Week-long UNI homecoming celebration, Oct. 3-10, culminates with weekend activities

September 29, 2004

Connie Hansen, coordinator of student organizations, (319) 273-6335
James O'Connor, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-6728

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's homecoming celebration, 'It's Showtime,' begins Sunday, Oct. 3, and continues through Sunday, Oct. 10.

The event kicks off with window painting in the residence halls, Sunday, Oct. 3.

Student organizations will paint windows on College Hill Monday, Oct. 4, from noon to 5 p.m. The kick-off ceremony and Panther Pride competition will begin at 6 p.m. on the corner of West 23rd and College streets. Pep-bands, the UNI spirit squads and Panther Pride Cry competition will be featured.

On Tuesday, Oct. 5, a bone marrow registration drive and a silent auction will take place in Maucker Union, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. At 7 p.m., in the West Gym, the UNI Panthers will take on the University of Iowa Hawkeyes in volleyball.

At 7:30 p.m., on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 'Panther Feud' will take place in the Maucker Union Old Ballroom. Teams will compete in the game show 'Family Feud.'

On Thursday, Oct. 7, the Panther Scramble obstacle course will begin at 4 p.m. outside the Redeker Center. Activities in Maucker Union include making CDs, or music videos from 6 p.m. to midnight. The 'Glow Zone Experience' dance will take place from 9:30 p.m. to midnight. A 'Blockbuster Breakfast' will be served from 11:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. in the Maucker Union Coffee House.

Friday, Oct. 8, has been declared 'the previews,' with students, faculty and staff encouraged to wear school colors. The pep rally begins at 8 p.m. by the Campanile and includes the Panther Pride Cry finals and fireworks.

The public is invited to bring blankets and lawn chairs to watch the fireworks on the north side of the Curris Business Building.

Beginning at 11:45 p.m., students will gather for campaniling -- the tradition of being kissed under the Campanile at midnight.

On Saturday, Oct. 9, the homecoming parade begins at 10 a.m. The new parade route will begin at Gilchrist A parking lot and end on Hudson Road. A groundbreaking ceremony for the McLeod Center will take place at 2:15 p.m. in the south parking lot of the UNI-Dome.

At 4:05 p.m., the UNI Panther football team will take on the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers in the UNI-Dome. From 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. students may visit Maucker Union for snacks, games, music and movies.

Homecoming week concludes on Sunday, Oct. 10, at 7:30, with a concert by Alan Jackson and Martina McBride in the UNI-Dome.

Homecoming buttons will be sold throughout the week in Maucker Union. Homecoming shirts will be available at University Book and Supply and Maucker Union Essentials.

For more information regarding homecoming activities, contact Connie Hansen, coordinator of student organizations, at (319) 273-6335.