Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s
annual Homecoming celebration October 2–4, 2015, is expected to draw thousands
to Indiana for alumni reunions and events for the entire community, including
the annual parade and football game.
On Friday, October 2, at 11:00 a.m. a ribbon cutting ceremony will be held to celebrate the newly renovated Folger Dining Hall. The
ribbon cutting is open to the community. Folger Dining Hall is located on Pratt
drive, across from the Suites on Maple East. The building was dedicated at the
1972 homecoming weekend.
Folger Hall is
named in honor of the late Olive K. Folger, affectionately known as “Ma Folger”
by a generation of students. She was the dietitian at Indiana State Teachers College from 1934 until her retirement in
1950. Folger earned her bachelor of science degree in home economics from IUP
(then Indiana State Teachers College) in 1948, and she was a member of Kappa
facility is phase two of IUP’s $37-million dining master plan, IUP Dining
Innovations. The $13.75-million renovation project began in May 2014.
Hall is designed to create specialized services and menus that match student
lifestyles. It will include the Global Grill, which combines Mongolian, char,
and flattop grills preparing international dishes and traditional favorites;
the Sandwich Artisan; Olive’s Kitchen with traditional favorites, vegetarian
dishes, and features for those with special dietary needs; Pasta la Vista,
featuring pizzas and pasta; Produce Market (salad bar); and Great Wraps,
located in the lobby of the building.
Hall is also focused on being environmentally friendly, with reclaimed wood on
walls and ceilings and chairs made from materials from soda bottles.
The Homecoming parade, with a theme of “Once Upon a Time”
(focusing on children’s films), will start at 10:00 a.m. on October 3. It will
feature more than 70 campus and community units, including the following
in Wonderland,” built by Delta Gamma, Delta Zeta, and Sigma Kappa; “Finding
Nemo,” built by Alpha Gamma Delta, Alpha
Sigma Alpha, Delta Tau Sigma, and Phi Kappa Tau; “Monsters, Inc.,” built by
Alpha Xi Delta, Phi Delta Theta, Phi Mu Delta, and Zeta Tau Alpha; “Toy Story,”
built by Alpha Sigma Tau, Kappa Sigma, Sigma Chi, and Sigma Pi; and “Up,” built
by Delta Phi Epsilon, Latino Student Organization (LaSO), Pi Lambda Phi, Sigma
Sigma Sigma, and Theta Chi.
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 1965 will serve as grand marshals for this year’s parade: Charles
and Marilyn Fleming Sabatos, of Gibsonia, both formerly of Indiana, and Merceda
Biordi Saffron, of Pittsburgh.
was a chemistry education major and member of Sigma Tau Gamma. He taught
chemistry at North Allegheny High School for 35 years and coached cross country
and track for many of those years. Marilyn Sabatos, an elementary education
major, was a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority and was senior class
secretary and was involved in student council.
Saffron was an
art education major and was also a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority. She
was the Senior “Swing Out” queen and was a hall counselor, treasurer of the Art
Club, and won the Federation of Women Club Art Award. She retired from her work
as a department chair for the Fairfax County Public School System.
In addition to
IUP’s Marching Band, the parade will feature marching bands from Blairsville,
Indiana, Marion Center, Penns Manor, Purchase Line, Saltsburg, and United high
Now in its sixth
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 2015 Crimson Court:
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. Cost is $15 for adults and
$7 for children ages five to 12. Children younger than five 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 Edinboro 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 University Advancement.
for the float competition are Claire Hogan, Sherry Renosky, and Sandy Trimble,
representing the community, and Cortney Mandoske, a theater major, representing
weekend will include concerts on October 2 and October 3:00 p.m. at the Indiana Theater
by rock and roll band the Clarks. The
group includes IUP graduates Rob James ’87, Greg Joseph ’85, Scott Blasey ’87,
and Dave Minarik ’88. The band, honored with IUP’s Distinguished Alumni Award
in 2004, got its start playing at spots around campus as the Administration.
Over the past 20 years, the Clarks’ recordings have sold nearly a quarter of a
million copies, and the band has played all over the world, including on Late
Night with David Letterman. The Clarks raised $25,000 in a benefit concert for
a recording studio in Cogswell Hall, named in the band’s honor.
activities Homecoming weekend, the IUP Center for Student Life is sponsoring
the third annual 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 Ed Fry Arena. The event is open to students, and
admission is $5.
organizers are expecting more than 700 students to attend the event. 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,” Kevin Foster, assistant
director for the IUP 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. Laser tag was added last year and was well received, and
will be offered again this year. We try to have something for everyone.”
Homecoming concert, “A New Beginning,” 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 $11 for regular admission, $9 for seniors
and groups, and $7 for students with an I-Card and for 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 Homecoming website.