Illinois College Alumni Virtual Homecoming Celebration
September 28 through October 3, 2020
Dear Illinois College Alumni and Friends,
While I know the IC community looks forward to joining us on the Hilltop at Homecoming each year, the College is continuing to limit visitors to campus in accordance with state of Illinois restrictions and to keep IC Hilltop READY. I hope you will join us as we reimagine our favorite traditions for a Homecoming that is different from any other in Illinois College history!
The spirit of Homecoming will be captured in unique virtual events that will keep us connected in a time of social distance. Celebrate your True Blue spirit and visit the Hilltop virtually during Homecoming Week, Sept. 28-Oct. 3. We can’t wait to see you!
Barbara A. Farley
Illinois College Virtual Homecoming Event Schedule
Monday, September 28
Homecoming Welcome with President Farley :: 10 a.m.
Illinois College President Barbara A. Farley kicks off Homecoming Week 2020 with a video message on IC's social media and the Illinois College YouTube channel.
Virtual Campus Tour :: 7 p.m.
Take a virtual stroll through the Illinois College campus. Evan Wilson '01, dean of admission and student financial services, will be your guide as you reminisce about your favorite places and discover all that is new since your time on the Hilltop. See video above!
Tuesday, September 29
"Speak Out and Make Your Vote Count" Constitution Day 2020 Panel Discussion :: 7 p.m.
Sit in on a learning experience with IC students. This fall 2020 convocation is a discussion of the history of Constitution Day, voter psychology and how to make your voice heard as a voter in the 2020 general election. Panelists include Samantha Sauer, archivist and curator of the Paul Findley Congressional Museum and assistant professor history; Dane Wendell, assistant professor of political science; and Director of Community-Engaged Learning Ryan Flynn '15. This is a pre-recorded discussion. See video above!
Wednesday, September 30
IC Coaches Panel :: 7 p.m. LIVE
Tune in for a live discussion of the challenges COVID-19 created for athletics — and how the Blueboys and Lady Blues are preparing so they are ready to take the field when the time comes. Panelists include Head Football Coach Ray DeFrisco, Head Men’s Soccer Coach Evan Philpott, Head Women’s Volleyball Coach Alicia Wood and Meghan Roman, head softball coach and associate athletics director. Director of Athletics Mike Snyder will moderate. See video above!
Thursday, October 1
Illinois College Society Conversation with President Farley :: 7 p.m. LIVE
President Barbara A. Farley will host a special, live conversation with members of the Illinois College Society. Farley will share news from the College and hold a question-and-answer session. Society members will receive an invitation and have the opportunity to submit questions prior to the event. If you did not receive an invitation, contact Director of Development and Alumni Relations Chloe Neisler Lucca '14. See video above!
Virtual Pep Rally :: 8 p.m.
No crowd in the bleachers? No problem. The new IC drumline is teaming up with the IC Spirit Teams for special performances that will make you feel your IC spirit. Videos will premier on IC’s social media and the Illinois College YouTube channel.
Friday, October 2
Spirit Day :: On Fridays We Wear Blue
Near or far, show your IC spirit by wearing True Blue or IC spirit wear. Show us your spirit by sharing photos with the hashtag #ICHoco2020.
Alumni Association Board of Directors Meeting :: 3 p.m.
The Alumni Association Board of Directors will hold their fall meeting. The Alumni Association works to support the College, to strengthen the connections between members and their alma mater, and to foster a spirit of fellowship and goodwill among members.
Saturday, October 3
Storytime with Bill Merris :: 9:30 a.m. LIVE
Central Illinois’ favorite local sports broadcaster Gary Scott sits down with Coach Bill Merris '56 and IC hall of famer Buford Green '64 for a special live morning broadcast on WLDS 1180 to talk about IC Athletics, College history and more. Merris was an all-conference basketball and baseball player during his time as a Blueboy and retired from IC having served as an athletic director, coach and professor. He led the Blueboys basketball team as head coach for 38 seasons. Green played three years of baseball at IC and had a more-than-40-year career as a journalist at the Jacksonville Journal-Courier and State Journal-Register. He is a founding member of the Illinois College Sports Hall of Fame and led the committee for several years. The broadcast can be listened to live RIGHT HERE
Blueboys Football Rebroadcast :: 3 p.m.
Celebrate Illinois College football’s 125th year with this rebroadcast of the 2019 Blueboys’ win over Ripon College. CLICK TO WATCH THE GAME!
William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” :: 6 p.m.
Watch Illinois College fall production of “The Tempest,” directed by Aasne Daniels, assistant professor of theatre. In what is thought to be one of the last plays William Shakespeare wrote alone, Prospero and his young daughter, Miranda, have been banished to a desert island. Years later, Prospero is poised to take his revenge and regain his rightful position in society, through magic and the help of the cunning spirit, Ariel.
Every Day this Week!
Join fellow IC alumni each day this week for a short mindfulness-spiritual devotional with Chaplain and Coordinator of Interfaith and Inclusion Initiatives Timothy McGee. The daily videos can be found here.
Like flipping through a virtual yearbook, look for reunion year photos and photos of your literary society and Alpha Phi Omega brothers and sister throughout the week on the Illinois College Alumni Association Facebook page.
The IC Store will be open to outside guests by appointment only during Homecoming Week! To schedule an appointment, call the store at 217.245.3444 or SIGN UP HERE. You can also get your spirit wear all week at the official IC Facebook store. Items ordered online are available for shipping or curbside pickup. The IC Store is located on the main level of Caine Student Center, 1116 Edgehill Road.
Stay connected with IC's various social media channels to ensure you don't miss a moment of Virtual Homecoming!