Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s
annual Homecoming celebration October 14–16 is expected to draw thousands “home”
to Indiana for alumni reunions and events for the entire community, including
the annual parade and football game.
October 13, the IUP Theater-by-the-Grove will present We are Proud… on the
Waller Hall Mainstage, Performing Arts Center. Shows are at 8:00 p.m. on October 13,
14, 15 and at 2:00 p.m. on October 16. Tickets are required.
Events on October 14 begin
with a free presentation and book signing by IUP journalism graduate Paula Reed
Ward, a reporter for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Ward will discuss her book,
Death by Cyanide: The Murder of Autumn Klein, on October 14 from 12:15 to
1:15 p.m. in room 225 of the IUP Humanities and Social Sciences Building. Her
presentation will be followed with a book signing in the building lobby. Her
book will be available for purchase at the event.
Two departmental alumni
events are planned for October 14: the Department of Communications Media will host
an alumni networking event and reception, and there is also a reception for
alumni from the Department of Chemistry and Department of Biochemistry. On October 15,
the departments of Computer Science and Mathematics will host an alumni breakfast in Stright Hall at 8:00
On October 14, IUP’s
University Museum will host its annual Gala. This year’s theme is “A 40th
Anniversary Celebration in Black and White.” Tickets and reservations are
Homecoming parade, with a theme of “Bringing the Pages to Life” (focusing on
children’s literature), will start at 10:00 a.m. October 15.
will feature more than 70 campus and community units, including the following
floats: “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” built by Sigma Sigma Sigma, Delta
Tau Sigma, Phi Delta Theta, and Alpha Sigma Alpha; “Harry Potter,” built by
Sigma Kappa, Delta Zeta, Phi Kappa Psi, and Kappa Delta Rho; “Where the Wild
Things Are,” built by Zeta Tau Alpha, Alpha Xi Delta, Sigma Pi, and Sigma Chi;
“The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” built by Kappa Sigma, Alpha Sigma Tau, Theta
Chi, and Delta Phi Epsilon; and “The Lorax,” built by Phi Kappa Tau, Delta
Gamma, Alpha Gamma Delta, and the Latino Student Organization (LaSO).
parade will start at 11th 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.
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.
addition to IUP’s Marching Band, the parade will feature marching bands from
Blairsville, Homer-Center, Indiana, Marion Center, Purchase Line, Saltsburg, and
United high schools.
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
Student Government Association and the Center for Multicultural Student
Leadership and Engagement; and fifth prize of $600, sponsored by University
judges this year will be IUP alumni Claire Hogan and Sherry Renosky; Peter
Broad, president of Indiana Borough Council; and Student Art Association President
Madelyn Barrante and Vice President Tyler Johnson.
in its seventh 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.
qualify for the court, students must have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade-point
average and be in good judicial standing at IUP.
IUP’s 2016 Crimson Court are:
IUP President Michael
Driscoll and his wife, Becky, will lead the parade along with John Ninosky,
president of the IUP Alumni Board of Directors. Ninosky, a 1993 criminology
graduate, is an attorney and shareholder with the law offices of Johnson Duffie
in Harrisburg. The Alumni Board of Directors works with the IUP Office of
Alumni Affairs to create and enrich relationships with current and future
alumni in the advancement of IUP.
to all, the traditional Crimson Huddle Alumni and Friends Pregame Party will be
from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. October 15 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
As part of the Crimson
Huddle, the IUP Ambassadors will offer a Kidz Korner at the Kovalchick Complex.
The festival features a variety of children’s activities, with cartoon
characters, games, crafts, and prizes.
The Department of Anthropology will host Celebrate Archaeology Day from noon to 3:00 p.m. on October 14
on the ground floor of McElhaney Hall on campus. The family-friendly event is
free and open to the community.
The Homecoming football
game between IUP and Slippery Rock 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 game.
Among other activities
Homecoming weekend, the IUP Center for Multicultural Student Leadership and
Engagement is sponsoring the fourth annual Homecoming Monte Carlo Night from 9:00
p.m. Saturday to 2:00 a.m. Sunday, with casino games, prizes, dancing, laser tag, and
food at the Kovalchick Complex. The event is open to students only, and admission
The annual Homecoming
concert, featuring IUP bands, 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.
A complete list of
Homecoming events, including reunions, is available on the IUP Homecoming website.