Homecoming and Family Day
Saturday, October 24, 2015 - SAVE THE DATE!!
Homecoming and Family Day at Bridgewater State University unites the past with the present, creating a wonderful opportunity for alumni to rekindle ties with old classmates and families to reconnect with their students while experiencing an array of cultural, athletic and entertainment events. Join our students, alumni, families, and friends for one of our largest annual gatherings to celebrate campus pride and experience BSU life.
This year's program is part of the 175th Anniversary Celebration with exciting new twists! Please check back for updates to schedule of events.
Schedule of Events
8 AM – 6 PM
WBIM Alumni DJ Takeover
Tune into WBIM 91.5 FM to hear your favorite Alumni DJs.
Men’s Lacrosse Alumni Game
Tinsley Field #1
Parking available in Burnell/Hart Lots
Take part in the 16th annual alumni lacrosse game! There will also be a post-game reception at Bogarts at noon. Interested in joining or being involved? Email Dan Warren '98 at email@example.com for information
(arrive by 10 AM)
Explore Great Hill Walking Trails
Join staff from campus recreation for a 30-minute trek through the Great Hill Trails. Located behind the Tinsley Center, explore parts of this well-groomed, three-mile, on-campus natural resource. Open to the community. Questions can be directed to Dan Rezendes at 508.531.2976 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here for a trail map.
Rondileau Campus Center, Ballroom
Alumni, friends and family will have a chance to meet up before the festivities to caffeinate and enjoy a casual meal together. Tables will be available for Greek organizations, former Orientation leaders, Resident Life members, the Afro-American Alumni Association, Athletics, Classes, Majors and any other group by request.
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
President's Brunch (student and family event)
Pre-registration required-seating is limited!
Your opportunity to dine in a casual, social environment enjoying delicious brunch that offers an abundance of choices for the whole family. Those who wish to hear President Clark's welcoming remarks should plan to arrive prior to 11 AM. The brunch buffet will be open until 11:30 AM. There is no charge for students with a BSU meal plan. For other food options please see "On-Campus Dining Options" below. Sodexo is offering "family brunch specials" in the East Campus Dining Hall, with guest passes accepted.
11 AM - 3 PM
Homecoming & Family Day Fair
Rain Location: Tinsley Center
A new addition and highlight of the day, come view student performances, meet our student leaders, and enjoy a number of novelties, inflatables and fun for all ages. Be sure to check back for a more detailed listing of activities, performances and vendors. Food tent and food trucks will be available. Please bring cash. Some vendors will also be offering free samples.
11 AM - 3 PM
Boarding at University Park
Enjoy a tour of the beautiful BSU campus narrated by staff or alumni. Tour Guides will highlight BSU's past, present and future. Sit back, relax and capture the beautiful fall foliage for an insider's view of BSU on our San Francisco style trolley cars. Tours will board on a first come, first served basis.
11 AM – 3 PM
Science and Mathematics Center
Guided Tour: noon
Enjoy a tour of the innovative Science and Mathematics Center. This silver-level, LEED-certified, $98.7 million project is a must see. Tours will begin from the Park Avenue entrance.
11 AM - 3 PM
Science and Mathematics Center
Located on the rooftop of the Science and Mathematics Center, students and staff will be available to show you the telescopes, one built by our very own students, all of which provide a lens to wonders of the night sky. Please note this event is subject to cancellation due to weather.
11 AM – 3 PM
Project EarthView is a must see! Come learn more about the earth from a new perspective - from the inside of an inflatable model of the Earth, 22 feet in diameter and two stories tall! Dr. Vernon Domingo in the Department of Geography will lead you through this fascinating teaching tool and a delicate work of art. The outside is a hand-painted, large-scale map of the Earth's surface, showing biological communities, rivers, seas, landforms, continents, islands, oceans, and major cities. The inside reveals the positions of tectonic plate boundaries and ocean spreading centers, along with all of the detail visible from the outside. All those entering the EarthView should remove their shoes (unless precluded by a physical disability) and MUST BE WEARING SOCKS.
11 AM – 2 PM
Wallace Anderson Gallery
Women’s Soccer Game
BSU Women's Soccervs. Westfield State
As one of the most popular campus activities amongst our BSU students, families and guests are invited to enjoy a fun, interactive game of BINGO with their BSU student. Be sure to stop by and tak a chance at winning great prizes!
New this year, we're bringing back the "Rathskellar" for this pre-party celebration with music and drinks! Beer, wine and light refreshments will be served. 21+ only. ID required. Details and tickets available soon.
St. Basil's Chapel
Join the campus community for a special mass in celebration of this exciting day. A reception with beverages and appetizers will follow. Open to all.
Homecoming Football Game
BSU Bears vs. Westfield State
Parking will not be available in Swenson Lot.
