic Hall of Fame inductees, and introduction of the 2019 homecoming court and royalty. Students: $3; adults: $6 (Pay at the gate.)

We have kept Saturday evening free of events so that you can attend the NWU theatre performance or other local activities.
Sunday, October 6
8:30/10:45 a.m. Communion worship services
First United Methodist Church

Join us for fellowship and worship to replenish your spirit.
5 p.m.

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

Enjoy an evening full of music at the annual NWU pops concert.