Northwestern Homecoming


The program will go on as scheduled. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., program starts at 6:30 p.m.

We are busy planning a full week of activities for Northwestern Homecoming 2017!

Homecoming week begins on October 1, 2017 and ends with the Wildcats taking on Penn State on October 7.

The full week’s event schedule is available now. Vote now for the Homecoming Wildcat!

Homecoming Schedule 2017


The program will go on as scheduled. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., program starts at 6:30 p.m.


Here are the currently scheduled events for Homecoming 2017. This is subject to change, so check back frequently!

Monday, September 25

Paint Norris Purple
Starting on Monday, September 25, help us Paint Norris Purple! Until October 1, we’ll cover the costs of a banner created by your organization in ARTica Studios! Show your organization’s school spirit and help us to spread Purple Pride all week! Banners will be hung in Norris for all of Homecoming Week.

Sunday, October 1

Student Leader Brunch
11 a.m.
Guild Lounge – Scott Hall
Join the Homecoming Committee as they share details and highlights for Homecoming Week at this free brunch! Take ideas back to your organization and find out how you can participate all week! Registration>>

Color Roar
2:30 p.m.
Deering Meadow
Paint Deering and your classmates PURPLE (and other colors) at our annual paint-throwing fundraiser! T-shirts, stadium cups, and other giveaways will be provided to all registrants. All proceeds go to support SIGP. Co-sponsored by Student Philanthropy Council. Registration>>

Monday, October 2

Food Truck Frenzy
12:00-2:00 p.m.
Deering Meadow
Enjoy food from a variety of vendors on your way to or from class on the steps of Deering Library.

Tuesday, October 3

Homecoming Social
7:00-9:00 p.m.
Meet student athletes while enjoying appetizers and sipping mocktails at this swanky annual event. Registration>>

Wednesday, October 4

SAA and Homecoming Committee Pop-Ups
Learn about Northwestern history and interesting information about spots around campus. Giveaways and treats will be provided.

Thursday, October 5

11:30-1:30 p.m.
Norris East Lawn
Enjoy a carnival atmosphere on Norris East Lawn with student DJs and food as we continue our Homecoming celebrations. Games and activities will be provided as will Homecoming giveaways. Co-sponsored by Deering Days.

Medill Hall of Achievement Award Presentation
2:00 p.m.
McCormick Foundation Center Forum
Mara Brock Akis ’92 is writer, producer and creator of TV shows such as “Being Mary Jane,” “Girlfriends” and “The Game.” Dean Hamm will present her with Medill’s Hall of Achievement award and then she will participate in an on-stage Q & A with Professor J.A. Adande.

Friday, October 6

President’s Alumni Medalist Panel: My Northwestern Direction
1:30-3:00 p.m.
McCormick Auditorium – Norris Center
President Morton Schapiro will host a discussion with the 2017 Northwestern Alumni Medal recipients about how Northwestern shaped their lives and careers.

Mara Brock Akil ’92
Television writer, producer, and cofounder of Akil Productions
John “Mac” McQuown ’57
Environmentalist and financial entrepreneur
Milton “Chip” Morris ’92, ’04 MBA
Engineer, inventor, and CEO of NeuSpera Medical Inc.
Kelly O’Donnell ’87
Emmy Award-winning political reporter for NBC News and MSNBC

Learn more about how to join the panel in person or via livestream.

Pep Rally
6:30 p.m.
Deering Meadow
Get pumped up for the Wildcats to beat Penn State at our annual Pep Rally. Coach Fitzgerald, Willie, the Marching Band, and the whole gang will be there and President Schapiro will crown the Homecoming Wildcat!

*PLEASE NOTE: Due to the construction on Sheridan Road, we are unable to hold the Homecoming Parade this year. We regret this unavoidable change in the schedule, but hope you will join us for one of the many great events listed above. Contact us with any questions you might have.

Saturday, October 7

Northwestern Wildcats vs. Penn State Nittany Lions
11:00 a.m. Kick-off
The Wildcats take on the #4 Nittany Lions for our Homecoming football game. More information on the game can be found at the Northwestern Athletics website.

