Northwestern gearing up for early homecoming

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Northwestern gearing up for early homecoming

September 12, 2016

Homecoming ButtonAlthough the fall semester has been underway for less than three weeks, individuals and groups at Northwestern Oklahoma State University are already preparing for the annual Homecoming celebration, one that will come earlier than normal this year.

The three-day celebration will be Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 29, 30 and Oct. 1.

The committee selected “Rangers: League of Heroes” as its theme for the event.

To associate with the theme, entrants in the float contest are asked to design their floats around such themes as comic books, super hero movies or an overall representation of what a league of heroes would be to them.

Entry forms and float sketches must be turned into the Office of Student Services on the first floor of the Fine Arts Building, room 126, by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept 28. Entry forms and rules can be found online at or questions can be directed to Dr. Richmond Adams, float chair, at (580) 327-8428 or

Reunions have always been a major part of Homecoming and this year is “50 Years of Theatre.” A combination of teaching years between Parade Marshal Dr. Linda Stewart, who previously taught at Northwestern for 35 years, and current Professor of Theatre and Fine Arts Department Chair Kimberly Weast, who has taught at Northwestern for 15 years, creates a total of 50 years of leading the theatre program at the university. Alumni and current students who took part in the program in any manner are asked to return for a fun celebration. Those returning can register at Graceful Arts Gallery in downtown Alva from 9 to 10 a.m. prior to the start of the parade. Tours of campus and Herod Hall Auditorium will take place from 2 to 3:30 p.m. beginning at Herod Hall. After the football game, a Theatre Reunion reception with food and other refreshments will take place in the Student Center Ballroom. Those attending are asked to pay $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 years and younger. Theatre alumni should register with Weast at before Monday, Sept. 12, to receive a free Homecoming t-shirt and by Tuesday, Sept. 20, if planning to attend and eat at the dinner reception. More information about the event will be posted on

Homecoming events will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29, with the Miss Cinderella Talent Show. Homecoming events for Friday, Sept. 30, start at noon with the Rally ‘Round the Ranger by the Ranger statue, an Alumni Baseball Game at 7 p.m. at Myers Stadium complete with free hotdogs and hamburgers for those who are interested. Lastly, the Miss Cinderella Pageant will begin at 8 p.m. on Friday.

Most of Saturday morning’s events are in downtown Alva. At 8 a.m. the Ranger Run will take place, followed by the Alumni Tent opening at 9 a.m. for a reception with the parade marshal. The Graceful Arts Gallery will be open until 2 p.m. for the public to visit and look at the art. The Homestead will be open to all Northwestern alumni for a complimentary buffet breakfast, from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. The facility is located at 901 Homestead Dr. At 10 a.m. the traditional homecoming parade will take place with Stewart leading the parade. Shortly after, 11:30 a.m. band awards will be given out in the downtown square along with the winners of the float competition. The Alumni Tent will serve lunch starting at noon, and President’s Association members eat for free.

The Alumni Band rehearsal will start at 2 p.m. on Saturday on the third floor of Northwestern’s Fine Arts Building.

Those interested in a tour of Northwestern’s campus can join at 2 p.m. starting in Herod Hall.

The Massed Band Performance will take place at 3:45 p.m. at Ranger Field before the football game.

The football game with East Central University is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Ranger Field. After kickoff, a number from the numbered homecoming buttons will be drawn and the winner will receive $500 in Alva Chamber Bucks. The winner must be present and produce the drawn numbered button to win. The last two years, a Northwestern student has won the Alva Chamber Bucks.

Also during halftime will be the annual crowning of Ranger Royalty for Ranger King and Queen. Freshman Queen will be announced during the Ranger Royalty Banquet on Tuesday, Sept. 20, and recognized during halftime.

Homecoming button sales began Wednesday, Sept. 7. Buttons remain $10 and can be used for admission to Miss Cinderella events and the football game. As an added bonus, many merchants will be offering discounts to those who purchase a button as well as the chance to win $500 in Alva Chamber Bucks.

Homecoming button sales are the main source of funding for the celebration.

A full calendar of events and list of homecoming button discounts from Alva merchants, plus other Homecoming information are available at