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Sept. 30, 2009

'Black and Gold Never Gets Old' theme for UI Homecoming Oct. 4-10

The tradition of Homecoming began at the University of Iowa more than 95 years ago. Once again, thousands of UI students, alumni, faculty and residents of Iowa City and surrounding communities will come together for a week-long celebration of Hawkeye pride leading up to the football game on Saturday, Oct. 10, against the University of Michigan.

The Homecoming parade is a staple event in the week's activities, beginning at 5:45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9. The parade starts at Washington and Gilbert streets and winds through downtown Iowa City, ending at Iowa Avenue and Gilbert Street. Hancher is presenting free performances by New Orleans' Hot 8 Brass Band, first during the parade, and then on the UI Pentacrest at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11.
For a map of the parade route, see

The Homecoming parade is just one of many Homecoming 2009 events with the theme "Black and Gold Never Gets Old." Preceding the parade is the Alumni Block Party starting at 4 p.m. Friday at Iowa Avenue and Clinton streets. UI friends and family can stop by the Alumni Welcome Tent for free drinks, food and a variety of family-friendly activities.

Following the parade, a pep rally with the Hawkeye Spirit Squad and Hawkeye Marching Band is planned in the Pentacrest, along with the coronation of the homecoming king and queen.

After the pep rally and coronation, The Temptations (photo, left) will perform at the Homecoming concert on the Pentacrest. The Temptations are an American vocal group that achieved fame as one of the most successful acts to record for Motown Records. During its five-decade career, the group's repertoire has included, R&B, doo-wop, funk, disco, soul and contemporary music.

Co-headlining the Homecoming concert is Augustana (photo, right). Known for its piano-driven, instrumental, folk rock, the band made its debut with Epic Records in 2005 with the release of "All The Stars and Boulevards." The album gradually rose to national attention with the hit "Boston," which made 34 on Billboard's Hot 100, and was featured on several popular television shows. For more information on the concert, please visit

For the second year, the Homecoming Council will raise funds to support Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity, and has committed to raising $40,000 to help finance a house for a local family. Fundraisers at Coldstone and Z'Mariks will benefit Habitat for Humanity with fundraisers during Homecoming week.

The UI Alumni Association is also sponsoring several homecoming reunion activities, including several UI college events and reunions. The Alumni Band and Iowa Spirit Squads are also planning reunions.  For more information see

To commemorate Homecoming 2009, a $2 collectors button is on sale at the Iowa Hawk Shop in Coralville and the University Book Store in the Old Capitol Mall, Iowa Book, Scheels, and at upcoming home football games. Commemorative T-shirts are also available for $12 ($14 for XXL size). To order online, go to

A full week of Homecoming 2009 events is planned:

--Sunday, Oct. 4: A 5k run/walk starts at 11 a.m. in Lower City Park to benefit the United Way of Johnson County; check-in and race day registration begins at 9:30 a.m. At 7 p.m., the movie "Transformers 2" will be shown outside Macbride Hall on the Pentacrest.

--Monday, Oct. 5: A blood drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Second Floor Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union (IMU) for the DeGowin Blood Center at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center. The Campus Activities Board will host a free Comedy Night at 9 p.m. in the IMU Black Box Theatre featuring comedian Ronnie Jordan.

--Tuesday, Oct. 6: Havoc at Hubbard, 3:30 p.m., an outdoor sports competition at Hubbard Park for student groups.

--Wednesday, Oct. 7: Sports Night, 6-9 p.m., UI Athletic Hall of Fame, where fans can meet UI athletes, including current UI football players. This event includes food, games and prizes, sports demonstrations, and visits from Herky and the 2009 Homecoming Court. At 5:45 p.m., the Homecoming Council and the UI Alumni Association will host the Hungry Hawkeyes dinner in the IMU Black Box Theater, where students can network with notable UI alumni. The day concludes with a capture-the-flag game at 9 p.m. on the Pentacrest.

--Thursday, Oct. 8: Iowa Shout, 7 p.m. on the Pentacrest, a time-honored tradition, features student organizations singing, dancing and acting during short skits.

For more information, a list of sponsors, and a complete schedule of events, see the UI Homecoming Web site at

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Samantha Peterson, Homecoming Council,; Nellie Hermanson, UI Office of Student Life, 319-335-3059,; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012,