Homecoming is a reunion weekend celebrating you—both your student experiences and your career and life achievements since your college days. Come back to campus to relive favorite memories, relax and reconnect with UIndy. You’ll find a lot of fun and a little something for everyone!
Plan to come back to UIndy for a week of special events and activities, all leading up to the big game on Saturday—including the Hound Hustle 5K, President’s Lunch, Homecoming Parade, tailgating party and much more.
Homecoming: September 24–30
Sunday, September 24
Monday, September 25
Homecoming Headquarters: Coffee & Doughnuts
Smith Mall (Rain location: Schwitzer Engagement Center), 7:30–9 a.m.
Stop by Smith Mall on your way to class or the office for free doughnuts and coffee. First come, first serve.
American Pianist Association Performance with Drew Petersen
Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, 7:30 p.m.
Winner of the 2017 American Pianists Awards, Drew Petersen, will perform as Artist-in-Residence at this special Homecoming concert.
Homecoming Bonfire Kickoff
Schwitzer Park, 9 p.m.
Kick off Homecoming Week at the bonfire! Enjoy s’mores, cornhole, music, games and more. Limited supplies; first come, first served. Register for the cornhole tournament here.
Tuesday, September 26
Homecoming Headquarters: Virtual Reality Experience
Schwitzer Center Atrium, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Come experience VR in the Schwitzer Student Center Atrium!
Celebrate Science in Ace’s Laboratory
UIndy Hall, 5–7 p.m.
This family-friendly event for the UIndy community and neighborhood families will be an evening filled with food, fun, games and more. The Department of Chemistry will host a special science show starting at 5:30 p.m. All UIndy faculty, staff, students, alumni and families are invited to attend.
Wednesday, September 27
Homecoming Headquarters: Decorate a Cupcake
Schwitzer Student Center Atrium, 11:30 a.m.–3 p.m.,
Stop by Homecoming Headquarters to decorate a cupcake for a mid-day snack.
Magician: Nash Fung
UIndy Hall A, 9 p.m.
The greatest lesson in magic is none other than the commitment to create wonderful memories for others. When he is not performing on the road, Nash Fung is a passionate volunteer in the Seattle community for Birthday Dreams and the Crisis Line. Watch Fung’s appearance on the CW network’s T.V. show “Penn & Teller: Fool Us.” Sponsored by Campus Program Board.
Thursday, September 28
Homecoming Headquarters: Letter Art
Schwitzer Student Center Atrium, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.,
Come make a letter art decoration for your room with cool letter photos, and spell any word you want! Over 150 letter designs to choose from, along with white or black mattes!
Schwitzer Student Center Atrium, 9 p.m.
Join Alpha Psi Omega for an improv comedy show featuring ComedySportz Indianapolis.
Friday, September 29
Alumni Welcome Center
Stierwalt Alumni House, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Relax and visit with your friends in the Stierwalt Alumni House. Refreshments and campus tours will be available.
Homecoming Headquarters: Pet a Pup Pop-Up
Smith Mall, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Today’s Homecoming HQ is going to the dogs! Stop by in between classes and lunch to pet some pups.
50-Year Reunion Class Reception
UIndy Health Pavilion, 10:30–11:45am
Celebrate your 50-year reunion with your fellow 1967 classmates prior to the 50-Year Club lunch. This will be a great opportunity to gather together before being formally inducted into the 50-Year Club.
50-Year Club Lunch
UIndy Health Pavilion, Noon–1:30 p.m.
Alumni who graduated 50 years ago or more will enjoy sharing memories at this event as they welcome the class of 1967 into the 50-year club. $10 per person. Registration requested.
(CANCELED) Back-to-School Session: Ceremonial Mace
R.B. Annis Theatre, UIndy Health Pavilion, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
During the 2017 Commencement, President Manuel introduced a newly created ceremonial mace designed specifically for the University of Indianapolis by members of our faculty and leadership and fashioned by a local craftsman. Come learn about this symbol of scholarship and integrity dating back to the 11th century and its many features that remind us that universities are custodians both of the enduring traditions of learning and of the power they bestow upon those who come to learn.
(CANCELED) Back-to-School Session: UIndy Deans Discuss the Future of Higher Education
R.B. Annis Theatre, UIndy Health Pavilion, 3–4 p.m.
This is a unique time in the history of higher education. Questions of accessibility, cost, online learning, career placement and more are being discussed in the media and around dinner tables more than ever before. Hear from an expert panel of UIndy academic leaders as they discuss the future of higher education and how the core principles of UIndy’s motto—“Education for Service”—are being applied in this ever-changing environment.
WeatherSTEM Weather Station Dedication
Smith Mall near Schwitzer Student Center, 5–6 p.m.
