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Homecoming 2013: ISUBCA Activities

ISUBCA’s 2012-2013 scholarship recipients at the 2012 Scholarship Brunch

ISUBCA’s 2012-2013 scholarship recipients at the 2012 Scholarship Brunch

The Illinois State University Black Colleagues Association (ISUBCA) invites you to join in the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Illinois State Alumni Association at Homecoming 2013 weekend, Friday, October 4, to Sunday, October 6!


We are excited to announce that all of ISUBCA’s weekend events will be held at our new host hotel, the Parke Regency Hotel & Conference Center in Bloomington. The Parke is currently sold out, but we invite you to contact the hotel about possible cancellations. Illinois State alumni blocks can also be found at other area hotels as well. For a complete listing, visit

Please note, in order to accommodate those alumni and friends participating in ISUBCA’s festivities, if you have a room at the Parke Regency Hotel and have not registered for ISUBCA’s Homecoming events by August 16, your reservation will be cancelled. If you have any questions, please contact one of the Homecoming co-chairs: Karyn L. Aguirre ’86 and Mike Willis ’82.


For additional information regarding all of the University’s Homecoming festivities, visit For more on ISUBCA activities, “Like” us on Facebook at “Black Colleagues Association–Illinois State University.”

We encourage you to take advantage of the Early Redbird Special event pricing. Registration details are below, and it pays to register early. Remember that ISUBCA needs your support and your financial participation allows ISUBCA to continue to fund scholarships for deserving students. Help us make this the best Homecoming yet! See you there!

ISUBCA Homecoming apparel

Apparel is available in red or black and will have the official Illinois State University Homecoming 2013 logo (front) and the ISUBCA logo (back). The apparel is available by preorder only.

To order your ISUBCA 2013 apparel, you may call the Barnes and Noble Bookstore at (309) 452-0535 at these times:

Monday, September 16, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tuesday, September 17, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

You will be required to pay at the time you place your order.

For those who placed orders, please pick up your ISUBCA Homecoming apparel at Barnes and Noble on the 2nd Floor of the Bone Student Center, during Homecoming weekend, on Friday 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. or Saturday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. All apparel must be picked up by the close of business on Saturday, October 5, 2013.

For those who missed the ISUBCA Homecoming apparel deadline, you can still purchase Illinois State University Homecoming items online by clicking here.

ISUBCA Homecoming activities and registration information

Register online or by calling Alumni Relations at (800) 366-4478 or (309) 438-2586. Homecoming weekend, only per event pricing will be available. It pays to register early!

Homecoming pricing

Packages include Friday Welcome Event, Saturday Battle of the DJ’s and Dance Party, and Sunday Scholarship Brunch. The brunch is the only single event option available during Early Red Bird Registration.

Early Redbird Special (ends Friday, August 16)

Weekend package: $75

Scholarship Brunch only: $25 for adults, and $15 for children ages 13 and under

Late Registration (ends Monday, September 23)

Weekend package: $85

Individual pricing:

Welcome Party: $35
Battle of the DJs: $25
Sunday Brunch: $30 for Adults; $15 for Children (age 13 and under)

Friday, October 4

Meet and Greet
7–8 p.m., Parke Regency Hotel & Conference Center, 1413 Leslie Drive, Bloomington
Mr. Beez Atrium Pub

Cost: Free with cash bar available

Welcome Event
8 p.m.–1:30 a.m., Grand Ballroom of the Parke Regency Hotel & Conference Center
Cost: $35, includes hors d’oeuvres buffet, three complimentary drink tickets, and entertainment.


8:30–10 p.m., ISUBCA Showcase, featuring the talents of ISUBCA alumni and a rising comedian.
10 p.m.–1:30 a.m., Club ISUBCA—Dance the night away, play cards and games, and enjoy plenty of surprises!

Saturday, October 5

Homecoming Parade
10 a.m.
Join ISUBCA in the parade. Parade begins at the corner of University Street and College Avenue

Football Tailgate
11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Stop by for food, fun, and beverages before the game.

Illinois State Redbirds vs. Western Illinois Leathernecks
2 p.m., Hancock Stadium

Starting August 6, alumni can lock in Homecoming football tickets at a reduced rate on the newly renovated east grandstand! By using the Promo Code “ALUM13” when purchasing tickets on, alums will have access to best-available reserved tickets on the east grandstand for only $20 per ticket. A limited number of tickets are available at this price, so don’t delay! If you need special accommodations or would like west-side seating at the regular ticket price ($25), call the Redbird Ticket Office at (309) 438-8000.

Battle of the DJ’s
8 p.m.–1:30 a.m., Grand Ballroom of the Parke Regency Hotel & Conference Center
Battle begins at 8:30 p.m. … You do not want to be late!

Featured DJs are , James (DJ Acid) DeLette, Randy (DJ Slick) Halbert, and Tony (DJ Tone) Jones and a special surprise guest.

Cost: $25, includes battle of the DJ’s, hors d’oeuvres buffet, and nonalcoholic beverages. A cash bar will be available.

Sunday, October 6

ISUBCA Scholarship Brunch
10 a.m.–noon, Hawthorne and Sienna Room of the Parke Regency Hotel & Conference Center

Featured guests will include ISUBCA’s scholarship recipients and new Illinois State University President Timothy J. Flanagan.

Cost: $30 per person, $15 for kids

Register now! Register online or by calling Alumni Relations at (800) 366-4478 or (309) 438-2586.