|HOMECOMING Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
FYI: Pre-registration closed Friday, Oct. 25 at 5 p.m. (CST). On-site Registration will open Friday, Nov. 1 at noon (please note the $10 registration fee per person.)
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
To view the full and updated schedule of events, click here.
I heard there are lots of changes to Homecoming this year. What are they?
To see a full explanation of all changes to Homecoming and Reunion Weekend, visit the "What’s New at Homecoming" website.
Why did SING! move to the spring?
The change was
made for two reasons. (1) With the return of football and the inclusion
of families of current students, students would be over-programmed for
one weekend. (2) The University wanted to provide more time for students
to spend with their families. Mark your calendar though. SING! is
scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014.
What if I don't want to participate in tailgating or attend the football game?
No problem. There
are still options for people to do things on campus. We have afternoon
Classes Without Quizzes sessions, which is a favorite event and there
are two special events in the afternoon that people may purchase a
ticket to attend (“The Therapy of Art” and “Science of the Very Small”).
Of course, the Homecoming Hospitality House will be open.
Why is the Homecoming Parade on the Georgetown Square?
of the Georgetown community approached Southwestern about hosting the
Pep Rally on the Square. To be supportive of this initiative, we decided
to move the Homecoming Parade to the Square, too. Not only will you see
student organizations and alumni groups participating in the parade,
you’ll also see some of the businesses who are supporting Southwestern.
(By the way, some of our alumni might remember the days when the parade
was on the Square.)
Why is the Homecoming Hospitality House only open on Saturday?
Before we get to
the reasons, we want you to know that we are extending the hours of the
Homecoming Hospitality House on Saturday. While there are a number of
reasons for this decision, the major ones are: (1) we want to show our
support for student organizations, alumni groups and Georgetown
businesses participating in the Homecoming Parade on Friday; (2)
Georgetown businesses (including restaurants) are staying open longer on
Friday to welcome Southwestern alumni and parents; (3) there are two
athletic events happening on Friday evening; and (4) there is a live
concert on Friday on campus.
Will I have opportunities to visit with University faculty and staff?
and Reunion Weekend is meant to be for ALL members of the Southwestern
community, including faculty and staff. They are always invited to
participate in the weekend’s festivities. On Friday, there are academic
receptions planned throughout the afternoon, plus there are always faculty and
staff sightings at the Homecoming Picnic and the Homecoming Hospitality
House. Encourage your favorite faculty and staff members to attend!
Why is pre-registering so important?
Reunion Weekend brings in a lot of people and requires advanced planning
to make sure the weekend goes smoothly for University guests
and visitors. Pre-registering helps University staff in securing enough
food, drinks, table and chairs for events.
What is the benefit of pre-registering?
It will make the
beginning of your Homecoming experience a lot easier and
convenient, not to mention that it is less expensive than
registering on-site ($5 savings per person). A pre-registration packet
(which includes printed name tags,
event tickets and a “Fast Pass” for the Homecoming
will be ready for them to pick-up at the Pre-registration
station during Homecoming. Additionally, those people who
will be eligible to win prizes. (FYI: To be eligible for prizes,
attendees must pre-register before Sunday, Oct. 13.) Finally, the names of those who pre-register will appear on the Look Who's Coming list.
Why are there registration fees?
implementing a pre-registration fee of $5 per person (or $10 per person
paid on-site for those who do not pre-register). Collecting registration
fees enables the University and The Association to provide more food
options at the Homecoming Hospitality House, and to help cover the rising costs of table and chair rentals for most events during the
weekend. Fees will also help to pay for the rental of the Homecoming
Hospitality House tent.
What is the pre-registration deadline?
Reunion Weekend attendees can pre-register through our secure online
form through Tuesday, Oct. 22. Otherwise, attendees may call the
Office of University Relations - Alumni and Parents through Friday, Oct.
25 (by 5 p.m.) at 800-960-6363. Please note: Pre-registrations will not be taken (online, by phone or in person) between Oct. 26-31.
I am a parent of a current Southwestern student. Do I need to purchase tickets for my son or daughter?
For the most part
you do not need to purchase tickets for your Southwestern student. All
meals during the weekend are included in their meal plans (they will use
their Pirate ID cards as usual). If your student does not have a meal
plan, then you will need to purchase meal tickets for them. Tickets to
the football game are free for Southwestern students and can be picked
up prior to game day.
How do I see who is pre-registered to attend Homecoming?
Visit the Look Who’s Coming list on The Association’s website. The list only shows
those who have successfully submitted their pre-registration. Once someone pre-registers for Homecoming
and Reunion Weekend, their name will automatically display. You may also visit the Faculty and Staff Look Who's Coming list. Both lists are searchable and downloadable.
I do not want to pre-register using the online form. How can I still pre-register?
No problem. Once
you have identified what events you would like to attend during the
weekend, you may call the Office of University Relations - Alumni and
Parents at 800-960-6363. Our staff will only be able to accept credit
cards, so please be sure to have yours handy. Please note: Pre-registrations will not be taken (online, by phone or in person) between Oct. 26-31.
