Homecoming and Family Weekend

Save the Date: Homecoming and Family Day 2016 September 23-25! 

 Thanks for coming to Homecoming and Family Day 2015! Visit our Facebook Page for photos and upcoming events! You can see a list of Homecoming and Family Day 2015 events below! 

Thursday, October 1

4:30 p.m.

St. Croix River Boat Cruise
Stillwater, MN

Campus update at the Dock Cafe at 4:30 p.m.
Boarding of the Riverboat at 5:45 p.m.

The annual St. Croix Boat Cruise will kick off Homecoming weekend festivities! Join us in Stillwater for a university update and reception at the Dock Café beginning at 4:30 p.m. with the boarding of a St. Croix Riverboat at 5:45 p.m. The cruise includes a dinner buffet and some amazing views of the fall colors on the St. Croix River.

Dinner includes: St. Louis style BBQ ribs served with herb roasted chicken, potato, southern black beans, creamy coleslaw, fresh fruit, roll and butter and a gourmet cookie assortment. A cash bar will also be available.

Cost is $38/per person. Ticket price includes appetizers at the Dock Café and a dinner and cruise ticket.

RSVP Deadline: Thursday, September 24

This event is independent of the weekend registration package.

For more information or to register online follow this link:

7-11 p.m.

Kickball Tournament
Ramer Field- Under the Lights

Team fee: $15. Sign up here

Friday, October 2

5-8 p.m.

Registration Package Pick-up
University Center

Those who pre-registered online will be able to pick up their package materials during this time.

A Veterans' Donation Drive will take place at registration. Click here to see what items are needed for donation.

6-9 p.m.

Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Riverview Ballroom, University Center

All alumni and friends are invited to join us at the 2015 Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. The Athletic Hall of Fame Committee has selected nine outstanding individuals along with a team to be inducted into the UWRF Athletic Hall of Fame. The individuals to be inducted include: Lindsay Carlson (hockey), Rick Bowen (basketball), Melissa Tvrdik (volleyball), Amy Brooke Shafer (softball), Brady Alstead (hockey), Mandy Stokes (hockey), Steve Gustafson (basketball), Kris Buhrt Best (basketball), Connie Foster (positive contributor) and the 1988 NCAA National Championship Men's Hockey Team. 

The cost is $30 per person for the banquet. This event is independent from the weekend registration package. 

For more information or to register online follow this link:

RSVP Deadline: Friday, September 25

7:30 p.m. 

Film - Minions
Kinni Theater, University Center  3rd Floor

Rated PG

This family friendly film will be shown throughout the weekend offering a relaxing entertainment option for students, families and alumni.

8 p.m.

Falcons Got Talent
Falcon's Nest, University Center

This event showcases student talent on campus! All are welcome to attend this homecoming tradition, which is guaranteed to give you a few laughs.

10 p.m.

Lydecker Fire Pit

Gourmet S'mores bar and Mexican Ghost stories (in celebration of the Year of Mexico)

Saturday, October 3

8:30 a.m.-Noon

Registration Package Pick-up
University Center

Those who pre-registered online will be able to pick up their package materials during this time. 

A Veterans' Donation Drive will also take place at check-in. Click here to see which items are needed for donation.

9 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Campus Tours
Information Desk, University Center

9-10 am – Campus Trolley Tours
9 am–12 pm: Campus Walking Tours

More information will be provided at the event about the walking tours and shuttle tours that will be available.

9 a.m.

Stuff your very own "Moo-U" UWRF plush cow!  Limited quantities available, first come first serve.

University Center Bridge (Indoors)

9 a.m.

Phi Mu Alumnae Reunion
South Hall Room 210 & Downtown River Falls

All Phi Mu alumnae are cordially invited to attend.
9:00 a.m. - Annual Chapter Association Meeting and Elections in the Alumni Room, Room 210 South Hall
10:30 a.m. - Homecoming Parade in front of Bo's 'N Mine

Contact Patti Bibeau LaPorte at 715-425-7982 for more information.

