N150 celebration spurs homecoming expansion

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N150 celebration spurs homecoming expansion
Fall event mingles new offerings, ignites campus traditions

The Cornhusker Marching Band performs during the 2017 Homecoming parade. The 2018 parade starts at 6 p.m. Sept. 28. | University Communication
Nebraska's 2019 homecoming celebration will feature an expanded list of events, including a revamped parade and the reimagined Cornstock Festival. Events begin Sept. 29.

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln is combining historic campus traditions with modern twists to present a Husker homecoming like no other.

Updated as part of the university’s year-long 150th anniversary celebration, the 2019 homecoming (Sept. 29 to Oct. 5) will feature an expanded slate of events, a rejuvenated Cornstock festival, the university’s largest parade ever, a live performance by “The Voice” finalist Hannah Huston, and many family-friendly opportunities.

“Our N150 homecoming is going to be an amazing opportunity for all Nebraskans — from age 2 to 92 and beyond — to come together and celebrate Dear Old Nebraska U,” said Diane Mendenhall, associate to the chancellor. “We hope that this celebration will ignite school spirit and lays the foundation for future homecomings that are bigger and better.”

The week-long observance will be bookended by an N150 Fun Run with the Team Jack Foundation on Sept. 29 and the Huskers football game against Big Ten rival Northwestern University on Oct. 5. The event crescendo rises Oct. 4 with events running from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The Friday slate includes the return of Cornstock, which was an East Campus celebration of country music offered from the 1970s to the 1990s. For the N150 year, Cornstock has been reimagined into a festival featuring the expanded homecoming parade (with live performances and a new route), student jester competition, VIP appearances, a music performance in Memorial Stadium, food trucks and inflatable games for all.

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Cornstock, which is free and open to the public, is 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the plaza immediately east of Memorial Stadium. Parking, which will be free and open to the public starting at 4:30 p.m., will be available at the university’s 14th and Avery garage, the 14th and Avery surface lot (west of the parking garage), and the Stadium Drive Parking Garage.

Featured VIPs scheduled to appear include (but are not limited to) Huston, Chancellor Ronnie Green, Husker legend Johnny Rogers, new Husker basketball coach Fred Hoiberg, and Husker athletics director Bill Moos.

The parade begins at 6 p.m. with a new route that follows Vine Street, from 16th Street to the Memorial Stadium East Plaza. Featured performers in the parade include the Cornhusker Marching Band. Other participants include various floats, bands, student organizations (some rolling in decorated golf carts), the 1969 Husker football team, homecoming royalty, and more VIPs.

Additional Cornstock Festival activities include Huston performing at 6:50 p.m., a photo booth, face painting and T-shirt printing. A pep-rally and jester competition is 7 to 7:30 p.m. and a performance by Huskeraire is 7:30 to 8 p.m.

Additional music and entertainment performances, carnival games and food vendors will be offered through 9:30 p.m.

Other N150 Husker Homecoming events during the week are listed below. All events are free and open to the pubic unless otherwise noted. Learn more about each event online.

N150 Husker Homecoming schedule

Sept. 29

8 a.m. — N150 1.5 mile Fun Run on East Campus, in collaboration with the Team Jack Foundation, presented by Omicron Delta Kappa, Mortar Board and Campus Recreation. Send email to jon@unl.edu for more information.

Sept. 30

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Bleed Husker Red: Global Blood Drive with two mobile units on the East Campus Mall. Learn more about donating.

8 p.m. — Showtime at the Coliseum, a talent and school spirit competition in the Coliseum. Open only to students. For more information, send email to rray@unl.edu.

Oct. 1

11 a.m. to 6 p.m. — Bleed Husker Red: Global Blood Drive, Nebraska Union, Centennial Room. Learn more about donating.

Oct. 2

11 a.m. to 6 p.m. — Bleed Husker Red: Global Blood Drive, Nebraska Union, Centennial Room. Learn more about donating.

6 p.m. — E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues, “Mighty Be Our Powers: Building Women, Building Peace,” by Leymah Gbowee, 2011 Nobel Peace Prize laureate and a Liberian activist, at the Lied Center for Performing Arts.

Oct. 3

11 a.m. to 6 p.m. — Bleed Husker Red: Global Blood Drive, Nebraska Union, Centennial Room. Learn more about donating.

3 p.m. — Multicultural Alumni meet and greet (invitation only)

8 p.m. — Homecoming concert featuring “Snakehips,” Lancaster Event Center

Oct. 4

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Campus Tours via golf cart starting at Wick Alumni Center, Nebraska Innovation Campus, Sheldon Museum of Art, and Morrill Hall. Registration required.

9:30 to 11:30 a.m. — Multicultural Alumni SpaceMakers Brunch (invitation only)

12:15 p.m. — N150 Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecture Series, “History of School Spirit and Louise Pound,” by Deb Kleve White, author, Morrill Hall.

1:30 to 4 p.m. — College Open Houses. Click to learn more.

1:30 to 4 p.m. — Homecoming Lawn Displays Walking Tour, maps available at Nebraska Union front desk and Wick Alumni Center.

4:30 p.m. — Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Nebraska Union Auditorium

4:30 to 9:30 p.m. — Cornstock Festival, Memorial Stadium, East Plaza

6 p.m. — Homecoming parade, 16th and Vine streets to Memorial Stadium, East Plaza

6:50 p.m. — Hannah Huston performance, Memorial Stadium Loop

7 p.m. — Pep Rally and Jester Competition, Memorial Stadium Loop, includes food trucks, games, music and fireworks

7:30 to 8 p.m. — Huskaire performance, Memorial Stadium, East Plaza

Oct. 5

3 p.m. — Husker football vs. Northwestern University, Memorial Stadium

7 p.m. — Husker volleyball vs. University of Wisconsin, Devaney Sports Center