Homecoming

Homecoming

Ozarks’ rich history is something to be celebrated! Homecoming is a time to connect past and present.

Alumni weekend, family weekend and homecoming have all been special events over the years at University of the Ozarks, and we’ve combined all three of these gatherings for one giant, iconic event — HOMECOMING.

What a great April weekend for Homecoming! If you missed one of our livestream events, you can still watch them. We’ll be updating our Facebook page with a Homecoming album soon!

Our next Homecoming will be held October 17-23, 2022.

Homecoming 2022 Schedule

Monday, October 17, 2022
  • Meet Up Rally – 4:30PM at Ozarks Fountain
    • Homecoming Week 2022 officially kicks off with our Meet up Rally event! Meet at the fountain on campus at 4:30pm and as our athletic teams lead us down to the Johnson County Court House for the Proclamation Signing and Paint the Town Purple events!
  • Proclamation Signing – 5:00PM at Clarksville Courthouse
    • Join us for the official Proclamation Signing with the Johnson County Judge, President Dunsworth, and the Clarksville Mayor.
  • Paint the Town Purple – 5:15PM, Downtown Clarksville
    • Be ready to show your eagle pride, decorate downtown Clarksville, and kick off Homecoming 2022 with a bang!
  • Spirit Wars (Office Decorations) – All Day on Social Media & On-Campus
    • Show your school pride in Spirit Wars! Celebrate Homecoming 2022 with us all week long in Spirit Wars. Tag us on your social media platforms so we can check out your Ozarks pride and use the hashtag #uofohomecoming2022. Here are some ideas of things to decorate to get you started: living space, vehicle, office space, pets/self. We look forward to seeing your Ozarks pride and celebrating with you all!
Tuesday, October 18, 2022
  • Career Services Alumni/Student Mock Interviews – All Day at Seay Student Center Virtual & Face-to-Face
    • Whether for 30 minutes or a full day, we invite you to be part of our student’s professional preparation! We are looking for alumni volunteers to conduct student interviews in either face-to-face or virtual formats. If you are interested in helping, contact Andrea Cooper at acooper@ozarks.edu to be placed on our schedule! Please indicate days/times of availability, format preference, and professional area(s) of expertise. We will coordinate scheduling and provide sample interview questions.
  • Student Life Programming – TBD

