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Help us celebrate Lakeland like never before during our Big Fish Festival, held during Homecoming October 1, 2016. Among the many attractions will be family-friendly games and activities; live music; and much more. Areas will also be set up for alumni who simply prefer to reconnect with former classmates.

Watch for more details coming throughout late summer and early fall.

Register online below, or contact LaJill Edge or 920-565-1023 ext. 2158. Advance reservations can be made until 3:30 p.m. Friday, September 30, 2016.

Friday, September 30, 2016

4 p.m.
Reverends' reunion, Laun Center, David and Valerie Black Room, 209

All ordained pastors are invited to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the name change in 1956 from Mission House to Lakeland College. Enjoy a buffet-style fish-fry and chance to reconnect with other pastors.

Registration is required, and the cost is $15 per person. For more information, contact Linda Bosman at or 920-565-1023 ext. 2151.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

9 a.m.
Alumni pep band rehearsal, Edgar Thiessen Room, Verhulst Building

Calling all past Lakeland band members! We are forming an alumni pep band to help celebrate the Muskies' Homecoming victory. Rehearsal will be in the Verhulst band room, with performances at the Big Fish Festival tailgate and the afternoon game. Join alumni from years past as we form the largest pep band Taylor Field has ever seen! Dust off those instruments and come prepared for lots of fun and memories. There is no cost to be a member of the alumni pep band - just bring yourself, your Muskie spirit and your instrument. It promises to be a lot of fun. For more information, contact Christopher Werner at or 920-565-1000 ext. 2304. Registration is required.

9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Preview Day

The admissions office is hosting a Preview Day for prospective students and their families. For more information, contact Christine Kastner Eck at or 920-565-1062.

9 a.m.
Free Fitness First, Wehr Center, Woltzen Gym

PiYo class will be taught by Lakeland graduate John Wagner, Sports Core personal trainer and Dirker Chiropractic exercise rehabilitation specialist. PiYo, a fusion of pilates and yoga, burns calories, tones muscles and works on balance and stretching.

Bootcamp, a bodyweight circuit that will test you from head to toe will be taught by Brent Neevel, Sheboygan Fit Body Bootcamp trainer and owner.

Classes are 30 minutes and run simultaneously at 9 and 9:45 so participants can take both. All participants are entered into drawings for fitness services by local trainers and facilities. All participants receive an entry for fitness baskets. Post workout smoothie bar. For more information, contact Kym Leibham or 920-565-1023 ext. 2155. Free event, registration preferred.

9:30 a.m.
Chapel service, Ley Chapel

Join our campus chaplain and student members of the Spiritual Life Council in a celebration of faith. A 30-minute service will include music and a remembrance of classmates who have passed. For more information, contact Linda Bosman at or 920-565-1023 ext. 2151. Registration is preferred.

9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
New Exercise Science Lab Open House, Wehr Center

Laboratory tour and explanation of the teaching and research functions.

Bill Ebben, associate professor of exercise science, will showcase the research laboratory equipment and the research projects underway. Take a jump on the force platform and see how much power you can develop.

9:30 a.m.
Softball Alumni Game, softball diamond

Join softball alumni in a friendly competition. Registration is preferred to play; none is needed to watch the game. Contact Hailey Dreyer at 920-565-1024 Ext. 2182 or .

10 a.m. - noon
Baseball alumni game, baseball diamond

Join baseball alumni in a friendly competition. Registration is preferred to play; none needed to watch the game. Contact Coach Michael Bachar at 920-565-1024 ext. 2175 or .

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Book Sale, Esch Library

For more information contact Ann Penke at 920-565-1038, ext. 2416 or .

10:15 a.m.
Emeritus Club/Class of 1966 champagne brunch, Laun Center, David & Valerie Black Room, 209

Membership in the esteemed Emeritus Club is limited to alumni with a Mission House or Lakeland College graduation date of at least half-a-century ago. Each year, the newest members of this respected club are inducted during Homecoming and recognized for their longstanding relationship with their alma mater. Included in the celebration is a state-of-the-university address from President Dan Eck. All Emeritus Club members and class of 1966 members are welcome. For more information, contact Linda Bosman at or 920-565-1023 ext. 2151. Registration is required, and the cost is $20 per person.

11:00 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Pre-game lunch, President's LU tribute, junior Muskies fun, Younger Family Campus Center, outdoor tent

Pre-game fun for all, featuring lunch with Sizzlin' Salads, chili and Wisconsin beer cheese soup (hot dogs for the kids!), bouncy houses and kids entertainment, a performance by the Lakeland Alumni Band and a noon tribute to Lakeland University by Daniel Eck, Lakeland University President.

11 a.m.
Women's basketball alumni game, Wehr Center, Woltzen Gymnasium

Join women's basketball alumni for some friendly competition. Registration preferred to play; none needed to watch the game. Contact Aaron Nester at 920-565-1024 ext. 2200 or .

1 p.m.
Football Game, Taylor Field

Kickoff! Go Muskies. The Homecoming game features Lakeland University vs. Concordia University Wisconsin in the annual Cheese Bowl.

Brats, hamburgers and snacks for sale at the Taylor Field Pavilion.

Post-game - 6 p.m.
Fifth Quarter, Younger Family Campus Center, outdoor tent

It is time to celebrate the first Lakeland University Homecoming win! We will have a limited quantity of Lakeland University wine by local specialty winery The Blind Horse. A Zinfandel and a Riesling will be for sale by the glass or bottle. And for beer aficionados, 8th Street Ale Haus is brewing the second edition of the Muskie Brew just for us! The Olive Cellar in Appleton will have tastings of olive oil and balsamic vinegars with artisan breads and Sartori Cheese. This festive post-game gathering will feature the live music of the Water Street Hot Shots. For more information, contact Kym Leibham or 920-565-1023 ext. 2155.

5 p.m.
Hall of Fame induction reception and ceremony, Younger Family Campus Center, Bossard Hall

Congratulations to the 2016 Lakeland University Athletic Hall of Fame induction class: Bob Zaininger '69 – football; Kevin Fix '01 – football; Calvin Thomas '02 – football; Hulya Erden '02 – basketball; Hanaka Murakami '04 – tennis. Reception is from 5 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. in the Younger Family Campus Center, outdoor tent.

Reservations for dinner and ceremony are required and the cost is $25 per adult and $10 for children under 12. For more information, contact Kym Leibham at or 920-565-1023 ext. 2155.

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Friday activities

4:00 p.m. Reverends' Reunion (Buffet Fish Fry - $15 per person)

Saturday activities

9:00 a.m. Alumni band rehearsal

9:00 a.m. Free Fitness First

9:30 a.m. Chapel service

10:15 a.m. Emeritus Club/Class of 1966 induction champagne brunch ($20/person)

11:00 a.m. Pre-game lunch ($10/person)

1:00 p.m. Football Game, Lakeland University vs. Concordia University Wisconsin

5:30 p.m. Hall of Fame reception and induction ceremony ($25/adult or $12/10 and under)

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