Rod Library--Special Collections

UNI Homecoming Queens

Introduction

This page presents a list of UNI Homecoming queens. The first queen was elected in 1923. Her title was Miss ISTC (Iowa State Teachers College). From 1924 through 1938, there does not seem to have been a Homecoming queen election, though the Teachers College had a generous share of other beauty and popularity contests during those years. Homecoming queen elections began again in 1939. Until 1955 the letterman's club, the I-Club, selected the Homecoming queen. In 1955 the procedure changed. Starting in 1955 the I-Club nominated queen candidates, but the student body voted to select the queen.

The last Homecoming queen election was held in 1970. For several years there had been criticism of the tradition on several fronts. First, some students believed that an election, based on physical appearance, was demeaning to women. And, second, some minority students believed that they were being excluded from the selection process. In 1970 minority students elected their own Homecoming royalty, Michael Reed and Mary Adams.

The Student Council declared that there would be no Homecoming queen election in 1971, and there has been none since then.

Those interested in other information about Homecoming may wish to consult the following pages:

Homecoming Queens

1923

Evelyn Arquette

 

1939

Eleanor Collman

 

1940

Muriel Dirks

 

1941

Georgiana Amidon

 

1942

Margaret Hill

 

1943-1944

No formal Homecoming celebration due to war

 

1945

Helen Schmidt

 

1946

Dorothy Moore

 

1947

Colleen Haley

 

1948

Beverly Braack

 

1949

Donna Fangman

 

1950

Lucile Hilger

 

1951

Dixie Laughery

 

1952

Susan Mary Ritz

 

1953

Mary Powers

 

1954

Mary Conrad

 

1955

Betty Vance

 

1956

Glenda Wilson

 

1957

Nancy Niles

 

1958

Carol Justice

 

1959

Shirley Peterson

 

1960

Mary Paulk

 

1961

Bonnie Van Zandt

 

1962

Debbie Noland

 

1963

Peggy DeShon

 

1964

Georgia Collard

 

1965

Barbara Miyasaki

 

1966

Inga Bartosch

 

1967

Susan Lindholm

 

1968

Blanche Izumi

 

1969

Pam Olds

 

1970

Marilyn Nicol

Minority students selected Mary Adams

1970 was the last year in which a Homecoming queen was selected.


Compiled by Gerald L. Peterson, University Archivist, with research by Shanna Taylor and other student assistants, and scanning by Library Assistant Gail Briddle
Special Collections and University Archives
September 2005


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