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UNI Homecoming Year by Year

This page presents information about UNI Homecoming celebrations on a year-by-year basis from 1920 to the present. It includes dates, themes, football game results, Homecoming queens, parade grand marshalls, and lists of events and highlights.

Those interested in only certain portions of this information may wish to consult the following pages that present information on select topics:

Note on institutional names. The University of Northern Iowa has had four names: Iowa State Normal School (1876-1909); Iowa State Teachers College (1909-1961); State College of Iowa (1961-1967); and University of Northern Iowa (1967-present). This essay will use the name that is appropriate to the historical era under discussion.

1920--Homecoming 1

  • Date: Friday-Saturday, October 29-30, 1920 (originally scheduled for December 11, 1920)
  • Theme: None
  • Football game: 3PM, Saturday, October 30, 1920, campus football field, Iowa State Teachers College defeated Parsons College, 14-0
  • Events
    • Pep rally Friday night
    • School assembly Saturday morning
    • Saturday noon picnics
    • All college party after game
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • School's first Homecoming
    • President Seerley addressed Saturday morning assembly
    • Teachers College football team wore Cedar Falls High School uniforms because ISTC and Parsons colors were the same

1921--Homecoming 2

  • Date: Friday-Saturday, October 28-29, 1921
  • Theme: None
  • Football game: 2:30PM, Saturday, October 29, 1921, campus football field, Iowa State Teachers College tied Upper Iowa University, 0-0
  • Events
    • Friday night bonfire and pep rally with music by Cedar Falls Municipal Band
    • Saturday morning pep meeting
    • Picnics and reunions
    • All college dance after game with music by Metropolitan Orchestra of Mason City
    • Double feature movie for those who did not wish to dance
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Weather rainy; bonfire cancelled and playing field muddy
    • Alumnus and Spanish-American War veteran Colonel P. M. Shaffer spoke at pep meeting
    • Alumni Association told of plans build Campanile
    • Prizes offered for best decorated men's and women's boarding houses
    • Cars decorated in Purple and Old Gold

1922--Homecoming 3

  • Date: Friday-Saturday, October 20-21, 1922
  • Theme: None
  • Football game: 3:30PM, Saturday, October 21, 1922, campus football field, Iowa State Teachers College defeated Simpson College, 7-6
  • Events
    • Friday night barbecue, bonfire, and pep rally
    • House and business decoration contest
    • Saturday morning pep assembly
    • Saturday evening dance
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Snake dance in downtown Cedar Falls
    • First Homecoming parade
    • Largest crowd--over 5000--ever to attend a local football game up to that date

1923--Homecoming 4

  • Date: Friday-Saturday, November 23-24, 1923
  • Theme: None
  • Football game: 2PM, Saturday, November 24, 1923, campus football field, Western Union College defeated Iowa State Teachers College, 6-2
  • Events
    • Friday night torchlight parade
    • Friday night bonfire, barbecue, and fireworks
    • Saturday afternoon parade
    • Carnival and dance with music by Tommy Wells Orchestra after game
    • Open houses
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • About 2000 attended elaborate dance and carnival
    • President Seerley's Homecoming address to alumni broadcast over radio
    • Students forced entry into Cedar Falls movie theaters
    • Evelyn Arquette was first Homecoming queen; muddy field prevented her from being introduced at game; introduced at evening dance
    • Freshmen burn green scarecrow to end their hazing period
    • Horse race
    • Football field covered with four inches of snow, slush, and rain

1924--Homecoming 5

  • Date: Friday-Saturday, October 17-18, 1924
  • Theme: None
  • Football game: 2:30PM, Saturday, October 18, 1924, campus football field, Simpson College defeated Iowa State Teachers College, 13-0
  • Events
    • Friday night bonfire and pep meeting
    • Judging of house decorations
    • Alumni put on strong program
    • Saturday parade around campus
    • Dance with music by the Imps and the Fairweathers
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Unruly raid on downtown businesses seeking free service and merchandise
    • Beautiful weather

1925--Homecoming 6

  • Date: Friday-Saturday, October 23-24, 1925
  • Theme: None
  • Football game: 2:30 PM, Saturday, October 24, 1925, campus football field, Iowa State Teachers College defeated Luther College, 20-9
  • Events
    • Friday night mass meeting, bonfire, and snake dance
    • Friday night raid on downtown merchants
    • Organizations held open houses for returning alumni
    • Parade around campus
    • Dance with music by the Wells Orchestra and the Black and White Orchestra
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Good comeback to win football game
    • First Homecoming game under Coach Paul Bender
    • Teachers College High School played a football game against LaPorte City on Saturday morning

1926--Homecoming 7

  • Date: Friday-Saturday, October 15-16, 1926
  • Theme: The Spirit of 50 Years (in conjunction with 50th anniversary of the college)
  • Football game: 2:30PM, Saturday, October 16, 1926, campus football field, Iowa State Teachers College defeated Buena Vista College, 34-0
  • Events
    • Pep meeting and bonfire
    • House judging
    • Half-time snake dance and performances by Ladies' Band and Varsity Band
    • Evening dance with music by Tom Wells' Orchestra; 500 attended
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Celebrated in conjunction with 50th anniversary of the college
    • Campanile nearly complete
    • Student Council sold tags to support Homecoming

1927--Homecoming 8

  • Date: Friday, November 11, 1927; Visitors' Day, a second Homecoming complete with many traditional Homecoming activities, was held Saturday, November 19, 1927
  • Theme: None
  • Football game: 2PM, Friday, November 11, 1927, campus football field, Iowa State Teachers College defeated Upper Iowa University, 14-6
  • Events
    • Parade
    • Armistice Day program in West Gymnasium
    • Dance with music by the Mississippi Six
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Held in conjunction with Cedar Falls Armistice Day activities
    • Controversy over scheduling activities on Friday rather than Saturday
    • Classes dismissed at 10AM so students could attend Homecoming activities
    • Snow fell during football game

1928--Homecoming 9

  • Date: Friday-Saturday, November 9-10, 1928
  • Theme: None
  • Football game: 2:30PM, Saturday, November 10, 1928, campus football field, Iowa State Teachers College tied Grinnell College, 0-0
  • Events
    • Pep meeting
    • Stunt parade on campus
    • Dance
    • House decoration judging
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Football game played on new field
    • Cross country competition against Grinnell College with runners completing their race at football game half-time
    • Late permits allowed women to stay until midnight at the dance
    • Students urged not to force their way into Regent Theater without paying
    • First Homecoming under President O. R. Latham, who succeeded President Homer Seerley

1929--Homecoming 10

  • Date: Friday-Sunday, October 11-13, 1929
  • Theme: None
  • Football game: 2PM, Saturday, October 12, campus football field, Iowa State Teachers College defeated Simpson College, 7-0
  • Events
    • Parade through Cedar Falls
    • Dance with Harold Lyman and his Eleven Aces; over 1000 attended
    • Pep meeting
    • House decoration contest
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Over fifty floats in the parade
    • Merchants decorated their windows
    • Student rooting section at football field
    • First time that Ladies' Band marched in parade
    • Varsity Band wore new uniforms and performed new formations at football game
    • Myron Russell directed the bands
    • Cross country team competes against Simpson College
    • Special religious services on Sunday

1930--Homecoming 11

  • Date: Friday-Saturday, October 10-11, 1930
  • Theme: None
  • Football game: 2PM, Saturday, October 11, 1930, campus football field, Coe College defeated Iowa State Teachers College, 13-2
  • Events
    • Short parade across campus included men's and women's bands
    • Bonfire pep rally
    • House decoration contest
    • Dance
    • Movies
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • TC letters made of corn displayed at corner of 23rd and College Streets
    • Faculty members held open house
    • Student government previewed Homecoming activities for students in assemblies on Wednesday, October 8
    • Tutor Belles, a group of fifty women "pepsters" assisted Professor Earl Rath at pep rally
    • New college flag, 80 foot flagpole, and goal posts dedicated at football field

