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Sept. 21, 2010

Get into 'A Hawkeye State of Mind' for Homecoming 2010

Homecoming at the University of Iowa is an annual tradition that dates back more than 95 years. Thousands of UI students, alumni, faculty, residents of Iowa City, and surrounding communities will come together for this weeklong celebration of Hawkeye pride from Saturday, Sept. 25, through Saturday, Oct. 2.

Homecoming festivities will take place all week long, leading into the football game on Saturday, Oct. 2, against Penn State with a 7:05 p.m. kickoff.

The staple event for the week’s activities -- the Homecoming parade, themed “A Hawkeye State of Mind” -- will begin at 5:45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1 in downtown Iowa City. The parade, organized by the Homecoming Executive Council, will start at Washington Street then proceed toward Clinton Street, winding through downtown Iowa City and finally ending at the corner of Iowa Avenue and Gilbert Street. For a map of the parade route, see

The Homecoming 2010 Honored Guest is John Pappajohn, one of the UI’s most accomplished alumni and one of Iowa's most influential entrepreneurs and philanthropists.

Immediately after the parade, the annual free outdoor concert will begin on the Pentacrest lawn featuring Yonder Mountain String Band and Gov’t Mule.

Yonder Mountain String Band's music is a cross between bluegrass and rock, among many other musical influences, making for what the band calls a “genre-defying original sound.” The Colorado-based foursome opens for Gov’t Mule. Since their inception in 1994, Gov’t Mule has been synonymous with the term jam band. The band is a spinoff of the legendary Southern rock band The Allman Brothers, and has included members from The Allman Brothers lineup including, Warren Haynes and Allen Woody.  The group’s frontman, Warren Haynes, was ranked 23rd best guitarist of all time by Rolling Stone Magazines. For more information on these bands visit, and This concert event is made possible by SCOPE Productions.

Following the concert, there will be a coronation ceremony for Homecoming king and queen on the Pentacrest.

The UI Alumni Association (UIAA) will sponsor several Homecoming events, including an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of Kinnick Stadium. The event “Remembering Nile Kinnick” will begin at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 27. For more alumni activities and all college alumni gatherings see

Homecoming week events begin with a kickoff event at 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, in Hubbard Park, where Hawkeyes can enjoy live entertainment, games, s’mores and more. Throughout the week, several activities are planned including movies, competitions and entertainment. Highlights include:

--Sunday, Sept. 26: United Way 5K walk/run race at 11 a.m. in the Lower City Park. The race will raise money for the United Way of Johnson County and is hosted by the UI Fraternity and Sorority community. Registration is open to the public, and forms can be found at Check-in, as well as race day registration, is from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.

--Monday, Sept. 27: A blood drive for the DeGowin Blood Center and Mississippi Valley Blood Center will be held in the Second Floor Ballroom of the IMU from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. At 9 p.m., the Campus Activities Board presents comedian Johnny Walker in the Illinois Room at the IMU.

--Tuesday, Sept. 28: A Hungry Hawkeyes Dinner will begin at 5:45 p.m. at the U.S. Bank Conference Center, 204 E. Washington St., Iowa City. Students can network with notable UI alumni at this event.

--Wednesday, Sept. 29: Sports Night will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the UI Athletic Hall of Fame, 2525 Prairie Meadow Drive. Fans can meet UI athletes and get autographs, hang out with Herky, and interact with various UI student organizations.

--Thursday, Sept. 30: Catch an amazing show called Iowa Shout, where Iowa students perform spirited skits and songs all centered around the theme “Hawkeye State of Mind.” The fun runs from 7 to 10 p.m. at the IMU Main Lounge.

For the third year, the Homecoming Council will raise funds to support Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity. The council has committed to raising $5,000 to help finance a house for a local family.

To commemorate Homecoming 2010, a $2 collectors button is on sale at the Iowa Hawk Shop in Coralville, the University Book Store in the Old Capitol Mall, and other locations. Commemorative T-shirts are also available for $12 ($14 for XXL size).

The presenting sponsor is Riverside Hotel and Golf Resort. Additional sponsors are: Hills Bank and Trust, West Bank, Old Capitol Town Center, US Bank, UIAA, UI Office of Student Life, Campus Activities Board, UI Fraternity and Sorority Life, SCOPE Productions, the IMU, University Housing and Dining and UI Associated Residence Halls.

For more information and a complete schedule of events, see the UI Homecoming Council website at

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Andy Rausch, Homecoming Council executive director,; Nellie Hermanson, UI Office of Student Life, 319-335-3059,; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012,; Writer: Tiffany Hung