Homecoming 2017

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Welcome

The Homecoming Organization Committee is excited to welcome you for this year’s Homecoming from 22nd – 24th of September on campus. The Class Representatives of 2007 and 2012, Stefan Rustler and Henrik Maedler along with the organization team consisting of Lida Lottko, Diana Wells, Adriana Trutzenberg, Hasan Tahir, Devashish Tikekar, Alex Taskov, Max Lüth, Flo Sturm and Max Lüth are working hard towards making this yet another memorable event for all Alumni “coming home”.

Many things will be the like the previous year, most notably the combination of Homecoming with the Symposium on Friday and the Jacobs Games (formerly Olympix). We are excited to host this year’s Gala Dinner at Jacobs University in the Campus Center’s East Wing. Like last year, the dinner will be open to all Alumni, regardless of their graduating class. We are also very excited to move the Alumni Association Assembly to Saturday Afternoon – allowing all of us to enjoy a calm Saturday morning on campus and to be well rested for the Homecoming party on Saturday Night.

Ticket sales

The ticket sales will be opened from August 11th onwards. There are three ticket options – from the full package to the basic ticket for just a few Euros. Unfortunately, there will be no rooms to stay on campus this year because of a very big incoming Class of 2020. To facilitate your stay in Bremen, we have blocked a number of rooms at local hotels in Bremen Nord or downtown. You can find all information here. To purchase tickets, make sure you have access to your Jacobs-Alumni account! If you run into any trouble, contact our IT-volunteers via support@jacobs-alumni.de – or ask a registered friend to buy tickets for you.

Career Symposium

We are also pleased to invite you to the Jacobs Career Symposium 2017, organized by the Career Services Center in close cooperation with the Alumni Association. You can use this opportunity to enlarge your network, meeting Jacobs Alumni as company representatives and other top representatives of amazing corporates. The panel discussion will be followed by a networking event with students, alumni, faculty and company representatives. Snacks and drinks will be provided. A separate registration on EventBrite is required for this, as name tags will be prepared for you.

Agenda

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Friday:

  • The exact schedule for the open lectures is not out yet but will be posted here as soon as it is.
  • Get your Welcome Package in Campus Center Foyer and greet incoming fellow alumni there
  • At the Career Symposium, organized by the Career Service Center of Jacobs, selected alumni speakers and other company representatives present their companies and participate in a panel discussion. Continue the discussions over some snacks and drinks right after the Symposium. Make sure to bring your business cards!
  • Alumni-only Bar Chill Out in TheOtherSide after the Symposium. Drinks are included in the tickets.

Saturday:

  • Various Major Homecomings are planned for this morning. For example, the ISS and the Logistics program are hosting events for students and alumni. Detailed schedules will be posted on this page.
  • This year’s lunch is again planned to be a “Chill and Grill“-event by the Campus Center. Drinks are included in the tickets.
  • For the General Assembly of the Jacobs Alumni Association both university representatives and board members of the association give updates and ask for feedback of alumni. Also, the results of the Board Elections will be announced here.
  • Fancy some coffee after the BBQ? Looking for an alumni meeting spot? Then check out the Alumni/GSA Lounge. There are comfy couches and some free hot drinks waiting for you.
  • All alumni are invited to the Gala Dinner in the East Wing of the Campus Center.
  • The Jacobs Games (formerly Olympix) are held during the weekend, culminating in the Cheerleading Finale.
  • The Saturday night party will combine the sporty spirit with some summer party tunes. Drinks are included in the ticket.
  • A professional photographer will be present during the day. Check out the gallery from last year!

Sunday:

  • Meet in the servery of College Three – for the Farewell Brunch and make sure to say good bye to new and old friends. Brunch vouchers need to be separately purchased in the shop.
  • We are in the process of organizing a football match, Alumni Allstars vs. Student Champions. Stay tuned for updates!

FAQs

Why do I have to register again? I thought I have done that before. And why do I have to pay an extra 39€?

The Jacobs Alumni Association has implemented “membership contributions” after the General Assembly 2014 voted in favor of such fees. As a consequence, in order to officially join the Alumni Association, alumni have to register again and contribute to its activities with a yearly fee. Tickets for Homecoming can only then be purchased. Please note that the payment of the membership fees merely happens to coincide with the Homecoming ticket sales and does not go towards funding the event. For more information on where this money goes, the contributions levels and waivers for students, please follow the registration steps or click here.

I’m having trouble to log in. How do I set up a new account or reset my password?