Wednesday, October 19, 2022
  • Career Services Alumni/Student Mock Interviews – All Day at Seay Student Center Virtual & Face-to-Face
    • Whether for 30 minutes or a full day, we invite you to be part of our student’s professional preparation! We are looking for alumni volunteers to conduct student interviews in either face-to-face or virtual formats. If you are interested in helping, contact Andrea Cooper at acooper@ozarks.edu to be placed on our schedule! Please indicate days/times of availability, format preference, and professional area(s) of expertise. We will coordinate scheduling and provide sample interview questions.
  • Student Life Programming – TBD
Thursday, October 20, 2022
  • Career Services Alumni/Student Mock Interviews – All Day at Seay Student Center Virtual & Face-to-Face
    • Whether for 30 minutes or a full day, we invite you to be part of our student’s professional preparation! We are looking for alumni volunteers to conduct student interviews in either face-to-face or virtual formats. If you are interested in helping, contact Andrea Cooper at acooper@ozarks.edu to be placed on our schedule! Please indicate days/times of availability, format preference, and professional area(s) of expertise. We will coordinate scheduling and provide sample interview questions.
  • Student Life Programming – TBD
  • Women’s Soccer Game – 1:00PM at Hurie Soccer Field
    • Come cheer on the women’s soccer team to victory as they host East Texas Baptist University!
  • Men’s Soccer Game – 3:30PM at Hurie Soccer Field
    • Come cheer on the men’s soccer team to victory as they host East Texas Baptist University!
Friday, October 21, 2022
  • Ozarks Golf Tournament – 8:00AM at Clarksville Country Club
    • Call your friends now and prepare to meet at the Clarksville Country Club for Ozarks’ annual two-person scramble. Cash prizes will be awarded! Registration is $100 per team, $20 per cart and golf aids will be available for purchase. Lunch included!
      • Limited space: first 30 teams to register
  • Homecoming Check-in –  10:00AM at Rogers Conference Center
    • Kick homecoming off by visiting the alumni office staff and letting us know you are on campus
  • An Ozarks Reunion/50 Year Club – 11:30AM at Rogers Conference Center
    • This year’s luncheon is open to all alumni regardless of their class year. Designated tables will be reserved for each class decade and special recognition will be given to those classes celebrating their 50th, 60th, and 70th reunion. Cost to attend the event is $20 per person.
  • Raku Pottery Workshop – 2:00PM at Walton Fine Arts Center, Room 113
    • Join the OzArts Club for a fun, interactive, drop-in workshop…no art experience necessary! Participants will purchase a piece of hand-made pottery, and, with the help and advice of current of art students, apply the decorative glaze of their choice. After the pottery is glazed, fire it using the dramatic raku process. Participants will be able to take their finished pieces home with them later that day or pick them up on Saturday.
  • Ozarks Speaks Alumni Panel – 2:30PM at Walton Fine Arts Center, Rowntree Auditorium
    • Members of the Alumni Association Board of Directors invite all students and alumni to join them as they share their experiences within the “real world” and how Ozarks helped them in preparing for their life’s journey.
  • Art Exhibits showcase by Suzannah Schreckhise – 4:00PM at Walton Fine Arts Center
    • Spend time with Suzannah learning about her projects, experience, and passion for Art.
  • Get to know/visit with Professors – 4:00pm at Walton Fine Arts Center Lobby
    • The University Faculty will be participating in a panel discussion & hosting a reception for all Ozarks alumni and friends. Guests will be able to catch up with their favorite professors and share stories/life experiences from their time at Ozarks and beyond.
  • Ozarks Award Ceremony – 6:00PM in the Rogers Conference Center
    • Each year the University of the Ozarks Alumni Association recognizes distinguished alumni who have excelled in their fields and/or in their support of Ozarks. We will also be honoring distinguished donors selected by the Office of Advancement and Alumni Engagement. Cost to attend this event is $25 per person. Cash bar will be available. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
  • Hole in the Wall Gang reunion – 7:00PM at Munger-Wilson Chapel, Lower Level
    • Have you heard of the Hole in the Wall Gang? This is a group of individuals from the early to mid – 70’s that have stayed in contact over the last 40 -50 years. If you would like to see who all is a part of this group or reminisce about Ozarks in the 70’s, come join us for this gathering.
  • Block Party/Game Night – 8:00PM at Campus Mall
    • Join us outside of the Seay Student Center for Game Night on the Mall. We will have lawn games, volleyball, spike ball and hammocks to enjoy! Piney Bay Coffee and pastry treats will also be served for participants to enjoy.
  • Young Alumni Gathering – 8:00PM at Wrecked Canoe
    • Do you consider yourself a young alum? Whether recently graduated or just young at heart, come hang out at Clarksville’s newest bistro, patio, and bar while catching up with friends.
Saturday, October 22, 2022
  • Fun Run 8:00AM at Mabee Gymnasium Parking Lot
    • Join us at the Mabee Gymnasium for our Fun Run. Come ready to run with your fellow eagles as they run along the Spadra Trail and enjoy a delicious donut & coffee at the finish line!
  • Alumni & Student Disc Golf Tournament – 9:00AM at Campus Mall
    • Join us for the first ever Disc Golf tournament at UofO and check our new course on campus. This will be a two-man scramble and participants can either register as a team or individually and we will pair you with another person at start time. Prizes will be awarded for 1st & 2nd place.
  • Homecoming Check-in – 9:0010:00AM at Robson Library Lobby
    • Kick homecoming off by visiting the alumni office staff and letting us know you are on campus
  • Alumni Tennis Match – 9:00AM at Alexander Boreham Tennis Complex
    • Are you a former Tennis athlete? Want to meet some of the current players and test your skills against our current athletes? Come join us for the alumni Tennis Match. Please RSVP with coach Ryan Spencer at rspencer@ozarks.edu to participate.
  • Alumni Swim and Dive Meet – 9:30AM at Marvin Vinson Center
    • re you a former Swim & Dive athlete? Want to participate in our alumni meet? Please RSVP with coach David DeGeus at ddegeus@ozarks.edu to participate.
