Family Weekend

Welcome to Homecoming & Family Weekend 2021. We are excited to welcome all of our Tommie Families! 

 


 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8

 

Open Art Gallery Hours

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM | Anderson Student Center 2nd floor

The American Museum of Asmat Art has nearly 3,000 objects and is one of the largest collections of Asmat art in the country. It engages students and the global community through preserving, exhibiting, and interpreting the art of Asmat people who live on the southwest coast of the island of New Guinea. Open to all at no cost.

 

Family Tommie Pride: DIY Home Signs

2:00 PM - 5:30 PM | create[space] - Anderson Student Center 1st floor

Are you proud of having a Tommie? Come and make Tommie Pride signs! You will learn to use a laser cutter, get your hands dirt,y and have a family forever keepsake.

 

Women's Soccer Game

4:00 PM | South Field

Join the Women's soccer team as they take on Denver!

 Information for tickets can be found here

 

Veteran Alumni Reception

4:30 PM | Veterans Resource Center - Lower Level of Murray-Herrick Campus Center

Join us for the Veteran Alumni Reception to see the Veterans Resource Center, meet fellow military veterans, and find out what Veterans Services is doing and what is coming up in 2022.

 

Scavenger Hunt

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM | O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

Have you heard of the Harry Potter inspired Reading Room in the Library? Join us on a scavenger hunt! Meet at the front doors of the O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library lobby and set out on a scavenger hunt. You will discover all the ways that the O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library can help students learn and study. Library staff will be on hand to answer questions about the library and to award prizes to the fastest family. Quickest time wins a $30 gift card to the Campus Store.

 

Family Weekend Bingo

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM | Woulfe Alumni Hall - Anderson Student Center 3rd floor

Join us for Family Weekend Bingo in Woulfe Alumni Hall for bingo, prizes, and a whole bunch of fun!

 

Cookie Bars and Stars with STEM Inclusive Excellence

8:00 PM - 8:30 PM | Owens Science Center Lobby

Learn more about the STEM Inclusive Excellence program at St. Thomas, while you enjoy a cookie bar before the 8:30 PM Star Party in the Owens Science Center 3M Auditorium!

 

Star Party at the Observatory!

8:30 PM - 10:30 PM | Owens Science Center 3M Auditorium 

Please join us in the 3M Auditorium in Owens Science Hall for an exciting astronomy presentation about black holes! Rich Schuler from the Physics Department will describe how black holes form, how they behave, and how astronomers recently took the very first images of one. After the presentation, we will offer tours of our observatory on top of the Anderson Parking Center. Although we won’t look through small telescopes this year due to the potential spread of the COVID virus, we will display images from our 17” robotic telescope. Physics faculty will be on hand to answer questions about our state-of-the-art research and teaching facility.

 

Outdoor Movie: Maleficent

9:00 PM - 10:30 PM | Iversen Center for Faith - Amphitheater

Join us for for an outdoor movie featuring the film, Maleficent. Bring your blankets and we'll provide candy and snacks!

 

Games and Bowling

12:00 PM - 12:00 AM | Anderson Student Center

Enjoy the opportunity to bowl in the Anderson Student Center! Bowling games can be purchased at Tommie Central. All games are just $1 during this time!

 


Saturday, October 9

 

Wellness 5K Run/Walk

8:00 AM | Meet in Scooter's - Anderson Student Center 1st floor

All alumni, families, friends and neighbors are invited to participate in the Wellness 5K Run/Walk down Summit Avenue. Spots are limited and participants will receive a t-shirt. Check-in will begin at 7:00 AM in Scooter's. Click here to register!

 

Homecoming Mission Offerings

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM & 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM | Iversen Center for Faith - Amphitheater

Take this time to meet our new Vice President for Mission, Fr. Christopher Collins, as he dives deep into his book "Three Moments of the Day: Praying With The Heart Of Jesus." There will be two sessions, one beginning at 9:00 AM and another beginning at 9:30 AM.

 

Tour of the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas and Iversen Center for Faith

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM | First tour meets in front of the chapel doors at 9:00 AM, by the new statue of St. Thomas Aquinas

Join Fr. Lawrence Blake from Campus Ministry and Dr. Bernard Brady from the Office for Mission for a short tour of the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas and the new Iversen Center for Faith, featuring the Hoedeman Gallery of Sacred Art.

 

Open Art Gallery Hours

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM | Anderson Student Center 2nd floor

The American Museum of Asmat Art has nearly 3,000 objects and is one of the largest collections of Asmat art in the country. It engages students and the global community through preserving, exhibiting, and interpreting the art of Asmat people who live on the southwest coast of the island of New Guinea. Open to all at no cost.

 

Residence Hall Tours

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Meet outside of Ireland Hall

Join us for tours of Ireland, Tommie North, and Tommie East Residence Halls!

 

Golf Cart Parade

10:30 AM | Begins in the Lower Quad and ends on John P. Monahan Plaza

Join us for the traditional golf cart parade through campus! It will start in the Quad and in John P. Monahan Plaza - followed by Purple on the Plaza!

 

Purple on the Plaza

11:00 AM | John P. Monahan Plaza

Come out and join us on John P. Monahan Plaza to celebrate Homecoming! There will be food, music, giveaways and fun! Don't forget to wear your purple gear!

 

Tommies Together Volunteer Event

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM | create[space] - Anderson Student Center 1st floor 

Tommies have completed over 80,000 hours of community engagement. We would like to provide your whole family with an opportunity to volunteer this weekend. We will be partnering with Catholic Charities to make winter sock kits to be distributed to community members combating housing insecurity. We encourage you to stop by the create[space] to make a kit or two, while supplies last.

 

Men's Football Game

1:00 PM | O'Shaughnessy Stadium

Join the St. Thomas men's football team as they take on Valparaiso University!

Information for tickets can be found here

 

Swim and Dive Meet

2:00 PM | Anderson Athletic & Recreation Center - Anderson Pool

Cheer on the women's and men's swim and dive teams as they compete against Augustana!

 

Rugby Game

3:30 PM | South Campus Athletic Field

Join the St. Thomas rugby team for their only home game of the season. Make sure to wear your purple and cheer loudly for our Tommies!

 

Mass

5:30 PM | The Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas

Join us following the first Tommie Homecoming Game in Division 1! Hospitality will follow.

 

Homecoming Concert

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM | John P. Monahan Plaza and Lower Quad

Join STAR (St. Thomas Activities and Recreation) for an outdoor concert, with bonfires and s'mores!

 

18th Annual Rector's Bowl Flag Football Game

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM |  O'Shaughnessy Stadium

The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity "Sons of Thunder" will go head to head with Saint John Vianney Seminary "JAXX". No tickets required and all are welcome!

 


SUNDAY, OCTOBER 10

 

Mass

11:00 AM | The Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas 

We welcome our community members and their families to join us for Mass in the beautiful Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas. Hospitality will follow.

 

Women's Soccer Game

1:00 PM | South Field

Join the St. Thomas women's soccer team as they take on Omaha!

 Information for tickets can be found here

 

Mass

5:00 PM | The Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas 

Close out the fantastic weekend with a Mass dedicated to Homecoming and Family Weekend. Hospitality will follow.