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Homecoming: October 1-7, 2017

2017 Homecoming Schedule

Thursday, Sept. 28

  • Homecoming Royalty Competition - 8pm, Maucker Union Ballroom

Sunday, Oct. 1

  • Window Painting - 4-6pm, College Hill 

Monday, Oct. 2

  • Kick-Off - 5:30pm, Lawther Field 

  • UNI Soccer vs. Viterbo University - 6 pm, Cedar Valley Soccer Complex

Tuesday, Oct. 3

  • Office Decorating Competition - 10 am, across campus

  • Outdoor Movie "Star Wars: Force Awakens" - 8pm, Lawther Field (Maucker Union Ballroom rain location)

Wednesday, Oct. 4 

  • Picnic - 11am, Campanile Plaza (Maucker Union rain location) 
    While supplies last

  • Amazing Race - 5:30pm, Maucker Union Roof Plaza
    Register your team

Thursday, Oct. 5

  • Homecoming Special Dinner - 5-6:45pm, Piazza and Rialto Dining Centers

Friday, Oct. 6

  • Welcome Back Bash - 5-7pm, Alumni Plaza south of the Campanile (rain location: Rod Library)

  • Pep Rally - 7:30pm, West Gym

  • Campaniling - 12am, Campanile Plaza and Library

Saturday, Oct. 7

  • Panther Pacers Homecoming 5K - 8am, UNI Intramural fields west of the UNI-Dome (off of P.E. Center Drive)
    Register Online: $20 through 10/5, $25 day of race. Comes with a long-sleeved t-shirt!

  • Metal Casting Center Open House - 8:30-10:30am,Industrial Technology Center

  • Wright Hall Open House - 9:30am-1pm (brief ceremony at 10am) 
    Celebrating the career of David Sands Wright and 100 years of Wright Hall 

  • ROTC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony - 9:30am, West Gym 204

  • Homecoming Parade - 11 am, College and 23rd Street 
    Presented by University Book & Supply

  • Lunch at Piazza (Redeker) and Rialto (Towers) - 11:30am-1:15pm
    Alumni enjoy a discounted price! $8.50 for adults and $7 for youth ages 5-11

  • Lawther Hall Open House - 12-2pm
    Come see the newly remodeled residence hall!

  • All-Alumni Tailgate - 12:30-3:30pm, West of the UNI-Dome 
    In partnership with Hy-vee Fan Zone 
    Please print your free admission ticket!

  • UNI Football vs. Western Illinois - 4pm, UNI-Dome

For game tickets, please visit or call 319-273-4TIX to order tickets.

Have fun and stay safe this Homecoming!

Homecoming Parade

University Book & SupplyThe 2017 Homecoming Parade is set for Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017! The parade is a great way to bring together the university and its alumni and community to celebrate the past, present and future of UNI. If you’d like to participate in this year’s parade, please fill out the forms noted below and submit by Sept. 22, 2017. Parade Entry Mandatory Meeting will be Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. (University Room in Maucker Union)! Please contact Homecoming Parade Director Maureen Hart with any questions.

Meet our 2017 Homecoming Parade Committee

Check out the 2016 parade and then sign up to be a part of the 2017 parade by downloading a parade entry form (below).

To view the parade route map, please click here.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Parade Entry Form Downloads

Example golf cart float constructed using cardboard, paint, tape and zip ties.Homecoming Parade Entry Form 
(Please complete an entry form for EACH individual entry)

Parade Regulations and Liability Waiver (all participants must complete this form)

Golf Cart Usage Agreement (UNI student groups/orgs only must complete this form)

Entry Description/Emcee Information (all participants must complete this form)

Limited supplies will be provided and available to student organizations building floats: tag board, zip ties, painter’s tape, cardboard, TempraPaint, foam paint brushes, scissors, tape measure, yard stick, string, staple guns and duct tape (for cardboard), paper rotary rack (20 rolls), permanent markers, wire cutters, rubber cement, markers, exacto knife and blades, plastic tarps.