1931--Homecoming 12

  • Date: Friday-Sunday, November 6-8, 1931
  • Theme: None
  • Football game: 2PM, Saturday, November 7, 1931, campus football field, Western State Teachers College (Kalamazoo) defeated Iowa State Teachers College, 14-0
  • Events
    • Bonfire and pep rally
    • Dances on both Friday and Saturday nights, with Bobby Griggs and his orchestra playing on Saturday night
    • House decoration contest
    • Movies
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Women's physical education student and alumni field hockey game
    • Saturday morning concert on Library steps
    • 3000 attend football game
    • Campus tours for alumni
    • First Homecoming booklets distributed
    • Special Homecoming church services on Sunday morning both on and off campus

1932--Homecoming 13

  • Date: Friday-Sunday, October 21-23, 1932
  • Theme: None
  • Football game: 2PM, Saturday, October 22, 1932, campus football field, Iowa State Teachers College defeated Morningside College, 12-0
  • Events
    • Bonfire and pep rally
    • Alumni business meeting now held at Homecoming instead of at Commencement
    • Dance with music by Harry Newell and his "Call of the South" Orchestra
    • Sunday morning and afternoon church services
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Rainy, dreary weather
    • Theater production of "The Scarecrow"
    • Homecoming committees organized: Publicity, Decorations, Dance, Hospitality, Game, and Pep
    • Homecoming booklet on sale from Blue Key and Hospitality Committee members
    • 750 attended dance
    • New bunting and streamers on campus buildings

1933--Homecoming 14

  • Date: Thursday-Sunday, November 2-5, 1933
  • Theme: None
  • Football game: 2PM, Saturday, November 4, 1933, campus football field, Simpson College defeated Iowa State Teachers College, 13-0
  • Events
    • Bonfire
    • Theater production of "Three-Cornered Moon"
    • Alumni luncheon
    • Dance with music by Harvey King's Band
    • Church services
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Alumni Secretary A. C. Fuller met with heads of student organizations to find ways to encourage alumni to come to Homecoming
    • Activities centered in new Commons Building
    • Special pep assembly held on Thursday, November 2

1934--Homecoming 15

  • Date: Friday-Sunday, November 9-11, 1934
  • Theme: None
  • Football game: 2PM, Saturday, November 10, 1934, campus football field, Grinnell College defeated Iowa State Teachers College, 19-12
  • Events
    • Pep rally
    • Snake dance
    • Theater production of "Criminal at Large"
    • Alumni meeting
    • Dance with music by Joe Kayser's Band
    • Church services
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • American Legion veterans were special guests
    • Rho Epsilon Rho pep fraternity in charge of decorating campus
    • Life size photos of Teachers College football players displayed on local businesses
    • Grinnell had lost seventeen consecutive games before defeating ISTC in this Homecoming match

1935--Homecoming 16

  • Date: Friday-Sunday, October 18-20, 1935
  • Theme: None
  • Football game: 2PM, Saturday, October 19, 1935, campus football field, Iowa State Teachers College defeated Western State Teachers College (Kalamazoo), 21-14
  • Events
    • Small and large pep rallies
    • Theater production of "Post Road"
    • Alumni meeting
    • Dance
    • Church services
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Small pep rally held in Crossroads area between Auditorium and Old Administration Buildings

1936--Homecoming 17

  • Date: Friday-Sunday, November 13-15, 1936
  • Theme: Sixtieth Anniversary of the College
  • Football game: 2PM, Saturday, November 14, 1936, O. R. Latham Stadium, Iowa State Teachers College defeated Morningside College, 6-0
  • Events
    • Pep meeting, bonfire, barbecue, singing
    • Theater production of "Bury the Dead"
    • Alumni meeting
    • Decoration contest
    • Dance
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • First Homecoming game to be played in what would later be named O. R. Latham Stadium
    • Reception in Bartlett Hall for those who did not dance

1937--Homecoming 18

  • Date: Friday-Sunday, October 15-17, 1937
  • Theme: None
  • Football game: 2PM, Saturday, October 16, 1937, O. R. Latham Stadium, Western State Teachers College (Kalamazoo) defeated Iowa State Teachers College, 7-0
  • Events
    • Pep meeting and snake dance
    • Dramatic production of "Pride and Prejudice"
    • Dance with music by Al Sky and his Orchestra
    • Alumni business meeting
    • Church services
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Sunday morning and afternoon Campanile concerts
    • Open houses in Commons, Bartlett Hall, and Baker Hall

1938--Homecoming 19

  • Date: Friday-Sunday, October 28-30, 1938
  • Theme: None
  • Football game: 2PM, Saturday, October 29, 1938, O. R. Latham Stadium, Morningside College defeated Iowa State Teachers College, 13-7
  • Events
    • Pep meeting
    • Dramatic production of "The Star-Wagon"
    • Alumni-student field hockey game
    • Dance with music by the Delong-Askew Orchestra
    • Church service and Campanile concert
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • New Marching Band consisting of both men and women performed; included two drum majorettes
    • Homecoming queen presented at half-time of football game
    • 5000 attended football game

1939--Homecoming 20

  • Date: Friday-Sunday, October 20-22, 1939
  • Theme: None
  • Football game: 2PM, Saturday, October 21, 1939, O. R. Latham Stadium, Iowa State Teachers College tied Western State Teachers College (Kalamazoo), 13-13
  • Events
    • Pep meeting
    • Dramatic production of "Family Portrait"
    • Dance with music by Sternie Sternberg Orchestra
    • Alumni-student field hockey game
    • Church service with Campanile concerts
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • First full parade through Cedar Falls, with floats, cars, and bands, in 10 years
    • Combined bands staged own parade
    • I-Club, ISTC letterman's group, crowned I-Club queen Eleanor Collman at half-time of football game

1940--Homecoming 21

  • Date: Friday-Sunday, October 25-27, 1940
  • Theme: None
  • Football game: 2PM, Saturday, October 26,1940, O. R. Latham Stadium, Iowa State Teachers College defeated Kansas State Teachers College, 13-6
  • Events
    • Pep meeting
    • Dramatic production of "My Heart's in the Highlands"
    • Parade through Cedar Falls and band parade at game
    • Dance with music by Paul Moorhead and his Orchestra
    • Church service, Campanile concert, and farewell concert
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Students originate Cut Day, in which students march out of class
    • Football stadium dedicated to the late President O. R. Latham
    • Muriel Dirks crowned I-Club queen
    • Marching Band wore new uniforms
    • Campus religious foundations offered reunions, breakfasts, and dinners
    • First Homecoming under President Malcolm Price, who succeeded President O. R. Latham

1941--Homecoming 22

  • Date: Friday-Sunday, October 17-19, 1941
  • Theme: None
  • Football game: 2PM, Saturday, October 18, 1941, Western Michigan Teachers College defeated Iowa State Teachers College, 28-7
  • Events
    • Students led out of class by "liberty bell" and band to enjoy Cut Day
    • Pep meeting
    • Dramatic production of "Ladies in Retirement"
    • Parade
    • Dance
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Governor George Wilson and 22 other state officials attended the football game
    • Georgiana Amidon named I-Club queen
    • Members of Cedar Falls Municipal Band were guests at dinner to celebrate 50th anniversary of band
    • Tribute to those serving in US military
    • George Wyth purchased six hundred tickets to the football game for Viking Pump employees

1942--Homecoming 23

  • Date: Friday-Sunday, October 23-25, 1942
  • Theme: None
  • Football game: 2PM, Saturday, October 24, 1942, O. R. Latham Stadium, Iowa State Teachers College defeated Morningside College, 26-6
  • Events
    • Pep meeting
    • Variety show presented instead of dramatic production
    • Bands on parade
    • Alumni-student field hockey game
    • Church service and Campanile concerts
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Margaret Hill crowned I-Club queen
    • Hobo Day encourages students to dress down; informality stressed in all activities

