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October 12-18, 2015

Monday, Oct. 12, 2015

  • 5:30 p.m., Kick Off, Lawther Field

  • 9 p.m., Outdoor Movie (Inside Out), Lawther Field

Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015

  • 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Office Decorating Competition Judging

  • 8 p.m., Royalty Competition, Maucker Union Ballroom

Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015

  • 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Homecoming Picnic, Campanile Plaza - Open to all of campus 
    (Rain location: Maucker Union)

  • 5 p.m., Amazing Race Traditions Challenge, Alumni House  

  • 7:30 p.m., Casino Night, Maucker Union

Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015 

Alumni Reunions & Gatherings 

AXE/SAE Celebration 

Real Estate Alumni Gathering 

Metal Casting Alumni Reunion 

Physics Alumni Weekend

College of Education Alumni Brunch

Fraternity & Sorority Life

Honors Alumni

Marching Band Alumni

Wrestling Alumni

Economics Alumni

Industrial Technology Alumni

2005 Football Alumni

Women's Rugby Alumni

  • 5-6:45 p.m., Homecoming Special Dinner, Rialto and Piazza

  • 8 p.m., Javier Colon, Gallagher-Bluedorn

  • 8:15 p.m., UNI Ballroom/Swing Social, West Lounge, Towers

Friday, Oct. 16, 2015

  • 7 p.m., McLeod Madness, McLeod Center

  • 7:30 p.m., Orchesis Dance Company and IDT Dance Company performance,
    Lang Hall Auditorium

  • 8:30 p.m., Pep Rally, McLeod Center

  • 11:30 p.m.-1 a.m., Coffee and Kisses, Campanile Plaza

  • Midnight, Campaniling, Campanile Plaza

Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015

  • 8 a.m., Panther Pacers Homecoming 5K, Intramural Fields [sign up]

  • 11 a.m., Homecoming Parade, UNI Campus
    Sponsored by University Book & Supply

  • 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m., Lunch at Piazza (Redeker Center) & Rialto (Towers Center)
    dining centers; special $8 meal price for all alumni and friends

  • 12-2 p.m., Residence Hall Open Houses, Residence Halls

  • 12:30-3:30 p.m., All-Alumni Tailgate, West of the UNI-Dome
    In partnership with the Hy-Vee Fan Zone

  • 12:30-3:30 p.m., Student Tailgate, Bender Field

  • 4 p.m., UNI Football* vs. Western Illinois, UNI-Dome

  • 7 p.m., UNI Volleyball* vs. Drake, McLeod Center

  • 8 p.m., The Hot Sardines*, Gallagher-Bluedorn

Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015

  • 1 p.m., UNI Soccer vs. Indiana State, Cedar Valley Youth Soccer Complex

  • 2 p.m., Orchesis Dance Company and IDT Dance Company performance,
    Lang Hall Auditorium

*Ticketed event. Please visit or call 319-273-4TIX to order tickets.

Homecoming Parade


Homecoming Parade


University Book and Supply

The 2015 Homecoming Parade is set for Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015! The parade is a great way to bring together the university and its alumni and community to celebrate the past, present and future of UNI. If you’d like to participate in this year’s parade, please fill out the forms noted below and submit by Oct. 5, 2015. Parade Entry Mandatory Meeting will be Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. in the Curris Business Building Room 109! Please contact Connie Hansen [] with any questions

Check out the 2014 parade and then sign up to be a part of the 2015 parade!

To view the parade route map, please click here.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Parade Entry Form Downloads

Homecoming Parade Entry Form 

Please complete an entry form for EACH individual entry.

example golf cart
   Example golf cart float constructed using cardboard, paint, tape and zip ties.

Parade Regulations and Liability Waiver (all participants must print, complete and return to the UNI Alumni Association)

Golf Cart Usage Agreement (UNI student groups/orgs only must print, complete and return to the UNI Alumni Association)

Entry Description/Emcee Information (all participants must fill out this form)

Limited supplies will be provided and available to student organizations building floats: tag board, zip ties, painter’s tape, cardboard, TempraPaint, foam paint brushes, scissors, tape measure, yard stick, string, staple guns and duct tape (for cardboard), paper rotary rack (20 rolls), permanent markers, wire cutters, rubber cement, markers, exacto knife and blades, plastic tarps.

Additional supplies that student organizations may want to bring: extra cardboard, streamers, chicken wire, tissue paper, colored napkins, fringe, pipe cleaners, battery operated lights, wrapping paper, yarn, balloons, foil, stencils, floral, garland.

