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It’s almost time for Homecoming, always a meaningful and festive time of year on our campus. Celebrating our alumni each year helps us to not only remember and honor their great achievements, but it also enables current students to learn firsthand from past students how the Benedictine education and experience can prepare them for success in the upcoming chapters of their lives.
And perhaps even more important…Homecoming is fun! And we could all use some of that right now.
First and foremost, I want everyone to know that we are moving forward with what we know will be a great Homecoming next month. However, when our 2021 Homecoming plans were originally developed and announced, the pandemic was on the wane, and we hadn’t yet heard of the variant that is significantly contributing to the recent rise in COVID-19 positive cases. So, once again, we must take into consideration the health and safety of everyone who lives, works, and visits our campus.
The good news is with a few revisions to the itinerary, we can make our 2021 Homecoming a safe series of events for all our attendees. Here’s some topline modifications:
The Birds of a Feather Laugh Together event at our Lisle campus is being postponed. Watch for information on how you can see local TV hosts/comedians Ana Belaval, Mike Toomey, and Pat Tomasulo performing on our campus sometime in the Spring.
Three events will now be staged virtually: Trivia Night (September 21) and the Rebound in the Recovery (September 23) – see below for information on these events. Our Golden Eagles dinners are being postponed until May 2022. Both sporting events will move forward as planned: Women’s Soccer on September 24 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., and the Benedictine vs. Eureka football game on September 25 at 1 p.m. Go Eagles!
See the entire revised 2021 Homecoming itinerary below. Let’s not call it final quite yet, we need to remain flexible as these unpredictable times require. We’ll alert you immediately via our website as additional revisions become necessary.
Thank you, everyone. And Happy Homecoming to you all!
Tuesday, September 21
Birds of a Feather Compete Together Trivia Night
7:30 p.m. Virtual Alumni Trivia Night
Celebrating our Anniversary Class Years featuring trivia questions from the years 2021, 2016, 2011, 2006, 2001, 1996, 1991, 1986, 1981, 1976 and 1971 Our Golden Eagles!
Thursday, September 23
Birds of a Feather Work Together
6:00 p.m. Rebound in the Recovery Adapting to the COVID-changed Career Landscape
Saturday, September 25
Birds of a Feather Play Together
8:30 a.m. LaCrosse Alumni Game
10:00 a.m. Men's LaCrosse 2021 Conference Champions Ring Ceremony
to be held on the tennis courts next to the Rice Center
10:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. Tailgating, Rice/Neuzil Parking Lot
1:00 p.m. Homecoming Football Game vs Eureka College
Sunday, September 26
Birds of a Feather Pray Together
7:00 p.m. Join our students for the Homecoming Mass
Ronald C. Hume, '69
Victor G. Chavez, B.B.A.'17
Date: October 29
Time: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: Lisle Campus, Rice Center Parking Lot
Event Sponsor: Alumni Relations
Contact: JP Bradley firstname.lastname@example.org
Benedictine University "Trunk or Treat" For a Great Cause!
The entire Benedictine University Community is welcome to gather on Benedictine University’s Lisle Campus (5700 College Road, Lisle, IL) to experience Halloween fun for a great cause! For a donation ($10 per car), children (4 per registrant, ages 2 years old - 5th grade) will visit stations operated by BenU students and staff to receive a treat or trinket. $5 of each donation will be donated to support the BenU Mission Fund for students experiencing financial difficulties.
This event will take place on Friday, October 29, 2021 at 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
All are encouraged to dress in kid-friendly costumes or Benedictine Spirit wear!
Registration is required. Please Register HERE
If any community members would like to donate candy you are able to drop off your donations in three locations across campus. (1) Krasa – In the B-Branded Store, (2) Goodwin – Room 215 and (3) Kindlon – Room 509.
All donations are needed by Wednesday, October 20, 2021.
For those who would like to host a “Trunk” please contact J.P. Bradley at email@example.com.
Date: November 01
Time: All Day
Location: Virtual Event
Event Sponsor: Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., Zeta Omicron Sigma Alumnae Chapter, Bolingbrook, IL