2021 Homecoming was a Hit!

And if you missed any of our HU Talks over the Homecoming week don’t worry, they’re available on our YouTube Channel Here!

2021 Homecoming Schedule of Events


September 12 – October 31, ongoing

8th Annual New Mexico Painters’ Exhibition, daily 9-5 Kennedy Alumni Gallery.  The finest contemporary New Mexico painters display their work.

All of this year’s HU Talks can be accessed via Zoom here: https://nmhu.zoom.us/j/91690070400

Monday, September 27:


9:00 – HU Talk with Coach Bob DeVries – Sleeping on the Football Field


10:00 – HU Talk with Dr. Daniel Chadborn – The Positive Side of Stress: Eustress as a Motivating Force


11:00 – HU Talk with Dr. Roxanne Gonzales-Walker – Furever Homing – How You Can Help


2:00 – HU Talk with Dr. Cristina Durán – Statehood, Mexicans, and New Mexicans


3:00 – HU Talk with Dr. Eric Romero – New Mexico Food Traditions


Tuesday, September 28:


9:00 – HU Talk with Linda Anderle – Floral Wizard: Making Magic with Flowers


10:00 – HU Talk with Sean Sinclair – Youth in the Food Industry: Inspiring the Next Generation


11:00 – HU Talk with Maria Rita Jaramillo, 2021 Highlands Distinguished Alumna– On the Road Again:  Discovering the Great Landmarks of the World by Trains, Planes, Automobiles and so Much More


2:00 – HU Talk with Dr. Justine Garcia – Mostly Microbes: How the Microbes in Our Bodies Make Us Human and Connect us to the World


3:00 – HU Talk with Tina Cordova – Will the New Mexico Downwinders and Uranium Miners See Restitution Before the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act Sunsets in 2022?


Wednesday, September 29:


9:00 – HU Talk with Dr. Rebecca Àlvarez – Vigilante Gender Violence: Social Class, the Gender Bargain, and Mob Attacks on Women Worldwide


10:00 – HU Talk with Dr. Sam Minner – What Is (And Isn’t) a Learning Disability? 


11:00 – HU Talk with Dr. Eduardo Tafoya – The Gospel of Empowerment: Biblical Takeaways from a Non-Believer Unafraid of Eternal Damnation


2:00 – HU Talk with Dr. Peter Linder – Captive Indian Children & Spanish Expansion in the Maracaibo Basin at the Turn of the Century: The Entrada of Rodrigo Ferreira de Almeida


3:00 – HU Talk with Dr. Keith Tucker – Are You Being Irrational?


5:00 pm – Deadline to register for the Homecoming Door Decorating Contest CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


5:00 pm-7:00 pm – Homecoming Sashing BBQ, Central Park


Thursday, September 30:


9:00 – HU Talk with Sean Weaver – On the Road with Sean Weaver: A Photographic Journey of New Mexico


10:00 – HU Talk with Dr. Spintz Harrison – What’s in a Name: Playing Indian for School Spirit


10:00 – Annual Business Meeting of the NMHU Athletic H Club, H club meeting is now being conducted on Zoom. Contact ourhclub@gmail.com for details.


11:00 – HU Talk with Dr. Lewis Borck – The Past is a Radical Archive: Thoughts for a Breaking World


12:00 pm – Judging for the Homecoming Door Decorating Contest


2:00 – HU Talk with Joseph Moreno – The Tradition Continues: The Matachines Dance of Bernalillo, NM


3:00 – HU Talk with Shantini Ramakrishnan & STEM Students  – One Year Later: How the Conservation Science Center @ HU Thrived During a Pandemic


Friday, October 1:


8:00 am-5:00 pm – Voting for Homecoming Royalty taking place on Engage@HU


9:00-10:30 am – President’s Coffee, Centennial Park, 801 National Ave


10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Alumni Check-in, Kennedy Alumni Hall


12:00 – 3:00 pm – Alumni Association Board Meeting, Rodgers Hall, Board of Regents room


5:30 – 8:00 pm – Cowboy Lounge & Silent Auction, The Skillet’s New Open-Air Chignon Patio, 619 12th St,  REGISTER HERE


6:30 pm – NMHU Bookstore closes, Student Union Building, 2nd floor


9:00 pm – Highlands Homecoming Bonfire, Sanchez Family Stadium


Saturday, October 2:


8:00 am – Cowboy 5K Gallop & Trot, Kid’s K, NMHU Gene Torres Golf Course, registration 7-7:45. Run or walk. CLICK HERE to Register in Advance.


9:00 am – 2:00 pm – NMHU Bookstore open, Student Union Building, 2nd floor


10:00 am – Breakfast Burrito Bar, Stu Clark Building


10:00 am – 11:30 am – Alumni Tailgate Celebration, Champ Tyrone Music Building parking lot


11:00 am – 12:30 pm – President’s V.I.P. Tailgate Celebration (by invitation), Sanchez Family Stadium


12:00 pm – Cowboy Football vs. Chadron state, Sanchez Family Stadium (Limited to 2,500 spectators. Masks and social distancing encouraged)


5:00-ish pm – Vatos Alumni Rugby, Sanchez Family Stadium


HU Talks will be conducted on the Zoom video conferencing platform at https://nmhu.zoom.us/j/91690070400 . Follow these instructions for accessing Zoom: