Homecoming is the perfect time to show your Spartan Spirit! Participate in UD Homecoming activities to relive your days on campus, explore the many new features of campus, and connect with UD alumni and friends! Below you will find a wonderful array of events that are opportunities to be together and celebrate Homecoming 2018. Be sure to check back often for the latest schedule of events. We look forward to welcoming you back to your campus home!
Thursday, October 25
Aviation Career Day*
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Flight Operations Center, Airport Road, Dubuque, IA 52003
Kick off Homecoming with students, flight instructors, and UD alumni pilot recruiters from SC Aviation, Sky west, ExpressJet, Envoy, Republic Airways, Textron Aviation, and more! Join us for refreshments and enjoy the fall view at the airport with aircraft stationary displays on the tarmac.
Heritage Society Dinner
5:30 p.m. | Dubuque Golf & Country Club, 1800 Randall Place, Dubuque, IA 52003
The Heritage society honors those who have indicated the University of Dubuque will receive a future investment from their estate. A detailed invitation will be mailed to Heritage society members.
Friday, October 26
Homecoming Registration - Spartan Welcome Center
10:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. | Heritage Center, American Trust Lounge
Check-in and pick up your name tag, event tickets, and FREE T-SHIRT Visit the photo station to see who is attending Homecoming and be sure to get a picture with all of your friends! Stop by the Spartan Welcome Center throughout the day for event details, to grab snacks, and to reminisce.
11:00 a.m. - 11:20 a.m. | Blades Chapel
You are warmly invited to join the current students at chapel for a hymn-sing with Dr. Chuck Barland playing piano. Come sing your favorite hymns as we lift our praise to God!
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Heritage Center, American Trust Lounge
Take a walk down memory lane for this special “Then and Now” tour, led by David Proudfoot (C’73), Jan Lombardi (C’72), and a UD staff member. You’ll hear great stories and we hope you share your favorite campus memories too! New this year – as the tour concludes in severance Hall, join us for refreshments and fellowship with professors and coach Jon Davison (Friday tours only).
Note: Walking tour, golf carts available upon advanced request.
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Barbara and Jack Smeltzer Dining Hall, Peters Commons
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Cyber Café, Heritage Center
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Juice Bar, Chlapaty Recreation and Wellness Center
Explore the different dining options available on campus and take the opportunity to talk with students about their experiences.
Alumni Trip Information Session | Gaelic Dream: Ireland and Scotland*
Time: 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Aitchison-Welch Choral Rehearsal Room, Heritage Center
"My heart’s in the Highlands,” said Robert Burns – as will you, as we travel to Ireland and Scotland. Join Professor Alan garfield to learn more about this exclusive University of Dubuque Alumni tour and travel program in May 2019.
Sergeant Jeffrey B. Dodge Veterans Center Open House and Scholarship Presentation*
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Blades Hall (garden level)
Dedicated in 2015, the Sergeant Jeffrey B. Dodge Veterans Center is committed to providing support services for veterans studying on campus. This year, we will recognize the 50th class Reunion year of Jeffrey B. Dodge and Ronald R. Sagers. Visit with the 2018 Veterans Award for Distinguished Service Honorees, Harry “Bucky”Peterson (C’68) and the family of Paul Middents (C’61). At 2:00 p.m., the program will begin with an update from Rick Ernst, director of the Sergeant Jeffrey B. Dodge Veterans Center, followed by the Sergeant Jeffrey B. Dodge Scholarship presentation to the 2018 recipient, Brenna Forsberg.
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Heritage Center, American Trust Lounge
Black Alumni and Black Student Union Networking Social*
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Couchman Reading Room, Charles C. Myers Library
Mix and mingle with current students and alumni while enjoying refreshments.
Spartan Volleyball Game vs. Alverno College and Grinnell College*
2:30 and 5:00 p.m. | Stoltz Sports Center
Alumni Art Show*
3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. | Bisignano Art Gallery, Heritage Center
Members of the UD alumni family show off their talents in this special Homecoming art show featuring a collection of all media forms. Join us from 3:00-5:00 p.m. for a dessert and coffee reception with the artists.
Alumni Reunion Celebration - Recognizing the Class of 1968*
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. | Barbara and Jack Smeltzer Dinning Hall, Peters Commons
The class of 1968 invites their UD Family – All SPARTANS – to join them as they celebrate their 50th Class Reunion! This is a great opportunity to visit, reminisce, and celebrate with fellow spartans. Dinner catered by L.May Eatery
Social - 5:00 p.m.
Program - 5:45 p.m
Dinner 6:15 p.m.
Sparty's Tex-Mex Dinner*
5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. | CyberCafé and Babka Theatre, Heritage Center
Join fellow alums, students, and other members of the campus community for dinner at Sparty’s Tex-Mex Restaurant. This is the perfect opportunity for fellowship, food, and music to kick off the evening’s festivities.
LIVE Pre-Show on Knapp Stage
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. | Cyber Café, Heritage Center
Get pumped up for Heritage Center’s main stage event while enjoying some great music by local artist Tanner Scheckel. All spartans are welcome for this free event!
