Homecoming 2022

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October 21–23

Register for Homecoming Events

Homecoming registration is now open! See a full listing of Homecoming activities below. Football and Tailgate passes are on sale here.

Visit our list of hotel partners when planning your travel to Indianapolis to get a discounted rate. We can’t wait to welcome you back to campus.

Schedule of Homecoming Events

Esports Park Grand Opening

4:00 PM
FREE

The Butler community is invited to the grand opening ceremony for the Esports Park. Join us as we celebrate this exciting occasion.

Theatre History Exhibit

8:00 AM-8:00 PM
Irwin Library

Throughout the weekend, view a Butler Theatre retrospective exhibit in the Irwin Library Atrium. See posters, costumes, and masks from past and present Butler Theatre productions.

Theatre Anniversary Artist Meet and Greet

Noon—12:50 PM
Lilly Hall, Room 328

Join students for a Meet & Greet with Columbian artist Bernardo Rey, Butler Theatre’s Christel DeHaan Visiting International Artist (VITA), who will share his vision for his November production at Butler. Designers will also share their design work. No RSVP required.

Tour of Butler Theatre Spaces

Hourly, 2:00-5:00PM
2:00-2:45 PM, 3:00-3:45 PM, 4:00-4:45 PM
Begin at the Lilly Hall Studio Theatre outdoor “awning” entrance to Lilly Hall on the west side (nearest the Observatory).

Stops include the Lilly Hall Studio Theatre, Costume Shop, the new Scene Shop and Costume Storage in the Parking garage, and the old Theatre space in Robertson Hall. RSVP requested.

Self-Guided Tours of Levinson Family Hall

4:00–6:00PM
Levinson Family Hall (former entrance to Holcomb Building)
Free

Walk through the new building addition and renovated spaces serving the Sciences.

Theatre 75th Anniversary Reception

5:00-7:00 PM
Lilly Hall, Room 328

Complimentary snacks and cash bar. A time to meet up with friends of Butler Theatre old and new.

Efroymson Diversity Center Homecoming Reunion and Open House

5:00–6:30 PM
Efroymson Diversity Center, Lower Level of Atherton Union
FREE, Reservations requested but not required.

Join students and alumni for light refreshments on Friday evening while exploring the programs and services that the Efroymson Diversity Center offers to students. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet the Center’s Director, Randall Ojeda MS ’18, and his staff. Guests are encouraged to bring items for the Center’s toiletry pantry, including shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and deodorant.

Butler Hillel Shabbat Service & Dinner

6:00 PM
Efroymson Center for Creative Writing (530 W. Hampton Drive)

Open to Hillel Alumni. To RSVP, contact Lisa Frank at lbfrank@butler.edu.

Alumni Recognition Ceremony and Reception

6:00 PM
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts
$30 per person, Registration Required

Don’t miss this special event as the Alumni Association honors fellow alumni for extraordinary professional achievement and service to the University and their communities. In addition to the 2022 honorees, we will also be recognizing the 50th Reunion Class of 1972.

Registration for this event is separate from the general Homecoming registration form. Complete the Alumni Award Recognition event registration.

2022 Honorees:

  • Butler Medal— William R. Shover ’52
  • Butler Service Medal— Dr. Paul Valliere
  • Robert Todd Duncan Alumni Achievement Award— Robert M. Jacobson ’80
  • Katharine Merrill Graydon Alumni Service Award— Patty Shute Wachel ’73
  • Hilton Ultimus Brown Alumni Achievement Award— Dr. Dana Altemeyer ’04, MS ’07
  • Joseph Irwin Sweeney Alumni Service Award— Napoleon “Al” Carroll III ’13
  • Mortar Award — William L. Sherwood ’84 and Dana L. Beaty Sherwood ’85
  • Foundation Award — Bradley ’04 and Andrea (Sands) Hamann ’08

Theatre 75th Anniversary Open Rehearsal

7:15–8:00 PM
Lilly Hall Studio Theatre, Room 168

Visit rehearsal for production directed by Columbian artist Bernardo Rey, Christel DeHaan Visiting International Theatre Artist.

Holcomb Planetarium Show and Telescope Viewing

7:30 PM
Holcomb Observatory

Doors open at 7:30 PM. Planetarium show at 8:00 PM There will be telescope viewing after the planetarium show, weather permitting. Admission for the planetarium programming is $5 for children and students under 18 yrs, and $8 for adults (Butler students are free).  We accept cash or credit. Butler students are admitted at no charge (i.e. free).

Tailgating Opens

8:00 AM
Hinkle Fieldhouse, East Parking Lot

Tailgate parking packages must be purchased in advance. Packages are $148 and include one tailgate spot and four general admission football tickets. Visit butlersports.com/buytickets or contact the Ticket Office Monday–Friday from 10:00 AM–4:00 PM at 317-940-3647 to purchase your package. No spots will be sold on game day, and packages will likely sell out. Please review the Gameday Parking and Tailgate Policy.

