Homecoming 2022


Online registration is now closed. We look forward to seeing you on campus this weekend! 

 

 

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2022

 

Class of 1972 Golden Anniversary Reunion Reception

4:00p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Stevenson House 


Members of the Class of 1972 and the Golden Anniversary Club (all classes prior to 1972) are invited to reminisce, reconnect and relive your favorite McKendree memories at this special event.

 

For additional questions, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at alumni@mckendree.edu or (618) 537-6826.

 

 

 

All Alumni Reunion

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., The Russel E. and Fern M. Hettenhausen Center for the Arts Lobby

Calling all alumni, parents, and friends! Kick off Homecoming Weekend right by joining us for a special reception at the Hett Lobby! Enjoy a reception filled with specialty cocktails and tantalizing hors d’oeuvres as you reconnect with your fellow alumni. Best of all, this event is free of charge! Business attire requested.

 

 

 

For additional questions, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at alumni@mckendree.edu or (618) 537-6826.

 

 

 

Play the Vampire Circus VideoVampire Circus

7:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. - The Russel E. and Fern M. Hettenhausen Center for the Arts

 

Heralded as a mix of circus cabaret and theatre, The Vampire Circus is a mysterious, tantalizing, fun, dark, cutting-edge production guaranteed to amaze the senses. A fusion of Tim Burton and Cirque Du Soleil, the Vampire Circus is a journey that takes audiences into an immersive experience, plunging guests into a deep hypnotic state while breaking the fourth wall. Audiences are fully integrated into the show, which pushes the physical boundaries of human performances, delivers the unexpected, and leaves spectators amazed, astounded, and astonished. Come meet the Vampires at the Homecoming show. We will leave the lights off for you!

 

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For additional questions, contact the Hettenhausen Center for the Arts at thehett@mckendree.edu or (618) 537-6870.

 

 


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2022

 

 

William McKendree Society Homecoming Breakfast

8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. - Ames Dining Hall (By invitation only)

 

For additional questions, contact Lori Kuper at lakuper@mckendree.edu or (618) 537-6826

 


 

Holman Library Ribbon Cutting Ceremony


 10:00 a.m.-1030 a.m.- Holman Library

Celebrate with us as we unveil the first of the many renovations provided by the Forward Campaign. Updates include a state-of-the-art technology & conference center, technology center annex, student study and lounge, and the Hall of Presidents: A place to encapsulate the rich history of those leaders who made McKendree who we are today.  And of course, there is plenty of purple to show our Bearcat Pride!

 

 

 

 

Alumni Registration

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Tailgating Area, McKendree Tent

Start celebrating your old haunt by checking in at the alumni registration tent in the tailgating parking lot, where you can sign in, ask questions about the weekend, and learn about our many fun events! The first 250 alumni to RSVP will receive a McKendree University alumni gift.

 

 

 

 

Homecoming Tailgate Party

Cheerleader at Tailgate

10:00 a.m- 1:00 p.m., Tailgating Area, 


Join Bearcat alumni, families, and friends for a pre-game celebration! Enjoy delicious food from local food trucks or in Ames Dining Hall, family entertainment, giveaways, and special appearances by Bogey D. Bearcat, and the McKendree cheerleaders and dance teams.

 

 

For additional questions, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at alumni@mckendree.edu or (618) 537-6826.

 

 

 

Bearcat Trunk or Treat 

11:00 a.m.-12 p.m., Tailgate Area

Did you know that Homecoming falls on National Trick-or-Treat Day this year?


To celebrate this national holiday, we are hosting our first-ever Bearcat Tailgate Trunk-or-Treat! Enjoy a free, safe, and unique way to trick-or-treat in the tailgate area. We are asking all tailgaters to bring candy and goodies so that our future Bearcats can have fun trick-or-treating. There will also be plenty of spook-tacular Halloween activities for children!


Get in the spooky spirit and wear your Halloween costumes to enter our Halloween costume contest, where you’ll have the chance at winning fabulous prices! This contest is for children and adults alike. We also encourage you to deck out your car in the Halloween spirit!

 

 

For additional questions, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at alumni@mckendree.edu or (618) 537-6826.

 

 

Homecoming Football Game

 

Football Game

1:00 p.m., Leemon Field, Tickets can be purchased at the Gate


McKendree Bearcat Football vs. Southwest Baptist University 

 

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For additional questions, contact the Department of Athletics at (618) 537-6513.

 

Peter Akers Award

 

Alumni Awards Dinner

6:00 p.m.,Regency Conference Center 400 Regency Park, O'Fallon, IL, $35


All alumni are invited to join us at the Annual Alumni Awards Dinner to celebrate the accomplishments of this year’s alumni awardees. A welcome reception begins at 6:00pm and dinner will begin at 7:00pm. Tickets are required in advance.


The 2022 alumni inductees are:

 

Loyal Service

John Sanders ‘73

Peter Akers

Edward "Ed" McGlynn ‘68

 

Academy of Excellence

Business: Glen Kinder ‘02

Community Service: Danita Smith ‘02

Nursing and Health Professions: Regina Peterson ‘18

Social Sciences: Kristin (Voegele) Kneedler ‘03

Rising Stars

Airika (Tyler) Detmer ‘12

Ryan Vincent ‘12

Jon Becker ‘13

Sports Hall of Fame

2002-2003 Men’s Basketball Team

Ricardo Harris '03 -(Former Athlete) Football

Amy (Quirin) Kremmel '09 -(Former Athlete)- Women’s Softball

Dylan Mueth '14 -(Former Athlete)-Men’s Hockey


This event will be held in accordance with state and local public health recommendations at the time of the event. Tickets are nonrefundable.

 

Alumni Awards Dinner is currently sold out. 

 

 

 


SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2022


Choir Alumni Gathering

8:30 a.m., Circuit Riders - Bothwell Chapel


Choir Alumni are invited to participate in the annual Homecoming Chapel Service. Join fellow vocalists for a rehearsal at 9:00am.

 

 

 

For additional questions, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at alumni@mckendree.edu or (618) 537-6826.

 

 

 

Chapel Service

10:00 a.m., Bothwell Chapel


Join McKendree Chaplain Rev. Dr. Beverly Wilkes-Null as she leads alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends in worship. Deceased alumni of the past year will be honored during the service.

 

 

For additional questions, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at alumni@mckendree.edu or (618) 537-6826.

 

 

 

Bearcat Brunch

11:00 a.m., Ames Dining Hall, $9.00


The Alumni Association invites you and your family to be our guests for Sunday Brunch. The food is fantastic, but the conversation among friends is better.

 

 

For additional questions, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at alumni@mckendree.edu or (618) 537-6826.

 

 


LODGING OPTIONS


Reservations must be made directly with the hotel.


**Drury Inn**
1118 Central Park Drive
O’Fallon, IL 62269
(618) 624-2211

 

Hampton Inn O'Fallon
430 Regency Park
O'Fallon, IL 62269
(618) 589-9006

 

Hilton Garden Inn
360 Regency Park Drive
O'Fallon, IL 62269
(618) 624-4499

 

Holiday Inn Express & Suites
3396 Green Mount Crossing Dr.
Shiloh, IL 62269
(618) 589-9848

 

Best Western Plus
9730 Hayden Drive
Mascoutah, IL 62258
(618) 808-0280

 

Towne Place Suites O'Fallon
445 Regency Park Drive
O'Fallon, IL 62269
(618) 624-4900