Kat Riddler, Managing Editor

The University of Missouri-St. Louis is different than most universities with their celebration of Homecoming. Homecoming is not celebrated in the fall, but instead, in February. There are lots of Homecoming events to attend. 

This year’s theme is Gateway to the Best. Tickets for the big Homecoming dance are on sale now and can be purchased in the Office of Student Involvement at 366 Millennium Student Center Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $30 per individual, $55 per couple, and $275 for a table of 10. The dance will take place on February 24 from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Hilton Ballpark Village Hotel.

Three shuttles will run a continuous loop between the UMSL Campus and the Hilton Ballpark Village. Stops are at Mansion Hill, Provincial House, University Meadows, and Hilton Ballpark Village. Shuttle service begins at 6 p.m. at Mansion Hill. Final shuttle pick up at the Hilton Ballpark Village Hotel is at 12 a.m. Shuttle service is free of charge.

There are plenty of other events happening during the week leading up to the dance. Starting on February 16 from 12 to 5 p.m., student groups and campus departments can compete in the window painting competition to demonstrate their school spirit and bring excitement and energy to Homecoming. Participating groups will be given supplies to decorate window space on the MSC bridge.

Teams can sign up in advance by completing the Homecoming Triton Spirit Competition registration packet on TritonSync here.

Starting February 19 from 2:30 to 5 p.m., offices or departments will be judged on their decorating skills. The winning office will have bragging rights all across campus and win up to $300 toward an office party. Those offices participating need to apply and have their office decorated by 12 p.m. on February 16. All artwork must include the name of the office or department, Homecoming slogan, and the Homecoming Facebook page address: facebook.com/umslhomecoming. Judges will grade on effort, appearance, creativity, originality, tastefulness, and school spirit.

Homecoming events pick back up on February 22 with Canstruction in the MSC Century Room from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Student groups and campus departments collect can goods and non-perishables to create a structure that reflects the Homecoming theme. All donated items will benefit the Pagedale Family Support Center. Teams can sign up by completing the Homecoming Triton Spirit Competition registration packet on TritonSync here.

The annual Chili Feed will take place in Century Rooms A and B from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For $5 for faculty and staff and $4 for students, you will have the opportunity to sample five chili recipes submitted and served by UMSL faculty and administrators in the Chili Contest. Vote for your favorite chili entry and the winner will be honored with the Golden Ladle Award. Tickets can be bought online here. Or buy tickets in person with cash, credit, or declining balance/dining dollars at Nosh, Triton Treats, Einstein Bros Bagels, Simply to Go Cafe (SLB), and Provincial House Dining Hall. All proceeds benefit the Pagedale Family Support Center.  

The Be Inspired giving campaign kicks off in Century Room C from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The Be Inspired campaign encourages faculty and staff to give back to the UMSL community. Gifts can be designated for a particular department or program. To contribute online visit Be Inspired.

Pack the Stands concludes the day at 5:30 p.m. at the Mark Twain Athletic Fitness Center. Watch the UMSL Tritons take on the Quincy Hawks. Enjoy free food and giveaways. Free to students, faculty/staff, alumni, and children under 6 with a valid UMSL ID or UMSL Alumni membership card.

On February 23, Fry-YAY and FIZZ is in the Nosh from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Stop by the Nosh on the first floor of the MSC for free fries and dipping sauce and a free 16 oz Coca-Cola beverage from the Freestyle machine in a souvenir cup.

The Lip Sync Competition starts at 7 p.m. in the J.C. Penney Auditorium. Join the Homecoming Steering Committee for this performance-based competition open to any team, student organization, or campus department. Teams of up to 10 will choreograph a dance and skit performance of up to 8 minutes. All Homecoming Court candidates are required to create their own performance for the competition. Teams can sign up by completing the Homecoming Triton Spirit Competition registration packet on TritonSync here.

There are two Friday Night Flicks by the University Program Board. The movie ‘Jigsaw’ showing starts at 7 p.m. in the SGA Chamber in the MSC. The second Friday Night Flick will be at 9 p.m. in the J.C. Penney Auditorium. Free snacks will be provided at both.

Homecoming week concludes on February 24. Service Saturday is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the OSI office (366 MSC). Join students, faculty, staff, and others as we give our time and talents to help make our community a better place. Stop by anytime throughout the day to give back to the people and places that help make our community whole.

Tiny Tritons Pancakes & PJs is in the Nosh of the MSC from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Join Tiny Tritons for their annual Homecoming Breakfast. Wear your PJs and come grab a stack of pancakes. There are fun activities planned including Dr. Dan the Pancake Man from Dancakes, story time reading, movies, coloring pages, selfie station, and more.

The Leaders & Luminaries starts at 5 p.m. at the Hilton Ballpark Village. RSVP is required for a cocktail reception bringing alumni, current student leaders, and the university together. This year’s Leaders and Luminaries Reunion will bring together current and former student leaders from the Fraternity and Sorority Life community. Visit umslalumni.org/homecoming, Or call 314-516-5833 to RSVP.

The evening and homecoming conclude at the Hilton Ballpark Village with the dance.

For more information about Homecoming and Homecoming events, visit homecoming.umsl.edu.