Butler Swimming vs. Alumni

8:00 AM
HRC Pool

The Science of Coffee and Scones

9:00-11:00 AM
Levinson Family Hall

Join Chemistry Professors as they dive into the science behind some of your favorite breakfast treats in the new state of the art test kitchen inside Levinson Family Hall. Cost to participate is $10 per person and space is limited. Sessions are offered at 9:00 AM, 9:30 AM, 10:00 AM, 10:30 AM.

Bulldog Boulevard—Butler’s Biggest Tailgate!

Presented by Elements Financial, Butler’s Credit Union
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9:00 AM–1:00 PM
Hinkle Fieldhouse West Parking Lot

Join the fun at Butler’s Biggest Tailgate! All tailgates are open to the Butler community to join and mingle. Bring food, drinks, chairs, friends, and come and go as you please to this exciting atmosphere. The lot also includes open seating and easy access to the Food Truck Festival and Family Fun Fest.

Individual Tailgate parking packages are available for purchase in the East Parking Lot via TicketMaster. The East Lot opens at 8:00 AM. No tailgate parking passes will be sold on game day. Please see Athletics’ complete tailgating policy.

Bulldog Boulevard Tailgates from different campus areas and communities, including:

  • Elements Financial Tailgate (10:00 AM–1:00 PM)
  • College of Communication (10:30 AM–3:00 PM)
  • College of Education (10:00 AM–1:00 PM)
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (10:00 AM–1:00 PM)
  • College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (10:00 AM–1:00 PM)
  • Lacy School of Business and MBA Alumni Community (10:00 AM–1:00 PM)
  • Jordan College of the Arts (10:00 AM–1:00 PM)
  • Young Alumni Tailgate (10:00 AM–1:00 PM)
  • B-Association (former Student Athletes) (10:00 AM–1:00 PM)
  • Engineering Dual Degree Program (10:00 AM–1:00 PM)
  • Department of Theatre 75th Anniversary (10:00 AM–1:00 PM)
  • History, Anthropology, and Classics (10:00 AM–1:00 PM)
  • English Department Tailgate (10:00 AM-1:00 PM)
  • Family Reunion Tailgate (open to everyone, see below)
  • Class of 2012 10th Reunion (10:00 AM–1:00 PM)
  • Class of 2002 20th Reunion (10:00 AM–1:00 PM)
  • Class of 1997 25th Reunion (10:00 AM–1:00 PM)

Alumni Association Tailgate

9:00 AM–1:00 PM
Bulldog Boulevard, Hinkle Fieldhouse Parking Lot
FREE

Stop by the Alumni Association Tent as you enter Bulldog Boulevard! Get all the details for the weekend and some Butler swag! The Association will also be collecting new, unopened items for the Diversity Center’s toiletry pantry, including shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and deodorant.

Butler Family Reunion Tailgate

9:00 AM
Hinkle Fieldhouse Parking Lot
FREE; Reservation Requested

Butler grads and current students are welcome to stop by to make connections at this annual gathering hosted by, Kent ’94 and Brittney ’94 Greer. Enjoy some Butler hospitality at one of the biggest tailgates at Homecoming!

Hink’s VIP Huddle

9:30 AM
West End, Hinkle Fieldhouse lot
FREE for Members of Butler Giving Societies at President’s Club level and above

Butler donors of the President’s Club, Fairview Heritage Society, and Carillon Society and Cornerstone Society are invited to join us for a VIP Experience at the Bulldog Beauty Contest. We invite you to stop by for food and refreshments and enjoy the Bulldog Beauty Contest (10:00 AM) from our reserved area.

Food Truck Festival

10:00 AM-1:00 PM
Along 49th Street, Hinkle Fieldhouse Parking Lot

Returning to Homecoming, alumni and fans can visit food truck vendors throughout the morning. Vendors will include Byrne’s Grilled Pizza, Prontos Tacos, WildBoar BBQ, and Scott Diggity Dogs.

Family Fun Fest

10:00 AM-1:00 PM
Hinkle Fieldhouse Parking Lot
FREE

Bring the entire family to Family Fun Fest. Activities for all ages will be offered for families to enjoy campus.

50th Reunion Hospitality Area

10:00–1:00 PM
Health and Recreation Complex Conference Room

Members of the Class of 1972 are invited to gather in this private area, adjacent to the Homecoming tailgate. Refreshments will be provided. Celebrate this important milestone while reconnecting with classmates.

Register for this event via the main Homecoming registration form.

21st Annual Bulldog Beauty Contest presented by Built Ford Tough Trucks

10:00 AM                    
Hinkle Fieldhouse Parking Lot
FREE

A Homecoming favorite, Blue IV hosts the 21st annual contest. This is a must-attend event for all Bulldog fans!

