Homecoming 2021

We look forward to celebrating Homecoming with you the weekend of October 7-10, 2021. Check this webpage often for updates for the latest news on this year’s planned events.

We are closely monitoring the local and national status of the COVID-19 virus. We are currently planning for a fully in-person Homecoming celebration while following guidance from the CDC, local health directives, and the NWU COVID Response Team. In the event we must dramatically change our plans and postpone certain Homecoming events, registrants will be notified and refunds for paid events will be issued. We hope to see you soon!

Welcome home

As you arrive on campus, stop by our Homecoming Welcome Center in the Story Student Center. Pick up your NWU Homecoming t-shirt, get event updates and find answers to any questions about the weekend. Alumni Relations can also answer your questions. Just call 402-465-2568 or email us at alumni [at] nebrwesleyan.edu

Courtesy golf carts will be available at the Welcome Center during the day on Saturday to assist you on campus.

Welcome center booth hours and locations

Friday, October 8, Noon – 2:00 p.m. Lobby, Story Student Center
Saturday, October 9, 8 a.m. – noon, Lobby, Story Student Center


Many homecoming events include food. You can also enjoy a convenient meal on campus.

Archway Café hours (located on the lower level of the Story Student Center)
7:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. (Thursday)
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. (Friday)
3:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (Saturday)
3:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. (Sunday)

Prairie Point Dining Center hours (located on the upper level of the Story Student Center)
Breakfast (7:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Thursday – Friday)
Lunch (11:00 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Thursday – Friday)
Dinner (5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Thursday – Friday)

Common Ground Cafe hours (located on the second floor of the Acklie Hall of Science)
7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (Thursday)
7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Friday)
Closed Saturday and Sunday

Show your spirit

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

Prairie Wolves Bookstore Hours

Story Student Center

Thursday, October 7, 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday, October 8, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday, October 9, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Lodging options

All NWU Homecoming guests may receive special hotel rates at the below establishments. To make a reservation please use the following phrasing—“I would like to make a reservation for NWU Homecoming at the Nebraska Wesleyan negotiated rate.” Please book by September 2.

Hotel Address Price Phone
Country Inn & Suites 5353 N. 27th Street Starting at $89 (402) 476-5353
New Victorian Suites 225 N. 50th Street Starting at 109 (402) 464-4400
Staybridge Suites 1501 N 86th Street Starting at $151 (402) 484-6000
Hampton Inn & Suites Northeast 7343 Husker Circle Starting at $149 (402) 435-4600
Prairie Creek Inn 2400 S. 148th St., Walton, NE Starting at $99 up to $269 and includes breakfast (402) 488-8822

Other Events

Theatre Show “Hello, Dolly!”
McDonald Theatre

October 7, 8, 9 - 7:30 p.m.
October 10 - 2 p.m.

Say hello to one of the greatest musicals of the Golden Age. This Broadway classic brims with romance, dance and some of the best songs in musical theatre.

Art Exhibition “Posters That Go Bump In the Night”
Elder Gallery, Rogers Center for Fine Arts

October 7, 10 – 10 a.m.– 4 p.m.
October 8 – 10 a.m.– 6 p.m.
October 9 – 1– 7 p.m. (Reception at 5 p.m.)

Artists from around the globe will be showcased in this chilling offering focused upon the popular culture horror-art movement. The exhibition is in tandem with Spooky Evenings: thirty-one spooky evenings of academic programming all October long.

History Exhibition “Americans and the Holocaust”
Learning Commons, Cochrane-Woods Library

October 7, 7:45 a.m. – 11 p.m.
October 8, 7:45 a.m. – 5 p.m.
October 9, noon – 6 p.m.
October 10, noon - midnight

“Americans and the Holocaust” is a traveling exhibition from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum that examines Americans’ responses to Nazism, war and genocide in Europe during the 1930s and 1940s. What did Americans know, and what more could have been done? Made possible by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the American Library Association. 

Thursday, October 7

6 p.m.
Legends and Legacies alumni award dinner
Country Club of Lincoln
Main Ballroom
3200 S 24th St., Lincoln

Celebrate the achievements of these distinguished alumni:

  • Jeffrey Bliemeister (’94), John Rosentrater Act of Valor Award
  • Larry Dunbar ‘(60), Alumni Humanitarian Award
  • Robert Fairchild and Lori (Good) Fairchild (’66), Alumni Medal of Honor
  • Megan Hershiser (’07), Young Alumni Humanitarian Award
  • Vidette (Bullock) Mixon (’74), Alumni Loyalty Award
  • Brock Taute (’15), Young Alumni Achievement Award
  • Edwin Williams (’64), Alumni Achievement Award

Friday, October 8

2 p.m.
“Looking at Nebraska Holocaust Survivors‘ & WWII Liberators’ Stories Through the Lens of the Digital Humanities” – Beth S. Dotan, PhD candidate and former Director of the Institute for Holocaust Education in Omaha

Callen Conference Room 1st Floor, Smith-Curtis

Hear stories of Nebraskans who directly experienced the Holocaust told by a renowned scholar and researcher. Visit the “Americans and the Holocaust” traveling exhibit in Cochrane-Woods Library before or after the presentation…plan on 30 minutes to an hour to experience this remarkable exhibition visiting NWU for a limited time.

