The following information is available to assist you and your colleagues as you plan for Homecoming 2022. If you need any additional information, please contact Alumni Engagement at (309) 438-2586.
Alumni Day, which will take place on Friday, October 14, 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. Alumni Day honorees will have the option to attend virtually or in person. Those that attend in person will only be allowed one guest. 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 will be announced. 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 has 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.
A long-running Homecoming tradition is the selection of Homecoming royalty. Faculty and staff can nominate individuals for alumni king and queen (deadline July 15) and prince and princess (deadline August 19). All nomination forms will be available under the Homecoming royalty Web 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 2022 Homecoming theme Celebrating Red , 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, October 7, 2022.
The annual run will be Saturday, October 15 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 not yet available. Check-in will be held outside the Student Fitness Center, with parking available in the South University St. parking garage.
Saturday, October 15 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 on Saturday, October 15 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.