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Homecoming_640It’s that time of year again. It’s Homecoming season—this year, with a pinch of pixie dust—at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.

The fun kicks off on campus Oct. 5 with many on-campus activities to get students, faculty and staff in the magical spirit. Then, Homecoming Day festivities will take place throughout the day Saturday, Oct. 12 and conclude with the football game at 1:30 p.m. at J. J. Keller Field at the Oshkosh Sports Complex.

This year’s theme, “Where Titans Dare to Dream” is geared at all the magical moments alumni had—and current students have—at UW Oshkosh.

“This year’s theme has an interesting tie because some UW Oshkosh alumni work for Disney so it makes it fun. Homecoming is really a chance to welcome alumni home to their alma mater,” said UW Oshkosh Alumni Relations Director Christine Gantner. “We get amazing feedback from alumni regarding what the institution has become and the transformation of campus with new buildings and signage.”

There are many activities that take place on and around campus during Homecoming week, including:

Sunday, Oct. 6:

  • Window Painting, 2-4 p.m., Reeve Marketplace

Monday, Oct. 7:

  • Hall/House Decorations, Judged 5 p.m.
  • Homecoming Button Hunt begins, runs through Friday, Oct. 11

Tuesday, Oct. 8:

  • Talent Show Rehearsals, 5-7 p.m., Reeve Ballroom
  • Talent Show with Jason LeVasseur, 8 p.m., Reeve Ballroom

Thursday, Oct. 10:

  • Spoons Tournament, 4 p.m. Reeve Concourse
  • Flag Football, 5:30 p.m., Kolf Fieldhouse

Friday, Oct. 11:

  • Food Drive, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Blackhawk Commons Dock
  • Yell Like Hell/Lip Sync, 7 p.m., Albee Hall Gym

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With all of these campus activities planned for the magical week, the Reeve Union Special Events Committee wanted to encourage competition between the resident halls, the Greeks and student organizations in every event, so they eliminated entry fees and prize money this year.

“After soliciting feedback from organizations about how cumbersome the payment process was and the benefits of small prize amounts it was decided that this would make the process much easier for student organizations to participate,” said Chelsea Redger, Reeve Union Board Adviser. “Reeve Union Board is always looking for ways to make Homecoming easier for students to enjoy and participate.”

Homecoming 2013 weekend

Come Homecoming Day, festivities kick off at the Pollock Alumni House with the annual continental breakfast. This is the last year that the breakfast will be at the Pollock House, as next year the breakfast will be moving to the new Alumni Welcome and Conference Center. The breakfast will include trivia for students and alumni.

Of course, for alumni, Homecoming is also about journeying back to the UW Oshkosh campus. Alumni, along with faculty, staff, students and community members, can get involved in many ways on Saturday by participating in the Tour de Titan bike ride and enjoying free food (including Chancellor Wells’ famous meatballs) and music at Tent City before the football game.

The UW Oshkosh Titans football team takes the field for the main event Saturday at 1:30 p.m. The UW Oshkosh Titans take on UW-La Crosse at J. J. Keller Field. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $6 for K-12 students. Admission is free to all UW Oshkosh students with a valid Titan ID card.

The Homecoming wrap up is the alumni post-game celebration, which is being held this year at the Ground Round inside of the Oshkosh Premier Waterfront Hotel.

Gantner said she’s proud to have such a great lineup of events and Homecoming traditions at UW Oshkosh.

“All of our various audiences can come together to show their Titan pride. For the students it’s being proud of their institution, for the community it’s an opportunity to enjoy UWO and engage with the campus community and for the alumni it’s an opportunity for them to be proud of their UWO roots and reminisce about their college days,” Gantner said.


Homecoming weekend schedule:

Friday, October 11

Saturday, October 12

  • Continental Breakfast and Open House, 9:30-11 a.m., Pollock Alumni House
  • Political Science Welcome for alumni and students, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Sage Hall 4600
  • Tour de Titan bike ride, 11 a.m., depart from Pollock Alumni House and end at Tent City, Josslyn Street
  • Tent City, 12-1:30 p.m., South of the Oshkosh Sports Complex on Josslyn Street
  • Football Game, 1:30 p.m. J. J. Keller Field at Oshkosh Sports Complex
  • Following Game: Fifth Quarter, Ground Round at River’s Edge, Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel, 1 N. Main St.

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