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Schedule of Events
BSU Homecoming 2019
Thursday, October 3, 2019
A new Homecoming tradition takes place at 7 p.m. as the fireplace along Lake Bemidji near the Lower Hobson Memorial Union is lit by student organizations and BSU faculty and staff and kept burning throughout homecoming weekend. The ceremonial flame will be extinguished following Sunday’s concert in Bangsberg Hall.
Friday, October 4, 2019
Hear from BSU football coaches as the Beavers make final preparations for their game against Augustana. Upper Deck, Walnut Hall; 11:30 a.m.
Start your weekend off right by attending Friday night’s Honors Gala at the Sanford Center in Bemidji. BSU will recognize four distinguished alumni and induct an outstanding alumni educator into BSU’s Professional Education Hall of Fame. You’ll also help honor the some of the university’s most generous donors and hear inspiring remarks from President Faith Hensrud. Social hour starts at 5:30 p.m., with dinner and program to follow at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $50. Formal invitations to follow.
Distinguished Alumni award recipients and other alumni will share their professional experience with students. Individual panels runs 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., campus locations TBD.
An unveiling and open house of the newly renovated Education Hall of Fame wall in Bensen Hall will celebrate the BSU alumni who have been honored for outstanding contributions to education. Time TBD.
The BSU Women’s Hockey team will face Lindenwood at the Sanford Center beginning at 6:07 p.m.
Saturday, October 5, 2019
Students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members are invited to attend a pancake breakfast in Hobson Memorial Union’s Beaux Arts Ballroom beginning at 9:30 a.m., prior to the homecoming parade on Birchmont Drive. Free will donation.
For the first time in many years, the annual BSU Homecoming Parade is coming back to campus. All are invited to watch the parade beginning at 11 a.m. as it travels down Birchmont Drive in front of Memorial Hall, the library, and Benson Hall. Parade will feature distinguished alumni, President Faith Hensrud, BSU athletics team, the Pep Band, student organizations and community groups, plus candy for the kids.
After the parade, head to Diamond Point Park for the Beaver Bash Pre-Game Tailgating, starting at noon. New this year, food trucks will on-site to purchase your favorite food from. Following the Beavers’ 2 p.m. game against Augustana at the Chet Anderson Stadium, alumni are invited to attend the BSU football reunion at the Tavern on South Shore or Greek Reunion (location TBD). The BSU Women’s Hockey team will face Lindenwood at the Sanford Center beginning at 3:07 p.m.
Dance the night away and reconnect with friends at the Beaver Block Party & Street Dance from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. between Third and Fourth Streets on Beltrami Avenue. The popular cover band The Front Fenders will perform classic hits from a wide range of eras. Presented by the Bemidji Area Alumni Chapter (must be 21 or older to attend).
Sunday, October 6, 2019
The Thompson Recital Hall in the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex will be alive beginning at 3 p.m. for the annual Carl O. Thompson Memorial Concert. The event features BSU’s performing ensembles, as well as the instrumental and vocal Carl O. Thompson Scholarship Recipients. Come early and check out the impressive History Walk banners in the theater lobby, highlighting events from every decade of the Bemidji State century.