Historic Quad turns into Nevadaville, Reno Arch illuminates blue

10/21/2013 - By: Natalie Savidge
Homecoming poster

Traditions begin with an idea, a special event and passion to carry them forward. The Nevada Alumni Association and the Associated Students of the University of Nevada (ASUN) celebrate the 93rd Homecoming at University of Nevada, Reno with many traditional events, and new activities that may join the ranks of University traditions. 

The weeklong schedule of Homecoming events and activities culminates Saturday, Oct. 26, when the Nevada Wolf Pack football team takes on in-state rival University of Nevada, Las Vegas Rebels at 3:05 p.m., at Mackay Stadium.

"Not only is homecoming a time to celebrate the Wolf Pack, but it's also a time to recognize the hard-working student organizations on campus and to honor the history of our amazing campus," ASUN President Ziad Rashdan said. "Students are having fun with the wild-west theme. We are excited to celebrate many of our traditional events as well as new ones like March from the Arch."

The inaugural Nevada Wolf Pack March from the Arch will be held in downtown Reno at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 25. The March from the Arch, presented by Barrick Gold and supported by many other local sponsors, including the City of Reno, will feature lighted University homecoming floats and the Wolf Pack Marching Band. 

The community is invited to join the march up Virginia Street to the University's historic Quad for the Homecoming Carnival - complete with food trucks, games, bounce houses and more - along with a pep rally and Lighting of the Wolf to cheer on the Wolf Pack Football team.

On Monday, Oct. 21, Reno's iconic downtown arch turned blue as a show of support for the Nevada Wolf Pack and the University's Homecoming. The arch turned blue once before in November 2010 when the Nevada Wolf Pack football team was ranked No. 19 in the country, before it played and beat Boise State on Nov. 26.

"Turning our famous Reno Arch blue shows the town's support for our Wolf Pack teams and generates great community spirit," Reno Mayor Bob Cashell said. "Reno is a true university town."

Downtown Reno Arch Turns Blue

Blue Reno Arch

Blue Arch

Reno Arch turns blue

Earlier this year, the Reno City Council issued a proclamation proclaiming "Wolf Pack Fridays." Mayor Cashell and the Reno City Council encouraged and challenged the community to wear blue University clothing on all Fridays remaining in 2013, including during the March from the Arch event this Friday.

"During Homecoming week, we want students as well as the community to celebrate our University, our town and our state," Rashdan said. "Homecoming, Nevada Day, UNR versus UNLV - it's such a great week to celebrate Nevada."

The 2013 Homecoming celebration includes the following events:

OCTOBER 21
Nevadaville
The Quad is transformed into a western town. 

Asian American & Pacific Islander Alumni Chapter Homecoming Sushi Social
6 p.m., Reef Sushi & Sake

"Hidden Cave" Documentary
Visit the "Hidden Cave" website for more information about this stunning 4K Ultra HD documentary.
7 p.m., Wells Fargo Auditorium, Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center

OCTOBER 22
Pack Gives Back
The community is invited to watch the University's top students, nominated for their involvement on campus, volunteer activities and academic performance, compete for the title of Nevada's King and Queen. A charity raffle will be held at the end of the event.
7 p.m., Milt Glick Ballroom, Joe Crowley Student Union

Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism Laxalt Distinguished Writer Award
Jim Lynch, 2013 Laxalt Writer Award Recipient
7 p.m., Joe Crowley Student Union Theatre

OCTOBER 23
Nevada Alumni Association 2013 Homecoming Gala. Co-Sponsored by GEICO, Hometown Health and Sierra Nevada Corporation
The Nevada Alumni Association's annual Homecoming Gala celebrates Alumnus of the Year Maj. Gen. Mark Yenter, along with 25 other outstanding award recipients.
6 p.m. No-Host Reception, 7 p.m. Dinner and Program, Milt Glick Ballroom at the Joe Crowley Student Union
For information, contact the Nevada Alumni Association, nvalumni@unr.edu or 888-NV ALUMS. 

Big Sean Concert
Reno Events Center
7 p.m. 

OCTOBER 24
Nevada Sagebrush Alumni Chapter Annual Dinner
6 p.m., Santa Fe Basque Restaurant
$50 per person 

Nevada 150th Anniversary Dinner
Grand Sierra Resort

OCTOBER 25
University of Nevada School of Medicine Alumni Tours
9-10 a.m., William N. Pennington Health Sciences Building Foyer

University of Nevada School of Medicine Alumni Reception
5:30-7 p.m., Center for Molecular Medicine Foyer

Young Alumni Chapter Old Guys' Night
5 p.m., Harrah's Reno Plaza

March from the Arch

Cheer, Stunt, Dance and Mascot Alumni Chapter Homecoming Social
7 p.m., The Wolf Den

Homecoming Parade of Lights and Wolf Pack March from the Arch
7:30 p.m., From the Reno Arch to the University Quad
For more information, visit MarchfromtheArch.com

Homecoming Carnival
Following the March from the Arch, University Quad

Homecoming Pep Rally and Lighting of the Wolf
9:30 p.m., University Quad

Karaoke with the Nevada Greek Alumni Chapter
10 p.m., Lil' Waldorf

OCTOBER 26
Wolf Trot
The annual 5K Wolf Trot has been a homecoming tradition for more than 75 years and will have participants running all over campus. Each registration includes a T-shirt.
8 a.m., Joe Crowley Student Union

Nevada Pride (LGBTIQA) Alumni Chapter Homecoming Tailgate
Four hours prior to kickoff, Mackay Stadium North Parking Lot

Cheer, Stunt, Dance and Mascot Alumni Chapter Homecoming Tailgate
Three hours prior to kickoff, Mackay Stadium North Parking Lot

Sacramento Alumni Chapter Homecoming Tailgate
Three hours prior to kickoff, Mackay Stadium North Parking Lot

Native American Alumni Chapter Homecoming Tailgate
Three hours prior to kickoff, Peccole Park 

Nevada Alumni Association Homecoming Tailgate Party
Co-Sponsored by Battle Born Beer, Camelot Party Rentals, GEICO, Sierra Pacific Federal Credit Union and Total Wine
Two hours prior to kickoff, Legacy Hall

Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism Homecoming Tailgate
Two hours prior to kickoff, Linn Reading Room & Scripps Plaza
Click here to reserve your place at the tailgate.

Dean Thomas L. Schwenk and UNSOM Alumni Chapter Tailgate Party
Two hours prior to kickoff, Health Sciences Quadrangle

Nevada Football Alumni Association Homecoming Tailgate
Prior to and during the Homecoming Football Game, Alumni Corner in Mackay Stadium
For information, visit Nevada Alumni Football Website

Nevada vs. UNLV Homecoming Football Game
The Nevada Wolf Pack takes on the Rebels from UNLV. Homecoming King and Queen will be crowned at halftime.
3:05 p.m., Mackay Stadium

Learn more about the University's 2013 Homecoming celebration by visiting the Alumni Association website.


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