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NIU celebrates Homecoming: Mission of Tradition

October 3, 2018

Northern Illinois University has classic fun and hard-to-top new happenings in store for Homecoming 2018, themed a “Mission of Tradition.”

Homecoming Week starts Sunday, Oct. 7 and builds up to the NIU Huskies’ football game against the Ohio University Bobcats on Saturday, Oct. 13. But this year’s game comes with a can’t-miss performance in the sky from the Golden Knights.

The U.S. Army’s famous parachute team will leap out of a plane to deliver the game ball to Brigham Field in Huskie Stadium just before kickoff at 2:30 p.m. The event is part of the Huskie ROTC Battalion’s 50th-anniversary celebration this year.

But before you cheer our Huskies forward on the field, there are plenty of ways for you to get involved in Homecoming Week. Show your pride with friendly competitions, pep rallies, performances and much more. Here are some of the events planned:

Paint the Town
Downtown DeKalb
Sunday, Oct. 7 starting at 8 a.m.; Monday, Oct. 8 judging at 10 a.m.
Student organizations from NIU are painting the town red and black with a window-decorating competition at area businesses in downtown DeKalb. Judges will score entries for their Huskie Pride and adherence to a “Mission of Tradition” theme.

Powder Puff Football
Outdoor Recreation Sports Complex
Sunday, Oct. 7, noon-6 p.m.
The Campus Activities Board encourages Huskie women to get in on the football fun with NIU’s annual powder puff game.

Homecoming Kick-Off Rally
Central Park
Monday, Oct. 8, 4 p.m.
Come together with other Huskies to get into the spirit of Homecoming Week, and meet your Homecoming Court candidates up for election on Wednesday, Oct. 10.

Recycled Boat Race
East Lagoon
Tuesday, Oct. 9, 4 p.m.
Teams will compete to build boats out of 70 percent recycled materials, then race them across the East Lagoon for trophies, Homecoming Week “spirit points” and bragging rights.

#SameHere Sit-Down College Tour
Holmes Student Center, Duke Ellington Ballroom
Tuesday, Oct. 9, 7 p.m.
NIU is one of just 15 universities from around the country chosen to host a #SameHere Sit-Down event, part of the Global Health Alliance’s “We’re All A little ‘Crazy’” college campus tour. Celebrity speakers will share the mental and emotional challenges they’ve encountered in their pursuit of success, along with a range of coping strategies they have developed in response.

Yell Like Hell
Convocation Center
Wednesday, Oct. 10, 6 p.m.
Let’s hear our Huskies howl for their favorite musical cheerleading routine in this favorite Homecoming competition and pep rally. Teams will face off for spirit points and the hearts of Huskies across campus.

Coronation Cookout
Central Park
Friday, Oct. 12, 4 p.m.
Enjoy food, games and music at this cookout to round out Homecoming Week. You’ll be the first to hear the winners of our Spirit Awards and see our Homecoming Week Queen and King crowned.

Homecoming Week wraps up with the big football game on Saturday, Oct. 13, along with a full day of other activities. Check out the complete event lineup at