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2018 Homecoming Schedule

Thursday, October 11

  • 8 p.m - Homecoming Royalty Competition (Maucker Union Ballroom)
    REGISTER HERE FOR ROYALTY! Extended Deadline: Friday, September 21

Sunday, October 14

Monday, October 15

  • 5:30 p.m. - Homecoming Kickoff (Lawther Field)
    Maucker Ballroom rain location. Watch homecoming.uni.edu and social media for updates.
    Deadline: All teams must be registered by Friday, October 5 at noon in order to compete

Tuesday, October 16

Wednesday, October 17

  • 11 a.m. - Homecoming Picnic (Campanile Plaza - Maucker Union rain location)

  • 5:30 p.m. - Amazing Race (Maucker Union)
    5:00-5:15 check-in | 5:30 pre-race entertainment | 6:00 race begins 
    REGISTER HERE FOR THE AMAZING RACE! Deadline: All teams must be registered by Wednesday, October 10 at noon in order to compete

  • 7 p.m. - UNI Soccer vs. Drake (Cedar Valley Soccer Complex)

Thursday, October 18

Friday, October 19

  • 7 p.m. - UNI Volleyball vs. Drake (McLeod Center)

  • 7:30 p.m. -  Orchesis Dance Company and IDT Dance Company Fall Show (Bengston Auditorium, Russell Hall)

  • 8 p.m. - Pep Rally (West Gym)

  • 12 a.m. - Campaniling (Campanile Plaza)

Saturday, October 20

  • 9-11 a.m. - Alumni Welcome Tent (1012 W. 23rd Street, across from the UNI Bookstore)

  • 11 a.m. - Homecoming Parade, presented by UNI Bookstore

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

  • 12 p.m. - UNI Soccer vs. Valparaiso (Cedar Valley Soccer Complex)

  • 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. - Panther Football Fan Zone Tailgate (West of the UNI-Dome)
    Join fellow Panther fans at the Football Fan Zone Tailgate! $5 per person (includes sandwich, side, cookie and beverage).
    Live music, games for kids and additional food and beverages available for purchase. 

  • 4 p.m. - UNI Football vs. South Dakota State (UNI-Dome)

Sunday, October 21

  • 2 p.m. - UNI Volleyball vs. Marquette (McLeod Center)

  • 2 p.m. -  Orchesis Dance Company and IDT Dance Company Fall Show (Bengston Auditorium, Russell Hall)

Homecoming Parade

Bookstore Logo

The 2018 Homecoming Parade is set for Saturday, Oct. 20, presented by the UNI Bookstore!

Alumni Welcome Tent

There’s No Place Like Homecoming! Make plans to stop by the Alumni Welcome Tent before the annual Homecoming Parade. Take advantage of complimentary donuts, coffee and Panther giveaway prizes while supplies last. 

9 - 11 a.m.
Saturday, October 20
1012 W. 23rd Street, across from the UNI Bookstore

Student and Community Entries

The parade is a great way to bring together the university, 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 Oct. 5, 2018. Contact Homecoming Parade Director Shelby Schroeder with any questions.

NOTE:  All student orgs will need to provide their own cardboard for float building this year! Groups are also required to attend a mandatory meeting on Monday, October 8 from 5-7 PM in Maucker Union Ballroom A. 

Sign up to be a part of the 2018 parade by downloading a parade entry form (below).

We look forward to seeing you there!

Parade Entry Form Downloads

Homecoming Parade Entry Form
(Please complete an entry form for EACH individual entry)

Parade Regulations and Liability Waiver
(All parade entries must complete one parade regulations and waiver form)

Entry Description/Emcee Information 
(All parade entries must complete one parade regulations and waiver form) 

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

2018 Parade Information

2018 Homecoming Parade Committee

2018 Parade Route Map


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"

2018 Grand Marshal: Sandy Stevens

We're excited to announce alumna Sandy Stevens as our 2018 Homecoming Grand Marshal!Sandy Stevens, todaySandy Stevens

Sandy Phillips Stevens was born and reared in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where she married her high school sweetheart, Bob “Bear” Stevens. She attended the University of Iowa for two years but -- after seeing the light -- transferred to UNI, graduating in 1962 with a B.A. in English education (with a journalism emphasis) and a speech minor. 

She taught journalism and/or English classes at Waterloo East, Cedar Rapids Washington (her alma mater), Cedar Rapids Kennedy and Pleasant Valley high schools before moving to Illinois when Bear accepted a superintendency in the Chicago suburbs. A journalist and community ambassador for daily newspapers in the Chicago suburbs, Sandy now serves as a free-lance columnist and feature writer for a national publication. For more than four decades, her avocation has been announcing amateur wrestling tournaments, including the Olympic Games, multiple world championships at all age levels and college and high school championships. 

Sandy's involvement with UNI is extensive and generous. She currently serves on the UNI Foundation Board of Trustees and is a past chair of the Alumni Association Board of Directors. She initiated the Pledges for Pins program, which raises funds for the UNI wrestling program and has also established scholarships in the fields of English education, science education and wrestling. The West Gym renovation was successful because of Sandy's generosity, and we have her to thank for helping make it a "home" for UNI wresting’s past, present and future. Sandy’s name is on the UNI wrestling coaching position as a result of an endowment she established. She is also a member of the UNI Athletic Hall of Fame.

Homecoming Office Decorating Contest

When: Homecoming Week, October 15-21Homecoming Office Decorating

: Your Office

Who: Any Campus Office

Why: Bragging rights and lunch!

DetailsRegister online by Friday, October 12. Judges will review all registered offices on Tuesday, October 16 between 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Offices will be judged on creativity, originality, construction, performance and/or utilization of this year's theme. Awards will be separated into the following categories:

  1. Best of Show - Interactive (e.g. food or performance) 
  2. Best of Show - Decoration (e.g. decor only)
  3. Most UNI Spirit (e.g. performance or decor)

Office decorating can range from individual offices to front desk/reception areas to an entire office space. The winner will be announced by Wednesday, October 17 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.


Ashley Adams
Student Life
Student Activities

Mike Bobeldyk
Student Life
Homecoming Chair

Brooke Croshier-Sidebotham
Athletics Liaison

Christina Danielsen
Advancement Division

Officer Stacy Davis
Public Safety Liaison

Erica Eischen
Department of Residence
Residence Activities

Mallory Huebner
Campus Activities Board

Kathryn Huber
College Hill Partnership Liaison

Andy Fuchtman
College Hill Partnership Liaison

Brian Hadley

Shawna Haislet
Student Wellness Services
Health Promotion

Connie Hansen
Student Life

Sarah Harms
Athletics Liaison

Bill Henninger
Faculty Representative

Amelia Holden-McMurray
University Relations
Marketing and Communications

Doug Johnson 
College Hill Partnership Liaison

Amy Mohr
Advancement Division
Reunions, Colleges Liaison, Alumni Tailgate

Janet Paul
Dining Services Liaison

Leslie Prideaux
Advancement Division
Homecoming Chair

Amanda Ubben
Advancement Division
Advancement Activities and Alumni Tailgate

Shelby Schroeder
Homecoming Parade Director

Community Partners

UNI Bookstore Logo
Homecoming is sponsored in part by the UNI Bookstore. For more information, please visit unibookstore.com or call (319) 273-BOOK.