SIUE students gather around the Woodland Bowl bonfire, a homecoming tradition.
EDWARDSVILLE —Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is celebrating 2016 homecoming with a weeklong series of events targeting students, alumni, faculty, staff and community members.
This year’s events begin Monday, Sept. 26, running through Sunday, Oct. 2, on the SIUE campus.
This year’s student theme is Back to the E. The schedule of student events will include: a comedy and magic show featuring Derek Hughes; a chalk mural contest; a screening of “Back to the Future;” the 15th annual Chili Cook-Off; the traditional golf cart parade followed by the homecoming bonfire in Woodland Bowl; a homecoming dance; and the annual crowning of the king and queen. All events are open to students and free to attend. A complete schedule is at siue.edu/homecoming.
The seventh annual SIUE Alumni Hall of Fame Dinner, A Night Among the Stars, begins with a cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, in the Morris University Center Conference Center. The awards dinner follows at 7:30 p.m. During the event, seven honorees will be inducted into the hall. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online at siue.edu/homecoming/alumni.
The inaugural SIUE Cougars Unleashed: Homecoming Run and Pancake Breakfast at Birger Hall is set for 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1. The event benefits the SIUE Alumni Association Scholarships and features 10K or 5K races and a 1-mile fun run. After the run, stay and enjoy family entertainment and a world-famous Chris Cakes pancake breakfast. Register at finallapracing.com.
An Alumni Pregame Tailgate featuring a free hog roast and T-shirts for the first 100 alumni is set for Korte Stadium beginning at 4 p.m. prior to the men’s soccer match against Drake, Saturday, Oct. 1. Kick-off is at 7 p.m. The annual Homecoming king and queen crowning will occur during halftime of the match.
The SIUE men’s and women’s cross country teams hold the fifth annual John Flamer Invitational at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, on the SIUE course. For ticket information to all intercollegiate sporting events, visit siuecougars.com.
From 10 a.m. to noon Sunday, Oct. 2, the MUC Meridian Ballroom hosts the inaugural Brunch & Bubbly: Fraternity and Sorority Life Alumni Reunion. Enjoy brunch and a mimosa bar, while reconnecting with fraternity brothers and sorority sisters. Registration is $20 per person, $10 for those under 21 or those wishing to exclude the mimosa bar. Register at siue.edu/homecoming/alumni.
For information, contact SIUE Alumni Affairs at (618) 650-5176.