Homecoming

Events

This year, in addition to annual Homecoming events, many alumni reunions and the annual Alumni College event will be hosted as we celebrate 50 years.

Tuesday, September 26

Time Event/Description Location
Greek Alumni Reunion

As a part of the annual Homecoming Weekend activities to be held Friday, September 29 – Sunday, October 1, 2017, the Fraternity and Sorority Alumni Society, in collaboration with current fraternity and sorority students, will host a special reunion for Greek Alumni. Join us as we celebrate the legacy of the Wright State Greek Community during Wright State’s 50th Anniversary Homecoming!

Tuesday, September 26, 5:30 PM, Student Union, Discovery Room & Endeavor Room, FREE Greek Students, join us at 5:30 p.m. in the Discovery Room for a lesson in networking etiquette. Greek Alumni, join us at 5:45 p.m. in the Endeavor Room for Mocktails and Appetizers. The students will join us in the Endeavor Room at 6:00 p.m.

Alumni, according to a recent survey conducted with our current Greek Students, 78% want Business Connections, Chapter History and to get acquainted with YOU. Students and Alumni are encouraged to RSVP for this event.  

Various Locations on Campus
7 pm to 10 pm Homecoming FIFA Tournament

Intramural FIFA tournament hosted by Campus Rec and Walmart. Walmart has donated game systems for use for this event and the winner wins a Game Console. This event is a two day event with the finals on Saturday during the Homecoming Festival. 

Student Union Atrium

Wednesday, September 27

Time Event/Description Location
6:30 pm to 9 pm NAACP Family Feud

The WSU NAACP would like to invite teams of friends to compete in a competitive and fun game of Family Feud! We will ask surveyed questions to teams of 5 players for a chance to guess the most popular response for the highest number of points. The team that is victorious over all their competitors will win a 15 dollar Visa gift card!

Discovery Room

Thursday, September 28

Time Event/Description Location
6 pm to 8 pm International Alumni Meet and Greet

International alumni meet and greet with current WSU international students.

Pathfinder
7 pm to 10 pm Homecoming FIFA Tournament

Intramural FIFA tournament hosted by Campus Rec and Walmart. Walmart has donated game systems for use for this event and the winner wins a Game Console. This event is a two day event with the finals on Saturday during the Homecoming Festival. 

Student Union Atrium

Friday, September 29

Time Event/Description Location
Housing Reunion

As a part of the annual Homecoming Weekend activities to be held Friday, September 29 – Sunday, October 1, 2017 Residence Life & Housing, in collaboration with the Office of Alumni Relations, will host a special reunion for Residence Life leaders.

Friday, Sept. 29, 4:30  – 8:00 PM, Bridge Café Honors Hall, $20 per person Residence Life leaders, whether you graduated last year, were one of the first 8 RA’s in Hamilton Hall, or part of the Residential Community Association, this reunion is for you! Join us for our welcome reception in the Bridge Café. Check in with friends, revisit memories, and hear from Dan Bertsos, Director, Residence Life and Housing about the evolution of campus housing at Wright State. Appetizers, desserts, and one drink ticket will be provided. Cash bar will be available.

Friday, Sept. 29, 8:00 – 11:00 PM, Student Union Marketplace, FREE Join us for the annual Casino Night hosted by RCA. Mix and mingle with current Residence Life Leaders and enjoy Vegas Style games, free food, great music, and win prizes!

Saturday, Sept. 30, 11:00 AM, Community Building, $10 per person Alumni, want to see your old dorm? We thought so. Join us for brunch before we pull together small groups for housing throwback tours!

We hope you’ll also join the fun at the annual Homecoming Festival in the Rinzler Parking Lot on Saturday, Sept. 30 from 4:30 – 7:00 p.m. right before the Wright State Men’s vs. Detroit soccer game.

All alumni are invited to register for the Student Affairs Celebration Brunch on Sunday, Oct. 1 at 10:00 a.m. in the Student Union Atrium.

Please note that you may register for all reunion events plus additional Homecoming events online by visiting wright.edu/homecoming. 

Various locations on campus
Black Alumni Reunion

Join the Wright State Alumni Association, African American Alumni Society and the Bolinga Black Cultural Resources Center for the Black Alumni Reunion 2017!

Wright State University will welcome alumni and friends back to campus over 2017 Homecoming Weekend, September 29 through October 1, as Wright State University celebrates its 50th anniversary! Come back and visit old memories of your days on campus and see all of the growth and development that is taking place in the Wright State community.

