Alumni Day, which will take place on Friday, October 25, 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 (including bio and pictures) is October 11. 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.
Register your office or department to promote your Redbird pride and show your Homecoming spirit! Entrants will be judged on their use of the 2018 Homecoming theme Redbirds Rising, 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 18, 2019.
The annual run will be Saturday, October 26 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 26 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 26 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.
President and Mrs. Larry H. Dietz invite all current faculty, A/P and Civil Service employees to enjoy a chili lunch prepared by Event Management, Dining, and Hospitality on Tuesday, October 22 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m . During the luncheon, winners of the preliminary chili cook-offs from across campus will compete to be crowned the 2019 Chili Cook-off Champion. A panel of judges will taste and evaluate the entries during the luncheon and the winner will be announced at the conclusion of the luncheon. Registration is not required. All faculty/staff must bring a University I.D. to attend.
A long-running Homecoming traditions is the selection of Homecoming royalty. Faculty and staff can nominate individuals for alumni king and queen (deadline July 27), prince and princess (deadline August 22), and student royalty (deadline September 26). All nomination forms will be available under the Homecoming royalty Web page.