Join Your Fellow Golden Huskies At Your 50-Year Reunion
Mark your calendar for Oct. 7-8, and join your fellow Golden Huskies during NIU's 115th Homecoming weekend!
There are a variety of activities planned for your 50-year reunion beginning with a reception on Friday, Oct. 7, and culminating with a gathering at a tent in Mission’s Grove ahead of the NIU vs. Toledo football game on Saturday, Oct. 8.
Don’t miss this “golden” opportunity to visit with old friends, reminisce while making new memories, and take a walk down memory lane while exploring your old hangouts.
A very limited amount of special edition Golden Huskie Reunion t-shirts will be available for purchase. Shirts come in sizes S-3XL and are $20 each. Visit the information kiosk on Friday from 3-5 p.m. at the Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center or on Saturday from 9:30-11 a.m. at the Homecoming Brunch at Altgeld Castle and from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Mission's Grove.
Looking for a place to stay while visiting DeKalb? We have secured a block of rooms (king, $119; king leisure $125) for Saturday (Oct. 8) at the Best Western in Sycamore, Illinois. These rooms are available until Sept. 24, so call 815-748-7400 and make your reservation today!
Reservations are also available at the Hampton Inn in DeKalb, Illinois for both Friday (Oct. 7) and Saturday (Oct. 8). Please reference the block code of MBC to reserve your room rate of $129.
Don’t be shy; share your memories! We hope to make this weekend a unique and meaningful experience, just for your class! Please send your favorite memories and photos, to be featured throughout the reunion events, to Liz McKee at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions about any of the events or the reunion in general, please reach out to Liz at her email or at 815-753-7400.
Expand the tabs below for more information about the various aspects of the weekend, and use the table below the tabs to register for events, purchase your reunion shirt and purchase football tickets.
Reunion Weekend Schedule of Events
(Click bars for more information. Please note events with a * are reunion-specific events.)
Friday, Oct. 7 - 4:30 p.m. NIU campus tour - FREE
Time: 4:30 p.m. - the tour will last approximately one hour.
Location: Holmes Student Center - Gallery Lounge
The walking tour of campus will depart from the Holmes Student Center (HSC), stop at a variety of academic buildings, including a residence hall, and end back at HSC. We encourage you to bring comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather. This tour is offered by the NIU Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Please register here.
6-7:30 p.m. Golden Huskie 50-Year Reunion Reception - $20 *
Time: 6-7:30 p.m.
Location: Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center
Have a blast from the past at the Golden Huskies 50-Year Reunion Reception at the Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center. Take a walk down memory lane and join your classmates from 1972 for a party that’s been five decades in the making, with heavy h’ors d’oeuvres.
Saturday, Oct. 8 - 9:30-11:30 a.m. Second Annual NIU Homecoming Brunch - $20
Cost: $20 Adults ($25 at the door); $10 Children age 4-17 ($15 at the door)
Time: 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Location: In front of Altgeld Hall
The brunch will take place outdoors under a tent, so please dress accordingly. There will be plenty of opportunities to take pictures with our favorite mascot, Mission II, as well!
Each registration includes a full buffet of scrambled eggs, hashbrown casserole, bacon, fresh fruit, biscuits and gravy, assorted pastries, coffee and juice. With their tickets, guests who are over 21 years old will receive one ticket for a Dawgma beer from Pollyanna Brewing & Distilling or a bloody mary featuring Blue Ice Handcrafted Vodka with their tickets. Additional bar beverage tickets will be available for purchase for $5.
Parking is available in the lot on the north side of the lagoon, as well as in the art building parking lot, which are both located off of College Ave.
Golf carts will be running throughout the brunch to bring guests to Mission's Grove.
11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Mission's Grove Tailgate with 1:15 p.m. Class Photo *
Time: 11:30 a.m.-2:p.m. Don't miss the class photo at 1:15!
Location: Mission's Grove is located in the Oderkirk parking lot, adjacent to the Barsema Alumni & Visitors Center
Gather at a special 50-year reunion tent at Mission’s Grove from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., with a Class of 1972 picture scheduled at Mission’s Grove at 1:15 p.m. There is no cost to attend Mission's Grove, but if you RSVP below, you will receive a $5 off voucher (limit 1) to use at one of the food trucks in Mission's Grove that day.
2:30 p.m. NIU vs. Toledo Homecoming Football Game Information / Tickets
Purchase Tickets Here: NIU vs. Toledo
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Location: Huskie Stadium
The Golden Huskies 50 Year Reunion Committee would like to encourage the Class of 1972 to attend these events and make a gift to the Northern Fund, which supports NIU’s strategic priorities. You can make your gift here.