What happens if I register on-site?
strongly encourage you to pre-register, you can register on-site when
you arrive on campus. However, please understand that the fee to
register will increase from $5 per person to $10 per person and
University staff cannot guarantee you a ticket for events that you would
like to attend (e.g., Class Reunion Parties). FYI: If you plan to meet
friends at the Homecoming Hospitality House, you will need to pay a
What happens if I lose or remove my wristband before the weekend is over?
While we encourage everyone to keep their wristband on throughout the duration of the weekend, please understand that the wristband serves as your receipt. If you lose it, you will be asked to pay the on-site registration fee ($10) at the On-site Registration station (Friday from noon to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or at the Homecoming Hospitality House (Saturday from 5 p.m. to 12:55 a.m.).
HOMECOMING HOSPITALITY HOUSE
Who can gain access into the Homecoming Hospitality House?
Hospitality House is open to all Homecoming and Reunion Weekend
registrants (those who have paid either the pre-registration or on-site registration fee) who are 21 and older. This includes alumni, parents of
current students, faculty, staff and students.
What is the “Fast Pass” lane?
All attendees who
have paid the registration fee, provided their ID cards and received
their wristband at the Pre-registration Check-in and On-site
Registration station (in the McCombs Campus Center) will have easier
access to the Homecoming Hospitality House. There will be a line at the
entrance (the “Fast Pass” lane) of the Hospitality House specifically
designated for this group of people. If you want to make your entry even
quicker, bring your business cards so you only have to drop it into the
basket. (Hint: Prizes will be drawn every few hours for those who drop
in their business card.) Please note: Before 5 p.m., guests may
pick up their wristbands at the Pre-registration Check-in and On-site
Registration station in the McCombs Campus Center. Wristbands will only
be available for purchase at the Hospitality House from 5 p.m. to 12:55 a.m. on
If I did not pre-register, will I need to pay the on-site registration fee in order to access the Homecoming Hospitality House?
Yes, please. To
make it fair for all who attend Homecoming, the registration fee is
needed to gain entry into the Homecoming Hospitality House. The only
people who are exempt from this rule are current Southwestern students
(who are over 21), faculty and staff (who will need to provide their
Pirate ID card and valid government-issued ID).
Is food provided at the Homecoming Hospitality House?
Yes, indeed! Part
of the registration fees that are collected will be used to pay for
snacks, hors d’oeuvres and soft drinks (including water) at the
Hospitality House. (Please note: Fees collected are not used to purchase
beer or wine.) As an added bonus, The Peached Tortilla (a food truck)
will be arriving around 6:30 p.m.
TRANSPORTATION and PARKING
Where can I park?
We anticipate a
high volume of visitors the weekend of Homecoming. There are a number of
places to park on campus. Please see the campus map to identify parking
Where are the accessible parking spots on campus?
mobility-impaired individuals in finding parking and accessible routes
to campus facilities, Southwestern University provides an accessibility
map that illustrates accessible routes to campus buildings. You can
download the accessibility map in PDF format.
Will there be a shuttle service from campus to (and from) the stadium for tailgating and the football game?
Association (through the generosity of an alumnus) has secured two
shuttle buses that will take members of the Southwestern community
(alumni, students, parents of current students, faculty and staff) to
and from the stadium. Shuttles will run continuously on Saturday, Nov. 2
between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. The campus pick-up/drop-off location is near
the Roy & Lillie Cullen Building, while the stadium
pick-up/drop-off location is near the stadium itself.
COMMUNICATIONS and NOTIFICATIONS
When will I receive my printed invitation in the mail?
Most members of
the Southwestern community will receive Southwestern, the University
magazine by mail this fall. The formal invitation to Homecoming and
Reunion Weekend is included in that publication. If you have recently
moved, please update your preferred mailing address so you are sure to
receive your copy. We encourage all Homecoming attendees to bring that
invitation with them in an effort to support the University’s commitment
to “stay green.”
I am not receiving email messages about Homecoming. How can I be added to the email list?
pulls the preferred email address for each alumnus/a or parent of a
current student. If your preferred email address has changed, please
update your preferred email address so you do not miss any more
How else can I learn about what’s going on during the weekend?
Two words. Social media! In addition to finding information on the Homecoming and Reunion Weekend website, we encourage you to tap into all The Association’s and
the University’s social media outlets (primarily Facebook, Twitter and
Instagram - click here to access a number of outlets). While you’re at it, be sure to use our hash tags: #SUHRW
(all things Homecoming), #TheASUA (all things alumni - use this any time
of the year), #HereWeGoBucs (all things athletics - use this any time
of the year) and, of course, #BeSouthwestern (all things Southwestern).
Still have lingering questions? Contact the Office of University Relations - Alumni and Parents by email (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com) or by calling 800-960-6363.