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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 29, 2003

Homecoming 2003 Events Honor Former Head Hawk Hayden Fry

Homecoming 2003 is under way, with Hawkeye coaching legend Hayden Fry as this year's honored guest and parade grand marshal.

To commemorate the event, two special edition Homecoming buttons will be printed, one featuring the Old Capitol and a second featuring Fry. Only 250 Old Cap buttons will be printed; only 500 featuring Fry. For ordering information, contact the University Box Office by phone at 335-3041 or 1-800-346-4401, or by emailing

Fry was head coach of the Hawkeye football team from 1978-1998, leading the previously lowly Hawkeyes to a 143-89-6 record and 14 bowl games, including Rose Bowl trips after winning Big Ten championships in 1981, 1985 and 1990. The NCAA College Football Hall of Fame is recognizing his accomplishments this year and inducting him into the 2003 class. Fry will make numerous appearances during the week at the Homecoming parade and pep rally, as well as a special ceremony honoring his contributions to the university during halftime of the Saturday football game against Michigan.

This year's other Homecoming activities include:

Wednesday, Oct. 1

Sports Night, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Coral Ridge Mall. Hawkeye fans can meet their favorite Hawkeye athletes. Free goodie bags will be given to children under 12 years of age, and Herky will be available for photos. Also, canned food items will be collected to benefit the local Iowa City food pantry.

Thursday, Oct. 2
Iowa Shout, 7 p.m., Main Lounge, Iowa Memorial Union. Greek chapters and student organizations show off their talents and creativity. Each pairing consists of a sorority and a fraternity or two student organizations that pair up to create a four-minute skit, accompanied by dance.

Friday, Oct. 3
Homecoming parade, pep rally and concert, 5:45 p.m., Downtown, Pentacrest.
Hayden Fry is the parade grand marshall and will be honored during the pep rally, and the Homecoming King and Queen will be crowned. Performing free concerts will be the Iowa bands Dave Zolla & the Body Electric, featuring Bo Ramsey and the Nadas.

The concert stage will impede foot traffic starting Thursday, Oct. 2 at 8 p.m. In addition, the parade route will be a tow zone. This year the step off for the parade is at 5:45 p.m., which is 30 minutes earlier than in past years. Many downtown parking spots will be posted for no parking on October 3 downtown and east of the downtown Iowa City area.

Saturday, Oct. 4
Football game against Michigan, 2:30 p.m., Kinnick Stadium.

This year's Homecoming sponsors include: Roberts Dairy, Hawk Shop, University Bookstore, Iowa Memorial Union, Iowa State Bank & Trust, UI Alumni Association, SCOPE Productions, Eastern Iowa's WB 20, Coral Ridge Mall and Plexicraft/Jim's Instruments.

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

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Snee, 319-384-0010,