'There's No Place Like Nebraska' is homecoming theme

'There's No Place Like Nebraska' is homecoming theme
Events include concert, parade, talent contest, blood drive

Nebraska cheerleaders take the field for a Husker Power cheer prior to the 2015 homecoming game in Memorial Stadium. Homecoming week activities this year culminate in the Huskers' game with IIllinois on Oct. 1.
Craig Chandler | University Communication
Nebraska cheerleaders take the field for a Husker Power cheer prior to the 2015 homecoming game in Memorial Stadium. Homecoming week activities this year culminate in the Huskers' game with IIllinois on Oct. 1.

It's homecoming week at Nebraska.

Celebrating the theme "There's No Place Like Nebraska," the university's weeklong 2016 homecoming celebration kicks off with a 5K fun run and walk on Sept. 25 and ends with the Husker football game with Illinois on Oct. 1.

Along with homecoming royalty elections and a campuswide blood drive, events include student lawn display judging, a parade, pep rally and a Nebraska Alumni Association celebration on 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. and follows a route from near the Coliseum, east to 16th Street, south to R Street, then west to the Nebraska Union's south entrance.

The parade is free and open to the public. It will feature floats built by registered student organizations, the Cornhusker Marching Band, Spirit Squad, 2016 homecoming royalty and other student groups.

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

The Nebraska Alumni Association's Football Friday series continues with a 5 to 7 p.m. gathering at the Wick Alumni Center. Football Fridays are offered on weekends of home Husker football games. They include appearances by former Husker football players, music, giveaways and children's games.

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.

Also on Sept. 30, 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. Pre-registration is required; call 1-888-353-1874 to make your reservation.

Nebraska's homecoming celebration will also include a free concert by Thompson Square with Adam Sanders at 8 p.m. 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 the Association of Students of the University of Nebraska, the Residence Hall Association, Student Involvement, the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and the Burr-Fedde Association of Resident Members.

A "Monday Night Live" contest, coordinated by Campus Night Life, will take place at 8 p.m. 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. Sept. 25, at the Coliseum.

A 5K fun run and walk will open the week's activities at 4 p.m. 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.

Blood drives will be held during the week from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 26, through 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. Oct. 1, at Memorial Stadium.

Homecoming activities at Nebraska are organized by ASUN, the university's student government organization.

For more information on Nebraska homecoming, click here.