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Homecoming and Family Weekend: April 1-6, 2024

Come celebrate everything we love about UHCL, and explore our growing campus at one of our newest campus traditions, Homecoming and Family Weekend! This event is open to all students, faculty, staff, alumni, their family and friends, and the rest of the community. Join us in creating an atmosphere that encourages all Hawks, past and present, to fly back home to UHCL!

  • Dress Up Through the Decades
  • Monday, April 1- Saturday, April 6

    Sponsored by: Homecoming & Family Weekend Committee

    Details of Event: Each day during Homecoming, members of the campus community are encouraged to dress up like one of the decades. Wear your best dressed outfit as we travel “Through the Decades” and celebrate the 50th Anniversary of UHCL.

    • Monday, April 1 – 70’s Day
    • Tuesday, April 2 – 80’s Day
    • Wednesday, April 3 – 90’s Day (Blue and Green Wednesday)
    • Thursday, April 4 – 2000’s Day
    • Friday, April 5 – 2010’s Day
    • Saturday, April 6 - Blue and Green Day
  • Through the Decades: Pep Rally and Costume Contest
  • Monday, April 1

    Sponsored by: Homecoming & Family Weekend Committee

    Details of Event: Kickoff Homecoming and Family Weekend with a Campus Pep Rally and Decade Themed Costume Contest. The Pep Rally will feature Hunter the Hawk, opening remarks, fun activities, food, and refreshments. Get your best outfit ready from any of the decades (70’s, 80’s, 90’s, 00’s, 10’s) and join in for a campus costume contest. All faculty and staff, students, offices, departments, colleges, and student organizations are encouraged to participate!!

    Event Time:  2:30 – 4:00pm
    Event Location:  Bayou Atrium II

    1st, 2nd, 3rd place prizes for:
    Group & individual contest (Faculty and Staff Division)
    Group & individual contest (Students and Student Organizations Division)

    Sign-ups for the costume contest will take place from 2:00pm-2:30pm in Atrium II of the Bayou on April 1st. Bring your costume, theme (if applicable), and all participants!!

  • Campus Quest: The Ultimate Escape Room Scavenger Hunt
  • Monday, April 1 - Wednesday, April 3

    Sponsored by: Orientation and New Student Programs

    Join Campus Quest as we turn our library and campus into a puzzle-filled adventure! Students will work together in teams to solve clues, unlock mysteries, and complete challenges in this escape room scavenger hunt.  

    Audience: UHCL Students

    Event Time: Various times available, see options & sign-up via Get Involved
    Event Location: Alfred R. Neumann Library

  • Student Government President’s Luncheon and SG Day
  • Tuesday, April 2

    Join Student Government and President Richard Walker for the annual President’s Luncheon. All students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend this event which will bring together the campus community to learn more about campus happenings, updates, and to celebrate Student Government Day! Lunch will be provided and available on a first come, first served basis. We hope to have you there!

    Event Time: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    Event Location: Bayou Building Garden Room

  • Design a Hawk at UHCL Pearland
  • Tuesday, April 2
    Join UHCL Pearland and Campus Activities Board for Design a Hawk at Pearland.  This event will enable you to stuff an animal and design clothes for your new friend. Supplies are limited and available on a first come, first served basis.

    Event Time:  3 - 5 p.m.
    Event Location: Pearland Student Affairs suite PAB 140

  • Zumba – 80’s Themed Neon Dance Party
  • Tuesday, April 2

    Sponsored by: Campus Recreation & Wellness

    Join us for an 80’s themed dance fitness party! Wear your best 80’s themed outfit or wear dark colors so the neon lights pop!

    Audience: Open to all UHCL Faculty, Staff, Students and RWC Community Members

    Event Time: 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
    Event Location: RWC - MAC Gym

  • Duck Races
  • Wednesday, April 3

    Sponsored by: University Staff Association

    The University Staff Association will host rubber ducky relay races in the Alumni Plaza fountain. Pick a number and cheer for your rubber ducky to make it's way down the fountain the quickest!  There will be free food and giveaways to those who participate.

    Audience: Open to all UHCL Faculty, Staff, Students, Alumni and friends

    Event Time: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    Event Location: Alumni Plaza

  • Career Preparation Alumni Panel: How to Translate Your Skills
  • Wednesday, April 3

    Join us for a panel discussion with members of high-reliability organizations, including former members and trainers of the NASA Astronaut Selection Board, who will discuss how their organizations recruit, select, and train. Panelists will explain how these processes translate to employee recruitment and hiring in any industry. This is a great opportunity to learn more about articulating and showcasing transferable skills learned inside and outside the classroom and how to apply them to the pursuit of any career.

    The conversation is based on the recent inspirational movie, A Million Miles Away, available now on Prime Video.

    Enjoy free food, drinks and giveaways while learning the behind the scenes of the astronaut selection process, training for a high-reliability workforce, and how these skills and values are applicable in any discipline.