9:30-11:30 a.m.

College of Education and Professional Studies: Open House

The College of Education and Professional Studies will host an open house in the Wyman Education Building (WEB).

Alumni, students and their families are invited to interact with faculty, staff and students while touring classrooms, clinics and labs in both the WEB and Rodli Hall (Human Performance Lab). Renderings of the new Falcon Center will also be on display. And, there will be drawings for Falcon prizes.

9:30-11:30 a.m.

College of Business and Economics: Open House
124 South Hall 

The College of Business and Economics will host an open house Saturday morning in the Alumni Room in South Hall. Alumni, students and their families are invited to interact with current and former faculty advisers along with participating in a farewell reception honoring Ellen Schultz’s retirement as a long standing faculty adviser in the college.

9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.

College of Arts & Sciences: Planetarium Tours
201 Agricultural Sciences Building

With our new digital projector we take a tour of constellations that can be seen from Earth throughout the year. Then we'll lift off the surface of Earth digitally, fly around our solar system to visit other planets, exit the solar system, fly beyond the Milky Way Galaxy and out the edge of the universe to explore the size and wonder of space.

Seating is limited to 50 people. Tours will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.

9:30-11:30 a.m.

College of Arts & Sciences: Glassblowing and Ceramics Open House
Kleinpell Fine Arts Building

Associate Professor Eoin Breadon and his studio glass students open their doors to show 3-D approaches such as glass blowing and casting. Please visit room 163 in the Kleinpell Fine Arts (KFA) building from 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Come view our ceramics students under the direction of Professor Randy Johnston, use traditional techniques and concepts covering the use of the wheel and constructing forms by altering thrown pieces and by using slabs, pinching, extrusion and patterns. Doors will be open from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in room 167 of Kleinpell Fine Arts (KFA) building.

9:30-11:30 a.m.

College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences Tours: The Dairy Pilot Plant
Agricultural Science Building, 143 Food Science Addition

Tour the Dairy Pilot Plant, where students learn dairy food processing and produce cheese and ice cream for the campus. Learn about the upcoming renovation plans for the plant and enjoy a sample of their delicious ice cream.

Geology Rocks!
AGS 200 Lobby

The geology program has an extensive collection of rocks and minerals. Come see some samples of what you can find in Wisconsin, as well as around the world. Do you have a mysterious rock that you want identified? Bring it along and let our experts help.

9:30-11 a.m.

Alumni & Friends Coffee
Veteran's Park

Stop by and enjoy a cup of coffee on us! Take this opportunity to socialize and network with fellow UWRF alumni and friends. Stick around to enjoy the annual homecoming parade!

9:30 a.m.

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship Alumni Reunion
Veteran's Park

9:30 a.m.- Reception
4 p.m. - Cookout at Glenn Park, eat at 5 p.m.
*Please bring your own meat to grill and a dish to pass. Water, lemonade, plates, napkins and utensils will be provided.

Contact Alyse Roby at for more information.

9:30 a.m.

Marketing Communications Alumni Event


All marketing communications alumni are cordially invited to attend.


9:30 a.m. - Reception: Caribou Coffee @ Family Fresh, River Falls, WI


10:30 a.m. - Homecoming Parade


1:00 p.m. - Homecoming Football Game at Ramer Field


Post-game - Reception at Bo's 'N Mine, Main Street, River Falls, WI


Contact Jim Pratt at for more information.

10:30 a.m.-Noon

Main Street, River Falls

Don't miss out on the opportunity to see our Falcon Spirit come alive in downtown River Falls! The Shriners kick-off the annual parade with UWRF students and community members following close behind. Remember to bring a bucket for candy!

11 a.m.-1 p.m.

College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences: Activities on the Mall
University Center Mall Area

Calf Roping
In September 2015 the UWRF Rodeo Club hosts the 51st Falcon Frontier Days Rodeo. Try your hand at one of the authentic cowboy skills featured in the rodeo - calf roping - using our roping dummy. They say if you can rope the dummy 100 times in a row without missing, you're ready to get on a horse and give it a try!

