Homecoming Week!

Alright everyone! This week is homecoming week! Now that everyone is just getting settled in and have midterms coming up, it all gets interrupted with a week of a ridiculous number of events and programs. This years Homecoming theme is “An A-maze-ing Experience.” I will be at most event taking photos, so be sure to look for them every day this week. Today, I’ll post the schedule so you can get a good idea of what all is going on. UIS Homecoming is open to all students, past and present, and is often a good time for alumni who haven’t seen the growth of this campus to do so.

Traditional opening Bonfire at the UIS Pond starting at 9:30 p.m.

From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Homecoming Court voting will start in the Food Emporium. In years past, the voting has been rigged…the voting the last couple of years has been a combination of actual voting, like with votes, and a penny war. The money raised always goes to a good cause, but there has been too much emphasis on the penny war. Basically anyone who brings in a lot of money ends up winning which doesn’t seem quite fair. So we’ll see if they change things up this year and alter the voting.

Also starting at 11:30 a.m. is the UIS Alumni SAGE Society Lunch and Learn program. It will be held in the PAC Restaurant and will run till 1:30 p.m. The topic “Of Time and the Missisippi” will be presented by distinguished alumnus Bill Lambrecht and associate professor of History Bill Siles. RSVP required via Alumni Association Website or email alumni@uis.edu.

From 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. is the Ultimate Entrepreneurship Challenge on the Quad. This FREE event brings together a number of young business people – all of whom have made millions before age 25 – in a program designed to spread the entrepreneurial spirit to their peers. The Career Center at UIS has put on some good programs in the recent past and this one should be no different. I highly encourage people to attend this event. Registration is required via the Career Development Center Website.

Tuesday is a busy day…at 7 p.m. in the new UIS Recreation and Athletics Center will be the first ever basketball game! Ok…so it’s not a real basketball game, but it should be entertaining none-the-less. The community on this campus is strengthened even more so with this event. The Alumni/Faculty/Staff vs. Students game has been ongoing for the last three years (Similar events: FAST – Faculty and Staff Team – vs. Blue Crew). The last two years I coordinated this event and coached the student team (it was volleyball though) when I was a student, but now will be participating as a player for the staff side. I’m looking forward to this event, it’s always been a lot of fun. Our coach is the Chancellor, so feel free to come out and route on your favorite team! On a side note…it’s not a good idea to boo your teachers when you have midterms coming up…kidding.

Finally a performance by the Neo-Futurists at 9 p.m. in Brookens Auditorium will wrap up the night. The Neo-Futurists create immediate, non-illusory, interactive performances. Their signature piece, Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, is an ever-changing attempt to perform 30 plays in 60 minutes.

So if you make it through Tuesday, you can slow down a little with only one event on Wednesday. The Georgian State Dance Company, from the former Soviet Republic of Georgia, will perform at 7:30 p.m. in Sangamon Auditorium. The group’s performances have been named “Best Show of the Year on Broadway.” Tickets are $31 and $36; go to Sangamon Auditorium to order or for more information. Also, Homecoming voting continues from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

P.S. Wish me luck on my first Mid-term as a Graduate Student!

I hope you took my advice and got some rest on Wednesday because beginning Thursday we don’t stop rockin’ till the weekend’s over. From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., the Chemistry Club is holding their annual Tie Dye event. They have been doing this for a couple years now, and it’s a great way to connect with the science faculty on this campus! Everyone loves tie dye, so bring your shirts and have fun!

At 5:30 p.m. is the Opening Reception at the UIS Art Gallery for Mary Alice Johnson, a former Springfield resident & wife of retired UIS faculty Richard Johnston. Her exhibit “Faces of Paris” features photographs from her first trip to Paris in 1950 to study at the Sorbonne. Check out more about the Visual Arts Department on their website.

Beginning at 7 p.m., the Lincoln Legacy Lecture series will be held in the Brooken’s Auditorium. Speakers are Dr. Mark E. Steiner, who will address “Lincoln, Lawyers, and the Rule of Law,” and Dr. Brian R. Dirck, who will discuss “The Lawyer in the White House.” Cullom Davis, UIS professor emeritus of history, will moderate. For more information, contact the Center for State Policy and Leadership at 217-206-6576 or read this News Brief to make reservations.