1943

  • Date: Homecoming not celebrated due to wartime conditions; men students and coaches involved in military service
  • Theme: None
  • Football game results: Football program suspended due to war
  • Events
    • College held Cut Day, October 27, 1943; students raked leaves on campus

1944

  • Date: Homecoming not celebrated due to wartime conditions; men students and coaches involved in military service
  • Theme: None
  • Football game results: Football program suspended due to war

1945--Homecoming 24

  • Date: Friday-Sunday, November 2-4, 1945
  • Theme: No official theme, but an underlying message of "Welcome Home"
  • Football game: 2PM, Saturday, November 3, 1945, O. R. Latham Stadium, Iowa State Teachers College defeated South Dakota State College, 58-7
  • Events
    • Pep rally
    • Dramatic production of "Listen, Professor"
    • Cut Day/Hobo Day held on Friday
    • Dance with music by Carl Bean Orchestra
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Helen Schmidt named I-Club queen
    • Industrial Arts Guild and Art League responsible for campus decoration
    • Cold weather
    • Happy reunions of friends who had been separated by wartime experiences

1946--Homecoming 25

  • Date: Friday-Sunday, October 18-20, 1946
  • Theme: Homecoming of the Veterans
  • Football game: 2PM, Saturday, October 19, 1946, O. R. Latham Stadium, Iowa State Teachers College tied Western Michigan College, 0-0
  • Events
    • Bonfire and snake dance
    • Dramatic performance of "The Great Diamond Robbery or Innoncence Saved"
    • Dance with music by Nat Towles and his Orchestra
    • Chapel service
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Governor Robert Blue crowned Dorothy Moore as I-Club queen
    • "All-girl" and "all-boy" variety shows
    • Marching Band has new uniforms for first time in 17 years
    • President Malcolm Price said that this was the Homecoming that everyone had been anticipating for five years
    • 6000 attended football game

1947--Homecoming 26

  • Date: Friday-Sunday, October 24-26, 1947
  • Theme: The Good Old Days
  • Football game: 2PM, Saturday, October 25, 1947, O. R. Latham Stadium, Iowa State Teachers College defeated Morningside College, 31-13
  • Events
    • Pep rally and bonfire in which freshmen burned their green hats
    • Parade at Stadium and judging of floats
    • Dramatic production of "The Late George Apley"
    • Dance with music by Jimmy Barnett's Orchestra
    • Chapel service and Campanile concert
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • 3600 alumni attended
    • Weather rainy; football game played in downpour
    • $100 in damage done to outdoor decorations
    • Colleen Haley crowned I-Club queen

1948--Homecoming 27

  • Date: Friday-Sunday, October 8-10, 1948
  • Theme: None
  • Football game: 2PM, Saturday, October 9, 1948, O. R. Latham Stadium, Iowa State Teachers College defeated South Dakota State College, 33-7
  • Events
    • Pep rally and snake dance
    • Parade at O. R. Latham Stadium
    • Dance with music by Harry Givens and his Orchestra
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Members of 1898 football team presented at half-time
    • Olympic wrestlers Bill Koll, Gerald Leeman, and Leroy Alitz honored
    • Robert Shaw Chorale performed
    • Beverly Braack crowned I-Club queen
    • Cross Country team ran against team from South Dakota State

1949--Homecoming 28

  • Date: Thursday-Sunday, October 20-23, 1949
  • Theme: The Home of Champions
  • Football game: 8PM, Saturday, October 22, 1949, O. R. Latham Stadium, Iowa State Teachers College defeated Augustana College (South Dakota), 49-0
  • Events
    • Dramatic production of "Street Scene" presented on Thursday and Friday nights and Saturday afternoon
    • Dance with music by Bill Meardon presented on Friday night; informal dance after game on Saturday
    • Alumni-student field hockey game
    • Parade circled campus
    • Cut Day
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Homecoming football game played under lights for first time
    • Walkway from Campanile to West Gymnasium decorated to honor Teachers College athletes
    • Donna Fangman crowned I-Club queen; selected from pictures sent by student organizations to the I-Club
    • Faculty Quartet consisting of Maurice Gerow, Jane Birkhead, Jane Mauck, and Harald Holst performs

1950--Homecoming 29

  • Date: Friday-Sunday, October 13-15, 1950
  • Theme: Half-Time of the Twentieth Century
  • Football game: 8PM, Saturday, October 14, 1950, O. R. Latham Stadium, Drake University defeated Iowa State Teachers College, 34-18
  • Events
    • Variety show
    • Parade and pep rally
    • Dance on Friday night with music by Amby Meyer and his Orchestra
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • First Homecoming under President J. W. Maucker, who succeeded President Price
    • Lucile Hilger crowned I-Club queen
    • Johnny Bright starred for the Drake Bulldogs
    • Concert by music faculty on Sunday night

1951--Homecoming 30

  • Date: Friday-Sunday, October 26-28, 1951
  • Theme: Seventy-Five Years of Teacher Education
  • Football game: 8PM, Saturday, October 27, 1951, O. R. Latham Stadium, Iowa State Teachers College defeated Morningside College, 27-7
  • Events
    • Cut Day
    • Variety show "Diamond Dates" organized around theme of 75th anniversary of college
    • Dance on Friday night with music by Bobbie Beers and his Orchestra
    • Informal dance after game
    • Concert by music faculty on Sunday night
    • Parade route through Cedar Falls
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Dixie Laughery crowned I-Club queen
    • Campus open house with guided tours on Sunday afternoon; 800 attended
    • Commemorated 75th anniversary of the college

1952--Homecoming 31

  • Date: Thursday-Sunday, October 30-November 2, 1952
  • Theme: Panthers for President
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, November 1, 1952, O. R. Latham Stadium, University of South Dakota defeated Iowa State Teachers College, 34-20
  • Events
    • Pep rally
    • Variety show
    • Parade through downtown Cedar Falls
    • Dramatic production of "The Gentleman from Athens" presented Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings
    • Dance on Saturday night with music by Bill Meardon and his Orchestra
    • Concert on Sunday night by Jane Mauck and Gloria Keister
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • No Homecoming Cut Day
    • Susan Mary Ritz crowned I-Club queen
    • 1927 football team honored at half-time

1953--Homecoming 32

  • Date: Wednesday-Sunday, October 28-November 1, 1953
  • Theme: Panther Prowl
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, October 31, 1953, O. R. Latham Stadium, Iowa State Teachers College defeated Morningside College, 34-20
  • Events
    • Wednesday night pep rally, bonfire, and snake dance
    • Variety show
    • Dramatic production of "Harvey" on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights
    • Dance with music by Jack Oatts and his Orchestra as well as student performers
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Mary Powers crowned I-Club queen
    • Faculty concert on Sunday evening
    • Students demonstrated Sunday evening for a Cut Day on the Monday after Homecoming

1954--Homecoming 33

  • Date: Friday-Sunday, November 5-7, 1954
  • Theme: None
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, November 6, 1954, O. R. Latham Stadium, University of South Dakota defeated Iowa State Teachers College, 34-33
  • Events
    • Half day Cut Day on Friday afternoon classes dismissed for pep rally
    • All-college picnic, variety show, bonfire, and informal dance
    • Dance on Saturday night with music by Jimmy Smith and his Orchestra
    • Parade through Cedar Falls
    • Chapel service and concert
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Mary Conrad crowned I-Club queen
    • Floats not required to adhere to a particular theme