We're bringing a small part of our farm to campus - everyone's favorite part - the dairy calves! Stop by to take a look. Their caretakers, dairy science students, will answer any questions about our dairy operation on the Mann Valley Farm or our dairy program which is one of the three largest undergraduate programs in the nation.

The Falcon Pullers
See a one-of-a-kind vehicle designed by our students. Each year a team of students spends nine months designing and building a ¼-scale tractor for the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineering competition held in June. UWRF placed 11th in the nation last year. Get your photo taken on this unique machine!

11 a.m.

Vets Club Reunion
Falls Room, University Center

All UWRF veteran alumni and current veteran students are invited to attend this reunion!

11 a.m. - Vets Club Reception with appetizers and cash bar - Falls Room, University Center
1 p.m. - Homecoming Football Game - Ramer Field
Post-Game Reception - Johnnie's Bar, Main Street, River Falls

Contact Bob Buhr by email at or by phone at 715-220-6988 to RSVP for this event.

Noon-4 p.m.

Falcon Fest Tailgate
University Center

The Falcon Fest Tailgate gives you an opportunity to enjoy a picnic-style lunch with endless entertainment as your prepare for the homecoming football game. Paint your face, play lawn games and interact with the balloon artist! Music and fun will be plentiful!

Grilled lunch will be available from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

12:30 p.m. - Meet the Real Freddy Falcon
Falcon's Nest, University Center
Here is your chance to meet our living mascot, Freddy Falcon. Freddy is a peregrine falcon that can reach speeds greater than 200 mph. He also attends biology classes to aid students in the studies of their environments.

1-3 p.m.- Family photos with Freddy on the University Center Mall
Come get your photo taken with our mascot, Freddy Falcon! You will receive a digital copy of your photo.

1-4 p.m.

Football Game vs. UW-La Crosse
Ramer Field

Watch the Falcons soar during the annual homecoming football game versus UW-La Crosse! Show off your Falcon spirit and experience the excitement in the stands. Don't miss the exciting halftime events planned especially for the homecoming game!

Trolley Shuttle Service offered from the University Center


All-Alumni Post-Game Reception
Bo's 'N Mine - Main Street, River Falls

3 p.m. & 6 p.m.

Film - Minions
Kinni Theater, University Center  3rd Floor

Rated PG

This family friendly film will be shown throughout the weekend offering a relaxing entertainment option for students, families and alumni.

5:30 p.m. 

Women's Soccer vs. UW-Whitewater
Ramer Field

7 p.m.


Pete's Creek, University Center

BINGO! Play for the chance to win some great prizes!


7:30 p.m.

UWRF Symphony Band and Jazz Ensemble Homecoming Concert
William Abbott Concert Hall, Kleinpell Fine Arts Building

Admission: $5/adults, $3/senior citizens and $2/students

8 p.m.

Ballroom, University Center

ComedySportz is light-hearted improv comedy that appeals to people of every walk of life. Audience participation is encouraged

9 p.m.

The White Keys

University Center Mall

Come enjoy the fun of the Glow Run with The White Keys, a cover band who is sure to get you moving and grooving! They will kick off the run and continue to play until the last participant crosses the finish line! A fun band for the whole family!

9 p.m.

Homecoming Glow Run
University Center Mall

Registration begins at 9 p.m. and the fun run will begin at 9:30. Step out into the darkness and help light UWRF with this short distance fun run! Meander through campus with only the glow of your fellow Falcon friends lighting the way. Some glow supplies provided, but feel free to bring your own!

Sunday, October 4

3 p.m.

UWRF Choral Ensembles Homecoming Concert
William Abbott Concert Hall, Kleinpell Fine Arts Building

The program will include musical selections by the UWRF Alumni Choir, UWRF Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Women's Choir, Men's Choir and Combined Choirs. 

Admission: $5/adults, $3/senior citizens and $2/students


For additional details on alumni events, visit the Alumni Page