Register at the door!

Questions? Contact cougardays@usiouxfalls.edu or

(605)331-6632

As time has gone by, Cougar Days has become the overarching title for many activities and celebrations taking place around USF Homecoming. Make plans to come home again and celebrate Cougar Days with friends, family and old classmates! It will be a full weekend of events that you will not want to miss!

Cougar Days 2019 will include:

  • All-Class Social and Reunion Events
  • Milestone Class Reunion Events for classes ending in nine (’39, ’49, ’59, ’69, ’79, ’89, ’99, and ’09)
  • Band Reunion
  • Family Weekend
  • Alumni Achievement Awards Celebration
  • Hall of Fame Banquet
  • Homecoming Game and Festivities
  • Athletic and Fine Arts Events

Find events just for YOU!

Alumni

*Register for each event at the door.

Friday, October 4

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. | Class of ’69 Brunch with President Brett Bradfield | Mear’s Library
Take a walk down memory lane with old friends. Join the class of 1969 for brunch as they reminisce and share some laughs over wonderful memories made at Sioux Falls College. ($10)

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Campus Tours | McDonald Center, Ward Lobby
See what's new, what's improved and what's just as you remembered it! (complimentary)

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Be a Student Again (Session #1)| Various Classrooms
Reconnect with the reason you first came to USF – learning! Choose from a variety of classes. (complimentary)

11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Lunch on the Quad | Quad (weather permitting)
Enjoy lunch outside on the quad with friends, faculty, staff and students. ($5)

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. | Historical Campus Tours | McDonald Center, Ward Lobby
Join USF alumnus Jon Hiatt ’97 and special guests for a historical walking tour of campus. Learn about the unsung heroes of the University’s history, pranks and traditions, and the many pervasive urban legends of campus. (complimentary)

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. | Be a Student Again (Session #2) | Various Classrooms
Reconnect with the reason you first came to USF – learning! Choose from a variety of classes. (complimentary)

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. | Cookies and Canvas (Session #1) | Cooper’s Cafe
Enjoy cookies and coffee while painting your own canvas. The instructor will teach this class using a step-by-step method, allowing everyone to bring out their inner Picasso! All skill levels welcome. ($10)

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. | Leaving a Legacy – Q&A | TBA
Charitable giving is about more than tax benefits! Get all your answers on everything from one-time gifts, to estate planning, to donating strawberries (yes, that really happened). This Q and A will be conducted by Todd Knutson, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, and is for those who want to find out more about charitable giving options. Refreshments will be available. (complimentary)

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. | Cookies and Canvas (Session #2) | Cooper’s Cafe
Enjoy cookies and coffee while painting your own canvas. The instructor will teach this class using a step-by-step method, allowing everyone to bring out their inner Picasso! All skill levels welcome. ($10)

3:00 – 5:00 p.m. | Faculty and Alumni Art Receptions | Jeschke Gallery and Mear’s Library Gallery
Join the Art Department for two receptions celebrating the artwork of our faculty and alumni! Be sure to stop by both receptions and enjoy some incredible artwork and tasty refreshments. (complimentary)

3:00 – 5:00 p.m. | Band Reunion Social and Rehearsal | Jeschke Fine Arts Center, Band Room
All band alumni are invited to reacquaint with old bandmates over refreshments and then work with current Director of Instrumental Music, Dr. Jonathan Neiderhiser. Alumni are invited to perform with the pep band during Saturday’s Homecoming Football Game. (complimentary)

5:30 – 8:00 p.m. | Alumni Achievement Awards Celebration and Dinner | Washington Pavilion
Celebrate all things USF at this high-spirited dinner and program. Represent your class, groove to music from the decades, and celebrate Alumni Achievement Award recipients. Cash bar available. Semi-formal dress recommended. Social Hour 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Program 6:30-8:00 p.m. ($25)