  • Alumni Softball Game – 10:00AM at Hurie Softball Complex
    • Are you a former softball athlete? Come play against our current players in our annual softball alumni game. Please RSVP with coach Denise Godwin at dgodwin@ozarks.edu to participate.
  • Alumni Association Meeting – 10:00AM at Rogers Conference Center (Taylor & Bean Rooms)
    • The Ozarks Alumni Association Board welcomes all alumni for the annual meeting of the Association. Join us as you learn more about the work of the Association Board and how you, as an alum, can help the University continue to thrive.
  • Family Photos – 9:00AM – 11:00AM at Munger-Wilson Chapel
    • Stop by the Munger-Wilson Memorial Chapel to get family photos taken by University Photographer, Vinnie Tran. There is no charge for the photos, and we will be sending them to you digitally via email to enjoy for years to come!
  • Ozarks Interactive Tour (Self-Guided) 9:00AM – 5:00PM, Campus Mall
    • Pick-up a campus map at check-in and take a stroll through campus and check-out all of our buildings and learn about cool things happening within each department on campus.
  • Coffee with Office of Student Life/Donut with the Deans 10AM at Robson Library – Campus Perks
    • Swing by, grab some coffee & a donut and meet our student life team or meet our Academic Department leaders.
  • Walker Hall 20 Year reunion & Education/Communication department breakout sessions – 11:00AM 12:30PM at Walker Hall Lobby
    • Come drop-in for refreshments and meet with Walker Hall Faculty, Staff, and former students as we celebrate 20 years of Walker Hall’s existence. Stay for Education and Communication department breakout reunions following the reception.
  • Aerie Club Meeting 11:30AM – 12:00PM at Mabee Gymnasium Aerie Room
    • Are you an Aerie Club member or interested in joining the Aerie Club? If so, meet with our Athletic Director and receive athletic updates before heading over to our soccer pre-game tailgate.
  • Choir Rehearsal – 12:00PM at Munger-Wilson Chapel
    • Join our Choir leader and current choir members for rehearsal
  • Class Reunions with a “2” and Alumni Tailgate – 12:00PM – 1:00PM at courtyard across from Hurie Soccer Field on Buchanan Street
    • Did you graduate with a year ending with the number “2” (52, 62, 72, 82, 92, 2002, 2012, 2022)? Come join fellow classmates for a reunion/tailgate. If you didn’t graduate in one of those years, that’s OK too, come hang out before the soccer games kick off.
  • Ozarks Family Carnival/Farmer’s Market – 12:00PM – 4:00PM at Hurie Soccer Field
    • This event has so much to offer! After filling up on burgers, hot dogs and snow cones, be sure to stop by the student organization and local community vendor booths. There will be games, face painting and bounce houses for the kids. Local community vendors will be present as well showcasing their crafts and selling produce. This event is free to all!
  • Women’s Soccer Game vs. LeTourneau University – 1:00PM at Hurie Soccer Field
    • Cheer on the Women’s soccer team to victory as they face LeTourneau!
  • Homecoming Ambassador Presentation Halftime of Women’s Soccer Game at Hurie Soccer Field
    • Meet Ozarks Homecoming Ambassadors for the 2022-2023 academic school year.
  • Athletic Senior Day Presentation – Between Women’s & Men’s Soccer games, Hurie Soccer Field
    • Come honor our outstanding fall athletic seniors as they are recognized for participating in their selective sport at Ozarks.
  • Alumni Excursion to Pridgin’s Family Brewery – 2:00PM – 4:00PM in Scranton, AR.
    • Come hang out for an alumni get together at Pridgin Family Brewery in Scranton, AR. Meet us there or RSVP to ride a bus over for this event. This will be a great event to visit one of our local breweries owned and operated by alums David and Reba Pridgin. We will provide the transportation, but guest will be responsible for purchasing beer and/or lunch or snacks at the brewery.
  • Men’s Soccer Game vs. LeTourneau University – 3:30PM at Hurie Soccer Field
    • Cheer on the Men’s soccer team to victory as they face LeTourneau!
  • Black Alumni Reunion – 5:00PM at Walton Fine Arts Center Lobby
    • Come together with fellow alumni and current student members of the Black Student Association. This annual event offers an opportunity to reconnect, enjoy food and share your experiences.
  • Taste of Arkansas – 6:00PM at Presidents Home
    • This event is held in the backyard of the President’s home. Cost to attend is $10 per person. Sample food items from locally owned businesses from across the River Valley and choose from a number of craft beer options all brewed in the state of Arkansas. Reminisce with old friends by the fire pit and make new connections while enjoying live music. Come get a taste of Ozarks hospitality.
Sunday, October 23, 2022
  • Yoga on campus mall – 8:00AM at Campus Mall or Seay Student Center
    • Need to exercise or clear your mind? Join us on the campus mall or in the Seay Student Center as we will move, breathe, and be present in the moment. Bring a friend, reusable water bottle, and a yoga mat/towel. Take some time for yourself during this great week of homecoming activities.
  • Ozarks Remembers – 10:00AM at Munger-Wilson Chapel
    • Each year we remember those who have left us and honor their memories of their time at Ozarks. This up-lifting service is a celebration of love and friendship and is a warm end to a perfect weekend.
  • President’s Brunch & Closing remarks – 11:00AM – 1:00PM at Rogers Conference Center
    • Wrap up the weekend by attending Brunch with the President and closing remarks. Listen to President Dunsworth talk about the latest things happening at Ozarks and spend one last time connecting with friends before heading home. The event is open to all and is $15 per person.
  • Lake Ludwig Bike Trail Excursion & Lunch – 10:00AM 12:00PM at Lake Ludwig
    • Did you know Clarksville has some awesome new bike trails at Lake Ludwig? Come get a guided tour of the trails and enjoy a cookout afterwards. Bring your own bike or rent one of ours for the tour.
  • Arkansas Wine Trail Excursion – 1:00PM 4:00PM in Altus, AR
    • Load a bus or van with some of your closest friends and hit the road to Altus, AR as we do some wine tasting at some local wineries. We will provide the transportation, but guest will be responsible for wine tasting fee and/or lunch or snacks at the wineries.

Highlights from Homecoming in April