Alumni Day, which will take place on Friday, October 7, is a wonderful opportunity to bring your alumni back to campus, honor them for their achievements, and encourage these alumni to share their knowledge with current students. If you have not already done so, in order to allow them time to take off of work or make travel plans, please select and invite your Alumni Day guest(s) soon. If you need assistance with alumni guest selection, please contact your respective Dean or Development Director.
Once you have decided which alumni you would like to invite, complete the Alumni Day participation form. The deadline for participation forms is Friday, September 16. Please remember to complete a form for each alumni nominee.
Secure necessary travel arrangements and make hotel reservations, if needed, for your guests. A selection of room blocks have been secured at numerous local hotels. Please refer to 'ISU Alumni Homecoming Blocks' when making a reservation. For a complete listing and maps of the area, check out the Visiting Campus page.
Register your office or department to promote your Redbird pride and show your Homecoming spirit! Entrants will be judged on their use of the 2016 Homecoming theme A Normal Tradition, use of their school spirit, use of Illinois State University’s name and/or images and the impact of the decorations all week. Judging will be on Friday, September 30, 2016.
The annual run will be Saturday, October 8 at 8 a.m., rain or shine. Consider forming a group to participate in this annual activity. Participants who register early will receive a discounted registration fee and a commemorative t-shirt on the day of the run. Registration is available online. Check-in will be held outside the Student Fitness Center, with parking available in the South University St. parking garage.
Saturday, October 8 at 10 a.m., Units wishing to participate in the parade should make their own arrangements for a parade entry, vehicle and signs. Registration information is available under the Homecoming Parade section.
If you plan to host a tailgate event in the Redbird Tent Zone, be sure to read all of the tailgating information provided at GoRedbirds.com. The space and tent packages are reserved through Redbird Athletics, however, we encourage you to forward details of your event to Jamie Sennett (jrsenne@IllinoisState.edu) so that it can be included in the Homecoming calendar of events and promoted through the various Homecoming marketing materials.
Opens at 11 a.m. and ends at the start of the ISU football game. Prior to the football game, all alumni are encouraged to join us at the large red and white tent located in the middle of the tent zone. There will be light snacks available and a cash bar.
Get ready for some Redbird football as we take on Youngstown State on Saturday, October 8 at 2 p.m. Because the Homecoming game will sell out, we encourage you to make arrangements for your tickets early. Please contact the Redbird Ticket office at GoRedbirds.com or 438-8000.
Thursday, October 6 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., President Dietz plans host to this complimentary lunch to thank all faculty and staff for their dedicated service. No registration required this year, just make plans to celebrate Homecoming week! This will also be when campus decorating winners will be announced.
A long-running Homecoming traditions is the selection of Homecoming royalty. Faculty and staff can nominate individuals for alumni king and queen (deadline July 29), prince and princess (deadline August 19), and student royalty (deadline September 15). All nomination forms are available under the Homecoming royalty Web page.
Information on Homecoming 2016 apparel prices and ordering is coming soon.