6:00 – 8:00 p.m. | Hall of Fame Banquet | Washington Pavilion
Celebrate the newest inductees of the University of Sioux Falls Athletics Hall of Fame. Join us for heavy hors d’ oeuvres as we honor those who left indelible marks at USF. Cash bar available. Semi-formal dress recommended. Social and hors d’ oeuvres 6:00-7:00 p.m. | Program 7:00-8:00 p.m. ($20)

8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. | All-Class Bash | Washington Pavilion
This USF party features food, dancing, games, door prizes and more! We'll recognize the reunion classes ending in 9 with reunion class photos, but all classes are welcome and encouraged to attend. Cash bar available. ($10)

Saturday, October 5

9:00 – 10:30 a.m. | Rise and Shine with the ’9s | Holiday Inn-City Centre
Enjoy a casual breakfast and reminisce wonderful memories with old classmates. Stop by to hang out, relax, and catch up with milestone classes and their families! ($10)

9:00 – 10:30 a.m. | Cougar Days 5K Run/Walk | USF Sports Complex
All are welcome to join the fun in this family-friendly run/walk. Each participant will receive a USF track and field shirt and can race to win prizes in various divisions! All proceeds from the event will support USF Track and Field. ($20)

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. | Band Reunion Rehearsal | Jeschke Fine Arts Center, Band Room
All band alumni are invited to perform with the USF pep band during the Homecoming Football Game. Following this rehearsal, meet at the USF Sports Complex for the tailgate and game. (complimentary) 

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Campus Visit | McDonald Center, Ward Lobby
Future Cougars are invited to tour the University of Sioux Falls! Start off with a student-led campus tour followed by a presentation from an admissions counselor. (complimentary)

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Tailgate and Family Carnival | USF Sports Complex
Outdoor fun for all ages – enjoy a casual environment with food trucks, inflatables, lawn games and more! Food and beverage will be available for purchase. (no host)

1:00 p.m. | Homecoming Football Game vs. University of Mary | USF Sports Complex
Come cheer on your Cougars as they take on the Marauders! USF band alumni will play during the game. Plus, the 2019 Hall of Fame inductees will be recognized and Homecoming Coronation will take place at half-time. (tickets required)

Sunday, October 6

9:00 & 10:30 a.m. | USF Sunday | First Baptist Church
The USF Concert Chorale will contribute to worship at First Baptist Church of Sioux Falls at both of their services.

Parents & Families

*Register for each event at the door.

Friday, October 4

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Campus Tours | McDonald Center, Ward Lobby
If you haven’t been on a tour of campus, here’s your chance! Get your bearings for the fun-filled weekend ahead while learning more about campus life. (complimentary)

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Be a Student Again (Session #1) | Various Classrooms
Put yourself in your student’s shoes and experience a college course! Choose from a variety of classes. (complimentary)

11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Lunch on the Quad | Quad (weather permitting)
Enjoy lunch outside on the quad with friends, faculty, staff and students.  (non-USF students: $5)

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. | Historical Campus Tours | McDonald Center, Ward Lobby
Join USF alumnus Jon Hiatt ’97 and special guests for a historical walking tour of campus. Learn about the unsung heroes of the University’s history, pranks and traditions, and the many pervasive urban legends of campus. (complimentary)

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. | Be a Student Again (Session #2) | Various Classrooms
Put yourself in your student’s shoes and experience a college course! Choose from a variety of classes. (complimentary)

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. | Cookies and Canvas (Session #1) | Cooper’s Cafe
Enjoy cookies and coffee while painting your own canvas. The instructor will teach this class using a step-by-step method, allowing everyone to bring out their inner Picasso! All skill levels welcome. ($10)

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. | Leaving a Legacy – Q&A | TBD
Charitable giving is about more than tax benefits! Get all your answers on everything from one-time gifts, to estate planning, to donating strawberries (yes, that really happened). This Q and A will be conducted by Todd Knutson, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, and is for those who want to find out more about charitable giving options. Refreshments will be available. (complimentary)

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. | Cookies and Canvas (Session #2) | Cooper’s Cafe
Enjoy cookies and coffee while painting your own canvas. The instructor will teach this class using a step-by-step method, allowing everyone to bring out their inner Picasso! All skill levels welcome. ($10)