Additional supplies that student organizations may want to bring: extra cardboard, streamers, chicken wire, tissue paper, colored napkins, fringe, pipe cleaners, battery operated lights, wrapping paper, yarn, balloons, foil, stencils, floral, garland.

NOTE: Duct tape cannot be used to tape anything to the golf carts. No painting the actual golf cart. Items can be pre-painted and attached to cart.

Standard two-seat golf cart dimensions: length = 94.5" / width = 47" / height = 45.7" / height with canopy/suntop = 68.5"

2017 Grand Marshal: President Mark A. Nook

Photo of President Nook and wife CherylWe're excited to have President Nook as our 2017 Homecoming Grand Marshal! 

Mark A. Nook began serving as the 11th president of the University of Northern Iowa on February 1, 2017. Prior to this appointment, he served as chancellor of Montana State University Billings (MSUB). 

Originally from Holstein, Iowa, Nook has committed his Midwest education and values to higher education for many years and on many levels. He uses his enthusiastic leadership style to ensure each student reaches his or her educational, professional and personal life goals.

Prior to serving as the chancellor at MSUB from 2014-2016, Nook was the senior vice president for Academic and Student Affairs at the University of Wisconsin System from 2011-2014. He also served as provost (2007-09 and 2010-11) and interim chancellor (2009-10) at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and in a variety of roles at St. Cloud State University.

He graduated from Southwest Minnesota State University with a bachelor's degree in physics and mathematics in 1980 before obtaining a master's degree in astrophysics from Iowa State University in 1983. Nook received his Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1990. 

President Nook and his wife, Cheryl, reside in the UNI President's House. They have three adult children and two granddaughters.

Homecoming Office Decorating Competition

Homecoming Office DecoratingWhen: Homecoming Week, October 1 - 7

Where: Your Office

Who: Any Campus Office

Why: Bragging rights and lunch for best overall decorated office, most spirited office, and most creative office.

DetailsRegister online by Friday, September 29. Judges will review all registered offices on Tuesday, October 3 between 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Offices will be judged on creativity, originality, construction and utilization of this year's theme. Office decorating can range from individual offices to front desk/reception areas to an entire office space. The winner will be announced on Thursday, October 5 on the UNI Homecoming page, and also notified directly by the Homecoming committee. Contact Bill Henninger by email or phone at 319-273-6383 with questions.


  • Have a plan! Be responsible.

  • Surround yourself with people who have your best interest in mind.

  • Keep an eye on your friends. Never travel alone.

  • Leave with the group you came with.

  • Be aware of what’s going on around you at all times.

  • If you choose to drink alcohol, eat a substantial meal before you drink; pace your drinks to 1 drink per hour; measure your drinks; determine in advance not to exceed a set number of drinks; and avoid shots & drinking games.

  • Trust your instincts. If you feel unsafe or uncomfortable for any reason, call for help. In case of an emergency, call 911.

  • Need a ride? Don’t forget about the Weekend SafeRide (map and schedule below)!

Weekend SafeRide Bus Schedule


Ashley Adams
Student Life
Student Activities

Mike Bobeldyk
Student Life
Homecoming Chair

Daniel Brunscheen

Christina Danielsen
Advancement Division

Erica Eischen
Department of Residence
Residence Activities

Andy Fuchtman
College Hill Partnership Liaison

Brian Hadley

Shawna Haislet
Student Wellness Services
Health Promotion

Connie Hansen
Student Life

Sarah Harms
Athletics Liaison

Maureen Hart
Homecoming Parade Director

Bill Henninger
Faculty Representative

Amanda Jahnke Sauer
University Relations
Communications and Website

Doug Johnson 
College Hill Partnership Liaison

Amy Mohr
Advancement Division
Reunions, Colleges Liaison, Alumni Tailgate

Coree Burton
Department of Residence
Residence Activities

Janet Paul
Dining Services Liaison

Leslie Prideaux
Advancement Division
Homecoming Chair

Amanda Ubben
Advancement Division
Advancement Activities and Alumni Tailgate

Officer Craig Skilling
Public Safety Liaison

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