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2012.10.05 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

UNO Ready to 'Let the Games Begin!' at Homecoming 2012

Omaha - Basketball, hockey and board games are the focus of the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s (UNO) Homecoming 2012 week, which has a theme of “Let the Games Begin!”

UNO’s Homecoming Week, sponsored by Maverick Productions, begins Sunday, Nov. 4 and runs through Saturday, Nov. 10. Maverick Athletics is encouraging fans to wear their school colors at each of the games that week.

Red is the preferred color as Omaha men’s basketball begins a new era at the new Ralston Arena, 72nd and Q Streets. The team will compete against Northern Illinois on Friday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m.

Fans are asked to wear white as men’s hockey will compete on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 7:07 p.m. at the CenturyLink Center, 445 N. 10th St., against 2011 NCAA champions Minnesota Duluth. The Mavericks will play the second game in the series at CenturyLink the following day at 2:07 p.m.

Also competing during Homecoming Week is women’s volleyball, who takes on Summit League opponents Kansas City on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. in the Sapp Fieldhouse. Fans are encouraged to wear black to this “black out” game.

The theme of “Let the Games Begin!” was not only chosen to encourage attendance from current students and alumni to these games, but also to encourage friendly competition between UNO’s student body.

This year, students will have the chance to participate in real-life versions of Monopoly, Bingo, and Battleship in addition to other entertaining events, including a chili-and-pie cook-off, free money game show and the traditional competition to be crowned homecoming royalty.

Homecoming begins on Nov. 4 with a game night in the UNO Criss Library from 9 p.m. to midnight. Students will be able to play Apples to Apples, Wii and musical chairs, among other games.

Throughout the week, starting Monday, Nov. 5, students will compete in live versions of Bingo and Monopoly, as well as a t-shirt design contest.

In Bingo, students will be asked to take specific photos of themselves at Homecoming events and submit them to Maverick Productions’ Facebook page; each photo is a letter and students who collect all of them can earn a Bingo.

In Monopoly, student organizations will choose a philanthropy organization and collect coin money in containers that are located at specific buildings on campus. Each day the location of the containers will change with the goal of having one organization earn the most money at each location and achieve a monopoly.

UNO clubs and organizations will also be participating in a weeklong t-shirt design contest. Students will be given money to design t-shirts and have them printed in order to wear them and show school spirit.

On Monday, Nov. 5, students will be invited to a real-life game of Battleship where students in four-person canoes will attempt to sink each by scooping up water and dumping it in the boats. Registered students, clubs and organizations are able to participate in the event, which will be held at the Health, Physical Education and Recreation pool starting at 8 p.m. Free food, rock climbing, and dodge ball will also be available during the evening.

On Tuesday, Nov. 6, students, faculty and staff will compete in the first “Hungry Games” chili-and-pie cook-off in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) ballroom from 5 to 7 p.m. Everyone is invited to bring their best chili and pie recipes and donate money to their favorite to determine a winner. Half of all proceeds will go to charity.

On Wednesday, Nov. 7, hypnotist Jim Want will be on campus from 7 to 8:30 p.m. for a free show.

Throughout the week, students will vote on Homecoming royalty with the winners being announced during intermission at Saturday’s hockey game. Also on Saturday, students are encouraged to stick around after the game for a Highlighter After Party where they will tag other students who have worn white shirts with highlighters.

Winners of the week’s competition will be announced throughout the night with live music also being provided. Maverick Productions is a student-funded organization designed to provide entertainment and events for the student body throughout the school year.

For questions about this year’s Homecoming festivities, contact Maverick Productions’ Maverick Traditions Chairs Shelby Pieper and James Reitmeier. Pieper can be reached at 402.415.8558, or by email at snpieper@unomaha.edu; Reitmeier can be reached at 402.630.0756, or by email at jmreirmeier@gmail.com.

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