If you are unsure about your log in details, make sure you type in your username as ppan@jacobs-alumni.de (for Peter Pan) as well as trying to log in on mail.jacobs-alumni.de first, before getting in touch with us via support@jacobs-alumni.de. We can then send you your username and new password. If you are still experiencing any trouble, you can make your reservation via e-mail to homecoming@jacobs-alumni.de.

I am not part of Class of 2007 or 2012. Can I still join the event?

Absolutely! Homecoming is an event for all Jacobs alumni – and their partners and children. That includes recent graduates and also exchange students. As in the previous year the Gala Dinner at East Wing will be open to all alumni. Note, however, that you have to be an official member of the Alumni Association in order to purchase tickets for Homecoming, having paid the membership contribution. Tickets may be purchased for fellow alumni.

What will happen at the Gala Dinner?

This year’s Gala Dinner will happen in the East Wing of the Campus Center, which will open its doors at 6pm on Saturday for a champagne reception. At 7:00pm the agenda will begin with a welcome address, after which the grand buffet will be openedwe will enjoy a three-course dinner. Two bottles of wine and water are included for each table of eight. And yes, you can bring your partner along. This year we will also have some musical performances by students! Please note that participation is only included in the full ticket.

Will there be any sports activities?

We are lucky to have Olympix – now “Jacobs Games” – taking place on the same weekend as Homecoming. Alumni are invited to join the “graduate teams” and be once again part of this crazy competition. Sports alumni can join are the following: Basketball, Football, Dodgeball, Volleyball, Tug of War, E-sports. You may already voice your interested in joining any sport by writing to homecoming@jacobs-alumni.de but we will also send out a survey for this purpose closer to the events once also the grad captains are settled. The main venue of the Jacobs Games will be the Sports and Convention Center, where there are also showers available. A detailed schedule of the event can be found at the bottom of this page when it becomes available. One event that we would like to point out here, though, is the Cheerleading Finale right after the Gala Dinner on Saturday. An alumni group will be performing (out of competition), too!

Where can I RSVP for Homecoming and check who else is coming?

To RSVP for Homecoming, please visit the Facebook page of the event. Note that you have to be a member of the “Jacobs University Alumni”-group in order to do so. Also note that RSVPing on the Facebook page does not officially register you for the event.

What ticket options are there and what are the prices?

There are three ticket options: The basic ticket (15€) that gives you access and drinks for the Friday night Bar Chill-Out and the Saturday night theme party. The half-ticket (45 €) which on top of that includes the Saturday Chill&Grill-BBQ (incl. drinks). And the full-ticket (75€) which includes the formal Gala Dinner Saturday evening. For transparency purposes, we would like to make sure you understand the composition of costs of the packages. We are grateful to be partially subsidized by the university for the Gala Dinner so we can offer the full-ticket at a reduced prices.

How can I make donations?

Donations will be possible during the Gala Dinner through credit card payment as well as paper forms (Einzugsermächtigung). Additional fees might apply when paying through credit card.

I missed the registration deadline but would still like to attend. Can I still sign up?

After the deadline for the registration passes (September 17), you may sign up during a late-registration time slot scheduled to Thursday, September 21, 12pm CET till Friday, September 22, 3pm. After this time slot no registrations will be accepted.

Can I cancel my ticket purchases?

All tickets are fully refundable before the end of the sales period on September 17. After the salse period ends, only 50% of the ticket price will be refunded upon cancellation. There will be a late registration phase on Thursday, September 21, 12pm CET till Friday, September 22, 3pm. No refunds will be given upon cancellation of late registrations.

Can I get accommodation on campus?

Unfortunately, this year there is no on-campus accommodation available. Even the Guest House is fully booked. The rooms in College Nordmetall will be filled up with freshmen – a large class is expected this year. Check the section for off-campus accommodation below for further advice.

What about accommodation off-campus?

You can of course book accommodation in any hotel there is in Bremen, preferably well advance, as rooms are booked out quickly. We encourage you to also get in touch with your former host family in Bremen. Maybe you can arrange a night or two with them. In addition to this, we have reserved several rooms in Hotels in Bremen. In order to take advantage of this, simply state that you are a participant of “Jacobs University Alumni Homecoming 2017” when making the booking.

I am staying not too close to campus. Can store luggage and change on campus?

