UIC celebrates what makes Flames proud to be UIC — current students, staff, faculty, alumni and Chicago — Feb. 13 to 20 during homecoming week.
Presented by the Student Activities Board and the Center for Student Involvement, the Flames Homecoming 2016 week combines spirit week activities with a homecoming dance.
“We wanted a more involved type of homecoming to continue promoting our goal of creating school spirit on campus and create a community,” said Jaqueline Rojas Robles, executive board member for SAB.
The week of involvement starts with a window-decorating contest and variety show presented by UIC’s Greek life. Starting Feb. 15, the UIC community can attend a kick-off bash, participate in a service project, bowl or play casino games for free, and attend a homecoming basketball game. Use the hashtag #UICHoCo to share pictures, videos or comments.
The final hurrah will feature a homecoming dance — open to faculty, students, staff and alumni — Feb. 20, in the Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier. At least 600 guests are expected to attend.
“Now UIC has a formal dance that’s open to everyone,” said Rojas, a senior in the College of Engineering. “And it’s just about everyone having a good time in the end.”
Students can buy tickets for $10 at the UIC Bookstore through Feb. 19; no tickets will be sold at Navy Pier for the day of the event. Groups of four or more get a $2 discount for each ticket purchased. One guest per ID is accepted; tickets for guests are also on sale for $10. Alumni can purchase tickets from $11.54-$22.09 online.
For updates or more information, follow SAB on Twitter (@UIC_SAB), Instagram or Facebook (/UICSAB).
Greek Homecoming and Variety Show Fire P.I.T.
The variety show organized by the UIC Greek community will feature strolling, stepping, saluting, singing and skits.
Greek Alumni Reception, 4–5:30 p.m., East Terrace, SCE
Variety Show, 6–8 p.m., Illinois Room, SCE
Paint the Windows
Decorate windows on campus. Student organizations whose decorations are the most creative or have the most school spirit will win prizes. Sponsored by the Student Leadership and Volunteer Services. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Noon–4 p.m. Feb. 13; 4–8 p.m. Feb. 14, SCE
Homecoming Kick-Off Bash
Sparky, the UIC cheer and dance teams and the UIC Pep Band will pump students up with games, music and a march. Bring a used T-shirt with another university logo to participate in a T-shirt exchange. Sponsored by SAB. Contact email@example.com with questions.
Noon–2 p.m., Inner Circle, SCE
UICares Homecoming Service Project
Make cards for UI Hospital patients. Organized by the Student Leadership Development and Volunteer Services. Email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Noon–5 p.m., East Terrace, SCE
Bowl, play pool or arcade games for free. Pizza and ice cream will be provided. Sponsored by the Commuter Student Resource Center. Questions should be directed to email@example.com.
3–6 p.m., SCE Bowling Alley
Hustle Up UH
Run or walk University Hall’s 28 flights of stairs with students, faculty, staff and alumni and friends. Hosted by the University Ambassadors. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Registration, 7 p.m.; Hustle, 7:30 p.m., UH
Casino Royale Tailgate
Free casino games and food before the homecoming game. Email email@example.com with questions.
3–6 p.m., Illinois Room, SCE
Men’s Basketball vs. Detroit Titans. Students free with i-card. Alumni can purchase tickets online.
Shuttle buses will take students to and from the dance. Hosted by SAB. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. Semi-formal dress code.
8 p.m.–midnight, Aon Grand Ballroom, Navy Pier