The BSU Football Team takes the field for the first evening Homecoming Game. Halftime will feature entertainment and traditional announcement of the winners of student group competitions. There will also be a Uniform Yard Sale, featuring retired BSU athletics uniforms, from 1-5pm. Cash only. This event is FREE for students with ID and children under 12, $5 for all other guests. Open to the public. (Limited $8 Red Zone tickets available with full seat backs) Proceeds benefit BSU Athletics.
Homecoming festivities will close with a spectacular display of fireworks at Swenson Field immediately following the football game! Some space will be available on the Tinsley/Swenson field for lawn viewing after the game. Please bring a blanket.
The Three Penny Opera Theater Production
Rondileau Campus Center Auditorium
Music by Kurt Weill, Book and Lyrics by Bertolt Brecht
Tickets $15 for General Public, $10 for senior citizens, military and BSU student with ID. Call Box Office at 508.531.1321
Brecht and Weill turned to John Gay's 18th Century "The Beggar's Opera" to fashion this savage, biting commentary on bourgeois capitalism and modern morality.
Visit arts.bridgew.edu and facebook.com/BSUTheaterDance for more information.
Arrival on Campus
When you arrive on campus plan to stop by the information tent on the Boyden Quad where you will be greeted by staff who can assist you with navigating the day and provide you with an updated schedule and campus map. Information Tables will be conveniently located throughout campus.
Dress for Saturday festivities is casual. We encourage you to plan for the ever changing weather in New England.
Guests and students who require accommodations will need to indicate their needs on the registration form no later than Friday, Sept. 26. You will be contacted by a member of the university to discuss services. Questions should be directed as follows:
Students and family: New Student and Family Programs at 508.531.1840
Alumna/us: Alumni Relations at 508.531.1290
Parking Information and Shuttle Bus Service
The campus parking restrictions are lifted during weekends beginning on Friday at 4 pm and ending Sunday at 6 pm. Parking will be permitted in all parking areas during this time. For Saturday morning events, visitors are encouraged to park on west campus in the Lot behind Harrington Hall. For parking on east campus that is central to all activities throughout the day, the Moakley Lot on Burrell Avenue and parking garage are recommended. A shuttle bus servicing parking areas on both east and west campus will run after the Homecoming Parade from 12 -4. Shuttle stops will include locations closest to scheduled events including Swenson Field, East Campus Commons, School Street and Park Avenue.Campus Map
On-Campus Dining Options
Sodexho Food Service welcomes BSU families and alumni by offering a variety of dining options throughout the day including brunch specials in East Campus Common Dining Hall from 10-2 and a concession stand at Swenson Field during the football game. Families may also purchase meals at any of the campus food service areas during normal operating hours.
On West Campus, take your pick of: the Bear's Den, open 9-1 and Flynn Dining Commons in Tillinghast Hall, open for dinner from 4-6:30. "Guest Passes" can be used in all locations.
On East Campus: Dunkin Donuts, located in the East Campus Commons (ECC) next to the bookstore, will be open from 8-6. The ECC dining hall will serve brunch from 10-2 pm, and dinner from 4:30-7 and Crimson Hall will be open for service beginning at 2 through midnight.
Bridgewater State University is located in Southeastern Massachusetts within easy reach of major highways. The campus is approximately 40 minutes south of Boston, 30 minutes north of Cape Cod and 50 minutes northeast of Providence, Rhode Island. The link above provides directions from various locations.
The following area hotels are located within approximately 20 miles of the university. Some offer a discounted rated for BSU community so be sure to ask when making your reservation.
Fairfield Inn by Marriott Middleboro
4 Chalet Road
Middleboro, MA 02346
Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites Middleboro
43 Harding Street
Middleboro, MA 02346
Courtyard by Marriott Hotel Raynham
37 Paramount Drive
Raynham, MA 02767
Hampton Inn Raynham
600 New State Highway
Raynham, MA 02767
Holiday Inn Taunton
700 Myles Standish Blvd
Taunton, MA 02780
Holiday Inn Express Brockton
405 Westgate Drive
Brockton, MA 02301
There are a number of area restaurants for those who wish to dine locally. Please contact restaurants for individual reservation policies for lunch or dinner.
99 Restaurant & Pub (Campus Plaza)
233 Broad Street
425 Bedford Street (Rte. 18 South)
Cape Cod Café
220 Winter Street
755 Bedford Street (Rte. 18 South)
180A Winter Street
Crispi’s Italian Cuisine
136 Broad Street
Emma’s Pub and Pizza
1420 Pleasant Street
Mee King Garden
33 Main Street
389 West Center Street
West Bridgewater, MA
582 West Center Street
East Bridgewater, MA
30 Bedford Street
90 Paramount Drive