Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s annual Homecoming celebration October 5 through October 7 is expected to draw thousands “home” to Indiana for alumni reunions and
events for the entire community, including the annual parade and football game.
“Homecoming is a special time at IUP,” said Mary Morgan, Class of 1991, director of IUP’s
Office of Alumni and Friends. “We look forward to bringing home alumni from all over the country, and we have some special events lined up not just for them, but for
the entire community.
It’s an opportunity for the IUP family to come together and remember yesterday, honor today, and look ahead to tomorrow. It’s very gratifying to see how many groups are enjoying the Crimson Huddle and using it as a place for reunions—we have more than
40 special reunion groups planning to meet at the Alumni and Friends Crimson Huddle this year.”
Department will celebrate its 50th anniversary during the weekend. Events begin at noon on October 5 at noon with a geoscience seminar in Walsh Hall 104, followed by a laboratory open house from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in Weyandt Hall. The Geoscience Club
will have a sale to support purchase of student field gear and computers from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Rustic Lodge, with the 50th anniversary banquet to follow at 6:00 p.m. Featured speakers for the evening include James Saiers, IUP Class of 1989,
of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies; Deanne Snavely, dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics; and retired faculty members from the department. Pre-registration is required by contacting the alumni office at
On October 5, the University Libraries’ Special Collections and University Archives in the IUP Libraries will have an open house from
2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Tours will be offered at 2:00 and at 3:00 p.m. Registration is required; interested persons can contact Harrison Wick at email@example.com.
Also on October 5, the Department of Communications Media welcomes alumni for its second alumni networking event from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Hadley Union
Building Ohio Room. This first event in 2016 drew more than 300 students and some 70 alumni. An Alumni Happy Hour social will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Rustic Lodge. Cost for this event is $10 per person. Pre-registration is required by
contacting the alumni office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On October 6, events begin with the Computer Science and Mathematics alumni
breakfast in Stright Hall at 8:00 a.m.
The Homecoming parade, with a theme of “Seasons,” will start at 10:00 a.m. It will feature more than 90 campus and community units, including the following floats:
The 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.
Immediately following the parade, volunteers from IUP’s sororities and fraternities will clean the parade route and Mack Park, where the floats were constructed.
Five float prizes will be given: first prize of $1,000, sponsored by the Alumni Association; second prize of $900, sponsored by Aramark; third place of $800, by co-sponsored by the Student Government Association and the Center for Multicultural Student
Leadership and Engagement; and fourth prize of $700, sponsored by University
Parade judges this year will be IUP alumna Sherry Renosky, the marketing director of the Indiana Mall; David Ferguson, the interim dean of the IUP College of Fine Arts; and Sarah Polansky, an IUP undergraduate student majoring in art.
In addition to the IUP Marching Band, the parade will feature marching bands from Blairsville, Homer-Center, Indiana, Marion Center, Purchase Line, and United high schools.
Now in its ninth 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 IUP.
To qualify for the court, students must have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average and be in good judicial standing. IUP’s 2018 Crimson Court includes:
President Michael Driscoll and his wife, Becky, will lead the parade, along with Tracy Settle, Class of 1980 and president of the IUP Alumni Board of Directors,
and John Simpson, Class of 1979, vice president of the IUP Alumni Board of Directors.
Settle, a business and distinguished military graduate and an IUP Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, retired from a 27-year career with the Army at the rank of colonel. He has worked as a stockbroker, advertising executive, fitness center owner, and
bison producer and is currently consulting on international business development in the Caribbean and the Americas.
Simpson, a business management major and economics minor, is employed with the Pittsburgh Steelers, responsible for execution of all Steelers marketing events, managing corporate sales accounts and Heinz Field Luxury Suite sales, and overseeing the marketing
The Alumni Board of Directors works with the IUP Office of Alumni and Friends to create and enrich relationships with current and future alumni in the advancement of IUP.
Open to all, the traditional Crimson Huddle Alumni and Friends Pregame Party will be from 11:00
a.m. to 2:00 p.m. October 6 in the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex. It will feature nearly 40 reunion groups, including sororities, fraternities,
academic departments, and sports teams. Pre-registration cost is $18 for adults, $8 for children seven to 14, and free for children six or under, and pre-registration must be made by October 3. Admission at the door is $20 for adults and $10 for children.
Last year, more than 750 alumni and friends participated in this event.
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.
In addition to each of the university’s colleges, the following groups are planning reunions during the Crimson Huddle:
The Homecoming football game between IUP and Slippery Rock will begin at 2:00 p.m. at George P. Miller Stadium. The
Crimson Hawks enter the game with the same 4-1 record as the Rock. IUP leads the all-time series, 47-37-2, and won last year’s meeting, on Slippery Rock’s homecoming, 34-17.
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 8:30 p.m. on October 6 to 1:00 a.m. on October 7 at the Kovalchick Complex. Tickets for
the event are $5 for IUP students and $10 for non-students.
The annual Homecoming Concert featuring the IUP Symphony Band’s Wind Ensemble 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.
Hundreds of IUP students are expected to participate in a community cleanup on October 7, starting at 11:00 a.m.
A complete list of Homecoming events and information on how to register for events is available at the Homecoming website.