1955--Homecoming 34

  • Date: Thursday-Sunday, October 27-30, 1955
  • Theme: ?
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, October 29, 1955, O. R. Latham Stadium, Iowa State Teachers College defeated Morningside College, 13-12
  • Events
    • Dramatic production of "The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker" on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings
    • Parade
    • Chapel service and concert
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Betty Vance elected queen by all-college vote instead of by I-Club
    • Winner of contest to pick Homecoming theme won two tickets to the dance
    • Dance Saturday night with music by Paul Snyder and his Collegiates
    • Four men suspended from school for winter term for damaging screens and windows in women's dorms
    • Football victory earned half day Cut Day

1956--Homecoming 35

  • Date: Friday-Sunday, October 19-21, 1956
  • Theme: Campaign for Victory
  • Football game: 2PM, Saturday, October 20, 1956, O. R. Latham Stadium, Iowa State Teachers College tied Morningside College, 20-20
  • Events
    • Parade through Cedar Falls; prizes of $40, $25, and $15 awarded for best floats and house decorations
    • Pep rally
    • Variety show
    • Campanile concert
    • Saturday night dance with music by Don Shaw and his Orchestra
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Glenda Wilson crowned queen
    • Souvenir photograph booth at dance
    • Students formed human tunnel for entrance of players at football game
    • Student cheering section roped off

1957--Homecoming 36

  • Date: Thursday-Sunday, October 24-27, 1957
  • Theme: United for Victory
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, October 26, 1957, O. R. Latham Stadium, Iowa State Teachers College defeated University of North Dakota, 18-0
  • Events
    • Dramatic production of "Squaring the Circle" performed Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights
    • Chapel service
    • Faculty recital
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Many activities cancelled or postponed due to influenza epidemic on campus: those activities included a fraternity sing, the variety show, the dance, the parade, the pep rally, and Cut Day
    • Students demonstrated against the decision to cancel or postpone certain Homecoming activities
    • Nancy Niles crowned queen

1958--Homecoming 37

  • Date: Friday-Saturday, October 17-18, 1958
  • Theme: Pantherville Pageant
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, October 18, 1958, O. R. Latham Stadium, Morningside College defeated Iowa State Teachers College, 26-18
  • Events
    • Cut Day
    • Pep rally with four flaming letters, ISTC, instead of bonfire
    • Interfraternity sing
    • Variety show
    • Parade
    • Dance with music by Lawrence Foster Orchestra
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Carol Justice crowned queen
    • Parade included 25 floats
    • First Homecoming game under Coach Bill Hammer

1959--Homecoming 38

  • Date: Thursday-Saturday, October 22-24, 1959
  • Theme: T. V. (Teachers Victory) Spectacular
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, October 24, 1959, O, R. Latham Stadium, Iowa State Teachers College defeated University of North Dakota, 14-9
  • Events
    • Interfraternity sing with four fraternities serenading each of the women's dorms; trophy awarded to best performance presented at variety show
    • Dramatic production of "Mornings at Seven" performed Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights
    • Variety show
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Shirley Peterson crowned queen
    • Bartlett Hall women played football

1960--Homecoming 39

  • Date: Thursday-Sunday, October 13-16, 1960
  • Theme: Fabulous Sixties
  • Football game: 1:30 PM, Saturday, October 15, 1960, O. R. Latham Stadium, Iowa State Teachers College defeated Morningside College, 26-0
  • Events
    • Interfraternity mass chorus
    • Pep rally
    • Variety show
    • Parade through Cedar Falls
    • Campanile concert
    • Dance with music by Jules Herman Orchestra
    • Chapel service and faculty recital
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Mary Paulk crowned queen

1961--Homecoming 40

  • Date: Friday-Sunday, October 13-15, 1961
  • Theme: The SCI's the Limit
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, October 14, 1961, O. R. Latham Stadium, State College of Iowa defeated Augustana College, 34-6
  • Events
    • Pep rally with flaming SCI letters
    • Parade
    • Dance with music by Jules Herman Orchestra
    • Chapel service
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • First Homecoming for the college under its new name, State College of Iowa
    • Bonnie Van Zandt crowned queen
    • 6500 attended football game

1962--Homecoming 41

  • Date: Thursday-Sunday, October 18-21, 1962
  • Theme: SCI Storybook
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, October 20, 1962, O. R. Latham Stadium, State College of Iowa defeated Morningside College, 21-18
  • Events
    • Pep rally
    • Parade
    • Dance with music by Rod Aaberg and his Orchestra
    • Chapel service
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Debbie Noland crowned queen
    • Governor Norman Erbe was Grand Marshall of the parade
    • Clown competition in parade

1963--Homecoming 42

  • Date: Thursday-Sunday, October 24-27. 1963
  • Theme: SCI Futurama
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, October 26, 1963, O. R. Latham Stadium, State College of Iowa defeated University of North Dakota, 9-0
  • Events
    • Variety show
    • Pep rally, bonfire, and snake dance
    • Informal Friday night dance
    • Parade through Cedar Falls
    • Campanile concert
    • Dance with music by Rich Clausen's Orchestra
    • Chapel services
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Peggy DeShon crowned queen

1964--Homecoming 43

  • Date: Thursday-Sunday, October 15-18, 1964
  • Theme: Olympics on the Hill
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, October 17, 1964, O. R. Latham Stadium, State College of Iowa defeated Morningside College, 24-14
  • Events
    • Students served picnic lunch near Commons on Friday
    • Bonfire, pep rally, and snakedance
    • Variety show
    • Parade through Cedar Falls
    • Campanile concert
    • Dance with music by Jules Herman Orchestra
    • Chapel service
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Georgia Collard crowned queen
    • Three Grand Marshalls named: President J. W. Maucker, Dean William Lang, and Professor Daryl Pendergraft
    • Student government presidents of SCI and Morningside College each agreed to drop his pants in the middle of the football field if his team lost the game; Morningside lost, but Morningside student president failed to appear to fulfill his obligation

1965--Homecoming 44

  • Date:Wednesday-Sunday, October 20-24, 1965
  • Theme: SCI-Lites
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, October 23, 1965, O. R. Latham Stadium, State College of Iowa defeated Augustana College, 27-21
  • Events
    • Variety show on Wednesday and Thursday nights
    • Sack lunches on Friday
    • Parade on Friday night
    • Dance
    • Open houses
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Barbara Miyasaki crowned queen
    • Parade on Friday evening
    • No prizes awarded for house decorations
    • Former Coach Art Dickinson named Grand Marshall

1966--Homecoming 45

  • Date: Monday, Wednesday-Sunday, October 17, 19-23, 1966
  • Theme: Homecoming is . . . .
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, October 22, 1966, O. R. Latham Stadium, State College of Iowa defeated Morningside College, 2-0
  • Events
    • Pep rally on Monday night
    • Variety show
    • Sack lunches on Friday
    • Friday evening parade through Cedar Falls
    • Campanile concert
    • Dance with music by Don Hoy Orchestra
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Inga Bartosch crowned queen at Monday night concert by Dick Schory and his Percussion Pops Orchestra
    • Governor Robert Fulton was Grand Marshall
    • New parade trophies initiated: Parade Marshall's Trophy and President's Trophy

1967--Homecoming 46

  • Date: Monday-Sunday, October 2-8, 1967
  • Theme: Something Old, Something New
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, October 7, 1967, O. R. Latham Stadium, University of Northern Iowa defeated Augustana College, 23-10
  • Events
    • Variety show
    • Sack lunches on Friday
    • Pep rally and bonfire
    • Parade on Saturday morning to accommodate high school bands
    • Dance
    • Open houses
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • First Homecoming under new school name, the University of Northern Iowa
    • Susan Lindholm crowned queen at Monday coronation concert with folk music by The Rain's Children, a group that included Bonnie Koloc and Scott Cawelti
    • Dean Martin Nelson was Grand Marshall
    • The Sandpipers performed Friday night