The Collegian Open House

11:00 AM– 12:30 PM
Fairbanks Building, Room 210

Former staff members of The Collegian are invited to visit the newly renovated Collegian office in Fairbanks. Meet and chat with the current staff and enjoy light refreshments while reminiscing about your time on the paper. Registration is requested.

Self-Guided Tours of Levinson Family Hall

11:00 AM–1:00PM
Levinson Family Hall (former entrance to Holcomb Building)
Free

Walk through the new building addition and renovated spaces serving the Sciences.

Theatre History Exhibit

12:00–8:00 PM
Irwin Library

Throughout the weekend, view a Butler Theatre retrospective exhibit in the Irwin Library Atrium. See posters, costumes, and masks from past and present Butler Theatre productions.

Butler Bulldogs vs. Marist Red Foxes

1:00 PM
Sellick Bowl

Advance Ticket Prices: $15 reserved chairbacks $12 general admission adult, $8 general admission youth. Tickets are available at butlersports.com/buytickets or contact the Ticket Office Monday-Friday from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM at 317-940-3647. Please visit https://butlersports.com/feature/SellickBowl to review all the gameday policies.

Tour of Butler Theatre Spaces

2:00-2:45 PM
Begin at the Lilly Hall Studio Theatre outdoor “awning” entrance to Lilly Hall on the west side (nearest the Observatory).

Stops include the Lilly Hall Studio Theatre, Costume Shop, the new Scene Shop and Costume Storage in the Parking garage, and the old Theatre space in Robertson Hall.

Theatre 75th Anniversary Stage Movement Class

3:00-4:30 PM
Lilly Hall 328

Take a Stage Movement Class with former Butler Theatre teacher Melli Hoppe

Memorial for Emeritus Professor Bill Ney, founder of Communication Sciences & Disorders (CSD)

4:30-6:30 PM
Garden House

Guests are encouraged to RSVP by October 17 to Mary Duffer at mduffer@butler.edu.

Theatre 75th Anniversary Dinner

5:30-8:00 PM
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts

Registration for the Theatre Anniversary events are separate from the general Homecoming registration form. Register here for the Theatre Anniversary events.

Gather for a pre-dinner drink from 5:30–6:00 PM and view Butler Theatre memorabilia, take photos at our Butler Theatre station with a prop or costume piece, meet up with friends. At 6:00 PM, enjoy an informal dinner on the stage with entertainment from current students and alumni sprinkled throughout. Dinner includes heavy hors d’oeuvres (vegan through carnivore), dessert, and 2 drink tickets for $20 per person. If childcare is needed, please contact the department at ljcooper@butler.edu and include the ages of the children.

Holcomb Planetarium Show and Telescope Viewing

6:45 PM
Holcomb Observatory

Doors open at 6:45 PM. Planetarium shows at 7:00 PM and 8:00 PM There will be telescope viewing after each planetarium show, weather permitting. Admission for the planetarium programming is $5 for children and students under 18 yrs, and $8 for adults (Butler students are free).  We accept cash or credit. Butler students are admitted at no charge (i.e. free).

Men’s Soccer vs. St. John’s (Senior Night)

7:00 PM
Sellick Bowl

Tickets are available for $8 (GA Adult) and $5 (GA Youth).
Tickets are available at butlersports.com/buytickets or contact the Ticket Office Monday-Friday from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM at 317-940-3647. Please visit https://butlersports.com/feature/SellickBowl to review all the gameday policies.

Theatre History Exhibit

Noon–Midnight
Irwin Library

Throughout the weekend, view a Butler Theatre retrospective exhibit in the Irwin Library Atrium. See posters, costumes, and masks from past and present Butler Theatre productions.

Women’s Soccer vs. Georgetown

1:00 PM
Sellick Bowl

Tickets are available for $8 (GA Adult) and $5 (GA Youth).
Tickets are available at butlersports.com/buytickets or contact the Ticket Office Monday-Friday from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM at 317-940-3647. Please visit https://butlersports.com/feature/SellickBowl to review all the gameday policies.

Catholic Mass

4:00 PM
Sweeney Chapel, South Campus

All are welcome to attend.

75 years of Butler theatre logoJoin the Jordan College of the Arts as campus celebrates the 75th Anniversary of the Department of Theatre.

Registration for the Theatre Anniversary events are separate from the general Homecoming registration form. Register here for the Theatre Anniversary events.

Theatre History Exhibit

Irwin Library

Throughout the weekend, view a Butler Theatre retrospective exhibit in the Irwin Library Atrium. See posters, costumes, and masks from past and present Butler Theatre productions. Library Hours are Friday: 8:00 AM–8:00 PM, Saturday: Noon–8:00 PM, Sunday: Noon–Midnight.

