Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s
annual Homecoming celebration, Friday through Sunday, is expected to draw
thousands to Indiana for alumni reunions and events for the entire community,
including the annual parade and football game.
The Homecoming parade, with a theme of board games, will
start at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, October 11. It will feature 80 campus and community units,
including the following floats: Candyland, built by Pi Lambda Phi, Sigma Sigma Sigma, Delta
Phi Epsilon, and Phi Mu Delta; Battleship, built by Alpha Sigma Tau, Kappa Sigma,
and Zeta Tau Alpha; Monopoly, built by Sigma Chi, Sigma Kappa, Theta Phi Alpha,
and Sigma Pi; Clue, built by Alpha Xi Delta, Alpha Sigma Alpha, Phi Delta
Theta, Phi Sigma Pi, and LaSO (Latino Student Organization); and Twister, built
by Delta Tau Sigma, Delta Zeta, Delta Gamma, Alpha Gamma Delta, and Phi Kappa
The parade will start
at 13th and Philadelphia streets and travel east to Sixth and Philadelphia streets,
south on Sixth Street to Church Street, west on Church Street to Oakland Avenue,
and southwest on Oakland Avenue to 11th Street, where the parade will disband.
All motor-driven floats will continue southwest on Oakland Avenue to the
Robertshaw building for disassembly.
Firing of the
IUP Department of Military Science’s howitzer cannon, which will be near the
Indiana County Court House, will signal the start of the parade.
following the parade, volunteers from IUP’s sororities and fraternities will
clean the parade route and Mack Park, where the floats were constructed.
Three members of
IUP’s Class of 1964 will serve as grand marshals for this year’s parade: Lt.
Col. (retired) Barry Gasdek, of Laramie, Wyo.; Anne Dieffenbach Johnson, of
Fairfax, Va.; and Ruth Riesenman, of Indiana.
retired veterans service officer, also is a former professor of military
science at the University of Wyoming. He has been in leadership roles in the
American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, and
Military Order of the Purple Heart. He was a member of the U.S. Army/Infantry,
serving as a ranger, airborne/pathfinder for more than 20 years.
In April 2014, Gasdek was the first inductee into IUP’s
Military Science Department hall of fame, in the Excellence Division. He is the
recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross, the Silver Star for his service in
Vietnam, five Bronze Stars, two Purple Hearts, the Soldier’s Medal, the Legion
of Honor, and 17 Air Medals.
He was an Indiana State College Athlete of the Year and played
three sports, excelling in football, wrestling, and track and field. During his
senior season, the football team won seven games, and he was named to the
Johnson taught for five years at Bethel Park High School and worked
in administrative positions at Adrian College in Michigan and Long Island
University and Lehman College, both in New York. Now retired, she enjoys
painting; membership in PEO International, a women’s philanthropic association;
national and international travel; and being with her four granddaughters.
received the IUP President’s Medal of Distinction in 2007 for service to IUP
and its students and continuing service to the community, the ATHENA Leadership
Award in 1990, and the Distinguished Service Award from Washington and Jefferson
College’s Alumni Association in 1995.
She serves on
the Foundation for IUP Board of Directors, for which she chairs the Community
Service Scholarship committee; the Salvation Army Board of Directors; the Alice
Paul House Board of Directors; and the Visiting Nurse Association. She retired
as executive assistant to the president at IUP in 2005. She also served as the
director of IUP’s Office of Career Services.
In addition to
IUP’s Marching Band, the parade will feature marching bands from the Indiana,
Marion Center, Penns Manor, and Purchase Line high schools.
Now in its fifth
year at IUP, the Crimson Court will take part in all universitywide Homecoming
activities, including the parade. The Crimson Court consists of students chosen
by a universitywide vote to represent each of the colleges at IUP, as well as
the Punxsutawney campus. To qualify for the court, students must have at least
a 3.0 cumulative grade point average and be in good judicial standing at IUP.
following students were selected for the 2014 Crimson Court:
to all, the traditional Crimson Huddle Alumni and Friends Pregame Party will be
from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex. It will
feature more than 20 different reunion groups, including sororities,
fraternities, academic departments, and sports teams.
The Center for
Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine/Indiana Total Therapy is cosponsoring the
pregame party with the IUP Alumni Association. Cost is $15 for adults and $7
for children ages 5 to 12. Children younger than 5 are admitted free.
