Raider Nation Celebration Homecoming and Family Weekend | Oct. 6–7, 2023
Schedule of Events
Open Friday from 2 to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon
While you’re in Orange City, visit the Stadscentrum—or city center—on the corner of Central Avenue and 2nd Street to view wooden shoe carving demonstrations and to enjoy music by the Dutch street organ. Photos and exhibits that share the history of Orange City are also on display.
NORTHWESTERN COLLEGE BOOKSTORE
The bookstore will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with merchandise also available at Korver Field from one hour before kickoff until the third quarter.
DUTCH AMERICAN HERITAGE MUSEUM
Open Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon
Stop by our wonderful museum and learn more about Orange City history—not just of the Dutch, but also of Native Americans. The newly renovated Annex houses exhibits with artifacts from area veterans. 120 3rd Street SW (south of the Sioux County Courthouse); $5 admissions fee ($1 for students)
FRIDAY, OCT. 6
10:05 a.m. | Christ Chapel
Come hear from missionaries Felipe ’12 and Janelle ’11 (de Waard) Silva, who serve as the directors of the Fara Limite Climbing Gym in Romania and helped plant Anchor Church.
CLASSES OF ’73 AND ’83 COFFEE
3:30 p.m.| The Hub Raider Grille
5:15 p.m. Appetizers
6 p.m. Dinner | Rowenhorst Student Center
Everyone is invited to the Celebration Banquet as we recognize the generosity of donors and the achievements of our students. Enjoy food, fellowship and musical entertainment.
Reserve your tickets by Sept. 22 by contacting Carrie Anderson at email@example.com or 712-707-7110.
RAIDER SOFTBALL VS. SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA STATE
6 p.m. | MOC-Floyd Valley High School Softball Field
Raider softball alumni and fans are invited to attend the softball game against Southwest Minnesota State. Former players will be recognized before the game.
Contact Coach Shane Bouman to register at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHILDREN’S PLAY: “ONE SNOWY NIGHT”
7 p.m. | DeWitt Theatre Arts Center
Nonni, a young Icelandic boy, finds himself left home alone and in charge of his father’s prize sheep, Gullbra. When Gullbra wanders off into the wilderness, Nonni and his faithful dog, Titla, must go after her, facing mountains, glaciers—and even trolls.
This play lasts approximately 60 minutes. To purchase children’s play tickets, visit nwciowa.edu/tickets.
8 p.m. | Christ Chapel
Get your tickets and hear Rend Collective in concert. This Christian folk rock worship band from Northern Ireland will perform music from their latest album, “Whosoever,” along with hits like “My Lighthouse,” “Build Your Kingdom Here” and “Your Name Is Power.”
Buy your tickets online through Etix.
SATURDAY, OCT. 7
RED RAIDER ROAD RACE
8:30 a.m. registration
This year's Red Raider Road Race will be a 5K race or a 1-mile walk. The race will begin on campus between Christ Chapel and the Learning Commons. Check-in is at 8:30 a.m., with the race starting at 9. Registrations received by 9/25/23 are guaranteed an event t-shirt. Cost is $30. Register online.
RAIDER BASEBALL ALUMNI GAMES
9 a.m. | MOC-Floyd Valley High School Baseball Field
Former Raider baseball players are invited back to NWC to enjoy some friendly competition.
Contact Coach Brian Wede to register at email@example.com.
MORNING ON THE GREEN
10 a.m. to noon | Campus Green
Bring the kids to our family-friendly carnival. Student-run booths cost 3 to 4 tickets at 25¢ per ticket.
CLASSES OF ’73, ’83 AND ’03 REUNIONS AND TOURS
10 a.m. | Ramaker Center (’73 and ’83) and Vogel Community Room in the DeWitt Learning Commons (’03)
Nametags and a schedule of the day’s events will be available.
10:45 a.m. | Christ Chapel
Raise your voice in joyful praise with traditional hymns led by organist MaryLou Wielenga.
HALL OF FAME LUNCHEON
11 a.m. | Rowenhorst Student Center 4-Court Area
Family and friends of Raider Hall of Fame inductees are invited to celebrate their honor. Tickets are $15 per person.
Reserve your tickets by Sept. 29 by contacting Jacki Goebel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 712-707-7280.
TAILGATE PICNIC & REUNIONS
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Campus Green
All alumni, parents and campus visitors are invited to a catered tailgate picnic before the Raider football game. Space under the tailgate tent will be designated for alumni from the classes of ’73, ’83 and ’03.
$8 per person; $6 for children 6–10; children under 5 are free. Cash only.
RAIDER FOOTBALL VS. HASTINGS
1:30 p.m. | Korver Field
Parents can get into the game for free by showing your student’s ID. During halftime, the 2023 Northwestern Distinguished Alumni Award winners will be recognized and the dance team will perform. Members of the Raiders’ 1973 and 1983 national championship football teams will also be honored.
CHILDREN’S PLAY: “ONE SNOWY NIGHT”
4 p.m. | DeWitt Theatre Arts Center
If you missed the Friday evening performance of this delightful children’s play, make sure you catch its Saturday matinee.
This play lasts approximately 60 minutes. To reserve tickets for alumni and family members, visit nwciowa.edu/tickets.
1973 AND 1983 FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS RECEPTION
5 p.m. | Landsmeer Golf and Country Club
Members and guests of the championship teams are invited to this reception, with food served at 5:30.
For food planning purposes, please RSVP by emailing email@example.com or calling Ross Fernstrum at 712-707-7416 by Friday, Sept. 29.
DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI BANQUET
5:30 p.m. | Vermeer Dining Room
Join us as we honor Northwestern's four Distinguished Alumni Award recipients for 2023.
To reserve tickets, contact Carrie Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 712-707-7110.
FALL MUSIC SHOWCASE
7 p.m. | Christ Chapel
Enjoy the sounds of Northwestern’s band, choir and various ensembles during their first concert of the 2023–24 school year.