2017 International Alumni Reunion

The University of Nebraska at Kearney will hold its first ever International Alumni Homecoming Reunion, September 14-16, 2017. Below is information on the schedule, hotel accommodations, and meal costs.

Please complete the online registration form to confirm your registration. Thank you. We look forward to seeing you in September!

  • If you plan to participate in the parade with current ISA members and fellow international alumni, please feel free to bring apparel representing your home country if you would like to.
  • There are links on the Alumni Association Homecoming webpage (https://unkalumni.org/homecoming) where you can pay for the meals you plan to participate in via credit card. The Thursday reception and Friday picnic are complimentary.
Click HERE for campus map.

International Alumni Reunion Schedule

Thursday, September 14
8:00 PM Informal opening reception hosted by UNK alumnus Yousef Ghamedi, Cunningham's Bar and Grill, 15 West 23rd Street
UNK Vans available to shuttle alumni from Candlewood Suites, 210 4th Avenue, to Cunningham’s at 7:40 p.m. Vans will be available at Cunningham's between 9:30 and 11:30 p.m. to shuttle alumni back to Candlewood Suites.
Friday, September 15
9:05 & 10:10 AM Visit Classes
Vans available at 8:30 AM to shuttle alumni from Candlewood Suites to Library area and West Center area.
11:30 AM Lunch on (or near) campus (Distinguished Alumni Awards Luncheon, or lunch on your own)
2:00 PM International Education Meet and Greet, Ockinga Auditorium (west of Welch Hall)
3:00 PM Campus Tour with Admissions Director, Dusty Newton
UNK vans will be available at 4:00 PM to shuttle alumni from east side of Nebraskan Student Union to Candlewood Suites.
Vans will be available to shuttle alumni from Candlewood Suites to Welch Hall at 5:15 p.m.
5:30 PM Complimentary BBQ for international alumni and UNK faculty, under the tent near Welch Hall on west campus
Starting at 7:00 pm vans will be available to shuttle alumni who want to go from Welch Hall to Nicks on the Bricks or Candlewood Suites. At 7:30 p.m. vans will be available to shuttle alumni from Candlewood Suites to Nicks on the Bricks.
7:00 PM UNK alumnus Carlos Godinez invites all international alumni to a dance at his restaurant/bar, Nicks on the Bricks, 15 East 24th Street
Vans will be available to shuttle alumni from Nicks on the Bricks back to Candlewood Suites between 9:30 and 11:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 16
10:00 AM Walk in Homecoming Parade with UNK ISA, time and location for line-up TBD
At 9:00 AM, vans will shuttle alumni from Candlewood Suites to parade line-up location, East 22nd Street between Avenue A and Avenue B
11:30 AM Beer and Brats Loper Luncheon, Alumni House, 2222 9th Avenue. The parade ends 3 blocks south of the Alumni House. You can go there or to the tailgate on campus following the parade.
12:00 PM Loperville Tailgate - west of football stadium, food and beverages available for purchase from local vendors
2:00 PM UNK Football vs. Northwest Missouri State University
At 4:00 PM, vans will be available to shuttle alumni from east side of Nebraskan Student Union to Candlewood Suites
6:00 PM Celebration Banquet (6 PM social, 7 PM dinner), Younes Conference Center, 416 West Talmadge Road

Hotel Accommodations

A block of rooms is being held at the Kearney Candlewood Suites, Thursday through Sunday of the reunion. The cost is $99.95 per night.

Contact the Kearney hotel directly to make the reservation. Click HERE for the link to the website. 

Meal Costs and RSVPs

Below is approximate prices and RSVP information for the meals during the reunion:

  1. Thursday evening informal opening reception at Cunningham's Bar and Grill - complimentary food, cash bar
  2. Friday lunch - you can attend the Distinguished Alumni Awards Luncheon in the Nebraskan Student Union for $25 per person (RSVP by Sept. 8 at https://unkalumni.org/homecoming), or you can have lunch on your own on or near campus.
  3. Friday evening bbq picnic - complimentary
  4. Saturday Beer and Brats Loper Luncheon at the Alumni House - $10 per person (No RSVP deadline. Pay online at https://unkalumni.org/homecoming, or at door), or on your own, or at Loperville Tailgate.
  5. Saturday evening closing banquet at the Younes Conference Center (near your hotel) -  $30 per person. Pay online at https://unkalumni.org/homecoming, by Monday, September 11.


RSVP for Thursday reception, Friday picnic, and Saturday banquet by September 11, 2017 by emailing payneb@unk.edu. If you completed the online registration form and included meal information, you do not need to RSVP by email.

Ground Transportation

For ground transportation between the out-of-town airports and Kearney, you can either rent a car or reserve space on the Navigator Airport Express.  Please note that if you fly through DFW into Grand Island, Navigator does not come to the airport, so you will need to take a taxi from the airport to Bosselman’s Travel Center, which is just north of I-80. Additionally, Navigator does not operate on Sundays.

Navigator website:  http://www.navigatorairportexpress.com/

Car Rental availability at Omaha Eppley Airfield:  http://flyoma.com/services/ground-transportation

Car Rental availability at Lincoln Airport:  http://www.lincolnairport.com/airport-information/ground-transportation/

Car Rental availability at Central Nebraska Regional Airport in Grand Island:  http://flygrandisland.com/cnra-rental-cars/

Car Rental availability at Kearney Regional Airport:  http://kearneyairport.com/home.html

We will plan to have vans shuttle international alumni needing rides between the Candlewood Suites hotel, campus, and downtown locations. Additionally, we should be able to provide ground transportation to and from the Kearney airport if you prefer to not rent a car.