Meet your Homecoming Court

Mariana Alfaro Lyndsey Armacost
Hi! My name is Mariana Alfaro and I’m a senior from San Salvador, El Salvador. I am majoring in journalism and minoring in history of the Americas, focusing on immigration and politics reporting. At Northwestern, I’ve spent most of my time in the newsroom of The Daily Northwestern, wearing different hats as reporter and editor. Because of this, I’d say the third floor of Norris is my favorite corner of campus. I’m also the president of NU’s chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and for two years served as Peer Adviser with Wildcat Welcome. My time at Northwestern has led to many funny stories, usually involving me trying to fully understand American culture, but I guess my biggest shock came when I realized the game “Uno” isn’t called “One” in the U.S. Hello! My name is Lyndsey Armacost, I’m from Boston, and I want to get paid to watch sports. I’m a broadcast journalism and history double major studying the intersectionality of gender and sports. But more than anything I love mac and cheese, a bottle of pinot grigio, and cuddling with Dunkin (my Sheltie puppy and my iced coffee). I currently serve as President of Alpha Phi, Co-President of the Association for Women in Sports Media, Vice President of Club Softball, and a Northwestern Senior Admissions Counselor. I also spent two years as a Peer Adviser, Tour Guide, and as Executive Producer of NNN Sports. This summer I’m working for the New England Patriots in their video production department (Go Pats) and a personal fact about me that is admittedly more fun in some circles is that I hold the coveted world record in paper folding.
Jillian Berry Emma Brick
Hi! My name is Jillian Berry. I am from Woodbury, MN. I am a 4th year Neuroscience Major in WCAS. On campus, I am a dancer and choreographer on Refresh Dance Crew, Events Chair on Habitat for Humanity, and A UPAL (Undergraduate Program for Advancing Learning) mentor. While I am a Hip Hop dancer now, I used to be a very serious track athlete in High School! Hailing from NYC, Emma Brick is passionate about pizza and bagels. She is pursuing a major in sociology, a minor in theatre, and the IMC certificate. Emma is a Peer Adviser and Development Director of The Waa-Mu Show. She is in her second term as President of Chi Omega and will be working as a Senior Admissions Counselor starting this Fall. She has loved the opportunities these organizations have given her to engage with and strengthen the Northwestern community, and she can’t wait to continue to do so as a member of this year’s Homecoming court. Emma’s happy place is watching The West Wing (or Grey’s Anatomy… or Gilmore Girls… or maybe Parks and Rec), eating fries, and imagining life as a movie musical.
Erika Carter Genesis Garcia
Hiii! My name is Erika Carter and I’m studying Social Policy with a minor in Theatre Performance. I am a native Evanston resident, and yes I go home every weekend to bother my mom. At NU, I am a cheerleader (GO ‘CATS); the President of Northwestern Community Ensemble, a gospel choir; a Jumpstart Corps. Member; and a member of Athletes in Action (AIA), a Christian athletes’ ministry. There are so many fun facts I want to share, but three that are actually interesting are 1.) My brother played football at NU 3 years ago (Purple blood runs in the family) 2.) I have an identical twin sister (she goes to USC in California) and 3.) I was accepted into a Google program and get to spend a week at their Global HQ this August Hello! My name is Genesis Garcia and I’ve always lived in the Chicagoland area. Before Northwestern, I was a mermaid-obsessed face painter, then I added purple hair my freshman year, a Communication Sciences & Disorders and Psychology double major sophomore year, and traveled 7 countries junior year. Now I’m wondering what’s up next for senior year! At Northwestern, I am president of Sigma Lambda Gamma, a historically Latina, multicultural sorority which aims to empower all womyn. You can also find me giving presentations or working The G-Spot as a member of Sexual Health, Assault, and Peer Education (SHAPE)! No matter where I’m at, you can always find me with a bag of Hot Cheetos.
Sebastian Garcia Lucy Godínez
Hello! My name is Sebastian Garcia. I’m a rising senior from Los Angeles, CA studying computer science and design. On campus, I am involved in dance marathon, peer advisers, and greek life. After graduation, I want to go into the video game industry. Now for some fun facts:
– I grew up with 4 cats and 2 dogs
– In the summers, I am an ocean lifeguard for LA County
– I was named after Sebastian the Crab from the Little Mermaid
– It’s scientifically impossible to overcook mushrooms
Go ‘Cats!
Lucy Godínez is a double Theatre and Latinx Studies major with a certificate in Musical Theatre from Chicago, IL. She is a member of Alpha Phi and Undertones A Cappella. She has been seen off-campus in Chicago productions of “In The Heights” (Nina, Porchlight Music Theatre) and “Hair” (Jeanie, Mercury Theatre Chicago). The 2017 Sarah Siddons Scholarship awardee, she’s been seen in Northwestern productions including “Green Day’s American Idiot”, “Urinetown”, and the 86th Annual Waa-Mu Show. When she’s not performing, she is helping sexual assault survivors understand and explore Northwestern’s Title IX reporting process, and she is currently crafting a senior thesis on Latinas navigating Title IX processes at their institutions. She’s also always watching copious amounts of Lifetime movies, and can quote any episode of “The Office” at any time.
Ogey Ibik John Nawrocki
Hello everyone! My name is Ogey Ibik and I’m a senior Neuroscience major with two minors in Music Cognition and Musicology from Sugar Land, TX. I’m super involved on campus – I’ve played trombone in the NU Marching Band for 4 years, I hold executive positions in my two sororities, Chi Omega and Sigma Alpha Iota (the music fraternity for women) as well as in Wishmakers on Campus at NU, a relatively new student org dedicated to raising awareness and funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. In addition, I’m involved in Athletes in Action and work for Concerts at Bienen as a House Manager and the Northwestern Women’s Basketball team as a student manager. I’m so excited and honored to be a member of the Homecoming Royalty, and don’t let my picture fool you because a fun fact about me is that I’m actually ~awful~ at putt putt. Go ‘Cats! My name is John Nawrocki, and I am from Centennial Colorado. I’m studying Economics with a minor in Creative Writing. At Northwestern, I play Tenor Saxophone in the Marching Band as well as working on Band Staff. I also play in Basketball Band and Purple Band, and I’m a member of the Delta Chi Fraternity as well as a food chair in Hawai’i Club. In my spare time, I love hiking, cooking, and snowboarding.
Simon Spencer Gavin Williams
Spencer Simon is from Highland Park, IL which is about a half hour drive north of Northwestern. At school he studies mechanical engineering, with minors in cognitive and computer science. He’s part of the religious life committee at Hillel, President of Shabbat with 10 Strangers, and a research assistant in the NU Manufacturing Lab. He loves figure skating, puppies, and Avatar: The Last Airbender, and he’s so excited for Homecoming 2017! Hello! My name is Gavin Williams although a lot of people probably know me as “The Roller-blade guy” or some other variant. I’m a Neuroscience & RTVF double major and will probably be on campus for another year. My extra-curriculars are mostly dance related, involving Vision Concept Crew and Refresh Dance Crew. I also work for Norris, SafeRide and Phonathon. I was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana even though I actively renounce the entire state. That’s pretty much it.

This year, we’ll be crowning a single Homecoming Wildcat. To learn more about this exciting change, read our FAQ.