The weekend-long reunion celebrates Wright State’s Black alumni and how their lives have been shaped by Wright State.

Student Union Atrium
Student Government Reunion

As a part of the annual Homecoming Weekend activities to be held Friday, September 29 through Sunday, October 1, 2017, Student Government in collaboration with Office of Alumni Relations, will host a special reunion for Student Government leaders. 

Student Government, now known as Student Government Association (SGA), has evolved extensively over the past 50 years.  Since its inception in 1967, SGA has served as the “official voice” of the student body and has consistently advocated to the administration on behalf of the student body!  SGA has made great strides over the years and this past year was no different.  Our reunion will serve as an opportunity to reminisce about some of our favorite moments (the good, bad, and funny), highlight some of SGA’s greatest accomplishments and rekindle old friendships.

1 pm to 5 pm Engineers Without Borders

Come join Engineers Without Borders on North Lawn from 1-5 for corn hole, trivia, and fun times! Test your knowledge of Wright State to be entered in a raffle for a chance of winning a $25 Chipotle giftcard!

North Lawn
5:30 pm to 8 pm Weekend Welcome Happy Hour

Join us as we welcome everyone back home to Dayton as we celerbrate Wright State's 50th anniversary with a Black Alumni Reunion Happy Hour at Third Perk Coffeehouse & Wine Bar in downtown Dayton. Dress in all white, sip cocktails and enjoy hors  d'oeuvres as our DJ plays your favorite hits from your Wright State decade. Ticket include cost of admission, food, music, and a cash bar. Drink special is the Rowdy Raider! 

All white attire
Cost: $10 

3rd Perk Coffeehouse & Wine Bar 46 W 5th St, Dayton, OH 45402
5:30 pm to 7 pm Leadership Launch

The Leadership Launch is an event that brings together students, faculty and alumni from the WSU community to showcase LDR programs and organizations that contribute to leadership development around campus and the Dayton community.

Endeavor
5:30 pm to 8 pm Weekend Welcome Happy Hour

Join us as we welcome everyone back home to Dayton as we celerbrate Wright State's 50th anniversary with a Black Alumni Reunion Happy Hour at Third Perk Coffeehouse & Wine Bar in downtown Dayton. Dress in all white, sip cocktails and enjoy hors  d'oeuvres as our DJ plays your favorite hits from your Wright State decade. Ticket include cost of admission, food, music, and a cash bar. Drink special is the Rowdy Raider! 

All white attire
Cost: $10 

3rd Perk Coffeehouse & Wine Bar 46 W 5th St, Dayton, OH 45402
6 pm to 8 pm Alumni Achievement Awards (by invitation only)

The Alumni Association recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of Wright State alumni at an annual awards ceremony during Homecoming weekend. The outstanding individuals, selected from a pool of over 100,000 Wright State alumni, are recognized for numerous accomplishments in their chosen fields.

In addition to possessing high standards of integrity and character, they have also given their time and talent to benefit the Alumni Association.

Student Union Atrium
7 pm to 10 pm CEHS Trivia Night

Registration is open for the fourth annual College of Education and Human Services Trivia Night on Friday, Sept. 29 at 7 pm in the Apollo Room! Open to all, Trivia Night is the College of Education and Human Services' signature homecoming event! We hope you will come back again this year for more trivia, more fun, and a chance to get your team’s name on the Trivia Night Plaque!  This is Wright State’s 50th Anniversary, and the Homecoming schedule is jam-packed with exciting events. Join us for CEHS Trivia Night and stick around campus for 50th Anniversary festivities!

Register your table of 8 today for $150. Table purchase includes five rounds of trivia and appetizers. Cash bar will be available.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available for $250 and includes the same table of 8 benefits in addition to sponsor recognition during the program, on the screen during one of the 5 rounds of trivia, and on the scorecards.

Raffles and special Wright State trivia questions will be aplenty!  Proceeds from the raffle benefit CEHS student scholarship funds—and the prizes are always fantastic.

Student Union Apollo Room
8 pm to 11 pm Casino Night

An annual Homecoming Event hosted by the Residential Community Association that provides a safe environment for students to enjoy a casino type atmosphere and gamble to win prizes. 

