Region invited to celebrate Peru State’s sesquicentennial during “Once a Bobcat, Always a Bobcat” homecoming on Oct. 28 weekend

Peru State College President Dr. Dan Hanson invites area residents to campus for the College’s 150th anniversary during this year’s annual homecoming celebration, themed “Once a Bobcat, Always a Bobcat,” on Saturday, October 28.

President Hanson said, “Homecoming is always an exciting time to visit campus, but as we celebrate 150 as an institution, this is going to be a weekend no one will want to miss.”

“I hope that everyone can join us to celebrate Peru State, visit with friends and family, and enjoy our beautiful campus.”

A schedule of activities:

Thursday, October 26

7 p.m. – Peru State Choir Presents “Heritage” featuring guest artist Jackson Berkley – Jindra Fine Arts 215

Free and open to the public.

5:30 p.m. – Peru Theatre Company Production of “The Arsonists” – Jindra Black Box Theatre

$10 General Public.  $5 students and seniors. Free to Peru State students.

Friday, October 27

3-5 p.m. – Alumni Reunion Registration – Library

For this celebration, Alumni from the graduating classes of 1967, 1987 and 2007 are invited back to campus to celebrate their milestone reunions! Members of 1966, 1968, 1986, 1988. 2006 and 2008 are also invited to celebrate with their friends and classmates.

Special affinity groups including Student Senate presidents, Band members, Cheerleaders, Phi Alpha Theta members and Nebraska State College Student Trustees, as well as those who served as Homecoming Kings and Queens are also invited back to campus.

Questions or special accommodations should contact Deborah Solie at dsolie@peru.edu or call the PSC Foundation office at (402) 872-2304.

3-4 p.m. – Campus tours by Peru State students for alumni and friends of the College – Departing from Library

4-4:30 p.m. – Dedication of Power of Thought Statue – Jindra Lobby

4:30-6 p.m. – Reception for Alumni Celebrating Milestone Reunions – President’s home

5 p.m. – Bobcat Volleyball – Al Wheeler Activity Center

Senior Day

Tickets are $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $4 for students 7-17 and free for children under 6.  Peru State students are free.

5:30 p.m. – Peru Theatre Company Production of “The Arsonists” – Jindra Fine Arts Black Box Theatre

$10 General Public.  $5 students and seniors. Free to Peru State students.

6 p.m. – All-College Dinner with Special Reunion Recognition – Student Center

8 p.m. – Bonfire and Pep Rally – Lot adjacent to Park Ave, South of the Centennial Complex

8:15 p.m. – Fall Choir Concert for Alumni – Fine Arts, Room 215

Saturday, Oct. 28

8 a.m.- 2 p.m. – Alumni Reunion Registration – Library

8 a.m. – Nebraska’s Toughest Mile – Downtown Peru

An entry fee of $20 is required.

Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. the day of the race. The starting line is near the Peru Fire Station and the finish line is near the front of T.J. Majors on the Peru State campus. Awards will be given to the top male and female finishers.

10 a.m. – Parade – Downtown Peru

Free and open to the public. Registration to be in the parade is available at www.peru.edu/studentlife/senate.

10:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Tailgate and Carnival – Campus Quad

Free and open to the public.

The tailgate – featuring chili, burgers, hotdogs and more – will be held on the campus Quad near the Library.

The Peru State Jazz Band will be on hand to entertain the crowd on the steps of the Jindra Fine Arts Building.  A variety of other activities are planned for young and old alike including yard games and inflatables for children.

In the event of inclement weather, the tailgate will be held in the Student Center and the carnival will be canceled.

12-2 p.m. – Delzell Hall Grand Opening and Dedication followed by Open House – Delzell Hall

1 p.m. – 1867 Society Reception – Administration Building, 3rd Floor

2 p.m. – Football vs. Graceland University – The Oak Bowl

Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors (age 65 and older), and $5 for non–Peru State students ages 7–17. Peru State students with a student ID and children six and younger are admitted free.

Halftime – Coronation of Homecoming King and Queen – The Oak Bowl

7:30 p.m. – Peru Theatre Company Production of “The Arsonists” – Fine Arts Recital Hall

$10 General Public.  $5 students and seniors. Free to Peru State students.

Sunday, October 29

7:30 p.m. – Peru Theatre Company Production of “The Arsonists” – Fine Arts Recital Hall

$10 General Public.  $5 students and seniors. Free to Peru State students.

4-6 p.m. – Boo Bash and Trunk-or-Treat – On campus and downtown Peru

Free and open to the public.

The Peru Chamber of Commerce’s and Peru State College’s annual Halloween event falls on the day after Homecoming this year.

For more information about Peru State, Peru State’s Homecoming or it’s 150th celebration, please call (402) 872-3815.