1968--Homecoming 47

  • Date: Monday-Sunday, October 14-20, 1968
  • Theme: UNIverse in '68
  • Football game results: 1:30PM, October 19, 1968, O. R. Latham Stadium, Morningside College defeated University of Northern Iowa, 14-13
  • Events
    • Tuesday and Thursday evening informal dances
    • Variety show
    • Sack lunches on Friday
    • Friday night concert by the Pair Extraordinaire
    • Pep rally and bonfire
    • Dance
    • Open houses
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • First Homecoming football game loss in ten years
    • New bells in Campanile dedicated through the week
    • Blanche Izumi crowned queen at Monday coronation concert
    • Professor James Hearst was Grand Marshall
    • Hootenanny

1969--Homecoming 48

  • Date: Monday-Sunday, October 20-26, 1969
  • Theme: An Odyssey
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, October 25, 1969, O. R. Latham Stadium, University of Northern Iowa defeated University of South Dakota, 14-2
  • Events
    • Square dance
    • Variety show
    • Bed races
    • Sack lunches on Friday
    • Rotary Connection concert on Friday night
    • Pep rally and bonfire
    • Dance with music by the Rumbles
    • Open houses
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Alumni Donald Adams and Tom Petitt were Grand Marshalls
    • Pam Olds crowned queen at Monday night coronation concert with music by Ernie Terrell and Heavyweights
    • Some campus opposition to the Homecoming queen election process

1970--Homecoming 49

  • Date: Wednesday-Sunday, October 14-18, 1970
  • Theme: In the Year . . . .
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, October 17, 1970, O. R. Latham Stadium, Morningside College defeated University of Northern Iowa, 19-7
  • Events
    • Variety show
    • Button Dance with admission free to those wore Homecoming buttons
    • Environmental Clean-up Day instead of Skip or Cut Day
    • Saturday parade through Cedar Falls
    • Dance with music by The Flippers
    • Open houses
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • First Homecoming under President John Kamerick, who succeeded President J. W. Maucker
    • Alumnus Walter E. Brown was Grand Marshall
    • Marilyn Nicol crowned queen at Wednesday night concert with music by The Lettermen and the Wilson-Brown Trio
    • Minority students selected their own king and queen: Michael Reed and Mary Adams
    • Last year for selecting a Homecoming queen
    • Open house in Campanile

1971--Homecoming 50

  • Date: Wednesday-Sunday, October 27-31, 1971
  • Theme: Kaleidoscope
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, October 30, 1971, O. R. Latham Stadium, University of North Dakota defeated University of Northern Iowa, 23-10
  • Events
    • Concert by The Association
    • Free activities including movies, Olympics competition, Friday night chicken supper, and informal dance
    • Variety show
    • Parade through Cedar Falls
    • Dance with music by Copperhead
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Some doubt about whether or not Homecoming would be held; decision was to eliminate the queen contest and to offer many free activities
    • No Skip or Cut Day
    • Former President J. W. Maucker was Grand Marshall

1972--Homecoming 51

  • Date: Wednesday-Sunday, October 18-22, 1972
  • Theme: Reach Out
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, October 21, 1972, O. R. Latham Stadium, University of Northern Iowa defeated Morningside College, 27-13
  • Events
    • Concert by Helen Reddy and Looking Glass
    • Variety show
    • Picnic supper on Friday
    • Movies
    • All-campus Olympics
    • "Celebration in the Streets" near Russell Hall
    • Parade through Cedar Falls
    • Dance with music by The Magnificent Sanctuary Band
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Professor Daryl Pendergraft was Grand Marshall
    • 24-hour swimming marathon
    • "Social cocktail hour" at Holiday Inn for students, alumni, and faculty
    • Environmental clean-up on Sunday

1973--Homecoming 52

  • Date: Tuesday-Saturday, September 25-29, 1973
  • Theme: Celebrate
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, September 29, 1973, O. R. Latham Stadium, University of South Dakota defeated University of Northern Iowa, 19-7
  • Events
    • Picnic and Olympics at Towers
    • Concert by Fanny! and Country Joe McDonald and the Fish (Joe Walsh's Barnstorm cancelled appearance)
    • Variety show
    • Movies
    • Parade
    • Cocktail party at Holiday Inn
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Regent Mary Louise Petersen was the first woman to be Grand Marshall
    • "Celebration in the Streets" near Russell Hall with music by Brass Unlimited

1974--Homecoming 53

  • Date: Tuesday, Thursday-Saturday, October 8, 10-12, 1974
  • Theme: Flashback
  • Football game results: 1:30PM, Saturday, October 12, 1974, O. R. Latham Stadium, University of Northern Iowa defeated Drake University, 41-17
  • Events
    • Pep rally
    • Picnic
    • Swimming marathon
    • Picnic supper
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Professor Daryl Pendergraft and Mayor Jon Crews were Grand Marshalls
    • Performance of "W. C. Fields, 80 proof" by Fields' grandson Ronald Fields
    • Parade
    • Rugby game before football game
    • Saturday night concert with music by Blood, Sweat, and Tears

1975--Homecoming 54

  • Date: Wednesday-Sunday, October 22-26, 1975
  • Theme: UNIification
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, October 25, 1975, O. R. Latham Stadium, University of Northern Iowa defeated Augustana College, 20-14
  • Events
    • Picnic and Olympics at Towers
    • Variety show with theme "As Long as We're Together" sponsored by Phi Mu Alpha
    • Swim marathon
    • Parade
    • Dance with music by Tennyson
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Former Director of Broadcast Services Herb Hake was Grand Marshall
    • Field hockey against Luther College

1976--Homecoming 55

  • Date: Thursday-Saturday, October 21-23, 1976
  • Theme: Excellebrate 100
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, October 23, 1976, UNI-Dome, University of Northern Iowa defeated Morningside College, 37-7
  • Events
    • Variety show
    • Pep rally
    • Picnic and Olympics with kegs as prizes
    • Parade
    • Dance with music by Tennyson
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Alumnus T. Wayne Davis was Grand Marshall
    • No Homecoming concert due to earlier appearance by Chicago
    • In conjunction with university's 100th anniversary
    • First Homecoming football game in UNI-Dome

1977--Homecoming 56

  • Date: Friday-Saturday, October 7-8, 1977
  • Theme: Do You Remember?
  • Football game: 7:30PM, Saturday, October 8, 1977, UNI-Dome, Augustana College defeated University of Northern Iowa, 35-27
  • Events
    • Friday events at Towers included car pushing race, mattress race, bat relay, tug-of-war, and pie-eating
    • Bonfire
    • Variety show
    • Swimming marathon
    • KCRS trivia contest
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Contest involved making a dummy that looked like an Augustana Viking
    • Spirit contest gave kegs as prizes
    • Professor James Hearst was Grand Marshall but the parade was cancelled due to cold weather

1978--Homecoming 57

  • Date: Sunday, Wednesday-Saturday, October 15, 18-21, 1978
  • Theme: Mission: Celebrate Change
  • Football game: 7:30PM, Saturday, October 21, 1978, UNI-Dome, Western Illinois University defeated University of Northern Iowa, 21-7
  • Events
    • Bonfire and snake dance
    • Towers Olympics
    • Homecoming concert with music by Willie Nelson and Pure Prairie League
    • Dance with music by Ecstasy
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Grand Marshalls were Professors William Lang and Donald Howard
    • Parade in afternoon
    • Football game in evening
    • Classes not scheduled on Friday
    • College Hill window painting contest
    • "Hats off to UNI" encouraged students to wear UNI hats and shirts; bars offered free drinks to those who wore them
    • First Homecoming with UNI as member of Mid-Continent Athletic Conference

