Homecoming plans announced

Homecoming plans announced

The Cornhusker Marching Band marches down 16th street during the 2015 Homecoming parade. The 2016 parade is 6 p.m. Sept. 30.

This year's University of Nebraska-Lincoln Homecoming week begins Sept. 25 and will carry the theme "There's No Place Like Nebraska."

A 5K fun run and walk will open the week's activities at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25. All university students, faculty and staff are welcome to participate. Pre-registration is not required. Registration begins the day of the race at 3:30 p.m. in the north parking lot of Harper Hall. The run/walk runs along the trail beside campus. Runners and walkers are encouraged to show school spirit by wearing Husker gear to the event.

The "Monday Night Live" contest, coordinated by Campus Night Life, will take place at 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, at the Coliseum. The event will include four divisions of competition: singing, instruments/band, dance and reading/poetry. A mandatory dress rehearsal will take place at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at the Coliseum.

A free concert by Thompson Square with Adam Sanders will take place at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, on the East Campus Mall. The concert is presented by the University Program Council and local radio station New Country KX 96.9, along with ASUN Student Government, the Residence Hall Association, Student Involvement, the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and the Burr-Fedde Association of Resident Members.

One-hour campus tours leave from the Wick Alumni Center, 1520 R St., and run at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30. Pre-registration is required; call 1-888-353-1874 to make your reservation.

Also on Friday, Sept. 30, student lawn displays will be completed by 10:30 a.m. and judged at noon. The annual Homecoming parade starts at 6 p.m. The route begins near the Coliseum, moves east to 16th Street, goes south to R Street, then goes west to the Student Union south entrance. The parade is free and open to the public.

In addition to floats built by registered student organizations, participants in the parade include the Cornhusker Marching Band, the Spirit Squad, 2016 homecoming royalty and student walking groups.

A pep rally will follow the parade from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Nebraska Union Plaza. The Scarlet Guard's Homecoming Jester Competition is part of the pep rally.

The Nebraska Alumni Association will host a Football Friday gathering from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Wick Alumni Center. Football Friday includes appearances by former Husker football players, music, giveaways, children's games and more.

Blood drives will be held during the week from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, through Friday, Sept. 30, at the Nebraska Union and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 26 on the East Campus Loop.

Elections of royalty will take place on students' MyRed portal. Homecoming king and queen will be crowned at halftime of the Nebraska-Illinois football game, which is set to kick off at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at Memorial Stadium.