FAYETTE, Iowa (September 3, 2010) — Upper Iowa University will celebrate its 2010 Homecoming on October 8 and 9 at its campus here. Theme for the 2010 festivities is “Imagine.”
This year’s UIU Homecoming not only includes the usual parade, banquets, alumni gatherings and football game, it also includes the grand opening and ribbon cutting of the two newest UIU buildings on campus. The grand opening events begin at 3:30 p.m. October 8 with a program on Grace Meyer Square and include ribbon-cutting ceremonies both at South Village I, the new suite-style residence hall, and the Liberal Arts Building. Tours and a reception are planned.
Friday also includes the opening of a new UIU art exhibit at Bing-Davis Memorial Gallery in Edgar Fine Arts Hall. “Through the Lens” features works by Scott Lebin, UIU Class of 1964, and works by Fayette resident and UIU faculty member Jerry Wadian. The annual golf tournament is scheduled to tee off at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Big Rock Country Club. UIU science and math students will showcase their work in Baker-Hebron Hall at 1 p.m., and an ice cream social is scheduled for 2 p.m. at President Alan Walker’s home on Washington Street. Following the ribbon-cutting events, will be the Hall of Fame Banquet at Garbee Dining Hall and a volleyball game against Concordia-St. Paul at 7 p.m. in Dorman Gym. The bonfire, pep rally and coronation ceremonies cap off Friday at 9:15 p.m. in the south parking lot behind the UIU Recreation Center.
Saturday starts off with the annual Homecoming parade through downtown Fayette. Entries are being accepted until September 17. Following campus tours at 11 a.m. are the tailgate picnic in the north end zone until 1 p.m., when the Homecoming game against the University of Minnesota Crookston kicks off in Eischeid Stadium. The game will be followed by a goalpost party and a second volleyball match against St. Cloud State at 4 p.m. Also at 4 p.m. is a reunion for the 1973-77 Peacock wrestling teams to honor former Coach Don Parker. The reunion will be held at the home of Jim Mitchell, Class of 1977, 107 Jones St. Fayette. Saturday’s events conclude with the annual alumni banquet at Garbee Hall that begins with a 5:30 p.m. social hour.
Reservations are accepted online or contact the UIU Alumni Center at 563-425-5238 or 800-553-4150, option 6.
Monica Bayer Heaton
Executive Director of Communications and Marketing
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 over 6,600 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 independent study. For more information, visit www.uiu.edu.