The annual Kidz
Karnival also will be held at the Kovalchick Complex from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Organized by the IUP Ambassadors student group, the festival features a variety
of children’s activities, with cartoon characters, games, crafts, and prizes.
football game between IUP and Seton Hill will begin at 2:00 p.m. The Crimson Court
and prize sponsors for the parade floats will be recognized. The halftime show
will feature the IUP Marching Band, under the direction of David Martynuik. The
band will present the postgame show at the stadium immediately following the
float prizes will be given: first prize of $1,000, sponsored by the IUP Alumni
Association; second prize of $900, sponsored by the IUP Co-op Store; third place
of $800, sponsored by Aramark; fourth prize of $700, cosponsored by the IUP
Student Government Association and the Lively Arts; and fifth prize of $600,
sponsored by the Foundation for IUP.
for the float competition are Michael Hood, IUP Fine Arts dean; Claire Hogan
and Sherry Renosky, representing the community; and Julia Brown and Hayley
Geary, president and secretary, respectively, of the Student Art Association,
weekend also will include a special 50th anniversary reunion concert of the Folkmen, an award-winning musical group that got its start at Indiana
State College (now IUP), at 7:00 p.m. Saturday in Gorell Recital Hall, on the
second floor of Sutton Hall. Admission is free and open to the community.
Folkmen member Alan Luckey, of Indiana, who received bachelor’s
and master’s degrees from IUP, has written a book about the group, Changing
Times: The Folkmen at IUP, 1963–1969. He will host two book signings: Saturday
at 1:00 p.m. during the Crimson Huddle event at the Kovalchick Complex and
immediately after the evening concert Saturday in the Annex Gallery of Sprowls
The book is available for purchase at the book signings, online
or on campus through the IUP Co-op Store, and at Amazon.com. All proceeds from
book sales benefit the Folkmen Scholarship for music majors.
Saturday’s concert will feature Luckey; Bruce Bly, of
Dayton; Larry Carter, of Altoona; Fred Danziger, of Philadelphia; Dave Frye, Class
of ’68, of Silver Springs, Md.; and George “Woody” Woodbury, of Lansdale.
Other members of the Folkmen were the late Warren Allen ’69,
Distant; Mike DuBois ’68, Greensburg; D. C. Fitzgerald, Pittsburgh; and Jeff
Kelley ’69, Mount Pleasant.
Danziger, a well-known artist with works in Pittsburgh and
Philadelphia, has several pieces on display in Sprowls Hall in conjunction with
the reunion concert. Danziger specializes in large-scale paintings and digital
The IUP Libraries also has a display in honor of the
Folkmen’s 50th anniversary that includes albums, awards, instruments, memorabilia,
photographs, scrapbooks, and uniforms.
activities Homecoming weekend, the IUP Center for Student Life is sponsoring
the second Homecoming Monte Carlo Night from 9:00 p.m. Saturday to 2:00 a.m. Sunday, with
casino games, more than $4,000 in prizes, dancing, laser tag, food, and movies
at the Kovalchick Complex. The event is open to students, and admission is $5.
nearly 700 students attended Monte Carlo Night. Planning began last November
with students from IUP student organization The Pulse. Many other campus
departments, offices, and student organizations support Monte Carlo Night
through donations of prizes and volunteers.
all have a really great time at Monte Carlo Night,” Betsy Sarneso, of the
Center for Student Life, said. “We continue to hear so many positive reactions
to last year’s event. Monte Carlo Night is not only fun, but it provides
students a safe place to celebrate Homecoming. It’s a very student-driven event,
and laser tag was added for this year based on feedback. We try to have
something for everyone.”
Homecoming concert, featuring the IUP Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, and Symphony
Band, will be at 3:00 p.m. Sunday in the Performing Arts Center’s Fisher Auditorium.
Tickets for the
concert are available in advance at the IUP Hadley Union Building ticket office.
Remaining tickets may be purchased at the door starting 45 minutes before the
start of the performance. Tickets are $9 for regular admission, $8 for seniors
and groups, and $6 for students with an I-Card and children.
information about the Homecoming concert, call the Fine Arts Public Events
Office at (724) 357-2547 or the HUB ticket office at (724) 357-1313.
A complete list
of Homecoming events, including reunions, is available at the IUP Homecoming website.