    Panel Registration

    Event Time: 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
    Event Location: SSCB 1100

  • Student VS Faculty/Staff Kickball
  • Thursday, April 4
    Sponsored by: Orientation and New Student Programs & Campus Recreation & Wellness

    This fun-spirited kickball game brings students, faculty and staff together for a friendly competition. Join in the competition or cheer on your team of choice!

    Audience: UHCL Students, Faculty and Staff are invited to play, all are welcome to cheer!

    Event Time: 5 - 7 p.m.
    Event Location: Campus Recreation and Wellness Rec Sport Field

  • Graduate Social Soiree
  • Thursday, April 4

    Sponsored by: Admissions

    This is a great opportunity for prospective graduate students to learn more about graduate programs and socialize with faculty and staff. Event attendees will have the opportunity to attend a variety of information sessions, tour campus, and apply for admissions.  Free professional headshots will be offered to the first 50 attendees.  

    Audience: Prospective Graduate Students, Family & Friends, UHCL Faculty & Staff

    Event Time: 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
    Event Location: SSCB

  • 50 Years of Women's and Gender Studies – Exhibit Opening
  • Thursday, April 4

    Sponsored by: Program in Women's and Gender Studies/College of Human Sciences and Humanities

    Join us to celebrate 50 Years of Women’s and Gender Studies at UHCL. This exhibit opening will include several WGST faculty and students who will share their experiences and memories of the program.  Additionally, we’ll share a segment of Dr. Gretchen Mieszkowski’s presentation from the 35th year anniversary. Participants will be able to enjoy refreshments & conversation while they view the display. The exhibit will be on display April 1-15 throughout the Bayou Building.

    Audience: All are Welcome 

    Event Time: 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
    Event Location: Bayou, Atrium 2

  • Friday Morning Continuing Education Programs:  “How to View the Great Texas Eclipse”
  • Friday, April 5

    Sponsored by: HSH CE office

    On April 8, 2024 parts of Texas will experience a total eclipse! Learn how and where to view this great eclipse for an experience of a lifetime! Free eclipse glasses will be given to the first 20 takers! Session presented by Keith Parsons, Professor Emeritus

    Audience: All are Welcome

    Event Time: 9:30-10:30am
    Event Location: Bayou 1313

  • Friday Morning Continuing Education Programs:  “Debunking Common Myths and Misconceptions about Psychology”
  • Friday, April 5

    Sponsored by: HSH CE office

    In this session, Dr Enciso and her undergraduate students will present common misconceptions and myths about psychology. They’ll debunk the myths and offer evidence-based explanations. Learn useful information to avoid falling into false claims or reproducing them. Presented by Dr. Giazu Enciso Dominguez

    Audience: All are Welcome

    Event Time: 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    Event Location: Bayou 1313

  • Common Reader Program Big Reveal
  • Friday, April 5

    Sponsored by: UHCL Common Reader Program

    The Common Reader Program is celebrating our 10th year anniversary with a look back at past common readers, event speakers, and guests! We will also highlight this year's book, Disability Visibility, with two Houston-based poets, Jasminne Mendez and Maria Palacios. Finally, join us as we unveil our 2024-2025 common reader and make plans for the future!

    Audience: All are Welcome

    Event Time: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
    Event Location: Neumann Library, Hawk's Overlook, Bayou Building

  • Pillow Palooza
  • Friday, April 5

    Sponsored by: Student Housing and Residential Life

    Students will have the opportunity to design and decorate pillows to reflect their individual personalities and interests. Whether it's decorated with animal stickers or a trendy patterned pillow, participants will enjoy expressing themselves through their creations.

    Audience: Hunter Hall Residents

    Event Time: 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    Event Location: Hunter Hall Lobby

  • CSE Open House
  • Saturday, April 6 

    Sponsored by: College of Science and Engineering

    Learn more about the College of Science and Engineering and get a peek at our research facilities. It will be a good time to meet faculty and tour our labs.

    Audience: All UHCL Students, Faculty and Staff

    Event Time: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    Event Location: STEM Building

  • Alumni Brunch
  • Saturday, April 6 

    Sponsored by: Alumni Relations

    All Alumni are invited to enjoy a brunch with family and friends prior to the Chili Cookoff with a special visit from Hunter the Hawk. Pre-Registration is required.

    Audience: UHCL Alumni & families

    Alumni Brunch Registration

    Event Time: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    Event Location: Patio Cafe

  • Chili Cookoff
  • Saturday, April 6 

    Sponsored by: Office of Student Involvement and Leadership

    Join us for the 33rd annual Chili Cookoff! If you love chili or have a great chili recipe, this event is your opportunity to shine and enjoy. The event features multiple chili booth tasting opportunities, fun activities for the whole family, and a celebration of Hunter the Hawk's 11th birthday!!

    Audience: All are Welcome

    Event Time: 12 - 3 p.m.
    Event Location: Bayou Building, Front Circle


Special Accommodations

Any individual needing an accommodation in order to participate in this event or utilizes these services will need to contact the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership at 281-283-2560 or in advance.