1979--Homecoming 58

  • Date: Wednesday-Saturday, October 3-6, 1979
  • Theme: Fall into Fantasy
  • Football game: 7:30PM, Saturday, October 6, 1979, UNI-Dome, University of Northern Iowa defeated Akron University, 20-17
  • Events
    • Picnic and Olympics, including tug-of-war, pyramid building, mattress race, bat relay, stork race, egg toss, pie and banana eating
    • Concert with music by Pure Prairie League, Jay Ferguson, and Marshall Chapman
    • Variety show with theme "A Little Night Musique"
    • Pep rally, bonfire, and snake dance
    • Dance with music by Easy Street
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Professor Myron Russell was Grand Marshall
    • Mass campaniling Friday at midnight
    • Float destroyed by arsonist

1980--Homecoming 59

  • Date: Thursday-Saturday, October 23-25, 1980
  • Theme: Visions of the Future
  • Football game: 7:30PM, Saturday, October 25, 1980, UNI-Dome, University of Northern Iowa defeated Southwest Missouri State University, 41-0
  • Events
    • Variety show with theme "Street of Dreams"
    • Olympics
    • Mass campaniling
    • Parade
    • Two dances: one with music by Jazz Bands I and II; the other with music by the Litterer Brothers Band
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Former basketball coach Oliver "Hon" Nordly was Grand Marshall
    • Folk dance demonstration

1981--Homecoming 60

  • Date: Sunday, Thursday-Saturday, September 27, October 1-3, 1981
  • Theme: Heroes
  • Football game: 7:30PM, Saturday, October 3, 1981, UNI-Dome, Northern Michigan University defeated University of Northern Iowa, 17-13
  • Events
    • Variety show with theme "The Greatest American Variety Show"
    • Olympics and pig roast held on Sunday before Homecoming
    • Concert with music by Spencer
    • Pep rally, bonfire, and snake dance
    • Mass campaniling
    • Parade
    • Two dances with music by the UNI Jazz Band and Tennyson
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Irene Eaton (Ma Commons) was Grand Marshall
    • Redecker Center held competition for students dressed as their favorite heroes
    • Bartlett Hall held competition for students dressed as Mr. and Mrs. Bartlett
    • All-Greek alumni reunion

1982--Homecoming 61

  • Date: Thursday-Sunday, October 7-10, 1982
  • Theme: Famous Firsts
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, October 9, 1982, UNI-Dome, University of Idaho defeated University of Northern Iowa, 38-13
  • Events
    • Variety show
    • Presentation of "The Mikado"
    • Mass campaniling
    • "Pignic" pig roast
    • Dance with music by Tennyson; alumni invited
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Muriel Dirks Lounsberry was Grand Marshall
    • Pep rally and bonfire cancelled due to bad weather
    • Sunday night concert by Fleetwood Mac
    • Stacy Miller Scholarship Run--8000 meter race
    • Exhibition of art by alumni in Gallery of Art
    • Director of Facilities Planning Lee Thomson gave campus walking tour

1983--Homecoming 62

  • Date:Thursday-Sunday, October 6-9, 1983
  • Theme: Northern Lights
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, October 8, 1983, UNI-Dome, University of Northern Iowa defeated University of Wisconsin at La Crosse, 41-0
  • Events
    • Variety show
    • Presentation of "The Crucible"
    • Pep rally followed by campaniling
    • Stacy Miller Scholarship Run
    • "Pignic"
    • Parade
    • Dance with music by AKASHA
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Jose deCreeft retrospective art exhibition
    • Glenn Boysen was Grand Marshall
    • First Homecoming under President Constantine Curris, who succeeded President John Kamerick
    • First Homecoming football game under Coach Darrell Mudra

1984--Homecoming 63

  • Date: Thursday-Sunday, September 20-23, 1984
  • Theme: Panthermonium
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, September 22, 1984, UNI-Dome, University of Northern Iowa defeated Southwest Missouri State University, 24-10
  • Events
    • Variety show with theme "Puttin' on the Ritz"
    • All-Greek alumni reunion
    • Campaniling led by President and Mrs. Curris; students asked to bring bells because Campanile was under repair
    • Parade
    • Dances with music by Jazz Band and Tennyson
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Gary Kelley was Grand Marshall
    • Golf tournament on Friday
    • Tent barbecue
    • Judge's Choice parade award introduced
    • Lux Service Award introduced; winners were Diane Crane and Douglas Pearson

1985--Homecoming 64

  • Date: Wednesday-Sunday, October 9-13, 1985
  • Theme: Purple Fever: Temperature's Risin'
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, October 12, 1985, UNI-Dome, University of Northern Iowa defeated Indiana State University, 24-7
  • Events
    • Variety show
    • Pep rally and Purple Fever Party with music by Bobby's Blue Band and food and prizes by College Hill merchants
    • Parade
    • Presentation of "Tartuffe"
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Chuck Offenburger was Grand Marshall
    • Book of Records competition
    • Artists Series presentation by Guthrie Theatre company
    • Sports Hall of Fame banquet
    • Lux Service Award winners were Peggy Gohlinghorst and Greg Pittam

1986--Homecoming 65

  • Date: Tuesday-Sunday, September 23-28, 1986
  • Theme: Cruisin' with the Cat
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, September 27, 1986, UNI-Dome, University of Northern Iowa defeated Southwest Missouri State University, 45-3
  • Events
    • Pep rally with contests for best "cruisin'" outfit and sunglasses
    • Variety show
    • Theatre UNI presentation of "Platforms"
    • Golf tournament
    • Parade with over 100 entries
    • Dance with music by Falcon Eddy
    • Concert by The Johnsons
    • Campaniling
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Grand Marshalls were Gary, Jean, and Roy Johnson
    • Book of Records competition
    • Physical Education Club volleyball tournament
    • Tailgate parties
    • School of Music Scholarship Benefit Concert
    • Lux Service Award winners were Kerisa Chung and Eric Nelsen

1987--Homecoming 66

  • Date: Thursday-Sunday, October 1-4, 1987
  • Theme: Panther Tracks . . . Full Steam Ahead
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, October 3, 1987, UNI-Dome, University of Montana defeated University of Northern Iowa, 33-16
  • Events
    • Variety show
    • Theater UNI presentation of "The Importance of Being Earnest"
    • Golf tournament
    • Pep rally
    • Parade
    • Dance with music by Flash
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • 10 kilometer Volksmarch around campus
    • Lux Service Award winners were Mary Pieper and Kevin Saville
    • Car smash: three blows from a sledgehammer for $1
    • Lynne Brady was Grand Marshall

1988--Homecoming 67

  • Date: Wednesday-Sunday, September 28-October 2, 1988
  • Theme: Under the Big Top
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, October 1, 1988, UNI-Dome, Western Illinois University defeated University of Northern Iowa, 28-27
  • Events
    • Theatre UNI presented "A Little Night Music"
    • Golf tournament
    • Heritage Honours banquet
    • Campaniling
    • Parade
    • Dance with music by The Blue Band
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Grand Marshall was Norbert Noecker
    • Lux Service Award winners were Lynn Boyce and Christine Albaugh
    • Bratfest picnic
    • Volksmarch

1989--Homecoming 68

  • Date: Wednesday-Sunday, October 18-22, 1989
  • Theme: Rock Around the Clock
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, October 21, 1989, UNI-Dome, University of Northern Iowa defeated Ferris State University, 39-3
  • Events
    • Pep rally with old dance contests
    • Parade
    • Comedian Craig Anton performed
    • Dance with music by the Rumbles
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Walter and Gwen McCague Brown were scheduled to be Grand Marshall but were unable to attend Homecoming
    • Lux Service Award winners were Theresa Koster and Jennifer Clemens
    • Volksmarch