Finishing up the night at 9:30 p.m. will be the Pep Rally. Show support for your UIS Fall sports teams: Volleyball, Soccer, Tennis and Basketball!

Running from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. the Friends of Brookens Libray will be holding a book sale in the Brookens overhang area. All the proceeds will go to benefit the library’s additions.

Beginning at 5:30 in PAC G, the Alumni SAGE Society will sponsor the Sangamon Trail Blazers’ Reunion, a reception and dinner. Dick Williams, former director of the SSU Physical Plant, and Dave Barrows, executive director of Facilities and Services, will reflect on the development of the UIS campus over the years. Cost is $18 per person; make reservations by Friday, September 28, by phoning 206-7395 or sending an e-mail to alumni@uis.edu.

Also on Friday, the award-winning one-man comedy show Defending the Caveman will be presented at 8 p.m. in the PAC Studio Theatre. (Additional performances are scheduled for 5 and 8 p.m. on Saturday.) Tickets are $36; for information or to order, go to Sangamon Auditorium or call the ticket office at 206-6160 or 800/207-6960.

From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Student Center, the Mystery Dinner Theatre will be performing their show. Tickets are only $10 and you can register online: RSVP.

Finally, the Homecoming Dance in the PAC Food Emporium from 9:30 p.m. on. Homecoming Court will be introduced and an King and Queen will be announced.

UIS Band activities for high school and alumni musicians are scheduled throughout the day. For more information, go to Band Day.

Homecoming College, with sessions scheduled from 1:15 to 3:30 p.m. in various locations in the Health and Sciences Building. Classes will focus on a variety of topics, such as “The Psychology of First Impressions” and “Bob Dylan’s America.” For complete information and to register, go to Homecoming 2007. To register for these events, RSVP.

Also from 1:15 to 3:30 p.m., The Amazing Race will take participants on a walking tour of campus as they follow a trail of clues. Participants will be able to choose an intermediate or advanced course.

The Second Annual UIS Homecoming Parade begins at 4 p.m. on campus and features bands, candy, and floats. Parking will be available along the parade route in campus lots A, C, D, E, and I. My car will be participating in the parade representing the UIS Admissions Department and the Student Ambassadors. Come check us out!

A homecoming barbecue follows the parade, from 5 to 7 p.m. near the east side of Kiwanis Stadium (i.e. the soccer field by the Housing Commons and East Campus Housing).

The UIS Prairie Stars men’s soccer team takes on the team from William Woods at 7 p.m. in Kiwanis Stadium. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 non-UIS college students and senior citizens, and $3 children grades K-12. A fireworks display will immediately follow the game.

Finally, the Family Weekend Brunch from 10:00 a.m. till 11:30 a.m. in PAC C/D. RSVP. is required.

Congrats…If you’ve made it to the end of my blog, I applaud you. I could have linked to the Homecoming website, but where’s the fun in that. I hope you check back often this week to see the updates from all the events! Leave your Residence Hall rooms, or your Townhouse or Apartment and meet people, have a good time, and enjoy the remainder of the nice weather…winter is just around the corner…boo.


4 Responses to “Homecoming Week!”

  1. 1 Anonymous
    October 1, 2007 at 12:27 pm

    Isn’t the basketball game in the TRAC alumni vs. students not staff vs. Students?

  2. 2 Jeremy Wilburn
    October 1, 2007 at 12:34 pm

    Actually, it’s Alumni/Faculty/Staff vs. Students.

    I’m just used to calling it the FAST vs. Blue Crew. Maybe we’ll bring that game back in the Spring.

  3. 3 Bradjward
    October 1, 2007 at 1:37 pm

    Ah man, I wish it wasn’t on a Tuesday, or I would have totally come back to play. I think it was originally supposed to be Alumni only, but I doubt they got much response. Put it on the weekend next year for sure.

    Actually… my class got cancelled tomorrow, wonder if it’s too late to sign up… 🙂

  4. 4 Jeremy Wilburn
    October 1, 2007 at 1:38 pm

    I’m sure if you came all the way in from Indy, they would let you play.

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