Northwest Missouri State Homecoming to be ‘Greatest Show at Northwest’ October 7-15

Northwest Missouri State University Homecoming Parade

Northwest Missouri State University will celebrate “The Greatest Show at Northwest” during its 2018 Homecoming week. 

The week begins Sunday, Oct. 7, with the hanging of the banners at the J.W. Jones Student Union, and the festivities conclude Monday, Oct. 15, with the presentation of awards in the Charles Johnson Theater. Highlights include the Homecoming parade and football game, the Variety Show and the International Flag Raising Ceremony as well as the grand opening of the Carl and Cheryl Hughes Fieldhouse.

Details about all Homecoming activities, including participant entry forms, are available at, or by contacting 660.562.1226 or All entry forms are due at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28.

Northwest’s 2018 Homecoming Executive Board consists of Emily Elliott, a junior communication major from Kansas City, Missouri, as royalty and Variety Show co-chair; Alek Lanter, a senior recreation major from Parkville, Missouri, as parade and sponsorship co-chair; Joe Suchan, a senior interactive digital media major from Maryville, as banner, canned art and philanthropy co-chair; and Veronica Maere, a senior communication major from Panora, Iowa, as secretary. 

Grand opening of the Hughes Fieldhouse

Northwest welcomes the community to celebrate the opening of the Carl and Cheryl Hughes Fieldhouse during a dedication ceremony at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, and open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, that will include tours of the facility, inflatables, music and opportunities for children to interact with Bearcat student-athletes. The events are free and open to the public.

As the single largest public-private partnership in Northwest’s 113‐year history and one of the largest such projects in the region ever, the Hughes Fieldhouse has benefitted from donors committing $13.5 million to the project. Leading support for the project was provided by the Founding 50 – a group of donors contributing $50,000 or more to the project – with the Carl and Cheryl Hughes Family Foundation, the Mel and Valorie Booth Family, the city of Maryville and Nodaway Valley Bank working as “team captains” of the group. The University and students also are contributing to the project, while hundreds of alumni and friends have made gifts of all sizes.

The 137,250 square-foot, $20 million Hughes Fieldhouse is designed to serve a multitude of social, recreational and economic needs for the University and region. For more information about the Hughes Fieldhouse, visit