Marquette to host weeklong series of events Oct. 2-8; Homecoming, Alumni Reunions to combine celebrations

September 27, 2017

MILWAUKEE — Marquette University will host a series of events and celebrations during Homecoming Week and Alumni Reunion Weekend, with signature events taking place Oct. 4 - 8.

"Homecoming week culminating with Alumni Reunion Weekend is the perfect opportunity for all members of the Marquette community to come together and celebrate. I am continually amazed by the passion of this community and their dedication to Marquette," said President Michael R. Lovell.

Marquette is expecting to host more than 5,000 current students, alumni and friends. More than 30,000 Marquette alumni live in southeast Wisconsin.

Homecoming events

Tuesday, Oct. 3: "Stuff the Truck" food drive from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Westowne Square. The goal of the event, which is a collaboration among Sodexo, Campus Kitchens Project, Marquette Sustainability, Marquette Employee Wellness and Groundwork Milwaukee, is to collect 4,500 pounds of food. President Lovell will attend this event from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Thursday, Oct. 5: Students, alumni, faculty and staff will take part in a "Marquette's Got Talent" competition, which starts at 8:30 p.m. in the Varsity Theatre, 1326 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Friday, Oct. 6: Block party outside the Al McGuire Center, 770 N. 12th St., from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

4 p.m. — Teams will participate in a "Bed Races" competition to kick off the block party.

7 p.m. — The men's and women's basketball season officially kicks off with Marquette Madness.

Saturday, Oct. 7:

8 a.m. — Sidewalks of Westowne Square will be transformed into a colorful display of drawings. The community's most imaginative artists will showcase their talents using chalk. Awards ceremony will take place at 4:30 p.m.

10:30 a.m. — "Blue and Gold Foam 5K Run/Walk" run/walk at Mitchell Park Domes. Proceeds from this event will support Marquette's Midnight Run, a volunteer service program focused on the particular needs of the hungry and homeless people living in the community around Marquette.

7 p.m. — Fitz and the Tantrums and AJR will rock Marquette's campus at this year's concert. The private concert is free and open to Marquette students, alumni, faculty and staff. Gates will open at 5 p.m. and the concert will begin at 7 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 8: A special Homecoming Mass will close out the celebration at the Church of the Gesu at 6 p.m.

Find a list of all of the events at The week is sponsored by: Pepsi; Ansay & Associates; David Mayhood, Eng '67; Mindpool Live; ITW; Olive Promotions; 88Nine Radio Milwaukee; Marquette Radio; Aurora Health Care; Harley-Davidson; and Potawatomi Business Development Corporation.