Jobey Lichtblau, director of admission and Homecoming Steering Committee chair, is urging the campus to prepare for an enhanced Homecoming celebration Oct. 7-12.
President Dean L. Bresciani assembled a committee to expand participation in Homecoming and celebrate NDSU as a top 100 research university, in addition to enjoying successful Bison athletics in the Fargo-Moorhead community.
“Starting this October, we will be making some changes to events so that we better connect with traditions of the past and strengthen connections for the future,” Lichtblau said in an email to NDSU employees and students.
He said the schedule of key events will shift, starting with the Blue Key Homecoming show moving to Thursday night.
Also, the Homecoming parade will return to downtown Broadway, as it was from 1922 to 1982, and a student and communitywide pep fest will follow the parade, likely in the plaza outside the Civic Center. Both events are set for Friday.
Lichtblau said multiple locations are being organized to watch the football game and planning continues for ways to greater showcase NDSU’s educational and research capabilities. Plans also call for Family Weekend to be included during Homecoming activities.
“The new Homecoming website will serve as the central resource for all events. Our goal is to make certain everyone is informed about the variety of events planned,” Lichtblau said. “We'll be sending out regular updates and adding content frequently. Meanwhile, we’ve made big plans, so please save the dates – Oct. 7-12.”
Lichtblau requests organizations sponsoring an open house, reception or other special event during Homecoming week to submit the information online at www.ndsu.edu/homecoming.
NDSU is recognized as one of the nation's top 108 public and private universities by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education.