International Alumni celebrate time at UNK with Sept. 14-16 reunion

UNK Communications

KEARNEY – The University of Nebraska at Kearney is hosting numerous events homecoming weekend to welcome international students and alumni.

The university’s International Alumni Reunion is Sept. 14-16 and features campus tours, classroom visits, picnics, tailgating and a celebration banquet.

Bonnie Payne
Bonnie Payne

“We look forward to welcoming international alumni back to campus for the first-ever international alumni reunion,” said Bonnie Payne, outreach coordinator in UNK’s Office of International Education.

The event kickoff is an 8 p.m. social Sept. 14 at Cunningham’s Journal in downtown Kearney.

A 5:30 p.m. barbecue at Welch Hall and 8 p.m. dance at Nicks on the Bricks in downtown Kearney are among Sept. 15 events, with an opportunity to attend the 11:30 a.m. Distinguished Alumni Awards also available that day.

The three-day celebration ends Sept. 16. Following that morning’s homecoming parade, tailgating and the Loper homecoming football game, a 6 p.m. social hour and banquet is at the Younes Conference Center.

“Some who are planning to attend graduated from UNK more than 30 years ago,” Payne said. “What a wonderful opportunity it will be for them to connect with fellow international alumni, and to see the tremendous progress on campus; progress in teaching and research space, technology, buildings and program offerings.

“It is our hope that the reunion will strengthen the connection they feel with UNK, and their awareness that as their university we are still here to serve them.”

To register for the event and more information, visit Inquiries can also be made to Payne at 308-865-8939 or


Thursday, Sept. 14
8 p.m. – Informal social / reception hosted by UNK alumnus Yousef Ghamedi (Cunningham’s Journal, Downtown Kearney)

Friday, Sept. 15
9 a.m. – Visit classes
11:30 a.m. – Distinguished Alumni Awards Luncheon (Student Union)
1:45 p.m. – International Education meet and greet
3 p.m. – Campus tour
5:30 p.m. – Barbecue picnic (Welch Hall)
8 p.m. – Dance and music hosted by UNK alumnus Carlos Godinez (Nicks on the Bricks, Downtown Kearney)

Saturday, Sept. 16
10 a.m. – Join International Student Association in the Homecoming Parade (Downtown Kearney)
11 a.m. – Beer and Brats Loper Luncheon (Alumni House)
Noon – Loperville Tailgate (Southwest of Cope Stadium)
2 p.m. – UNK football game vs Northwest Missouri State
6 p.m. – Celebration Banquet, includes social hour with cash bar (Younes Conference Center)


Writer: Todd Gottula, Director of Communications, 308.865.8454,
Source: Bonnie Payne, Office of International Education, 308-865-8939,