Freeport, Illinois — Highland Community College is hosting a series of events for its annual homecoming celebration from November 5-9. The events are free and open to the public and culminate in a Community Celebration on Friday, November 9, to coincide with a 7 p.m. Cougar Men’s basketball game at the Sports Complex/YMCA; 7 p.m. Concert Band in the Fine Arts Center, located at 2998 W. Pearl City Rd., Freeport, Ill.
Throughout the week there will be a Women in Science Alumni Panel; Campus Open House with Tours; Distinguished Alumni Banquet, all leading to the special events on Friday.
Student Themed Activities
The Student Senate created dress up days for the students, and noteworthy fundraisers to celebrate the week. Monday is Pajama Day with a hot chocolate and coffee fundraiser in the morning to raise funds for the Helping Overcome Personal Emergencies (H.O.P.E.) Program. Tuesday is Red, White & Blue Day to promote voting for the national and state elections. The Student Senate group will also host a tie dying event to creatively enhance student’s shirts for the Highland Spirit Day on Friday. Wednesday is Stress Relief Awareness Day, which is an invite for students to mediate and color away stress. Thursday students will have a Dance Party & Karoke in the cafeteria for the 80s Theme Day.
Women in Science Panel & HCC Open House
The public is welcome to attend Wednesday’s Women in Science Alumni Panel at the Ray & Betty Stamm Health Science Nursing Wing (rooms N158/154) from 1:30-3 p.m. The alumni panel of three women in science will discuss their career journeys after Highland in the science, nursing, and medical field. The panelists include JoAnn Gorsline, Mercy Health-Rockford, NICU nurse, Elena Rodriguez, Monroe Clinic-Hospital, RN, and Peg Ditmar, Midwest Medical Group, Nurse Practitioner.
Also on Wednesday from 3-6 p.m., the college is hosting an Open House. Participants should start in the Student/Conference Center (building H) where they will pick up a punch card for a chance to win an Amazon Echo Show. Eighteen Highland programs are open for the campus tour. However, in order to qualify for the Echo drawing, participants must complete at least eight stops on the punch card.
Alumni Banquet The Highland Community College Foundation is hosting the annual “Distinguished Alumni Award Ceremony” on Thursday at the Freeport Club. The invite only event recognizes past Highland graduates who have shown community leadership and believe in the mission of higher education. The recipients are publicly announced after the reception.
Highland Spirit Day
Highland finishes out the week with a pre-game party at 5 p.m. before the Cougar Men’s Basketball team takes on Southeastern Iowa. The pre-game party, in the YMCA, will have food, drinks, prizes and table displays before the game.
To celebrate Homecoming, all attendees enter the game at 7 p.m. for free and get a Growel Towel. The pre-game party drawing winners are announced at halftime of the game along with performances by the cheer team and dance team. Stick around after the game for the post-game drawing for 15-hours of paid college credits!
Also on Friday is the Concert Band Fall Concert in the Ferguson Fine Arts Center (building F) starting at 7 p.m. Performance pieces include Vincent Persichetti’s “Pageant” and George Frideric Handel’s “Overture” and conclude with “Les Miserables” and The Divine Comedy arrangements. Tickets are $12 adults, $10 seniors, and $8 for students.
Student Senate is hosting a post-game “Moonlight Bowling” party at 9 p.m. at the 4 Seasons bowling alley in Freeport. The event is free for students, but teams must pre-register by calling 815-599-3582.