Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s
annual Homecoming celebration October 7 and 8 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 7 begin with the Computer Science and Mathematics alumni breakfast in
Stright Hall at 8:00 a.m.
Homecoming parade, with a theme of “Mother Nature, Ecosystems of the World,”
will start at 10:00 a.m.
parade will feature more than 90 campus and community units, including the
parade will start at Eleventh 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 Eleventh Street, where
the parade will disband. All motor-driven floats will continue southwest on
Oakland Avenue to the Robertshaw building for disassembly.
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 the IUP Marching Band, the parade will feature marching bands from
Blairsville, Homer-Center, Indiana, Penns Manor, Purchase Line, and United high
float prizes will be given: first prize of $1,000, sponsored by the Alumni Relations;
second prize of $900, sponsored by the IUP Lively Arts; third place of $800,
sponsored by Aramark; fourth prize of $700, co-sponsored by the Student
Government Association and the Center for Multicultural Student Leadership and
Engagement; and fifth prize of $600, sponsored by University Advancement.
judges this year will be IUP alumni Sherry Renosky; James Smith from Indiana
Borough Council; and Student Art Association President Tyler Johnson and Vice
President Abigail Krick.
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.
in its eighth year at IUP, the Crimson Court will take part in all university
Homecoming activities, including the parade. The Crimson Court consists of
students chosen by a university-wide vote to represent each of the colleges at
qualify for the court, students must have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade-point
average and be in good judicial standing. IUP’s 2017 Crimson Court includes:
to all, the traditional Crimson Huddle Alumni and Friends Pregame Party will be
from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. October 7 in the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic
Complex. It will feature 29 reunion groups, including sororities, fraternities,
academic departments and sports teams. Cost is $15 for adults, with children 10
and under admitted free.
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 Homecoming football
game between IUP and California, also known as the “Coal Bowl”, will begin at 2:00 p.m. The game
has been chosen as an NCAA Division II showcase contest and will be shown live
on ESPN3. Both teams are ranked nationally, and the Crimson Hawks enter the
game undefeated (5-0), while the Vulcans are 4-1. IUP leads the all-time
During halftime, 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 official IUP Homecoming Party, from 9:00 p.m. October 7
to 2:00 a.m. October 8 at the Kovalchick Complex. The event is open to current IUP students
only, and admission is $5.
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 at 2:15 p.m..