Student Union Market
8 pm to 10 pm COSM Pub Science

Who said you needed to learn science in a classroom? Pub Science is a live—and lively—science talk held in a casual setting. There is no stuffy lecture—the speaker presents the science in lay terms and facilitates a dynamic conversation with the audience. This Pub Science topic is The Science of Beer: Presentation by Christopher Wyatt, Ph.D., Professor and Associate Dean of CoSM.

The talk is designed to appeal to most of our hearts: BEER!  Dr. Wyatt provides a detailed look into the process of making beer. For many years, he has been brewing beer both competitively and recreationally.

At the 2014 Ohio State Fair, he won two gold medals for his beer. Being an expert in science and beer, he talks about the chemistry and biology behind the beer-making process.

Student Union, Rathskellar

Saturday, September 30

Time Event/Description Location
Campus Rec/Student Union EE Alumni Reunion

As a part of the annual Homecoming Weekend activities to be held Friday, September 29 – Sunday, October 1, 2017 the staff of the Student Union and Campus Recreation will host a special reunion for alumni who were campus rec and student union administration student staff. Whether you graduated last year or helped us transform the Student Union and Campus Rec programs, this reunion is for you!

Saturday, Sept. 30, Noon, Mulhollan Field $15 per person, Kids 12 and under FREE. Calling all former Student Union and/or Campus Recreation employees. You and your families/friends are invited to join us for the Club Football game and cookout during the 50th Anniversary Homecoming Weekend!

WSU vs. OSU begins at 2:00 p.m. but join us at noon for a cookout. We'll provide burgers, hot dogs, chips, and ice cream. The cookout will be held in the grass right next to Mulhollan Field.

Tickets for the game are $15 each and include your ticket to the Club Football game.

Mulhollan Field
Guardian/Radio

As a part of the annual Homecoming Weekend activities to be held Friday, September 29 – Sunday, October 1, 2017 The Guardian and WWSU 106.9, in collaboration with the Office of Alumni Relations, will host a special reunion for our campus communication gurus. Whether you graduated last year or were one of the first DJ’s or Guardian staffers, this reunion is for you!

Saturday, Sept. 30, Wandering Griffin, $25 per person Join us after the Homecoming Festival at the Wandering Griffin for a reunion of friends. Current Guardian employees will be there taking pictures. Bring your favorite memories of your time at The Guardian or WWSU and enjoy some time with your fellow alums.

Sunday, Oct. 1, 1:00 p.m. Alumni College Session, A History of Wright State through the lens of The Guardian presented by Jeff John, Dunbar Library We believe that the pursuit of knowledge is a lifelong quest, and Alumni College is a rich opportunity to enjoy that learning experience again and to sample the recent research and academic courses of Wright State's distinguished faculty. When you're not in class, Alumni College offers a chance to mingle with your fellow "classmates" who make up a broad spectrum of Wright State alumni from various class years, majors, and regions.

Guardian/WWSU Reunion attendees are invited to join Alumni College participants for this special session presented by professor emeritus, Jeff John.

Various Locations
Founding Reunion

Saturday, Sept. 30, 11:00 a.m. Founding Classes Brunch, Student Union Endeavor Room, $20 per person As part of the Wright State 50th anniversary year and Homecoming Weekend 2017, the university will pay special attention to our legacy – a legacy our founding classes’ alumni, faculty and staff helped create – by inviting you and fellow alumni home for Wright State’s most unique reunions to date.  This reunion will represent the founding classes (’67, ’68, ’69, ’70, ’71), showcase the history of Wright State, and kick off the second half of the university’s first century.

Hear from Wright State’s 7th President, Cheryl B. Schrader, Ph.D. Enjoy brunch, mimosas, and memories with fellow alumni, faculty, and staff from the founding years. 

Saturday, Sept. 30, 1:30 p.m. Founding Classes Historical Tour, Meet in Student Union Lobby, FREE Join us for a bit of Wright State campus history. This historical tour will be led by a member of the Wright State Special Collections & Archives team. The tour will feature spaces on campus such as The Quad, Rockafield cemetery, and Achilles Hill. Meet in the lobby of the Student Union to board the Wright State Shuttle for this tour.

We hope you’ll also join the fun at the annual Homecoming Festival in the Rinzler Parking Lot on Saturday, Sept. 30 from 4:30 – 7:00 p.m. right before the Wright State Men’s vs. Detroit soccer game.

Please note that you may register for all reunion events plus additional Homecoming events online by visiting wright.edu/homecoming.

Join us “Wright” where it all started as we celebrate you, our shared legacies, and 50 years of Wright State. 

