Homecoming/Family Weekend

Homecoming Weekend 2014

Register for Homecoming Weekend

Homecoming and Family Day have been merged this year into Homecoming Weekend! Make the most of Homecoming Weekend by purchasing the weekend registration package. General Homecoming Weekend registration is $15 per person. This package includes:

  • T-shirt
  • Lunch at the Falcon Fest Homecoming tailgate
  • Ticket to the Homecoming Football game
  • Access to a complete schedule of Homecoming Weekend events, including evening entertainment

Purchase additional A-la-carte options to cater your experience and meet your needs.

Homecoming Weekend Schedule: October 3-4, 2014

Wednesday, October 1

5:00 p.m.

Window Painting
Main Street, River Falls

Window painting gives you and your friends the opportunity to leave your mark on Main Street. Student Life will provide free supplies to decorate your window.

Click here to

 Thursday, October 2

4:00 p.m.

Kickball Tournament
Intramural Fields

All current UWRF students, faculty, and staff are invited to play! The cost is $15/team.
For more information about the tournament and how to register, click here.

4:30 p.m.

St. Croix River Boat Cruise
Stillwater, MN

Campus update the 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 Cafe 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, potatoes, southern black beans, creamy coleslaw, fresh fruit, a roll and butter, and a gourmet cookie assortment. Cash Bar.

Cost is $35/person. Ticket price includes appetizers at the Dock Cafe and a dinner cruise ticket on the St. Croix boat.

RSVP Deadline: Friday, September 26


 Friday, October 3

3:30 p.m.

Tennis Match vs. UW-Stout
Ramer Tennis Courts

5-8 p.m.

Check in and explore River Falls
University Center and Downtown River Falls

See all that River Falls has to offer! Check out the unique shops and restaurants downtown.

6-8 p.m.

Greek Reunion
Riverview Ballroom, University Center

This will be a time for both current and alumni members to engage with one another and reconnect. Appetizers, beverages, entertainment, and networking opportunities will be provided. There will be a short program where you will get the chance to hear from members of the university community, students, as well as fellow alumni.

RSVP deadline is Friday, September 26. 
Click here to register.

7:30 p.m. & 10:30 p.m.

Film- The LEGO® Movie
Kinni Theater, University Center

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

8 p.m.

Falcon's Got Talent
Falcon's Nest, University Center

This event showcases student talent on campus! All are welcome to attend this homecoming tradition sure to keep your interest and give you a few laughs.

Click Here to register as a participant in Falcon's Got

10 p.m.

Bonfire and Chinese Ghost Stories
Lydecker Fire Pit

Saturday, October 4

9 a.m.- Noon

Check in and explore River Falls
University Center & Downtown River Falls

See all that River Falls has to offer! Check out the unique restaurants and shops downtown.

9 a.m.

Tennis Match vs. North Central University
Ramer Tennis Courts

9-11 a.m.

Campus Tours
Information Desk, University Center

Both walking tours and shuttle tours will be available.

9 a.m. - Noon

Peregrine Perk Coffee
University Center

Our on-campus coffee shop, featuring Caribou Coffee products, will be open for your convenience.

9 a.m.

Phi Mu Alumnae Reunion
South Hall & Downtown River Falls

All Phi Mu alumnae are cordially invited to attend.

9:00 a.m. - Annual Chapter Association Meeting and Elections - Alumni Room (117), 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.

9:15-10:00 a.m.

Active Learning Classroom Tour
Hagestad Hall

Come explore and experience our new Active Learning Classroom (ALC) designed to foster student learning, collaboration, and 21st century skills. The furniture, technology, and room layout promote faculty and student interactions to help facilitate and guide student learning. The ALC contains multiple presentation modes for each student table including glass boards, tablet PC's, and flat screen TV's to allow students to easily present their work for review by peers and instructors. Currently, multiple classes are being taught in the ALC including introductory physics and chemistry courses. Peer-led team learning sessions for students in some sections of introductory chemistry and math are being held in the evenings and weekends in the ALC.

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

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 lift off the surface of Earth digitally, fly around our solar system to visit the other planets, then 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.

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 228 in the Kleinpell Fine Arts building (KFA) 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 230 of Kleinpell Fine Arts building (KFA).

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
4:00 p.m. - Cookout at Glenn Park, Eat around 5:00 p.m.
*Please bring your own meat to grill and a dish to pass around. Water, lemonade, plates, napkins, and utensils will be provided.

Contact Alyse Roby at for more information.

10:00 a.m.

$martU: "Family Feud - Paying for College"
Falcon's Nest

Don't let student loans, new and added expenses, and the fun of college leave your pockets empty and bank accounts hurting. College is a new and exciting chapter in your life. With this comes huge responsibility! Come check out this informational session, hosted by staff from the UW Extension office, and learn about everything you need to know about your finances, but no one ever tells you. $martU will provide you with the life-long skills you need to save, spend, and plan in a way that works best for you. No matter what financial question you have $martU will find the answer.