An Evening with Lonestar
8:00 p.m. | John and Alice Butler Hall, Heritage Center
Known for merging their country roots with strong melodies and rich vocals, Lonestar has amassed sales of over 10 million albums since they burst onto the music scene in 1995. The group has achieved 10 No. 1 hits including“No News,” “Come Crying To Me,” and “Amazed,” which was also No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, the first record since 1983 to top both charts.
Special Alumni Ticket Pricing: $34 Prime Seats, $40 Rear Balcony.
Use code: homecoming2018
Seats can be purchased by calling the Farber Box Office, 563.585.SHOW (7469), or online at www.dbq.edu/heritagecenter
Saturday, October 27
Homecoming Registration - Spartan Welcome Center
8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. | American Trust Lounge, Heritage Center
Class of 1969 & 1994 Planning Meeting*
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. | Room 207, Heritage Center
Alumni Recognition Brunch*
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Straatmeyer Rehearsal Room, Heritage Center
Join President Bullock as we honor Alumni/ae Achievement Award recipients. Brunch is catered by L.May Eatery.
This year’s honorees are:
- Alumnus and Alumna of Distinction: Woody (C’52, MDiv’55) and Barbara Busse (C’57)
- Award of Merit: Caroline Grunenwald (C’08), Josh Terrell (C’10, MBA’11)
- Professional Achievement: Juris Terauds (C'61)
- Service to Community: Judy Hay (C'68)
- Veterans Award for Distinguished Service: Bucky Peterson (C’68), Paul Middents(C’61) - posthumously
- Volunteer Recognition: Royce and Kathy Farmer (C'68)
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | American Trust Lounge, Heritage Center
Homecoming Registration – Tailgate Central
11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. | Alumni Ticket Tent, Upper Finley Parking lot
Spartan Fest! - University Tailgate*
11:30 - 1:45 p.m. | Upper Finley Parking Lot
It’s a spartan Festival! Ramp up your Spartan Spirit before the football game and visit with classmates, friends, and the UD community. Bring the whole family for a fun afternoon – enjoy music, inflatable games, and other tailgate activities. Get game day ready and stop by the face painting and tattoo station!
Organizations hosting tailgate tents this year include:
- Black Alumni and Black student Union
- Mu Sigma Beta Fraternity
- Women's Basketball team
- Physician Assistant program
Interested in hosting a tailgate tent for your organization? Contact the UD Alumni Office at email@example.com
Enjoy great food by local favorites! Spartan Fest food trucks and vendors this year will include:
- Buenie Bottoms Outdoor Grill
- Charlotte's Coffee House
- Happi Hibachi
- Frosted n’ Filled Bakery
- Magoo’s Pizza
Spartan Football Game vs. Nebraska Wesleyan*
2:00 p.m. | Chalmers Field
Show your Spartan Spirit and wear your favorite Spartan Blue attire for an exciting football game as our Spartans take on the Nebraska Wesleyan Prairie Wolves. During halftime, join us in congratulating the 2018 Alumni/ae Award recipients. Prior to the game, we will recognize Harry “Bucky” Peterson (C’68) and Brenna Forsberg as they participate in the flag raising ceremony
Spartan Nation Reunion*
5:30 p.m. | Old Chicago Pizza and Taproom, 3100 Dodge St., Dubuque, IA 52003 (formerly Champps Americana)
Spartan Fest continues immediately following the football game for an all alumni reunion! Join us under the“Big Tent”as we gather with fellow spartans for a great Homecoming celebration at Old Chicago. This is the perfect opportunity to mingle with alums while enjoying refreshing beverages and tasty food at one of our favorite spots. Dinner included, Cash bar will be available.
NEW THIS YEAR: Local artist, Tanner Scheckel, and his band will provide entertainment all night. Music ranging from oldies to current pop, 90s to country. Make plans to catch up with friends or dance the night away; you won’t want to miss this!
The Class of 1968 will continue their reunion celebration in the Private Dining Room at Old Chicago. All Spartans are invited to join the C'68 members in the Private Dining Room for a place to reconnect and enjoy a relaxing evening as Homecoming 2018 comes to a close.
Other groups gathering at the Old Chicago Tent are:
- Black Alumni Reunion
- Wrestling Alumni - Join Coach Jon McGovern for a chance to reconnect with fellow Spartan Wrestlers
Please note, the tent and Private Dining Room are exclusively for the University of Dubuque Homecoming, all alums and guests are welcome to go between the "Big Tent" and Private Dining Room. The meal will be served in the tent, but guests are welcome to use both spaces. When you arrive at Old Chicago, simply check-in at the alumni table for your wristband and enjoy the evening!
Sunday, October 28
Various times and locations in Dubuque
UD Fine and Performing Arts Cabaret
3:00 p.m. | Steffens Hall, Charles and Romona Myers Center
Wrap up Homecoming weekend with this special musical event to benefit the UD choir program. Students from the Fine and Performing Arts Department will present modern pop and musical theater favorites while you enjoy an array of delicious desserts. Freewill donations accepted.