5 p.m.
Class of 1970 reunion dinner and medallion ceremony
Country Club of Lincoln
Heritage Room
3200 S 24th St., Lincoln

Alumni come together to honor members of the class of 1970 with 50th year commemorative medallions.

5:30 p.m.
Class of 1971 reunion dinner and medallion ceremony
Country Club of Lincoln
Balcony Room
3200 S 24th St., Lincoln

Alumni come together to honor members of the class of 1971 with 50th year commemorative medallions.

6 p.m.
Volleyball vs. Luther College
Snyder Arena, Weary Center
Students: $3; Adults: $6 (Pay at the door)

Cheer on the Prairie Wolves as they take on the Norse. Junior varsity action begins at 6 p.m., followed by the varsity game at 7:30 p.m.

6:30 p.m.
All-Class reunion
Country Club of Lincoln
Main Ballroom
3200 S 24th St., Lincoln

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 the students participate in a cheer/dance/spirit competition to kick off their weekend celebration. The 2021 Homecoming royalty will be announced.

*Saturday, October 9

8:30 a.m.
Athletic Hall of Fame induction and breakfast
Snyder Arena, Weary Center

Hear the stories and honor the achievements of these outstanding alumni athletes as we celebrate both the 2020 and 2021 inductees during the annual awards breakfast:

Bren Chambers (’97), football, men’s track and field
Kelly (Bowen) Diekmann (’02), women’s track and field
*Jason Ensrud, Spirit of the Plainsman Award
Lynne (Fischer) Henry (’96), softball
*Dana Janssen (’86), men’s basketball
James Kernan (’88), football
Megan Littrell (’00), women’s soccer
BJ Nannen (’01), men’s basketball
The Bebee family, Spirit of the Plainsman Award
Garek Bebee (’11)
Leslie Bebee
Tim Bebee
Timarie (Bebee) Hansen (‘05)

*denotes 2021 inductee

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 classes of 1970 and 1971. RSVPs are due on September 23 to Fran Colon, fcolon [at] neb.rr.com or 402-483-6742.

9:30 a.m.
Campus tour
Lobby, Story Student Center

Take a walk down memory lane as you tour NWU’s historic campus. Led by current NWU students and staff, tour stops include places new and old, including the recently-constructed Acklie Hall of Science. Golf cart transportation will be available.

10 a.m.
Rehearsal for Music Showcase concert participants
O’Donnell Auditorium, Rogers Center for Fine Arts

Light breakfast items will be available for alumni and students participating in the music showcase.

11 a.m.
Tailgate party and carnival
Knight Field House and Taylor Commons

Join us for an old-fashioned tailgate party. This family-friendly event features free food, inflatables, and games!

1 p.m.
Football vs. University of Dubuque
Abel Stadium
Students: $3; Adults: $6 (Pay at the door)

Come cheer on the Prairie Wolves as they take on the Spartans. The halftime show includes a performance by NWU’s dance team, recognition of the Hall of Fame inductees, and introduction of the 2021 Homecoming court and royalty.

3:30 p.m.
Volleyball vs. Coe College
Snyder Arena, Weary Center
Students: $3; Adults: $6 (Pay at the door)

Cheer on the Prairie Wolves as they take on the Kohawks. Junior Varsity action begins at 3:30 p.m., followed by the varsity game at 5:30 p.m.

4:30 p.m.
Music Showcase Concert featuring students and alumni
O’Donnell Auditorium, Rogers Center for Fine Arts

Enjoy an evening full of choral and instrumental music including performances from both current and past NWU choral members. Alumni are invited to perform. During the performance, Outstanding Music Alumni Award recipient Kanoa Greene (’01) and Outstanding Young Music Alumni Award recipient Kaitlin Beck (’16) will be recognized.

5:00 p.m.
“Posters That Go Bump in the Night” reception and talk
Elder Gallery, Rogers Center for Fine Arts

Enjoy a spooky seasonal wine and cheese reception including haunting food and drink at Elder Gallery for "Posters That Go Bump in the Night." NWU art historian and host of Spooky Evenings, Dr. Matthew Jarvis, will be giving a guided talk of the exhibition at 5:30 p.m.

6:00 p.m.
Pre-show celebration for McDonald Theatre project
Blackbox Theatre, McDonald Theatre

Join us for a wine and cheese reception before the 7:30 p.m. performance of “Hello, Dolly!” as we celebrate the completion of phase I of our McDonald Theatre project and offer a sneak-peek into plans for phases II and III.

*We have kept the remainder of Saturday free of events so that you may choose to enjoy the NWU theatre performance or other local activities.

Sunday, October 10

8:30/10:45 a.m.
Communion worship services
First United Methodist Church
2723 N 50th Street

10:00 a.m.
BIPOC alumni and student brunch
Prairie Wolf A & B, Story Student Center

Do you identify as an alumni of color?  If so, NWU students of color invite you to join them for brunch and conversation. Current BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) students want to connect with BIPOC alumni about similar on-campus experiences, hear about post-graduation successes and share their NWU stories.

12:00 p.m.
LGBTQIA+ alumni and student brunch
Prairie Wolf A & B, Story Student Center

If you are an alum who identifies as LGBTQIA+, please consider joining current NWU LGBTQIA+ students at a special brunch and gathering event.  These students want to talk with alumni about similar on-campus experiences as part of the LGBTQIA+ community and connect with one another by sharing their respective NWU stories.