Homecoming is back, with festivities beginning on Monday, Oct. 11
UW-homecoming Stout’s week begins on Monday, Oct. 11, and concludes with the customary football game against UW-Stevens Point at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16, at Williams Stadium.The leaves are changing color. The chill of autumn is in the air. And Blue Devils from the Institution of Wisconsin-Stout, past and present, are looking forward to homecoming — a time to celebrate their university pride and gather as a campus family.
Before the big game, alumni can join the Alumni Association for a complimentary Breakfast at the Buck at the Silver Dollar Saloon on Main Street from 8 to 11 a.m. It is necessary to register.
Because to COVID, in-person homecoming events, including the procession, were canceled last year. While there will be no parade this year, it is scheduled to return in 2022.
However, UW-Stout homecoming is more than simply a one-day event. Blue Devils are welcomed to Bluetober, a month of community-building events.
Stoutfitters campus bookstore sells UW-Stout clothing, while the Memorial Student Center sells Press Stout to Play homecoming T-shirts. Several downtown businesses will offer homecoming day discounts. Celebrants can also connect on social media by using the hashtags UWStout and Bluetober2021.
Bluetober was formed last year as a result of the inability to gather in person for homecoming. It has become a gathering place for the UW-Stout family and the Menomonie community. Rachel Hallgrimson, UW-Social Stout’s Media Manager, enjoys bringing people together and is a member of the homecoming committee.
“I enjoy organizing events where people can have a nice time.” “Bluetober and homecoming are aimed at doing that for the Stout family,” she explained. “I like to call it the Stout family reunion since the idea is to be able to invite anyone – students, alumni, and people of the community.”
The Bluetober Virtual Kickoff, which takes place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 7, will feature UW-Stout legends, campus pranks, Blaze the Blue Devil, and previous mascots. To attend the Zoom meeting, you must first register.
Blue Devil Productions is collaborating with campus locations to deliver free Bluetober community events. Students can participate by signing into CONNECT or attending special Blue Devil Productions activities.
Everyone is invited to join in the celebration:
• The Banner Competition begins on Monday, October 11th, with student teams displaying their homecoming banners in the student center.
• Penny Wars kicks off on Monday, Oct. 11: Campus organizations will fight to see who is the favorite, while supporters fill buckets in the student center. The money will all go to the Student Emergency Fund.
• Join Us in Celebrating 70%!
Monday, Oct. 11 from 2 to 3:30 p.m.: UW-Stout has reached a student immunization rate of 70%. At the student center amphitheater, UW System President Tommy Thompson and Chancellor Katherine Frank will hand out ice cream.
• Soapbox Derby, Tuesday, Oct. 12 at 4 p.m.: Watch teams race their soapbox cars at Wilson and 2nd Avenue in Menomonie.
• Tabletop Game Night, 3 to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 13: Stop by the Terrace in the student center and play some games.
Spider man homecoming
• Saving Throw Live, Wednesday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m.: Join the Californian live theatrical ensemble in the student center Great Hall for an improv-filled, funny adventure to parts unknown.
• Chalking Competition, Thursday, Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Pick up a square of chalk from the Involvement Center Desk and place it outside the student center. The competition will end at 5 p.m., and the best design will be displayed on BDP and campus social media. If it rains, the competition will be held on Friday.
• TeawhYB with Miles Blvd, 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 14: A free and open to the public performance by the local hip-hop artist will take place at the Terrace in the student center.
At 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 21, the Bluetober Virtual Alumni Event will feature a talk about famous UW-Stout visits as well as a virtual tour of the Bowman Hall Clock Tower with University Archivist Heather Stecklein. It is necessary to register.
Bluetober will evolve over time, with the homecoming committee asking other regions of school to prepare events. “As we kick out Bluetober, it will be great to have activities based on a variety of interests – art, literature, and entertainment.” “The list could go on and on,” Hallgrimson explained.
Let’s Run, Blue Devil! it will be like spider man homecoming
Those who prefer to run after dark will be in for a treat. The 17th annual homecoming race will be held at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 14, marking the first time the race has been staged at night.
The Let’s Glow Blue Devil Run is a two-mile fun run/walk through campus. It is open to the public. The registration fee is $15. Online registration expires at midnight on Thursday, October 13. Runners can also register in person at the Urec Office at the Sports and Fitness Center before the race.
“We expect approximately 100 people to attend,” said Mackenzie Stutzman, associate director of leisure. “We’re quite excited about the reinvented theme centered on the glow in the dark feature.”
Packet pick-up and race-day registration will begin at 6:30 p.m. outside the Sports and Fitness Center. At the race, t-shirts will be available for purchase. The Urec Scholarship Fund receives 100% of the proceeds.
What will your homecoming dresses 2021 be?