CONTACT: MELVIN O. SHAW
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0010; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Oct. 2, 2000
Homecoming 2000 activities are announced
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa Homecoming 2000 organizers have prepared
for the Saturday, Oct. 7 football classic with a week's worth of activities
that begin Monday, Oct. 2 and include on-campus and community events, and
an annual parade, grand marshaled by UI alumnus and college football coaching
legend Eddie Robinson. The kickoff for the Iowa vs. Michigan State game is
at 11:05 a.m.
This year's theme, 2000 Reasons to be a Hawkeye, was chosen because activities'
organizers believe that it captures the spirit of the university for current
students and alumni, says Felisha Terrell, Homecoming promotions director
and UI senior. The theme will meld the week's six main events, which include
King and Queen Coronation, Havoc at Hubbard, Sports Night, the Oct. 6 Homecoming
parade, pep rally, and fireworks display.
Robinson, an Iowa alumnus (M.A. '54), coached at Grambling State University
for 56 years and holds the NCAA records for the most career football games
won (408), most games coached (588), and for having coached the longest at
any one college. He retired from coaching at Grambling State in 1997, and
in 1999 he was awarded the NFL Players' Lifetime Achievement Award.
Terrell says that without the public's purchasing of Homecoming buttons,
which at $2 apiece account for almost 90 percent of the Homecoming funding,
many related activities would not take place. Buttons can be bought at many
UI-community businesses and at the University Box Office at the Iowa Memorial
"The 17-member Homecoming Executive Council works hard to sell buttons
at every home game. Without button sales, there would be no Homecoming events
for future years," says buttons manager and UI sophomore Sara Engelmann.
Below is a schedule of events, and attached is the route for the parade:
Oct. 3, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Havoc at Hubbard - Havoc at Hubbard is
a spirited event in which the public can get involved early in Homecoming
Week. Featured events include a 2-on-2 jousting tournament, a 6-on-6 volleyball
tournament and a dodgeball competition. Applications for play are available
at the Office of Student Life, 145 IMU or at any UI residence hall desk and
are due Sept. 26.
Oct. 4, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Sports Night - Meet UI athletes at Coral
Ridge Mall in Coralville. UI mascot Herky, UI cheerleaders, Dance Marathon
morale captains, and area radio and TV personalities will be on hand. Festivities
officially begin at 7:30 p.m. Children whose poster drawings were selected
will be announced.
Oct. 6, 6:15 p.m., Homecoming Parade - The parade begins at the corner
of Gilbert and Iowa Streets and ends at the corner of Washington and Gilbert
Streets. (See accompanying street map for exact parade route.)
Oct. 6, Pep Rally (follows parade) - The Pep Rally will be held on
the East side of the Pentacrest. The Iowa Dance Team, UI cheerleaders, the
Iowa Marching Band and mascot Herky will attend. Eddie Robinson will deliver
remarks, and the 2000 Homecoming King and Queen will be crowned.
Oct. 6, Fireworks (follows Pep Rally). 2000 Homecoming fireworks
display will be at Hubbard Park.