Friday, October 21

Theatre Anniversary Artist Meet and Greet

Noon-12:50 PM
Lilly Hall, Room 328

Join students for a Meet & Greet with Columbian artist Bernardo Rey, Butler Theatre’s Christel DeHaan Visiting International Artist (VITA), who will share his vision for his November production at Butler. Designers will also share their design work. No RSVP required.

Tour of Butler Theatre Spaces

Hourly, 2:00-5:00PM
2:00-2:45 PM, 3:00-3:45 PM, 4:00-4:45 PM
Begin at the Lilly Hall Studio Theatre outdoor “awning” entrance to Lilly Hall on the west side (nearest the Observatory).

Stops include the Lilly Hall Studio Theatre, Costume Shop, the new Scene Shop and Costume Storage in the Parking garage, and the old Theatre space in Robertson Hall. RSVP requested.

Theatre 75th Anniversary Reception

5:00-7:00 PM
Lilly Hall, Room 328
Complimentary snacks and cash bar. A time to meet up with friends of Butler Theatre old and new.

7:15-8:00 PM
Lilly Hall Studio Theatre, Room 168
Visit rehearsal for production directed by Columbian artist Bernardo Rey, Christel DeHaan Visiting International Theatre Artist

 Saturday, October 22

Theatre 75th Anniversary Tailgate

10:00 AM–1:00 PM
Bulldog Boulevard, West Hinkle Fieldhouse lot

Tailgate with Butler Theatre in the Hinkle Parking Lot. Complimentary food and drinks provided.

Tour of Butler Theatre Spaces

2:00-2:45 PM
Begin at the Lilly Hall Studio Theatre outdoor “awning” entrance to Lilly Hall on the west side (nearest the Observatory).

Stops include the Lilly Hall Studio Theatre, Costume Shop, the new Scene Shop and Costume Storage in the Parking garage, and the old Theatre space in Robertson Hall.

Theatre 75th Anniversary Stage Movement Class

3:00-4:30 PM
Lilly Hall 328

Take a Stage Movement Class with former Butler Theatre teacher Melli Hoppe

Theatre 75th Anniversary Dinner

5:30-8:00 PM                
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts

Gather for a pre-dinner drink from 5:30-6:00 PM and view Butler Theatre memorabilia, take photos at our Butler Theatre station with a prop or costume piece, meet up with friends. At 6:00 PM, enjoy an informal dinner on the stage with entertainment from current students and alumni sprinkled throughout. Dinner includes heavy hors d’oeuvres (vegan through carnivore), dessert, and 2 drink tickets for $20 per person. If childcare is needed, please contact the department at ljcooper@butler.edu and include the ages of the children.

The following Classes will host Reunion activities during the weekend. Registration is included in the Homecoming registration form.

Class of 1972 50th Reunion

Friday, October 21

Alumni Recognition Ceremony and Reception

6:00 PM
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts

$30 per person, Registration Required

The Class of 1972’s Reunion Milestone will be recognized during this annual Homecoming tradition. Don’t miss this special event as the Alumni Association honors 50th reunion graduates and fellow alumni for extraordinary professional achievement and service to the University and their communities.

Registration for this event is separate from the general Homecoming registration form. Complete the Alumni Award Recognition event registration.

Saturday, October 22

50th Reunion Hospitality Area

10:00 – 1:00 PM
Health and Recreation Complex Conference Room

Members of the Class of 1972 are invited to gather in this private area, adjacent to the Homecoming tailgate. Refreshments will be provided. Celebrate this important milestone while reconnecting with classmates.

Register for this event via the main Homecoming registration form.

Class of 1997 25th Reunion

Saturday, October 22

25th Reunion Tailgate Tent

10:00 AM-1:00 PM
Bulldog Boulevard, Hinkle Fieldhouse West lot

Graduates from the Class of 1997 are invited to tailgate in Bulldog Boulevard. Bring your coolers, chairs, and friends to tailgate in the heart of the Hinkle lot as you reconnect with classmates. Light refreshments will be provided.

Class of 2002 20th Reunion

Saturday, October 22

20th Reunion Tailgate Tent

10:00 AM-1:00 PM
Bulldog Boulevard, Hinkle Fieldhouse West lot

Graduates from the Class of 2002 are invited to tailgate in Bulldog Boulevard. Bring your coolers, chairs, and friends to tailgate in the heart of the Hinkle lot as you reconnect with classmates. Light refreshments will be provided.

Class of 2012 10th Reunion

Saturday, October 22

10th Reunion Tailgate Tent

10:00 AM-1:00 PM
Bulldog Boulevard, Hinkle Fieldhouse West lot

Graduates from the Class of 2012 are invited to tailgate in Bulldog Boulevard. Bring your coolers, chairs, and friends to tailgate in the heart of the Hinkle lot as you reconnect with classmates. Light refreshments will be provided.