NMU Homecoming Weekend
Northern Michigan University’s campus is buzzing with excitement as Homecoming 2014 rapidly approaches. The faint aroma of spray paint and saw dust fills the air as rusty, old trailers are erected into brilliant representations of the Wildcat spirit. Potential kings and queens campaign for the crown and the cracking of pads echoes through the vacant Superior Dome, waiting to be drowned out by the screams and cheers of the Wildcat faithful, shirtless, body-painted students and all those alumni filled with ‘Cat pride as the team gears up to face the Huskies.
Check out all the homecoming events below
Thursday, Sept. 25
The events kick-off at 7 p.m. on Thursday with the public unveiling and dedication of the newly constructed Jamrich Hall. Remarks from President Emeritus John X. Jamrich, for whom the building is named, and NMU president Fritz Erickson will accompany the ribbon cutting ceremony. Desserts and refreshments will be provided along with public tours from 8 – 9 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 26
Alumni traveling into town or unable to make the new Jamrich Hall dedication are encouraged to drop into the new building for Starbucks coffee from 2 – 4 p.m. NMU’s Campus Visit Staff will be giving tours every 15 minutes which include a comprehensive view of the state-of-the-art active learning classrooms.
The annual Homecoming Parade begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday. Come watch as the marching band, decorated cars and dazzling floats make their way down Marquette’s Third Street.
After the parade, hop on over to Front Street where the NMU Alumni Association hosts the annual All Alumni Reception beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Harbor Room in the Landmark Inn hotel. NMU President Fritz Erickson and football coach Chris Ostrowski headline the reception that is sure to pump up the Wildcat fans. All alumni, friends and family are encouraged to attend. Enjoy catching up with old friends and meeting new ones over complimentary appetizers and a cash bar.
Saturday, Sept. 27
Saturday morning begins with the 20th annual Xterra Lake Superior Shore run. This half-marathon, 5k and youth 1k trial race serves as the Superiorland Youth Ski Club’s biggest fundraiser. Race starts will be held at Little Presque Isle with staggered starts beginning at 9:30 a.m. Click here for more information or to register.
The 2014 Alumni Association Award winners will be honored at a by-invitation ceremony at 10:30 a.m.
At 1 p.m. the Beaumier Center hosts a reception for the opening of its new exhibit, Music in the Pines: Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival. There will be music, dance, food and beverages
Later the game-day activities heat up with the all new Homecoming Community Tailgate beginning at 4 p.m. at the Superior Dome. The Alumni Association is teaming up with NMU Athletics, the student Special Event Committee and other sponsors to produce a classic tailgate atmosphere outside the doors of the Superior Dome. The whole family is invited to the party which includes lawn games, bouncy houses, a dunk tank, student performances and music. Local craft beer tents and a barbecue buffet will be available for purchase at this free event. Special ticket packages, which include a game ticket, food and a special “Beat Tech” shirt are available through the NMU Ticket Office at 906-227-1032. The weekend draws to a close in climatic fashion when the Wildcats face the Huskies on the gridiron at 7 p.m. in the Superior Dome. The game is sure to be electric as these two bitter rivals clash for the Miner’s Cup, bragging rights and an important GLIAC win.
Questions? Contact the NMU Alumni Association at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 1-877-GRAD-NMU.