Since this year there will not be any on-campus accommodation available due to the large incoming student batch, we are making every effort to mitigate any inconveniences caused especially for those staying further away from campus. In particular, on Saturday there are two dress codes, casual for the day and formal for the evening, and going back to your hotel to change might not be feasible. We put a slot in which you can change, from after the General Assembly at 16:30 to the beginning of the Gala Danner at 19:00. However, if this is to short you can bring the outfit for the evening to campus (or any other belongings) and store it in the Alumni Lounge (see map in agenda), which is open between 10:00 and 20:00. This is a general alumni meeting spot that will be looked after by a student assistant. You can change in the bathrooms there or go over to the Sports & Convention Center and use its changing rooms. Any stuff that you want to leave for the night, you can leave at the Alumni Lounge, which will be closed for the night and re-opened the following morning. You may also bring any belongings to the party, which has a cloakroom set up. Please note that any of those storing services are at your own risk and that we cannot be held liable for any damage or loss that might occur to your belongings.

Where can I get my Welcome Package and what is in it?

The Welcome Packages will be ready in the foyer of the foyer of the university Campus Center. If you are arriving late, you can also pick them up Saturday during the Chill&Grill-BBQ. The package will include your wristband for the BBQ, Gala Dinner and party, meal vouchers, prints of all schedules.

At a Glance

Ticket Infos

Welcome to the Homecoming Ticket Shop! We look forward to seeing you on campus this year to reunite, reminisce and relive.

Of course, coming together on campus for Homecoming is free of charge. Many items on the agenda are open to all alumni, regardless of whether you buy a ticket or not. That goes especially for the core of every Homecoming weekend, the Alumni Association Assembly on Saturday afternoon: We are excited to introduce the Assembly in an open and interactive town hall setting for the first time this year. The Career Symposium on Friday night, including a light dinner, will also be open to all Alumni at the courtesy of the University.

Aside from those program items, we are offering different packages with a few perks, that are supposed to make the weekend even more fun. Below you can find the different packages – choose the one that suits you best. Upon arrival you will receive a wristband with which you will be able to enjoy the extras of your package.

Please note that in order to be able to purchase tickets, you must be a registered member of the Alumni Association (see FAQs for more details).

All tickets are fully refundable before the end of the sales period on September 17. After the salse period ends, only 50% of the ticket price will be refunded upon cancellation. There will be a late registration phase on Thursday, September 21, 12pm CET till Friday, September 22, 3pm. No refunds will be given upon cancellation of late registrations.

Ticket options

Basic Ticket – „Just Dance!“

15 €

All you care about is party, and party is what you will get. This year’s Saturday night Homecoming extravaganza sports all the features that an all-night campus party needs. Aside from our set of all-time favorite alumni DJs bringing out the best beats across all ranges of musical tastes, our party planners are organizing a range of surprise gigs and gadgets to make sure you will not forget this night for a while. The ticket price might seem high at first – but it includes free drinks! The theme will be announced soon, with enough time to you to pack according to the dress code. Let’s see if you make it on the survivor’s picture!

Includes

  • Drinks Friday night at TheOherSide
  • Entrance to TheOtherSide on Saturday night
  • All-You-Can-Drink at to TheOtherSide on Saturday night

Half Ticket – „Sweet Saturday“

45 €

This one is for a revival of that last summer day before midterm season starts. Catch up and relax with fellow alumni at the Homecoming BBQ: Ice cold, Bremen-brewed Beck’s beers, a salad buffet and a selection of hearty grill goodies (both meaty and veggie, of course) will set the mood. Get ready for the Saturday night party with enough time to outshine your fellow classmates with those annoying consulting jobs (they will probably be wearing grey suits).

Includes

  • Drinks Friday night at TheOherSide
  • BBQ (incl. drinks) for lunch on Saturday
  • Entrance to TheOtherSide on Saturday night
  • All-You-Can-Drink at to TheOtherSide on Saturday night

Full Ticket – „Gimme Everything”

75 €

Here’s the full package. Everything. Schedule a few extra sessions at the gym, because you will eat a lot. Treat yourself to the three-course seated Gala Dinner including a very fine selection of red and white wine, enjoy the Homecoming BBQ, and forget the stress of a busy work week over drinks and funky dance moves at TheOtherSide for Saturday night’s Homecoming Party. And if you like, your Sunday morning hangover will be cured by the full-range brunch (optional, not included in the price) at the College III Servery, just like in the good old days.

Includes:

  • Drinks Friday night at TheOherSide
  • Free drinks and a BBQ at lunch
  • Entrance to The Other Side on Saturday night
  • All-you-can-drink at to The Other Side on Saturday night
  • Reunion dinner and drinks

Brunch Only Ticket: “Brunch, Baby”

10 €

You can add this item to all three of the above Options. The Farewell Brunch will take place at the College III servery and round up your Homecoming weekend, just like in the good old days.

Includes:

  • Brunch on Sunday morning

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