9 am to 4 pm Alumni College

We believe that the pursuit of knowledge is a lifelong quest, and Alumni College is a rich opportunity to enjoy that learning experience again and to sample the recent research and academic courses of Wright State's distinguished faculty. When you're not in class, Alumni College offers a chance to mingle with your fellow "classmates" who make up a broad spectrum of Wright State alumni from various class years, majors, and regions.

A sampling of topics include:

  • The Science (and Pseudoscience) of Forensic DNA Profiling - Dan Krane, Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and renowned DNA expert
  • This Show is NOT Chemical Free: And other reasons why we need to set our classrooms on fire - Kirby A. Underwood, Chemistry Lab Manager, Chemistry Department
  • The Downside of Being Elected President of the United States - Jim Sayer, retired Chair of the Department of Communication and Lake Campus Dean
  • NAFTA and US Employment - Mingming Pan, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Economics
  • Wright State History Through the Eyes of the Guardian - Jeffrey Alan John, Professor Emeritus, Department of Communication
  • Build it and They Will Come: The History of Wright State University - Chris Wydman, University Archivist and Records Manager, Department of Special Collections and Archives

There are educational and fun opportunities on Friday as well including a Trivia Night and Pub Science in the Rathskeller. 
Participants experience today's state-of-the-art classrooms, facilities, and dorms. Don't worry—this time around, you won't be quizzed at the end!

Cost - $65 per person for both days or $35 per person for either Saturday or Sunday. 

RSVP deadline is September 24th.

Various Locations on Campus
1:45 pm to 2:45 pm Alumni College Public Session

Long title:

This Show is NOT Chemical Free: And other reasons why we need to set our classrooms on fire

Short title:

Fun with fire and explosions!

Presenter

Kirby A. Underwood, Chemistry Lab Manager, Chemistry Department

Kirby Underwood earned his B.S. in chemistry from Wilmington College of Ohio in 2004, and his M.S. in chemistry from Wright State University in 2006.  During his time as a student at WSU, Mr. Underwood studied organic synthesis with Dr. William Feld.

In 2006, Mr. Underwood transitioned from student to full time employee with the University by taking the position of laboratory manager for the chemistry department.

As a laboratory manager, Mr. Underwood has made his primary focus the safety of Wright State University students in the general chemistry teaching laboratories.  He maintains a Chemical Hygiene Officer certification and utilizes his specialties to train and guide students in safe lab practices. 

One of the pivotal dimensions to Mr. Underwood’s contribution to the University is the role he plays in supporting the “Chemical Demonstrations Shows” that professors emeriti Dr. John Fortman and Dr. Rubin Battino have been performing for the public for more than 40 years. Over the past 11 years, Mr. Underwood has evolved from supporting the shows behind the scenes to coming into his own as an experienced and entertaining demonstrator. 

Oelman Hall Room 109
2 pm to 5 pm Wright State Club Football vs Ohio State Club Football

The Raiders look to revenge last season’s 8-7 loss on a late touchdown and 2 point conversion by the Buckeyes.  Come support your Raider’s as they challenge the conference rival for a playoff spot in the NCFA Championships. 

Visit: WrightStateFootball.com for more information

Twitter: WrightStFball

Facebook: Wright State Club Football

Instragram: WSUraidersFootball

 

Rinzler Field
2 pm to 4 pm Model UN Alumni Reunion

Saturday, September 30, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., Student Union, Hearth Lounge, FREE As a part of the annual Homecoming Weekend activities the Model UN Alumni Society will host a special reunion to celebrate the legacy of Wright State MUN excellence. Whether you were on the team last year or were a MUN pioneer, this reunion is for you! Join us for a reception in the Student Union Hearth Lounge. Check in with friends, revisit team memories, meet current MUN team members, and hear from MUN Alumni Society Leadership. Appetizers and one drink will be provided at the reception. Cash bar will be available.

We hope you’ll also join the fun at the annual Homecoming Festival in the Rinzler Parking Lot on Saturday, Sept. 30 from 4:30 – 7:00 p.m. right before the Wright State Men’s vs. Detroit soccer game. 

Student Union
3 pm to 5 pm Women's Homecoming Soccer Game

Show your Raider pride with us during Homecoming Weekend at the Wright State Women’s Soccer vs. Milwaukee game.

