Homecoming & Family Weekend

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

Registration for Homecoming & Family Day is open and available HERE !

Visit our Facebook Page for photos and upcoming events! 


Thursday, Sept. 22

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.

This event is independent of the weekend registration package.

RSVP Deadline: Thursday, September 15

For more information or to register online follow this link:

Friday, Sept. 23

1:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.

Rising to Distinction Campaign Celebration Event

University Center

1:30-6:30 p.m. -Registration and Check In

University Center Lobby

2 p.m.-Dedication of Rising to Distinction Outdoor Classroom

Campus Mall, adjacent to Kleinpell Fine Arts (free)

2:30-5 p.m. -Falcon Center, Classroom and Campus Tours
Various locations (included with registration)

5:30-6:30 p.m.- Campaign Celebration Reception
Third floor bridge area and Riverside Ballroom, University Center

Campaign exhibits highlighting accomplishments, photo booth, open bar (beer and wine) and Falcon Foods cheese. (included with registration)

6:30 p.m.- Campaign Celebration Dinner

Riverside Ballroom, University Center ($30/person)

Program including student presentations business casual dress. Please indicate any dietary restrictions when registering.

Cash bar from 6:30- 9:30 p.m.

RSVP by August 31 by registering online at

5:00 p.m- 7:00 p.m.

UWRF 1966 Football Team Reunion

Reception at the River Falls Golf Club

2120 E Division St, River Falls, WI

For further information, please contact Alumni Director Dan McGinty at, Tom Carroll at, or Joe Jilek at

5:30 p.m.

We Bike River Falls Community Ride
Veterans Park

We will meet at Veteran's Park, Downtown River Falls, at 5:30 pm and depart around 6:00 pm. This 45-60 minute leisurely ride is fun for all ages and abilities. Bring your own bike or feel free to use one of our community's Blue Bikes! For more about the Blue Bike Program, visit the website.  For a list of all of the We Bike River Falls Community Bike Rides, please see the flyer below and visit our facebook page:

6:00 p.m.

Kappa Delta Psi Alumnae Reunion

Dinner at Bella Vinez, W10829 875 th Avenue, River Falls, WI

For further information, please contact Sandy Wasiluk Dicke '68 at

7:30 p.m.

Film -TBD

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.

8:00 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.

10:00 p.m.


Lydecker Fire Pit

Gourmet S'mores bar 

Saturday, Sept. 24

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.

9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m

Campus Tours

Information Desk, University Center

9-10am- Campus Trolley Tours

9 am- 12 pm- Campus Walking Tours

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

9:00 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.

9:00 a.m

Stuff your very own plush horse! Limited quantities available, first come first serve.

University Center Bridge (indoors)

9:15 a.m.

Kappa Delta Psi Alumnae Reunion

9:15 a.m.  - Meet at the University Center and prepare for homecoming parade.

10:30 a.m. - Homecoming Parade - Main Street, River Falls

1:00 p.m. - Lunch at WestWind Supper Club, 709 N. Main Street, River Falls, WI

For further information, please contact Sandy Wasiluk Dicke '68 at

9:30-11:00 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.- 11:30 a.m.

College of Education and Professional Studies: Open House

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 a.m.- 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 using 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 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.

College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences Tours:

The Dairy Pilot Plant

Agricultural Science Building, 158 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.

The Design and Innovation Center

Agricultural Science Building, 184 Ag Engineering Addition

Tour the newly renovated Design and Innovation Center supporting the Ag Engineering and Ag Engineering Technology programs. The Center includes the Computer Aided Design (CAD) lab where students create, modify, analyze and optimize their engineering designs. Additive Manufacturing ("3D printing") takes projects from the design stage to early prototype stage.

Plant Science Facilities

Greenhouse,Behind Agricultural Science Building

Tour the Greenhouse extensively used by our Horticulture and Crops and Soils program.  Visit the tissue culture laboratory and see how plants are propagated without soil. Learn how we use the diverse ecosystem on campus and the campus landscape as a living classroom.

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 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.

10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

UWRF 1966 Football Team Reunion

10 am              Tour of Falcon Center & Ramer Field

11 am              Tail Gate at the Ramer Pavilion

1 pm                Kick off Starts againstSouthwestern University

Post-Game      Reception at Johnnie's Bar

116 N Main St, River Falls, WI 54022

For further information, please contact Alumni Director Dan McGinty at, Tom Carroll at, or Joe Jilek at 

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!

11:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.

College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences:

University Center Mall

Activities outdoor on the mall

Calf Roping

In September 2016 the UWRF Rodeo Club hosts the 52nd 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!

Service Dog Training Program

The UWRF Service Dog Training Program operates under the umbrella of the Animal Science - Companion Animal emphasis and is the only one of its kind within the UW-System!  Stop by to see how students provide socialization, habituation and foundational training for a service dog-in-training.  Learn about this partnership with Coco's Heart Dog Rescue, the differences between service dogs and therapy dogs, and how dogs enter an advanced training program.

Turtle Research

Learn about on-going undergraduate student research looking at how local turtle communities are affected by human and environmental influences. We'll demonstrate how we catch and measure the turtles for this project. We'll also show how to determine the sex of local turtle species.

11:00 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-4:00 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.

1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Football Game vs. Southwestern

Ramer Field
Watch the Falcons soar during the annual homecoming football game versus Southwestern University! 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

3:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.

InterVarsity Christian

Fellowship Alumni Reunion

Veteran's Park

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.

3:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.

Film - TBD

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.

7:00 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

Homecoming Concert featuring the UWRF Jazz Ensemble and Symphony Band.  Alumni join us and bring your instrument to rehearse at 6 p.m. for the 7:30 p.m. concert. Contact David Milne (Jazz Ensemble) or Kris Tjornehoj (Symphony Band). Free and open to all. For further information, contact Kris Tjornehoj at

8:00 p.m.

The Evanson's- Psychic Mentalist Duo

Ballroom, University Center

9:00 p.m.

1.874 Glow Run/ Walk
University Center Mall

Registration begins at 8:30 p.m. and the fun run will begin at 9:30. Don't miss this Homecoming tradition! Run/ Walk 1.874 miles in honor of the University's founding year, 1874!  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, Sept. 25

3:00 p.m.

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

Celebrate Homecoming with a Sunday afternoon vocal concert featuring current choirs and the Alumni Choir. Free and open to the public. For further information, contact Deborah Fristad at


For additional details on alumni events, visit the Alumni Page