Get 'exCYted' for Homecoming 2014


Buy this homecoming button for $5 and enjoy lunch on central campus the rest of the week. Photo by Amy Vinchattle.

Homecoming 2014, "Experience the ExCYtement," kicked off earlier this week and culminates with an array of weekend events. In addition to this year's traditional homecoming activities, Cy is celebrating his 60th birthday, complete with cake and balloons. Below is a list of public, family-friendly events for the remainder of homecoming weekend. All activities are free unless indicated.

Thursday, Oct. 9

  • Beginning today through Oct. 13, each CyclONE City Cy statue around Ames will hold a balloon honoring Cy's 60th birthday, map of locations
  • Food on Campus (11 a.m.-1 p.m., central campus), orange chicken, sesame chicken, lo mein, fried rice, fortune cookies, free with purchase of $5 homecoming button (available at the lunch or the ISU Alumni Center, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays)

Friday, Oct. 10

  • Food on Campus (11 a.m.-1 p.m., central campus), pork patties, carrots, chips, cupcakes, free with $5 homecoming button
  • Honors and Awards Ceremony (1:30 p.m., Benton Auditorium, Scheman Building), dessert reception follows, list of award winners
  • Homecoming celebration and pep rally (5-9 p.m., Alumni Center), pizza available for purchase or free with a homecoming button (5-7 p.m. or until it runs out), birthday cupcakes honoring Cy, cash bar, family-friendly tailgate games and giveaways, live music, ISU marching band and spirit squad (6:30 p.m.), and pep rally (7 p.m.) featuring coaches, student-athletes, Yell-Like-Hell finals, Cardinal Court and a "Happy Birthday" salute to Cy
  • ExCYtement in the Streets (8-10 p.m., Greek community), lighted lawn displays created by teams of ISU Greek chapters, map of locations
  • Pancake feed (10 p.m.-midnight, central campus), $3
  • Mass campaniling and fireworks (midnight, central campus)

Saturday, Oct. 11

  • College open houses (9-11 a.m.): Curtiss, Gerdin, Design, Howe, LeBaron, MacKay and Palmer halls open for self-guided tours
  • Cyclone central homecoming tailgate (9 a.m.-2 p.m., Alumni Center), cash bar, Cyclone gear for sale, spirit squad, marching band, a visit from Cy and kids activities
  • Iowa State football vs. Toledo (2:30 p.m., Jack Trice Stadium), tickets are $25-$65