Town and Gown 5K

Town and Gown will host its annual 5K run on Saturday, October 6 at 7:30 a.m., rain or shine, outside the Student Fitness Center. Consider forming a group to participate in this annual activity. Participants who register by September 16 will receive a discounted registration fee and a commemorative dri-fit T-shirt on the day of the run. To register, visit

Football tickets

Redbird football will take on Southern Illinois University on Saturday, October 6 at 1 p.m. at Hancock Stadium. Because we are anticipating a sell-out Homecoming game, we encourage you to purchase your tickets early. Redbird Athletics is offering a special alumni discount for reserved seats at $16 per ticket until September 21 at 5 p.m. To order the special alumni rate tickets, go to, click on “Tickets” and then “Promotions” from the Quick Links menu. Enter promotional code ALUM12 and place your order. Tickets are sold on first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. Tickets will be mailed or you may select the print-at-home option. For special requests or seating accommodations, call (309) 438-8000.

Maps, parking, buses

Be sure to check out the extensive Homecoming maps available at Included is information for the new Town and Gown 5K route, revised parade path, tailgating lots, free bus service and parking information! You can also see what events are occurring at each location.

Homecoming photo contest

Can’t join us on campus for Homecoming this year? Participate virtually!

Let us know how you “Get Your Groove On” during Homecoming week by submitting your Redbird-spirited photos to win prizes. Two winners will be selected to receive an Illinois State tumbler, key chain and T-shirt. One grand prize winner will be selected to receive a complimentary one-night stay at the Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Uptown Normal.

To enter, just submit your photos taken between October 1-8, 2012 online or email to

For full contest rules and details, visit