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Week-long UNI Homecoming celebration culminates with weekend activities<br>

September 26, 2002

Mike Bobeldyk, UNI Maucker Union program coordinator, (319) 273-5888
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Homecoming celebration begins Sunday, Sept. 29, and continues through Sunday, Oct. 6, with a variety of activities and events.

Key events leading up to the weekend celebration include:

Window painting for the residence halls, Sunday, Sept. 29; and window painting on the Hill for student organizations Monday, Sept. 30 from noon to 5 p.m. The Kick-Off ceremony and Panther Pride Competition will be at 6 p.m. on the corner of West 23rd and College Streets. Pep-bands, UNI spirit squads and Panther Pride Cry Competition will be featured.

On Tuesday, Oct. 1, a Red Cross blood drive will be hosted in Maucker Union, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., as a joint effort between the homecoming committee and Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.

Inflatable Fun Day will be at the Maucker Union Plaza, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 2.

On Thursday, Oct. 3, the Panther Scramble obstacle course will be from 4 to 6 p.m. by the Campanile. A Homecoming Video Dance Party will be from 9 p.m. to midnight in the Maucker Union Expansion.

Friday, Oct. 4, has been declared Purple and Gold Spirit Day, with students, faculty and staff encouraged to wear school colors. At 8 p.m., Lawther Field will be the site for a pep rally. The event includes the Panther Pride Cry finals and fireworks. Beginning at 11:45 p.m., students will gather for campaniling -- the tradition of being kissed under the Campanile at midnight.

Saturday's events will start with a 5K cross-country run at 8 a.m., just west of the UNI-Dome, followed by the Homecoming Parade at 10 a.m. This year's grand marshal will be John 'Jersey' Jermier, who served as UNI associate director of athletics from 1980 to1999. The parade will start near Cedar Falls High School, West 12th and Division Streets, at 10 a.m.; and end at West 23rd and Campus Streets by Campbell Hall.

The Saturday football game will kick-off at 4:05 p.m. Following the game, 'Video Stars,' a Chicago band playing hits from the '80s, '90s and today, will perform from 9 p.m. to midnight on the lawn east of Lang Hall and comedian Bobby Tessel will perform at midnight in the Maucker Union Coffeehouse. Homecoming concludes with the Panther Midnight Breakfast, a free breakfast bar for students, in the Maucker Union Coffeehouse, from midnight to 2 a.m.

Throughout the week, Pennies in a Pick-Up will take place outside Maucker Union and at all Homecoming events. Pennies placed in a specified pick-up truck will be donated to the Boys and Girls Club. Homecoming buttons also will be sold throughout the week in Maucker Union.

For more information regarding Homecoming activities, contact Mike Bobeldyk, UNI Maucker Union program coordinator, at (319) 273-5888.