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University of Iowa News Release


Sept. 26, 2006

UI Will Celebrate Homecoming 2006 Oct. 2-7

The University of Iowa will celebrate Homecoming 2006 with a week of events building up to the Saturday, Oct. 7, football game against Purdue.

The annual homecoming parade through the streets of downtown Iowa City will begin at 5:45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6. This year's Honored Guest and Parade Grand Marshall is Jim Zabel, voice of the Hawkeyes and WHO Radio personality. 

A new Hawkeye Gold Rush will kick off the week on Monday, Oct. 2. Sponsored by Iowa City Landscaping & Garden Center, this event will feature UI students seeking Hawkeye trivia clues around campus; those completing the trivia challenge will be entering a drawing to win a variety of prizes including a meeting with homecoming band Guster on Friday night.

Guster will join Kansas for the free Friday concert at approximately 8 p.m. on the Pentacrest, following the parade and pep rally. This concert is co-sponsored by SCOPE Productions and the Homecoming Council.

"In Kansas and Guster we have managed to book two bands that can interest people across all ages," said Andrew Stone of SCOPE Productions. "We are excited to work with Homecoming and UI Student Government, among others, to entertain Iowa students, alumni, and the Iowa City community with these two great acts."

A special event this year is "Meet the Legends" from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, at the UI's Roy G. Karro Athletics Hall of Fame on Mormon Trek Blvd. The 1939 Heisman Trophy won by Nile Kinnick will be on display, along with special exhibits honoring the Rose Bowl Teams of 1956, 1958 and 1981. Fans can then meet players and coaches of three of the most celebrated teams in Iowa Hawkeye football history. Players and coaches from the 1956, 1958 and 1981 Rose Bowl teams have been invited back to celebrate their 50th and 25th Rose Bowl Anniversary dates respectively.

"We hope that with a greater number and variety of activities than last year, including a much bigger free concert, people will come from all over Iowa to see what the UI's Homecoming is really all about," said Jennifer Larson, executive director of the UI Homecoming Executive Council. "The Council has worked so hard to implement programming and that invites all students, alumni and community members to the festivities."

To commemorate Homecoming 2006, a $2 collectors button is on sale at the Iowa Hawk Shops, Iowa Book, the Levitt Center for University Advancement, and several hotels in Iowa City/ Coralville area. Commemorative T-shirts are available for $12 in the Iowa Hawk Shops.

Highlights of Homecoming events include:

--Monday, Oct. 2: "Do You Bleed Black and Gold?" Blood Drive; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Second Floor Ballroom, Iowa Memorial Union.

--Tuesday, Oct. 3: "Havoc at Hubbard," an outdoor sports competition with student groups competing to earn points. Students are encouraged to attend and watch; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Hubbard Park.

--Wednesday, Oct. 4: During Sports Night, fans can meet current University of Iowa athletes, including all senior football players. The athletes will sign autographs and participate in demonstrations in their respective sports. This event includes food, games and prizes, and also features visits from Herky and the 2006 Homecoming Court; 6 to 9 p.m., University of Iowa Athletic Hall of Fame.

--Thursday, Oct. 5: "Iowa Shout," a time honored tradition, features Greek chapters showing off their creative skills in singing, dancing and acting during a four- to five-minute skit; 7 p.m., Second Floor Ballroom, Iowa Memorial Union.

--Friday, Oct. 6: Tailgate, parade and pep rally. The UI Alumni Association and Homecoming Council will host a new Homecoming tailgate to take place from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the corner of Washington and Dubuque St. in the downtown Iowa City Ped Mall before the parade. Highlights include student performances, food vendors, and children's activities.

Parade step-off will take place promptly at 5:45 p.m. in downtown Iowa City, beginning at the Pentacrest. (See parade route at Some downtown streets will be blocked off for a short time to accommodate the parade. The pep rally will begin shortly after the parade and will feature a performance by the Spirit Squad, an awards presentation for the Homecoming Sweepstakes participants, coronation of the 2006 King and Queen and a speech from Honored Guest Jim Zabel.

The Homecoming Executive Council and the UI Alumni Association are inviting past Homecoming Kings and Queens to serve as honored guests in this year's Homecoming Parade.

--Saturday, Oct. 7: Football game, Iowa versus Purdue, 11:05 a.m., Kinnick Stadium.

This year's homecoming sponsors include the Daily Iowan, Iowa City Press-Citizen, Iowa City/Coralville Convention & Visitors Bureau, Geico, US Bank, Universal Climate Control, Inc., Dairy Queen, Bo-James, 94.1 KRNA, and Fox 100.7.

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

SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: George McCrory, 319-384-0012,; Program: Shelly Stout, 319-335-3117,, or Jennifer Larson,