Alumni and students alike can expect lots of excitement on campus this weekend, as Oct. 2-3 marks this year’s homecoming.
“I always loved seeing the smiles on alums faces after they have come back and to see some people they maybe haven’t seen in years,” said Tyler Zeutnehorst, RD of the North Suites. “I loved seeing the way that homecoming is intended to be.”
Students also love the weekend’s festivities.
“I love the atmosphere around campus,” Connor Shaull said. “With the alumni coming back and seeing them that happy and that involved with the campus is so great to see.”
Each year, one of the biggest events of Raider Days, besides the football game, is Morning on the Green, which takes place on Saturday. Growing up in Orange City, as well as being a student at Northwestern and now a staff member, Zeutenhorst’s memories go way back when it comes to Morning on the Green.
“A lot of my dad’s friends were alums and he was as well,” Zeutenhorst said. I remember going to the kiddie carnival and coming home with a goldfish, candy and my face being painted.”
Advancement events coordinator Aletha Beeson said that although there won’t be as many campus groups involved with Morning on the Green this year, there will still be plenty to see and do.
“What is great about the Morning on the Green is that the activities in the booths don’t have to be hard,” Beeson said. “You might throw a beanbag in to a laundry basket and win a prize. Kids love going home with a bag of stuff. Getting families and kids on campus and getting memories associated with Northwestern is a great thing.”
There will also be many tours around campus for the alumni, especially with the dedication of the new Ron and Peg Juffer Athletic Fieldhouse.
“I always loved seeing the campus tours given by the advancement to the alumni during homecoming and showing them how campus has been transformed,” said Zeutenhorst.
The Juffer dedication will be a highlight for this year’s homecoming.
“A lot of these things we have done in years past have seemed to be getting bigger,” Beeson said. “The scholarship luncheon is now up to about 500 people and 375 people for the donor banquet.”
With a variety of activities to attend, everyone can feel welcomed on campus.
“There is always a sense of belonging, whether you are a student here now, or whether you were coming back for homecoming; it always seems like a big family gathering,” Zeutenhorst said. “There is a lot of hospitality that fills the air on Raider Days.”