Homecoming 2018

Save the date for next year's
Homecoming set for October 3-5, 2019

Each year we are excited to involve UIU students, faculty and staff, the Fayette community and especially welcome alumni back to campus. The Homecoming Committee is working diligently year-round to make this a special Homecoming celebration for you. If you have suggestions or want to volunteer please contact the Alumni Office at alumni@uiu.edu or 563-425-5388. 

Many more events will be finalized in the Spring, until then - here's a snapshot of how the weekend will unfold. We hope to see you in October!

Check out the photos from Homecoming 2018 by clicking here! 

To give you an idea of the weekend schedule,
here is the 2018 Homecoming Itinerary:

Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018
  • Welcome Home Dinner - Maue Atrium in the Andres Center for Business and Education, 5:30 p.m. - This all-class reunion dinner, hosted by the Alumni Association, is a perfect way to start your weekend. Reception begins at 5:30 p.m., with dinner buffet served at 6 p.m. Cost for this event and buffet-style meal is $15. RSVP required.

  • Pep Rally, Bonfire and Coronation - East of Victory Gate/Peacock Pavilion Tailgate Area, 7:30 p.m. - Don't miss this Homecoming tradition, sure to energize you for a whole weekend of Peacock fun. Rain location is Dorman Gymnasium. Hot cocoa and cookies will be complimentary.  
Friday, Oct. 12, 2018
  • Pastries for Peacocks - Alumni House, 9 a.m.-noon - Stop by the Alumni House for morning treats and coffee. Flip through old yearbooks and be sure to sign the alumni guest book. Guided campus tours will be available. 

  • Agates, Crystals and Geodes Display - Garbee Hall (Lower Lobby), 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. - Featuring specimens from the collection donated to UIU by Burton and Dorthea ’71 Odekirk and Leora Sullivan ’61. Guests are invited to have rocks or fossils from their own collection identified by UIU Professor of Geosciences, Dr. Kata McCarville. Bring the specimen or digital image with you. 

  • Headstones, UIU Heritage & History Exhibit - Henderson-Wilder Library, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. - Enjoy a brief presentation featuring the headstones, UIU heritage and history in local cemeteries. Self-guided tour maps will be available for pickup throughout the weekend. 

  • Alumni Gale Database Tutorials–Henderson-Wilder Library, 11:30 a.m. – The Library’s Gale Databases are available to alumni to search articles in a wide variety of subjects. Gale is a family of full text databases of content from academic journals and general magazines. Join us to learn about articles you're interested in and learn how to navigate this new tool. Information on the database will be available all day on Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

  • "Five Miles From Fayette" Art Reception Meet & GreetBing-Davis Memorial Gallery, 12:15 - 1:30 p.m. - Featured artist, Lee Emma Running, will collaborate with the C.C.Parker Herbarium of Upper Iowa University, collected by Dr. Charles Coleman "C.C." Parker during the latter half of the 19th century here in Fayette. Guests may enjoy a meet-and-greet with Professor of Science, Dr. Scott Figdore and UIU Archivist, Janette Garcia. Punch and cookies will be served.  

  • Research, Internship & Creative Endeavors - Baker-Hebron Hall and Garbee Hall (Lower Level), 1 - 2:30 p.m. - Join the School of Science and Mathematics in viewing posters detailing the activities and work of many of the school's undergraduates.

  • Women's Soccer - Pattison Field, 3 p.m. - Cheer on UIU Women's Soccer to a victory over St. Cloud State University. Guests will enjoy free admission!
  • President's Ball - Student Center Ballroom, 5:30 p.m. - "Ignite the Night" and join us for an evening of fun, friendship and fundraising during the 6th Annual President's Ball. Guests may enjoy a cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m., with a dinner program and dancing to follow. Tickets are $100 per person and limited seats remain so don't delay - RSVP today! More details are available at uiu.edu/presidentsball
Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018
  • Homecoming Parade - Downtown Fayette, 10 a.m. - This tradition is an alumni favorite. Make your way downtown and enjoy the parade with your UIU family. Click here to submit a parade entry form

  • Alumni Awards & Honor Class Luncheon - Student Center Ballroom, 10:30 a.m. - This event will honor the classes of '58, '68, '78, '88, '93 and '98. A special gift will be presented to members of the 50-year class. In addition our distinguished Alumni Award honorees will be recognized as well as our Heritage Society Members. To submit an Alumni Awards Nomination, click here. (The deadline has passed for the 2018 awards, but all new submissions will be considered for our 2019 awards.) Social begins at 10:30 a.m. followed by a lunch program at 11 a.m. Lunch is complimentary to all guests but RSVP is required. 

  • Cornhole Tournament - CANCELED - UIU Bemiss Tailgate Lot, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Everyone is welcome to join in on the tourney, hosted by UIU S.A.A.C.! Cost is $20 per team or $10 per individual. Proceeds will benefit Make A Wish. First place will win $200 and prizes will also be warded to second and third place as well as the group with the best team name. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO EXCESSIVE RAIN IN THE TAILGATE LOT. 

  • Alumni Tailgate - Harms-Eischeid Stadium (north patio), 12 - 2 p.m. - All are invited to our pregame party! The classes of '03, '08 and '13 are celebrating reunions and will receive a special gift for stopping by. 

  • UIU Homecoming Football Game - Harms-Eischeid Stadium, 2:05 p.m. kickoff - Come cheer the Peacocks to victory as they take on Bemidji State Beavers. Admission prices are $12 for adults, $5 for ages 5-18 and kids under 5 are free.
Student Traditions

Throughout Homecoming week, UIU students will be hosting several events and activities. Peacock Pride will be spread city and campus-wide as they partake in the following:

  • Sunday - Student Fashion Show, hosted by Beta Theta Omega
  • Monday - Flag and Powderpuff Football Games
  • Tuesday - Window Painting; King & Queen Voting
  • Wednesday - Sidewalk Chalk Challenge & Special Performance
  • Sunday - Greek Picnic Cookout

For all the details on student activities, visit uiu.edu/getinvolved or facebook.com/UIUStudentActivities

Ongoing Activities 
  • Blue Pride Fayette Wide - Show your school spirit by entering the Blue Pride Fayette Wide decorating contest! To participate, send your name and street address or campus location to alumni@uiu.edu. Decorations must be in place by Thursday, October 11 at noon for judging. A community and campus winner will be announced on Saturday. 

  • Tell Your UIU Story - Henderson-Wilder Library - Share your stories of your time at UIU and after graduation. Write your story in our new Peacock Proud Discussion Board – OR – Add your oral history to the UIU Archives self-service recording booth in the Library. Contact UIU Archivist, Janette Garcia at 563-425-5722 or archives@uiu.edu.

  • "Five Miles From Fayette" Art Exhibition - Bing-Davis Memorial Gallery - Featured artist, Lee Emma Running will collaborate with the C.C.Parker Herbarium of Upper Iowa University, collected by Dr. C.C. Parker during the latter half of the 19th century here in Fayette. The gallery will be open Friday 8 a.m. - 7 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

  • UIU Homecoming Archives and Take-Away Display - Student Center, 2nd Floor - Take a walk down memory lane and view memorabilia from UIU history. Feel free to take any photographs displayed outside of the glass case. 

Additional Information & Resources:

  • UIU is proud of our beautiful facilities. During your Homecoming visit, we hope you make time to tour campus. For those of you who have not been to campus recently, you may need to access our Fayette Campus Map + Schedule. 
  • For more information on lodging, dining, directions and other travel information, click here.  
  • Please contact the Alumni Office with Homecoming questions at 563-425-5388 or alumni@uiu.edu