1990--Homecoming 69

  • Date: Wednesday-Sunday, October 3-7, 1990
  • Theme: Field of Dreams
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, October 6, 1990, UNI-Dome, University of Northern Iowa defeated Illinois State University, 31-0
  • Events
    • Comedian Ben Ulin performed at pep rally
    • Theatre UNI presentation of "Hedda Gabler"
    • Campaniling
    • Parade
    • Dance with music by Back Alley Band
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Coordinated open houses at Museum, Greenhouse, Marshall Center School, and Observatory
    • Walter and Gwen McCague Brown were Grand Marshalls
    • Athletics Hall of Fame banquet
    • Lux Service Award winners were Michele Thurn and Michael Armbrecht
    • Stricter rules on tailgating to curtail disorderly conduct

1991--Homecoming 70

  • Date: Wednesday-Saturday, October 2-5, 1991
  • Theme: UNI, Jamaica Me Happy
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, October 5, 1991, UNI-Dome, University of Northern Iowa defeated Morgan State University, 56-6
  • Events
    • Bender Hall competed against Dancer Hall in Olympics
    • Maucker Union decorated as cruise ship for Thursday night party at which comedian David Orion performed
    • Pep rally
    • Campaniling
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Variety show cancelled due to lack of good acts
    • No dance due to low attendance in previous years
    • T. Wayne Davis was Grand Marshall
    • Rowing Club sponsors 48-hour rowing marathon in front of Library
    • Lux Service Award winners were Lisa Raine and Diane Humke
    • Campbell Hall crowned "Miss Campbell Hall"

1992--Homecoming 71

  • Date: Tuesday-Saturday, September 29-October 3, 1992
  • Theme: Showtime
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, October 3, 1992, UNI-Dome, University of Northern Iowa defeated Illinois State University, 41-14
  • Events
    • NISG sponsored pizza party Tuesday night
    • Comedian David Orion performed
    • Pep rally with Panthers on Main theme
    • Campaniling
    • Athletic Hall of Fame banquet
    • Parade
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Lux Service Award winners were Michael Dawson and Jeff Hassman
    • Bob Beach was Grand Marshall
    • Loud cheering at football game made it hard for players to hear signals
    • Talent show sponsored by Phi Mu Alpha

1993--Homecoming 72

  • Date: Tuesday-Saturday, October 6-9, 1993
  • Theme: Wild, Wild West
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, October 9, 1993, UNI-Dome, University of Northern Iowa defeated Indiana State University, 17-10
  • Events
    • Variety show
    • Homecoming Hoedown included line dancing and old-fashioned photos
    • Pep rally
    • Parade
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • LeRoy Redfern was Grand Marshall
    • Lux Service Award winners were Dan Dickman and Darcie Novotny
    • Campaniling took place near Commons due to construction in Campanile area
    • Alumni art show in Maucker Union
    • Some students protested against planned imitation sumo event

1994--Homecoming 73

  • Date: Tuesday-Saturday, September 20-24, 1994
  • Theme: Groovin' 70s Style
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, September 24, 1994, UNI-Dome, McNeese State University defeated University of Northern Iowa, 34-24
  • Events
    • Tie dye mania event on Tuesday
    • Pep rally
    • Guitarist Paul Wright performed
    • Golf tournament
    • Homecoming concert with music by UNI Wind Symphony, Varsity Men's Glee Club, Men of Concert Chorale, and Jazz Band I
    • Parade
    • Campaniling without bells due to Campanile repairs
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Grand Marshall was Professor Willis Wagner
    • Lux Service Award winners were Christina Tovar and Keith Saunders
    • Riot on College Hill

1995--Homecoming 74

  • Date: Monday-Saturday, October 2-7, 1995
  • Theme: Beach Party
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, October 7, 1995, UNI-Dome, University of Northern Iowa defeated Eastern Illinois University, 17-7
  • Events
    • Trivia contest and Frisbee golf
    • Luau with reggae band, hog roast, limbo contest, and water relays
    • Parade
    • Campaniling
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Ed and Cathy Gallagher were Grand Marshalls
    • Lux Service Award winners were Kristi Marchesani and Sarah Spurgeon
    • Sand volleyball
    • Collected cans of food for charity
    • 100th anniversary of UNI football

1996--Homecoming 75

  • Date: Wednesday-Saturday, October 9-12, 1996
  • Theme: Let the Games Begin
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, October 12, 1996, UNI-Dome, University of Northern Iowa defeated Illinois State University, 47-10
  • Events
    • Pep rally
    • Campaniling
    • Parade
    • Concert with music by the Blenders
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Lux Service Award winners were Jennifer Marie Weber and Brenda Sue Allen
    • R. Gordon Hoxie was Grand Marshall
    • Disturbance on College Hill with broken windows, cars overturned, some injuries, and 24 arrests; blamed on early closing of the bars
    • Campus Carnival activities including gladiator joust, Twister, and bungee run
    • Dome movie night showed "Apollo 13"

1997--Homecoming 76

  • Date: Monday-Saturday, October 13-18, 1997
  • Theme: Come Together
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, October 18, 1997, UNI-Dome, University of Northern Iowa defeated Youngstown State University, 35-32
  • Events
    • Bonfire and pep rally
    • Canned food donations
    • Parade
    • Tailgating
    • Campaniling
    • Dances with music by Comtu Reggae and Bill Shepherd's Big Band
    • Guitarist Paul Wright performed
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Service day on Monday
    • Glenn Boysen was Grand Marshall
    • Fashion show
    • Lux Service Award winners were Anthony LeMar Bibbs and Forrest Roberts
    • UNIght activities at 23rd and College Streets

1998--Homecoming 77

  • Date: Monday-Saturday, October 12-17, 1998
  • Theme: Panther Reign
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, October 17, 1998, UNI-Dome, University of Northern Iowa defeated California Polytechnic State University, 31-7
  • Events
    • Pep rally and bonfire
    • Parade
    • Campaniling
    • Dance at Maucker Union
    • Tailgating
    • UNIght at 23rd and College Streets cancelled due to rain
    • Music by Paul Wright and the Nadas
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Lux Service Award winners were Teresa Manley and Kristen Michael
    • John "Jersey" Jermier was Grand Marshall
    • Inflatable Fun Night
    • Ultimate Frisbee
    • Fireworks display
    • 5K cross country run
    • College Street barricaded from Friday through Sunday for security

1999--Homecoming 78

  • Date: Monday-Saturday, October 4-9, 1999
  • Theme: Millenium of Memories
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, October 9, 1999, UNI-Dome, University of Northern Iowa defeated California Polytechnic State University, 42-21
  • Events
    • Tuesday Down Under included trivia contest, pool tournament, open mike, and snacks
    • Dance in Maucker Union on Thursday
    • Parade
    • Pep rally with fireworks and bonfire
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • LeRoy and Nancy Redfern were Grand Marshalls
    • Lux Service Award winners were Matthew Close and Andrea Nechanicky
    • Free ice cream sundaes on Monday
    • Prizes for dorm window painting as well as for business window painting

2000--Homecoming 79

  • Date: Monday-Sunday, September 25-30, October 1, 2000
  • Theme: Panther Pride
  • Football game: 4:05PM, Saturday, September 30, 2000, UNI-Dome, University of Northern Iowa defeated Illinois State University, 34-28
  • Events
    • Pep rally
    • Concert with Nine Days and the Nadas
    • Parade
    • Pennies in a Pickup raises money for charity
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Grand Marshalls were Donna and Eldred Harman
    • Lux Service Award winners were Eric Hansen and Kelly Van Veldhuizen
    • Prince and Princess Panther Pageant held at College Square Mall with winners determined by amount of money donated in their names; proceeds went to charity
    • Panther Midnight Breakfast at Maucker Union
    • 100th anniversary of Marching Band