3:00 – 5:00 p.m. | Faculty and Alumni Art Receptions | Jeschke Gallery and Mear’s Library Gallery
Join the Art Department for two receptions celebrating the artwork of our faculty and alumni! Be sure to stop by both receptions and enjoy some incredible artwork and tasty refreshments. (complimentary)

6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. | Little Sibs Check-In | McDonald Center, Ward Lobby
Current USF students are invited to host their siblings (ages 10-18 and of the same gender) on campus for a night! This hour is for parents/guardians to check-in siblings to their current student’s residence hall before attending a USF Student Activity and spending the night! (complimentary)

7 p.m. | USF’s Got Talent | Jeschke Fine Arts Center, Meredith Auditorium
From across campus, talented USF students will share a variety of acts ranging from singing, dancing, comedy, magic, stunts, and more! (complimentary)

Saturday, October 5

9:00 – 10:30 a.m. | Cougar Days 5K Run/Walk | USF Sports Complex
All are welcome to join the fun in this family-friendly run/walk. Each participant will receive a USF track and field shirt and can race to win prizes in various divisions. All proceeds from the event will support USF Track and Field. ($20)

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Campus Visit | McDonald Center, Ward Lobby
Future Cougars are invited to tour the University of Sioux Falls! Start off with a student-led campus tour followed by a presentation from an admissions counselor. (complimentary)

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Tailgate and Family Carnival | USF Sports Complex
Outdoor fun for all ages – enjoy a casual environment with food trucks, inflatables, lawn games and more! Food and beverage will be available for purchase. (no host)

1:00 p.m. | Homecoming Football Game vs. University of Mary | USF Sports Complex
Come cheer on your Cougars as they take on the Marauders! USF band alumni will play during the game. Plus, the 2019 Hall of Fame inductees will be recognized and Homecoming Coronation will take place at half-time. (tickets required)

Sunday, October 6

9:00 & 10:30 a.m. | USF Sunday | First Baptist Church
The USF Concert Chorale will contribute to worship at First Baptist Church of Sioux Falls at both of their services.

General Public

Friday, October 4

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Campus Tours | McDonald Center, Ward Lobby
If you haven’t been on a tour of campus, here’s your chance! Get your bearings for the fun-filled weekend ahead while learning more about campus life. (complimentary)

11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Lunch on the Quad | Quad (weather permitting)
Enjoy lunch outside on the quad with friends, faculty, staff and students. (non-USF students: $5) 

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. | Historical Campus Tours | McDonald Center, Ward Lobby
Join USF alumnus Jon Hiatt ’97 and special guests for a historical walking tour of campus. Learn about the unsung heroes of the University’s history, pranks and traditions, and the many pervasive urban legends of campus. (complimentary)

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. | Leaving a Legacy – Q&A | TBD
Charitable giving is about more than tax benefits! Get all your answers on everything from one-time gifts, to estate planning, to donating strawberries (yes, that really happened). This Q and A will be conducted by Todd Knutson, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, and is for those who want to find out more about charitable giving options. Refreshments will be provided. (complimentary)

3:00 – 5:00 p.m. | Faculty and Alumni Art Receptions | Jeschke Gallery and Mear’s Library Gallery
Join the Art Department for two receptions celebrating the artwork of our faculty and alumni! Be sure to stop by both receptions and enjoy some incredible artwork and tasty refreshments. (complimentary)

5:30 – 8:00 p.m. | Alumni Achievement Awards Celebration and Dinner | Washington Pavilion
Celebrate all things USF at this high-spirited dinner and program. Represent your class, groove to music from the decades, and celebrate Alumni Achievement Award recipients. Cash bar available. Semi-formal dress recommended. Social Hour 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Program 6:30-8:00 p.m. ($25)

