Illinois State Homecoming events Illinois State University will celebrate Homecoming from Sept. 29 to Oct. 5, with a special tree-lighting event in Uptown Normal on Sept. 25. Events range from a carnival and royalty crowning to tailgating for the 2 p.m. Redbird football kickoff on Saturday, Oct. 4, in Hancock Stadium.
Homecoming parade maps Illinois State University's Homecoming 2014 is underway. Those coming to the celebrations can navigate their way with the help of maps of the parade and Uptown street closures.
Veteran, actor J.R. Martinez to headline Latino Cultural Dinner Army veteran, speaker, actor and author J.R. Martinez will headline the Latino Cultural Dinner at Illinois State University. Martinez will present The Unique Story of Latino Veterans: How We Can Face Adversity with Optimism and Resilience at 5 p.m., Monday, Oct. 27.