Homecoming & Family Weekend

Join us for Homecoming and Family Weekend, October 2-3, 2015.

A jam-packed week of activities leading up to the big game includes an alumni baseball game on Sept. 26 with a special ceremony to honor the life and legacy of the late Hall of Fame Coach Gordie Gillespie; a free performance by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra on Sept. 27; Stephen Dietz’ play “Private Eyes,” running Sept. 30 through Oct. 3; and game day on Oct. 3 with a walk on the Ceresco Prairie with Professor of Biology George “Skip” Wittler, a homecoming picnic and tailgate, and the football and volleyball games at 1 p.m.

2015 Homecoming and Family Weekend Schedule of Events

Click the tabs below to view the events and activities planned during the week of September 26-October 3. Register here.

Saturday, September 26

Alumni Baseball Game

noon, Francis Field
Alumni baseball players will gather for a fun game on Francis Field. During the game, we'll host a special ceremony to honor the life and legacy of Hall of Fame Coach Gordie Gillespie. Members of the 2001 team coached by Gillespie will be recognized.
Registration requested.

Gathering at Roadhouse Pizza

A special gathering of alumni and current baseball players, and members of the Red Hawks Kettle Club are invited to a special 4 p.m. gathering at Roadhouse Pizza.

Sunday, September 27

FREE Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Concert

3:15 p.m., J.M. Storzer Center
View program details

Monday, September 28

Prize Patrol

Time and Location Varies Daily
Students, Faculty, Staff and Guests who get caught showing their Red Hawks pride on campus will receive a prize. Sponsored by the Office of Student Activities & Orientation.

Campus Decorating Contest

Judging begins at 4 p.m. For more information see the Student Activities Office.

Tuesday, September 29

Prize Patrol

Time and Location Varies Daily
Students, Faculty, Staff and Guests who get caught showing their Red Hawks pride on campus will receive a prize. Sponsored by the Office of Student Activities & Orientation.

Pep Rally & Lunch including President for the Day Announcement, Fall Team Captains, SALT President

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Memorial Green Space Tent

Will & Company “50 Years of Latinos Shaping a Nation” hosted by the Center for Diversity & Inclusion

7 p.m., Great Hall

Wednesday, September 30

Prize Patrol

Time and Location Varies Daily
Students, Faculty, Staff and Guests who get caught showing their Red Hawks pride on campus will receive a prize. Sponsored by the Office of Student Activities & Orientation.

President for the Day

One lucky Ripon student will switch schedules with President Messitte and experience life in the big chair while the President revisits life as a college student.

Alumni Master Chat with Trustee Cheryl Rofer ‘63

Hosted by the Center for Politics & the People and the Office of Constituent Engagement & Career Services
4 p.m., East Hall Little Theatre

Rally the Red Hawk at Safe House in Milwaukee

Rally will be the special guest at the Milwaukee Rally Hour, Wednesday, September 30.
5:30 p.m., Safe House, Milwaukee, WI

Theatre Production: Private Eyes

7:30 p.m., Benstead Theatre, C.J. Rodman Center for the Arts

Homecoming Trivia Night

8-10 p.m., The Pub

Thursday, October 1

Prize Patrol

Time and Location Varies Daily
Students, Faculty, Staff and Guests who get caught showing their Red Hawks pride on campus will receive a prize. Sponsored by the Office of Student Activities & Orientation.

Alumni Career Day -- Free Linked In Headshots -- Opportunities for students to connect with alumni and recruiters

11 a.m.-3 p.m., Pickard Commons
Learn more.

“Almost Famous” Magazine Covers

4-7:30 p.m., Pickard Commons

Homecoming KickOff for alumni, parents, faculty, staff

5:30-7:30 p.m., Roadhouse Pizza
Registration requested.

Class of 2016 VIP Party

6:30-9 p.m., Roadhouse Pizza

Theatre Production: Private Eyes

7:30 p.m., Benstead Theatre, C.J. Rodman Center for the Arts

Friday, October 2

Prize Patrol

Time and Location Varies Daily
Students, Faculty, Staff and Guests who get caught showing their Red Hawks pride on campus will receive a prize. Sponsored by the Office of Student Activities & Orientation.

Open Classes for alumni and families to attend:

Registration requested.
9:05 a.m.

  • PHIL 120 - Intro to Philosophy with Assistant Professor of Philosphy Joshua Filler in Todd Wehr 112
  • BIO 110 - Topics in Biology- Human Biology & Disease with Assistant Professor of Biology Barbara Sisson in Todd Wehr 115

10:10 a.m.

  • MUS 112 - World Music with Professor of Music Kurt Dietrich in Rodman 156
  • PSY 235 - Child Development with Associate Professor of Psychology Kristine Kovack-Lesh in Todd Wehr 312

1 p.m.

  • ECON 321 - Economics of Professional Sports with Professor of Economics Paul Schoofs in Todd Wehr 215
  • REL 231 - History of Christian Theology & Ethics with Professor of Religion Brian Smith in East Hall 201

Ripon’s Return on Investment (ROI) Alumni Panel

11:15 a.m.- 12:25 p.m., Great Hall
Panelists: Rick Estberg ‘75, Gene Schneider ‘90/P’17, Kimberly Woolley ‘94
Moderated by President Messitte

Dunk a Coach, Faculty or Staff Member

11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Details TBA

Lip Sync Contest

7 p.m., The Pub

Theatre Production: Private Eyes

7:30 p.m., Benstead Theatre, C.J. Rodman Center for the Arts

“Inside Out”

9 p.m., Bear Auditorium

Saturday, October 3

Walk on the Prairie with Professor of Biology George "Skip" Wittler

10 a.m., Trailhead behind Storzer

Homecoming Picnic & Tailgate

10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Memorial Green Space Tent
Spirit activities, lunch (online registration through cashnet for alumni, families and guests), music, tailgate games, etc. Tours of J.M. Storzer Center leave from the tent between 9:30 a.m. and noon.
Registration requested.

Home Football

1 p.m., Ingalls Field

Home Women’s Volleyball

1 p.m., J.M. Storzer Center

Theatre Production: Private Eyes

7:30 p.m., Benstead Theatre, C.J. Rodman Center for the Arts

Comedian Bryan Morris

8 p.m., Terrace

Fireworks

9 p.m., Sadoff

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