Join us as we dedicate UIndy’s new WeatherSTEM weather station–a result of UIndy faculty and student research for bringing new technology to monitor and research weather patterns and atmospheric conditions. Made possible through the support of UIndy alumnus, Bob Green, the gift is in honor and memory of Dr. William Gommel, professor of Mathematics & Earth-Space Science from 1965–1992. Registration requested.
Honors & Recognition Dinner
Krannert Memorial Library, 5:30 p.m.–Reception, 6–8 p.m.–Dinner
Join alumni, friends, students, faculty, and staff for a celebration of the 2017 Alumni Award winners: Distinguished Alumni Award—Larry Miller ’62, Distinguished Faculty/Staff Alumni Award—Tamara Wolske ’05, Distinguished Young Alumni Award—Daniel Del Real ’05, Gene and JoAnne Sease Award—Tom ’64 and Mary Kay ’65 Anthony, and the Honorary Alumni Award—former Indianapolis Mayor and UIndy Visiting Fellow Greg Ballard. $15 per person. Registration required.
Old National Centre Egyptian Room, 9 p.m.–midnight
Campus Program Board, Indianapolis Student Government, and Residence Hall Association cordially invite you to the 2017 Homecoming Gala on the eve of Homecoming, Friday, September 29, at Old National Centre in Downtown Indianapolis. Dress is semi-formal/cocktail attire. Transportation is provided, and there will be food and drinks, as well as a cash bar for those of age. Those 21 and older must bring a valid government-issued form of identification. Current UIndy students may bring one guest (guest does not have to be an UIndy student). Join us for a great time and to dance the night away!
Saturday, September 30 – Game Day
Hound Hustle 5K Run/Walk
Schwitzer Student Center, Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., Race starts at 9 a.m.
The fourth annual Hound Hustle 5K is an event for everyone with proceeds supporting student scholarships and programs. The course takes participants on a tour of the beautiful University of Indianapolis campus and the University Heights neighborhood. Registration required; $20 advanced registration or $25 day-of-registration. Includes T-shirt.
UIndy Men’s Basketball Golf Outing
Sarah Shank Golf Course, Registration at 8 a.m., Shotgun start at 9 a.m., Lunch and awards at 2 p.m.
Alumni, parents, and supporters of UIndy Basketball are invited to the first annual golf outing at Sarah Shank Golf Course during Homecoming Weekend. Enjoy a great day of golf, a chance to reunite with friends and teammates, and the opportunity to support the UIndy Men’s Basketball program.
Alumni House Welcome Center
Stierwalt Alumni House, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Relax and catch up with your friends in the Stierwalt Alumni House. Campus tours will be available upon request
President’s Lunch & Founders Day Celebration
Good Hall, Noon–1:15 p.m.
Have lunch on the lawn outside of UIndy’s historic Good Hall to celebrate Founders Day. Hear campus updates from President Manuel and learn about the historical importance of Good Hall and the ongoing renovations to restore our past and build our future. Registration requested; $10 per person.
Department of Criminal Justice Anniversary Celebration
President’s Home, 1:30–2:30 p.m.
Help us celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Criminal Justice program at the University with a special anniversary cake and learn about the new Criminal Justice Education Lab. The lab will provide a space for training simulations for not only UIndy students but also city police departments and investigators. Special activity for children available.
UIndy Alumni Recital & Reception
Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center, Performance from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., Reception from 3:30 to 4 p.m.
Come enjoy the musical talents of UIndy alumni during this special Alumni Recital. The concert will feature vocal and instrumental performances including an alumni handbell group and ukulele duet. For more information about participating in the concert, contact Dr. Mitzi Westra at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nicoson Parking Lot, 3–6 p.m.
There is something for everyone at this year’s tailgate town. Show your Greyhound Pride with paw-print face painting, enjoy inflatables and more while you listen to the music of Hoosier country music artist Corey Cox!
Campus and Hanna Avenue, 4–5 p.m.
This year’s parade will be bigger and better than ever and will feature the UIndy dance team, cheerleaders, pep band, giant balloons, and, of course, our traditional decorated golf carts.
Class Reunion, Tailgate, Photos & Dinners (For classes ’57, ’67, ’77, ’87, ’97, ’07)
UIndy Health Pavilion, 3–6 p.m.
Gather with your classmates one last time before the weekend ends! Enjoy dinner, cocktails and fellowship in the UIndy Health Pavilion which features incredible views of the UIndy football field and Tailgate Town. Registration requested, $15 per person includes dinner and your ticket to the football game.
UIndy Football vs. Truman State University
Key Stadium, 6 p.m.
Your Greyhounds take on Truman State Bulldogs. Plus, we’ll crown a king and queen! Purchase your football tickets at the gate or at uindysports.universitytickets.com. Tickets are $10 adult; $5 students, seniors (65+) and military; and free for children 12 and under and UIndy faculty, staff and students. Game tickets are included in Class Reunion Dinner registration for classes of ’57, ’67, ’77, ’87, ’97 and ’07.