6:00 – 8:00 p.m. | Hall of Fame Banquet | Washington Pavilion
Celebrate the newest inductees of the University of Sioux Falls Athletics Hall of Fame. Join us for heavy hors d’ oeuvres as we honor those who left indelible marks at USF. Cash bar available. Semi-formal dress recommended. Social and hors d’ oeuvres 6:00-7:00 p.m. | Program 7:00-8:00 p.m. ($20)

Saturday, October 5

9:00 – 10:30 a.m. | Cougar Days 5K Run/Walk | USF Sports Complex
All are welcome to join the fun in this family-friendly run/walk. Each participant will receive a USF track and field shirt and can race to win prizes in various divisions! All proceeds from the event will support USF Track and Field. ($20)

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Campus Visit | McDonald Center, Ward Lobby
Future Cougars are invited to tour the University of Sioux Falls! Start off with a student-led campus tour followed by a presentation from an admissions counselor. (complimentary)

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Tailgate and Family Carnival | USF Sports Complex
Outdoor fun for all ages – enjoy a casual environment with food trucks, inflatables, lawn games and more! Food and beverage will be available for purchase. (no host)

1:00 p.m. | Homecoming Football Game vs. University of Mary | USF Sports Complex
Come cheer on your Cougars as they take on the Marauders! USF band alumni will play during the game. Plus, the 2019 Hall of Fame inductees will be recognized and Homecoming Coronation will take place at half-time. (tickets required)

Sunday, October 6

9:00 & 10:30 a.m. | USF Sunday | First Baptist Church
The USF Concert Chorale will contribute to worship at First Baptist Church of Sioux Falls at both of their services.

Faculty & Staff

*Register for each event at the door.

Friday, October 4

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Campus Tours | McDonald Center, Ward Lobby
If you haven’t been on a tour of campus, here’s your chance! Get your bearings for the fun-filled weekend ahead while learning more about campus life. (complimentary)

11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Lunch on the Quad | Quad (weather permitting)
Enjoy lunch outside on the quad with friends, faculty, staff and students. (non-USF students: $5) 

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. | Historical Campus Tours | McDonald Center, Ward Lobby
Join USF alumnus Jon Hiatt ’97 and special guests for a historical walking tour of campus. Learn about the unsung heroes of the University’s history, pranks and traditions, and the many pervasive urban legends of campus. (complimentary)

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. | Leaving a Legacy – Q&A | TBD
Charitable giving is about more than tax benefits! Get all your answers on everything from one-time gifts, to estate planning, to donating strawberries (yes, that really happened). This Q and A will be conducted by Todd Knutson, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, and is for those who want to find out more about charitable giving options. Refreshments will be provided. (complimentary)

3:00 – 5:00 p.m. | Faculty and Alumni Art Receptions | Jeschke Gallery and Mear’s Library Gallery
Join the Art Department for two receptions celebrating the artwork of our faculty and alumni! Be sure to stop by both receptions and enjoy some incredible artwork and tasty refreshments. (complimentary)

5:30 – 8:00 p.m. | Alumni Achievement Awards Celebration and Dinner | Washington Pavilion
 Celebrate all things USF at this high-spirited dinner and program. Represent your class, groove to music from the decades, and celebrate Alumni Achievement Award recipients. Cash bar available. Semi-formal dress recommended. Social Hour 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Program 6:30-8:00 p.m. ($25)

6:00 – 8:00 p.m. | Hall of Fame Banquet | Washington Pavilion
Celebrate the newest inductees of the University of Sioux Falls Athletics Hall of Fame. Join us for heavy hors d’oeuvres as we honor those who left indelible marks at USF. Cash bar available. Semi-formal dress recommended. Social and hors d’oeuvres 6:00-7:00 p.m. | Program 7:00-8:00 p.m. ($20)

Saturday, October 5

9:00 – 10:30 a.m. | Cougar Days 5K Run/Walk | USF Sports Complex
All are welcome to join the fun in this family-friendly run/walk. Each participant will receive a USF track and field shirt and can race to win prizes in various divisions! All proceeds from the event will support USF Track and Field. ($20)

