This year, Homecoming Week at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will not just be about Maverick pride; it will also be about giving back to the community.
In a partnership with Children’s Hospital & Medical Center, all money raised during Homecoming, which runs Wednesday, Oct. 28, through Saturday, Nov. 7, will support the Carolyn Scott Rainbow House.
The Rainbow House offers a comfortable place to stay for out-of-town parents and family members of patients who receive care at Children’s. There is no formal charge to stay at the Rainbow House – just a suggested donation – and no child or family is ever turned away because they are unable to pay.
This is the second year of UNO’s partnership with Children’s Hospital & Medical Center. Last year, more than $8,000 was raised and this year the goal is to exceed that number.
Specific events that will benefit Children’s Hospital and & Medical Center include: a photoshoot with UNO’s Maverick Monument, a team competition where students spread Maverick pride throughout the community, a rowing competition and a teddy bear drive.
Throughout Homecoming, the UNO Criss Library will also be collecting items to stock the Carolyn Scott Rainbow House, including gift cards, dish detergent, paper towels, soda, children’s movies and much more.
Other events happening on campus for Homecoming include a Reverse Trick-or-Treat competition to donate the most canned good and non-perishable items to UNO’s Maverick Food Pantry, opening the campus rock climbing wall to the general public, and a full-sized game of Battleship, where teams of students will compete to be the last kayak floating.
Athletics will also feature a number of competitions at the new Baxter Arena, including men’s hockey taking on Minnesota-Duluth, women’s volleyball taking on Western Illinois, and a “Maverick Madness” showcase of both the men’s and women’s basketball teams. The men’s and women’s soccer teams will also compete at Caniglia Field taking on Missouri State and Denver, respectively.
This year’s Homecoming Royalty will be crowned during the intermission of the Nov. 6 hockey game against Minnesota-Duluth.
As part of Homecoming 2015, the more than 40,000 alumni living and working in the Omaha area are encouraged to return to campus and get to “Know the O.”
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Sam Petto, UNO Media Relations Coordinator
Charley Reed, UNO Associate Director of Media Relations
Located in one of America’s best cities to live, work and learn, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is Nebraska’s premier metropolitan university. With more than 15,000 students enrolled in 200-plus programs of study, UNO is recognized nationally for its online education, graduate education, military friendliness and community engagement efforts. Founded in 1908, UNO has served learners of all backgrounds for more than 100 years and is dedicated to another century of excellence both in the classroom and in the community.