FAYETTE, Iowa (September 20, 2013) – Upper Iowa University will salute more than 155 years of UIU traditions and its Peacock Dynasty during Homecoming festivities this year, October 9-12.
A variety of student competitions and Homecoming activities are scheduled throughout the week, including selection of the Homecoming Court and crowning of the Homecoming King and Queen at the bonfire and pep rally about 8:45 p.m. Friday, October 11.
Homecoming weekend includes several alumni reunions and banquets that honors the newest members of the Peacock Hall of Fame and present the 2013 alumni awards. Special class reunions will be held for members of the classes of 1943, 1953, 1963, 1973 and 1988. Graduates of the self-paced degree program also will celebrate its 40th anniversary.
Hall of Fame members being welcomed at the 6:30 p.m. Friday Hall of Fame banquet are:
- Walida (Hawkins) Hewitt, class of 1997, student-athlete, women's basketball
- Jason Kesten, class of 1993, student athlete, football
- Chad Kohagen, class of 1997, student athlete, football
- James Parsons, class of 1973, student-athlete, baseball
- Kevin Ruhnke, class of 1980, student-athlete, wrestling
Alumni awards will be announced and presented at a noon luncheon Saturday. UIU alumni will receive awards for Service to the University, Service to Country, Service to the Community, Emerging Alumni and Professional Accomplishment.
The Homecoming Parade begins at 10 a.m. Saturday in Downtown Fayette. Afternoon features include a rededication of the Civil War flag, sewn by female UIU students and carried by the "University Recruits," throughout the War. The program begins at 2 p.m. in Henderson-Wilder Library, followed by a reception. There also will be a reception for nature photographer and UIU alumnus Dan Grayson at 2:30 p.m. in Edgar Fine Art Hall, where an exhibit of his photography is featured.
A tailgate party begins at 3 p.m. under the tent at Harms-Eischeid Stadium before the Homecoming game kicks off at 6 p.m. with the Peacocks battling the Golden Bears of Concordia University, St. Paul.
About Upper Iowa University Founded in 1857, Upper Iowa University is a private, not-for-profit university providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs and leadership development opportunities to some 6,200 students—nationally and internationally—at its Fayette campus and learning centers worldwide. Upper Iowa University is a recognized innovator in offering accredited, quality programs through flexible, multiple delivery systems, including online and self-paced degree program. For more information, visit www.uiu.edu.
Monica Bayer Heaton
Associate Vice President for Communication and Marketing