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Campus Visit | McDonald Center, Ward Lobby
Future Cougars are invited to tour the University of Sioux Falls! Start off with a student-led campus tour followed by a presentation from an admissions counselor. (complimentary)

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Tailgate and Family Carnival | USF Sports Complex
Outdoor fun for all ages – enjoy a casual environment with food trucks, inflatables, lawn games and more! Food and beverage will be available for purchase. (no host)

1:00 p.m. | Homecoming Football Game vs. University of Mary | USF Sports Complex
Come cheer on your Cougars as they take on the Marauders! USF band alumni will play during the game. Plus, the 2019 Hall of Fame inductees will be recognized and Homecoming Coronation will take place at half-time. (tickets required)

Sunday, October 6

9:00 & 10:30 a.m. | USF Sunday | First Baptist Church
The USF Concert Chorale will contribute to worship at First Baptist Church of Sioux Falls at both of their services.

Students

Sunday, September 29

7 p.m. | Royalty Reveal | Jeschke Fine Arts Center, Meredith Auditorium

Monday, September 30

8:30 p.m. | Comedic Juggler, Marcus Monroe | Jeschke Fine Arts Center, Meredith Auditorium

Tuesday, October 1

10:00 a.m. | Homecoming Chapel | Jeschke Fine Arts Center, Meredith Auditorium

8:00 p.m. | Grocery Bag Bingo | Z-Hall

Wednesday, October 2

8:00 a.m. | Culture for Service Day | Sioux Falls

Thursday, October 3

8:00 p.m. | Improv Show | Z-Hall

Friday, October 4

11:30 a.m. | Lunch on the Quad | Quad (weather permitting) (free for students w/ student ID)

2:00 p.m. | Cookies and Canvas (Session #1)| Cooper’s Café ($10)

3:00 p.m. | Cookies and Canvas (Session #2) |Cooper’s Café ($10)

3:00 p.m. | Faculty and Alumni Art Receptions | Jeschke Gallery and Mear’s Library Gallery

6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. | Little Sibs Check-In | McDonald Center, Ward Lobby
Current USF students are invited to host their siblings (ages 10-18 and of the same gender) on campus for a night! This hour is for parents/guardians to check-in siblings to their current student’s residence hall before attending a USF Student Activity and spending the night! (complimentary)

7 p.m. | USF’s Got Talent | Jeschke Fine Arts Center, Meredith Auditorium

Saturday, October 5

9:00 a.m. | Cougar Days 5K Run/Walk USF Sports Complex ($20)

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Tailgate and Family Carnival | USF Sports Complex
Outdoor fun for all ages – enjoy a casual environment with food trucks, inflatables, lawn games and more! Food and beverage will be available for purchase. (no host)

1:00 p.m. | Homecoming Football Game vs. University of Mary | USF Sports Complex (free for students w/ student ID)

Sunday, October 6

9:00 & 10:30 a.m.| USF Sunday | First Baptist Church

register for activities requiring payment by visiting the student development office!

Athletic Events

Friday
2 p.m. –  Soccer vs. Bemidji State
7 p.m. –  Volleyball vs. Winona State 

Saturday 
1 p.m. –  Football vs. University of Mary
4 p.m. –  Volleyball vs. Upper Iowa

Sunday
1 p.m. –  Soccer vs. UM Crookston

Cougar Central Hours

Save 20% on USF Gifts & Apparel  
Friday | 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday | 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. & at the Football Game

Lodging

Ask for the USF rate at any of the following hotels!
Holiday Inn City Centre  | (605) 339-2000 (downtown)
Country Inn & Suites | (605) 373-0153 (downtown)
Hilton Garden Inn | (605) 444-4700 (downtown)
Home2Suites | (605) 332-5461 (2 blocks from campus)

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Refunds will be issued if notice is received by September 20. After this date, no refunds will be made as food and materials have been ordered and staffing levels determined. Thank you for understanding. Please email cougardays@usiouxfalls.edu with any questions.

Parking

Click here to see our campus map. There will be parking spaces available in each lot (as available) along with street parking (be sure to check street signs).