2001--Homecoming 80

  • Date: Sunday-Sunday, October 7-14, 2001
  • Theme: If You Could See Us Now (in honor of UNI's 125th anniversary)
  • Football game: 4:05PM, Saturday, October 13, 2001, UNI-Dome, University of Northern Iowa defeated Southern Illinois University, 19-14
  • Events
    • Inflatable Fun Day
    • Dance
    • 5K cross country run
    • Pep rally with fireworks
    • Comedian Carrot Top performed
    • Panther Midnight Breakfast
    • Campaniling
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Parade Marshalls were President Robert Koob and former Presidents Maucker, Kamerick, and Curris
    • Lux Service Award Winners were Rebecca Feldman and Dan Sterenchuk
    • Celebration of UNI's 125th anniversary
    • Flags featured in parade in response to terrorist attack of September 11, 2001
    • Lang Hall re-dedicated after renovation

2002--Homecoming 81

  • Date: Sunday-Sunday, September 29-October 6, 2002
  • Theme: Surfin' UNI
  • Football game: 4:05PM, Saturday, October 5, 2002, UNI-Dome, Western Kentucky University defeated University of Northern Iowa, 31-12
  • Events
    • Pep rally and fireworks
    • Blood drive
    • Video dance party
    • Parade
    • Comedian Bobby Tessel performed during Panther Midnight Breakfast
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Lux Service Award winners were Adam Briddell and Korie Frazier
    • Concern for safety on College Hill; 31 arrested but without significant violence or damage
    • Panther Scramble obstacle course near Campanile

2003--Homecoming 82

  • Date: Sunday-Sunday, October 5-12
  • Theme: Paint the Town Purple
  • Football game: 4:05PM, Saturday, October 11, 2003, UNI-Dome, University of Northern Iowa defeated Indiana State University, 22-14
  • Events
    • Blood drive
    • Silent auction
    • Panther Scramble
    • Pep rally and fireworks
    • Panther Midnight Breakfast
    • Parade
    • Dance party
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Professors Charles and Marleta Matheson were Grand Marshalls
    • Lux Service Award winners were Jennifer Farrell and Emiliano Lerda
    • Paintball competition on fields west of UNI-Dome
    • 22 arrested, again without significant violence or damage

2004--Homecoming 83

  • Date: Monday-Saturday, October 4-9, 2004
  • Theme: It's Showtime!
  • Football game: 4:05PM, Saturday, October 9, 2004, UNI-Dome, Western Kentucky University defeated University of Northern Iowa, 17-10
  • Events
    • Panther Scramble
    • Family Feud game
    • Golf tournament
    • Campus walking tour
    • Pep rally and fireworks
    • Parade
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Mark Steines was Grand Marshall
    • Lux Service Award winners were Marisol Martin Melesi and Kai Takatsuka
    • Groundbreaking for McLeod Center
    • Bone marrow donor registration
    • Water-filled barricades and cameras used to control and monitor crowds on College Hill
    • 26 arrested

2005--Homecoming 84

  • Date: Sunday-Saturday, October 9-15, 2005
  • Theme: Wild with Pride
  • Football game: 4:05PM, Saturday, October 15, 2005, UNI-Dome, University of Northern Iowa defeated Indiana State University, 31-10
  • Events
    • Window painting
    • Panther Pride Cry competition
    • Bone marrow donor drive
    • Panther Scramble
    • Pep rally and fireworks
    • Parade through Cedar Falls
    • 5K cross country run
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Joey and Heather Woody were Grand Marshalls
    • Lux Service Award winners were Grant Erwin and Michael Gleason
    • Purple Pride Day with students, faculty, and staff encouraged to wear UNI clothing
    • Fire at Hillcrest apartments on Friday; arson fires at Baker, Lang, and Gilchrist Halls early Sunday morning with significant smoke damage in Gilchrist Hall fire
    • 37 arrests, 244 citations issued on College Hill

2006--Homecoming 85

  • Date: Monday-Saturday, October 1-7, 2006
  • Theme: Rock the Dome
  • Football game: 4:05PM, Saturday, October 7, 2006, UNI-Dome, University of Northern Iowa defeated Missouri State University, 38-7
  • Events
    • Window painting
    • Panther Pride Cry
    • Panther Feud game show
    • Panther scramble obstacle course
    • Panther Pride day
    • Pep rally
    • Panther Pacers hold 5K run
    • Parade
    • Maucker Murals to decorate the Union
    • Alumni golf tournament
    • Safe Date tailgate
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • President Benjamin Allen was Grand Marshall
    • Lux Service Award winners were Amanda Walston and Thu Viet Mai
    • Alumni Association annual meeting with Panther Picnic
    • UNI athletics Hall of Fame luncheon
    • Over twenty arrests; 104 citations

2007--Homecoming 86

  • Date: Sunday-Saturday, October 7-13, 2007
  • Theme: Pride on the Prowl
  • Football game: 4:05PM, Saturday, October 13, 2007, UNI-Dome, University of Northern Iowa defeated Southern Illinois University, 30-24
  • Events
    • Residence hall window painting
    • Panther Pride Cry competition
    • Panther Scramble
    • Pep rally and fireworks
    • Parade through Cedar Falls with shortened route due to Dry Run Creek bridge construction
    • Maucker Murals
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Sell-out UNI-Dome crowd of 17,074 watched football game
    • Lux Service Award winners were Timothy Michael McCue, Tiesha Renee Walker, and Andrea Leigh Austin
    • Alumnus Carl Boyd was Grand Marshall
    • Thirteen arrests and seventy-nine citations

2008--Homecoming 87

  • Date: Sunday-Saturday, October 5-11, 2008
  • Theme: Pump up the Purple
  • Football game: 4:05PM, Saturday, October 11, 2008, UNI-Dome, University of Northern Iowa defeated Illinois State University, 31-17 
  • Events
    • Residence hall window painting
    • Panther Pride Cry competition
    • Panther Scramble
    • Pep rally and fireworks
    • Panther Festival to replace parade
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • No parade due to street construction on College Hill

2009--Homecoming 88

  • Date: Sunday, October 11-Saturday, October 17, 2009
  • Theme:  I Spy UNI
  • Football game: 4:05PM, Satuday, October 17, 2009, UNI-Dome, Southern Illinois University defeated University of Northern Iowa, 27-20
  • Events
    • Residence hall window painting
    • Panther Pride Cry competition
    • Panther Scramble
    • Maucker Union Homecoming murals
    • Panther Festival replaced parade
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Dedication of Glen Henry Competition Pool
    • Athletic Hall of Fame induction luncheon
    • Record football game crowd of 17,190

2010--Homecoming 89

  • Date: Sunday, October 17-Saturday, October 13, 2010
  • Theme:  Let the good times ROAR
  • Football game: 4:05PM, Satuday, October 23, 2010, UNI-Dome, University of Northern Iowa defeated Illinois State University, 42-14
  • Events
    • Residence hall window painting
    • Panther Pride Cry competition
    • Panther Scramble
    • Maucker Union Homecoming murals
    • Homecoming traditions challenge
    • Panther Festival
    • Dueling pianos
    • Alumni golf outing and lunch
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Safe date tailgate luncheon
    • Panther Festival
    • Heritage Honors alumni awards
    • Bob Dylan and his Band, Sunday, October 24

2011--Homecoming 90

  • Date: Monday, October 3-Saturday, October 8, 2011
  • Theme: At home in the Dome
  • Football game: 4:05PM, Satuday, October 8, 2011, UNI-Dome, University of Northern Iowa defeated Indiana State University, 23-9
  • Events
    • Maucker mural painting
    • Chalking competition
    • Panther Pride Cry
    • Homecoming traditions challenge
    • Panther Festival
    • Volleyball
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors

Compiled by University Archivist Gerald L. Peterson, with research by Shanna Taylor, Nick Jordan, and other student assistants, and scanning by Library Assistant Gail Briddle, August-September 2005; updated October 21, 2011 (GP).


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