Homecoming: Time to paint the town black and gold

Photo by Tim Schoon.

The University of Iowa’s 2011 Homecoming will offer opportunities for Hawkeyes and Hawkeye fans to “paint the town black and gold” during a week of festivities, Oct. 15–22.

Traditional events like the annual parade, concert, and football game are expected to draw thousands of UI students, alumni, faculty, and staff, as well as residents of the Iowa City and surrounding communities.

The Homecoming parade, themed “Paint the Town Black and Gold,” will begin at 5:45 p.m., Friday, Oct. 21. It will start at the corner of Linn and Washington streets, wind through downtown Iowa City, and end at the corner of Iowa Avenue and Gilbert Street. For a map of the route, see homecoming.uiowa.edu/#parade.

The Homecoming 2011 Honored Guest is Glenn Patton, the all-time winningest swim coach at the University of Iowa.

The Homecoming king and queen coronation ceremony will be held on the Pentacrest lawn immediately following the parade. Following the coronation, ’80s rock band Survivor (best known for the Rocky III theme song, “Eye of the Tiger”) will perform during the annual free outdoor Homecoming concert.

Homecoming week events begin with a kickoff tailgate party at 6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15, in Hubbard Park, where Hawkeyes can enjoy live entertainment, photo ops with Herky, food, games, and more. Throughout the week, several activities are planned including movies, competitions, and entertainment. Highlights include:

  • Sunday, Oct. 16: United Way 5K walk/run race at 11 a.m. in Lower City Park. The race will raise money for the United Way of Johnson County and is hosted by the UI Fraternity and Sorority community. Registration is open to the public, and forms can be found at tinyurl.com/unitedway5K. Check-in, as well as race day registration, is from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Registration is $15 for UI students in advance/$20 on race day, and $20 for non-UI students in advance/$25 on race day.
  • Monday, Oct. 17: A blood drive for the DeGowin Blood Center and Mississippi Valley Blood Center will be held in the Second Floor Ballroom of the IMU from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. At 10 p.m., the Campus Activities Board presents comedian Tim Young in the Illinois Room at the IMU.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 19: Sports Night will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at the UI Athletics Hall of Fame, 2525 Prairie Meadow Drive. Fans can meet UI athletes and Herky, get autographs, and interact with various UI student organizations.
  • Thursday, Oct. 20: UI students will show their Hawkeye spirit through skits and songs centered on the theme “Paint the Town Black and Gold” during Iowa Shout. The free show begins at 7 p.m. in the IMU Main Lounge and is open to the public.

Other activities will invoke the IOWA Challenge, a concise statement of expectations for students, as they inspire students to show off their school spirit while demonstrating their desire to excel, stretch, engage, choose, and serve. With these activities, which range from “theme days” to window banners at local businesses to a recyclable boat race, students compete for points, bragging rights, and, in some cases, trophies in three “Homecoming Sweepstakes” divisions: fraternities and sororities, student organizations, and residence halls.

The UI Alumni Association also will sponsor several Homecoming tailgates, open houses, and other social events for the university’s various colleges. For details, see www.iowalum.com/reunions/hrw.

For more information and a complete schedule of events, see the UI Homecoming Council website at homecoming.uiowa.edu.

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