10:00 a.m.

Marketing Communications Alumni Event

All marketing communications alumni are cordially invited to attend.

10:00 a.m. - Reception: Caribou Coffee @ Family Fresh, River Falls, WI
11:00 a.m. - Homecoming Parade
2:00 p.m. - Homecoming Football Game - Ramer Field
Post-Game Reception - Bo's 'N Mine, Main Street, River Falls

Contact Jim Pratt at james.w.pratt@uwrf.edumail for more information.

11 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!

Click Here to register as a participant in the

11 a.m.

Vets Club Reunion

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

11:00 a.m. - Vets Club Reception with appetizers and cash bar - Falls Room, University Center
2:00 p.m. - Homecoming Football Game - Ramer Field
Post-game reception - Johnnie's Bar & Grill, Main Street River Falls

Contact Bob Buhr by e-mail at bobbuhr@cltcomm.netmail or by phone at 715-220-6988 to RSVP for this event.

11 a.m.

1984 Mens' WSUC & NAIA District 14 Baseball Championship Team Reunion

All members of the 1984 championship baseball team are cordially invited to the reunion.

11:00 a.m. - BBQ - Glen Park
2:00 p.m. - Homecoming Football Game - Ramer Field
3:30 p.m. - Halftime team introductions - Ramer Field
Post-game - All alumni reception - Bo's 'N Mine, Main Street River Falls

For further information, contact Don Miller at 612-802-8860 or by e-mail at docdew1@hotmail.commail.

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

North Hall Celebrates 100 Years
North Hall

11:30am - Open House and "Lost in North Hall" History Activity (Tour of Building)
2pm - Building Closes

Noon-4 p.m.

Falcon Fest Tailgate
University Center Mall

The Falcon Fest Tailgate gives you an opportunity to enjoy your picnic-style lunch during endless entertainment as you prepare for the Homecoming Football game. Paint your face, get your hair flared, play lawn games, and interact with the balloon artist! Music and fun will be waiting your arrival!

Grilled lunch will be available from 12-2 p.m.

12:30 p.m. - Demonstration by the Chem Demons
Fire has fascinated and mystified people since ancient times. Our "Chem Demons" will show you some scientific wizardry, including a fire-breathing dragon, a jug of fire, and exploding balloons. Snow in October? We will make snowballs that can be lit on fire!

2-5 p.m.

Football Game vs. UW-Steven's Point
Ramer Field

Watch the Falcons soar during the Annual Homecoming football game versus UW-Stevens Point! 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!


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

For additional Homecoming information, please contact the UWRF Office of University Advancement.

3 p.m. & 6 p.m.

Film- The LEGO® Movie
Kinni Theater, University Center

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

4 p.m.

Tennis Match vs. UW-La Crosse
Ramer Tennis Courts

7 p.m.

Ivan the Juggler
Falcon's Nest, University Center

Leave every notion of what you "thought" a juggler was at the door. Based in Los Angeles, CA, Ivan brings the term "High Energy" to an entirely different level by delivering an unforgettable show unlike anything you have seen before. As funny as a stand up comic, and as skilled as a Chinese acrobat, Ivan is the new generation of performers and is one of the best at what he does.

Get a sneak peek of his performance by visiting Ivan's websitelink.

7:30 p.m.

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

Admission is $5/Adults, $3/Senior Citizens, and $2/Students.

 8 p.m.

Tonic Sol-fa
Riverview Ballroom, University Center

Tonic Sol-fa is carving their niche as the nation's top vocal group and has been named one of the top five must-see groups in America! This a cappella quartet blends improvisational and passionate music with cutting edge stage presence to create a unique experience for the audience. Critics and fans agree, nobody does it like Tonic Sol-fa! Free and open to everyone.

Get a sneak peek of their performance by visiting Tonic Sol-fa's websitelink.

9:30 p.m.

Homecoming Glow Run
Ames/Lydecker Fire Pit

Step out into the darkness and help light UWRF a glow with this short distance fun run! Meander through campus with only the glow of your fellow student friends to light the way. Runners will be provided with glow sticks, band, tape, and paint at pre-run check in. Students must bring a non-perishable food item donation in order to receive event t-shirt post run finish. Contact campusrec@uwrf.edumail for questions.

FREE for Students, $10 for Public, must pre-register online at UWRF Marketplace.

10 p.m.

Pete's Creek, University Center

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

Sunday, October 5

3 p.m.

Concert Choir, Women/Men's Choir, Chamber Singers, and Alumni Choir Concert
William Abbott Concert Hall, Kleinpell Fine Arts Building

Admission is $5/Adults, $3/Senior Citizens, $2/Students.



For more details regarding alumni events, please see the Alumni Relations Page.