Alumni Field
4:30 pm to 7 pm Homecoming Festival

The Homecoming Festival, held in the Rinzler parking lot prior to the men's soccer game, is complete with live music, Wright State's annual Chili Cook Off, beer tents, food trucks, and games the whole family can enjoy! Festival begins at 4:30 p.m.

Visit wright.edu/homecoming to see additional events taking place during Homecoming Weekend.

Rinzler Parking Lot, FREE
4:30 pm to 7 pm Black Alumni Reunion BBQ

Saturday's Homecoming Festival is the highlight of the weekend! The Black Alumni Reunion will host its guest in a tented area with food available by Moe-Licious BBQ food truck from Louisville. The Homecoming Festival prior to the men's soccer game, is complete with live music. Wright State's annual Chili Cook-off, beer tents, and games everyone can enjoy! You won't want to miss it. 

Rinzler Sports Complex
5 pm to 7 pm SGA Celebration

Celebrate past and future of SG and SGA. 

Rathskeller
6 pm to 8 pm Dining in the Dark

With some inspiration from Richard Curtis’ 2013 Film, About Time, the Veteran and Military Center and the Office of Disability Services present an exciting and unforgettable event:  “Dining in the Dark.”  This unique dinner experience gives guests a first-hand glimpse into the lives of those who are completely blind; a demographic to which approximately 160,000 veterans subscribe.  Creating greater awareness around blindness and the way our veterans navigate their life adjustment to a new environment, participants are served a three course meal while blindfolded.  Our keynote speaker (TBA) will provide context and impact to the sensory awareness experience as guests discover the different tastes, smells, and feel of a “blind” meal.

 

Cash Bar and Gift Shop will be available.

 

Tickets are $85 per person. Table Sponsorships start at $1,000. This event is limited to 200 diners. To register and purchase tickets use this registration link. For additional information about sponsorship opportunities, ticket sales and general questions, contact Angela Masten, at 937-775-5680 or email angela.masten@wright.edu

Student Union Apollo Room
7 pm to 10 pm Men's Homecoming Soccer Game

Show your Raider pride with us during Homecoming Weekend at the Wright State Men’s Soccer vs. Detroit Mercy game. 

7:30 pm to 10 pm Black Alumni Gala

Saturday will conclude with the Black Alumni Gala, with all proceeds benefiting the Bolinga Black Cultural Resources Center Scholarship Fund. This red carpet event will feature music by artist Chay Buddah and the Hot2Def band, a performance by the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, a multi-course dinner, a silent auction and a speical gift for all attendees. This event honors all past bolinga center directors. Masks and black tie attire are strongly encouraged. Tickets are $100 for alumni (which includes two drink tickets).

Student Union Atrium

Sunday, October 1

Time Event/Description Location
Guardian/Radio

As a part of the annual Homecoming Weekend activities to be held Friday, September 29 – Sunday, October 1, 2017 The Guardian and WWSU 106.9, in collaboration with the Office of Alumni Relations, will host a special reunion for our campus communication gurus. Whether you graduated last year or were one of the first DJ’s or Guardian staffers, this reunion is for you!

Saturday, Sept. 30, Wandering Griffin, $25 per person Join us after the Homecoming Festival at the Wandering Griffin for a reunion of friends. Current Guardian employees will be there taking pictures. Bring your favorite memories of your time at The Guardian or WWSU and enjoy some time with your fellow alums.

Sunday, Oct. 1, 1:00 p.m. Alumni College Session, A History of Wright State through the lens of The Guardian presented by Jeff John, Dunbar Library We believe that the pursuit of knowledge is a lifelong quest, and Alumni College is a rich opportunity to enjoy that learning experience again and to sample the recent research and academic courses of Wright State's distinguished faculty. When you're not in class, Alumni College offers a chance to mingle with your fellow "classmates" who make up a broad spectrum of Wright State alumni from various class years, majors, and regions.

Guardian/WWSU Reunion attendees are invited to join Alumni College participants for this special session presented by professor emeritus, Jeff John.

Various Locations
10 am to Noon Student Affairs Alumni Celebration

Join Wright State's Division of Student Affairs & the WSU Alumni Association for a special Student Affairs Celebration Brunch as part of Homecoming weekend and Wright State’s 50th Anniversary! This brunch will reunite alumni with current and former staff members from the Division of Student Affairs who have made a lifelong impact on the university and the thousands of student leaders they have touched. In addition, faculty of the Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE) master’s program are also invited to reconnect with former classmates and faculty. $15 per person 

Student Union Atrium