2017 homecoming logo: around the world

Cardinals Around the World

During Homecoming Week 2017, all roads lead to Ball State! Our Homecoming theme, “Cardinals Around the World,” celebrates alumni, students, donors, and friends–and Ball State’s impact–in all corners of the globe.

Homecoming Events

Entry forms are due to the Homecoming office no later than Thursday, September 28. You must sign up for an audition time when you submit your entry form.

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Enjoy food trucks, live music, and more as a way to get yourself ready for all the excitement of Homecoming Week.

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It's time to start thinking about the 33rd Annual Student Scholarship Talent Search! This is a fabulous opportunity to showcase some of Ball State's finest talent for the university and the Muncie community. Up to five semi-finalists will be selected to compete in each category.

Each category winner will receive a $500 scholarship with an additional $500 scholarship to the overall winner.

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Enjoy a Homecoming-themed dining experience, with a special menu and giveaway. All attendees will receive a gift, while supplies last.

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Ball State Homecoming's most popular event! Come watch student organizations dance and compete in the annual lip-sync competition.

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Join us for the 38th annual Bed Race! Students, faculty, staff, and alumni teams compete for this ultimate display of Cardinal spirit.

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Brush off your running/walking shoes and join fellow Ball State alumni and students for the 2017 Homecoming 5K Run/Walk.

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Your group can submit an entry or gather along the parade route with family and friends for this Homecoming tradition.

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Purchase your 2017 Homecoming T-shirt at the link below or wear your favorite Cardinal gear and post it on social media for a chance to win a gift card to our Online Alumni Store! All day, post your pictures on your Facebook or Twitter page and tag Ball State Alumni Association with #CardinalsAroundtheWorld to show your Cardinal spirit!

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Join us for the 38th annual Bed Race! Students, faculty, staff, and alumni teams compete for this ultimate display of Cardinal spirit.

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Alumni and friends gather at the Players Club for an afternoon of networking and golf.

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Brush off your running/walking shoes and join fellow Ball State alumni and students for the 2017 Homecoming 5K Run/Walk.

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Your group can submit an entry or gather along the parade route with family and friends for this Homecoming tradition.

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CharlieTown is Ball State’s gathering and tailgating hot spot for football, food, entertainment, drinks and fun! Join the Ball State University Alumni Association and celebrate your Cardinal spirit before Ball State takes on Central Michigan. (Kick-off is 3 p.m.)

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Would your group like to meet in a prime tailgate location at Homecoming on October 21? Join the Ball State University Alumni Association in “Reunion Row.” This offering is perfect for those who wish to provide their own lunches and beverages, yet be near CharlieTown to visit with others and be near the action.

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We hope that you will take the time to check out these other unique opportunities on campus and in the Muncie community during your visit!

Friday, October 20, 2017
  • "Halloween: Celestial Origins" planetarium show   |   6:30 p.m.   |   Charles W. Brown Planetarium   |   Learn more.
  • Ball State Women’s Volleyball   |   7 p.m.   |   Worthen Arena | Tickets and information
  • Artrageous   |   7:30 p.m.   |   Emens Auditorium   |   Learn more.
  • "Bunkerville: A Post Apocalytic Musical" (Ball State Department of Theatre and Dance)   |   7:30 p.m.   |   Learn more.
  • "My Fair Lady"   |   7:30 p.m.   |   Muncie Civic Theatre   |   Learn more.
Saturday, October 21, 2017
  • Minnetrista Farmers Market   |   8 a.m. to noon   |   Minnetrista   |   Learn more.
  • Ball State Field Hockey   |   1 p.m.   |   Briner Sports Complex   |   Learn more.
  • "Bunkerville: A Post Apocalytic Musical"   |   2:30 and 7:30 p.m.   |   Strother Theatre   |   Learn more.
  • "Halloween: Celestial Origins" planetarium show   |   6:30 and 8 p.m.   |   Charles W. Brown Planetarium   |   Learn more.
  • Ball State Women’s Volleyball   |  7 p.m.   |   Worthen Arena   |   Tickets and information.
  • "My Fair Lady"   |   7:30 p.m.   |   Muncie Civic Theatre   |   Learn more.
Sunday, October 22, 2017
  • "Bunkerville: A Post Apocalytic Musical" (Ball State Department of Theatre and Dance)   |   7:30 p.m.   |   Learn more.
  • Community Day at the art museum |  1:30 - 4:30 p.m. |  Learn More.
  • "My Fair Lady"   |   7:30 p.m.   |   Muncie Civic Theatre   |   Learn more.
For a complete list of faculty/staff events download the information packet.

Departments are encouraged to show their Homecoming spirit and decorate their offices during Homecoming week! Judging will take place Friday, October 13, between noon and 4 p.m. with prizes will being awarded for several categories. Winners will be announced on Monday, October 16.

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Enjoy food trucks, live music, and more as a way to get yourself ready for all the excitement of Homecoming Week.

Learn more

The Homecoming Steering Committee will host a special event to honor the dedication of the wonderful faculty and staff at Ball State.

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It's time to start thinking about the 33rd Annual Student Scholarship Talent Search! This is a fabulous opportunity to showcase some of Ball State's finest talent for the university and the Muncie community. Up to five semi-finalists will be selected to compete in each category.

Each category winner will receive a $500 scholarship with an additional $500 scholarship to the overall winner.

Learn more

Join us for the 38th annual Bed Race! Students, faculty, staff, and alumni teams compete for this ultimate display of Cardinal spirit.

Learn More

Brush off your running/walking shoes and join fellow Ball State alumni and students for the 2017 Homecoming 5K Run/Walk.

Learn More

Your group can submit an entry or gather along the parade route with family and friends for this Homecoming tradition.

Learn More

CharlieTown is Ball State’s gathering and tailgating hot spot for football, food, entertainment, drinks and fun! Join the Ball State University Alumni Association and celebrate your Cardinal spirit before Ball State takes on Central Michigan. (Kick-off is 3 p.m.)

Buy Tickets.

Royalty

A tradition that began in 1938, what Homecoming Week would be complete if it was not presided over by its king, queen, and their court? Plus, new this year, the Prince and Princess program will give one boy and one girl in kindergarten through fifth grade the chance to join the fun.

Football Game

Round out your Homecoming weekend by watching the Cardinals football team take on MAC rival University of Central Michigan Chippewas. (The same match up in 1997 set record attendance for any Ball State Homecoming game with a crowd of 21,527.) The game begins 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21 in Scheumann Stadium. Also, stop by our CharlieTown Tailgate event before the game, which begins at noon on the Alumni Center’s west lawn.

 

Homecoming Sponsors

Thank you to all of our sponsors who help make Homecoming possible.

2017 Steering Committee

Take a minute to meet the 2017 steering committee.

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