NOTE: Duct tape cannot be used to tape anything to the golf carts. No painting the actual golf cart. Items can be pre-painted and attached to cart.

Standard two-seat golf cart dimensions: length = 94.5" / width = 47" / height = 45.7" / height with canopy/suntop = 68.5"


Homecoming Competition


All registered student organizations, fraternities, sororities and residence halls will have the opportunity to compete throughout Homecoming Week 2015 for a chance to display their Panther spirit and win cash for their teams. This friendly competition is a way to get involved and create extra excitement around the UNI campus during Homecoming Week. All rules, regulations and forms can be found in the links below. Please register for Homecoming Competition here.

Homecoming Competition Standings

TeamMaucker MuralsPride CryAmazing RaceParadeRoyaltyRunning Total


Homecoming Royalty is a University of Northern Iowa tradition that was revived in 2012. The Royalty application and selection process is a great opportunity to showcase a few of the many outstanding students at UNI. The Homecoming Royalty Court is comprised of five Queen Candidates and five King Candidates. Throughout the week the candidates will participate in various Homecoming events. The candidates will be chosen through an application and selection process and will be announced Monday evening at the Kickoff. The King and Queen will be announced at the Pep Rally on Friday night of Homecoming Week. 

Please note that the Homecoming Royalty selection process is not a beauty pageant or a popularity contest. Applicants are not advantaged or disadvantaged by applying or being nominated. Royalty will be screened and ultimately selected based on the applicants’ ability to articulate and demonstrate academic performance, curricular and co-curricular involvement, contributions to the University community and school spirit.

Minimum Requirements

  • Must be a full-time undergraduate or graduate student at the University of Northern Iowa
  • Must be a Sophomore, Junior, Senior, or Graduate student
  • Must be in good standing with the University
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Must commit to participating in select Homecoming Activities and abide to the deadlines outlined below

Royalty Selection Process

  • Friday, September 25th 2015 – 5:00pm
    • Applications must be submitted electronically. Failure to meet the GPA requirement will result in disqualification.
  • Tuesday, October 2nd, 2015 – noon
    • Selection of finalists. 
  • Monday, October 5th, 2015 – 6pm State College Room
    • Mandatory informational meeting for all selected Homecoming Royalty Candidates
  • Monday, October 12th, 2015 – 5:30pm
    • Homecoming Kickoff – Homecoming Court will be announced to the general public
  • Tuesday, October 13th, 2015 – 8pm
    • Homecoming Royalty Talent Competition
  • Friday, October 16th, 2015 – 8:30pm
    • Homecoming King and Queen announced at Pep Rally
  • Saturday, October 17th, 2015 11am-1pm
    • Homecoming Parade. Homecoming King and Queen will be present to greet students and ride in the Parade

Applications and nominations are now closed for 2015!

Don't forget to register for the Amazing Race Traditions Challenge!

This year’s 7th annual Homecoming Traditions Challenge Amazing Race is Wednesday, October 14, 2015. Check in will begin at 5 p.m. and the race will start promptly at 5:30 p.m. Additional information will be sent to the team captain after submitting your team registration. The Traditions Challenge Committee is excited about your participation and to see your display of Panther knowledge and pride! The deadline for teams to sign up is Friday, October 9 at 5 p.m. For questions regarding the Traditions Challenge please contact Connie Hansen at or Jenna Salzbrennerat Amazing Race Sign-up Form

Homecoming Office Decorating Competition

Homecoming Office Decorating Competition 

When: Homecoming Week, October 12-18

Where: Your Office

Who: Any Campus Office

Why: Bragging rights and lunch for best overall decorated office, most spirited office, and most creative office.

Details: Entries due by Friday, Oct. 9. Judges will review all registered offices on Tuesday, October 13 between 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Offices will be judged on creativity; utilization of the theme, “Once Upon a Time;” originality; construction; and spirit. Office decorating can range from individual offices to front desk/reception areas to an entire office space. The winner will be announced on Thursday, October 15, on the UNI Homecoming page, and also notified directly by the Homecoming committee. Contact Bill Henninger by email or phone at 319-273-6383 with questions. Register today!




Jess Betts
University Relations
Communications and Website

Coree Burton
Department of Residence
Residence Activities

Connie Hansen
Advancement Division

Sarah Harms
Athletics Liaison

Bill Henninger
Faculty Representative

Sarah Hofmeyer

Doug Johnson
College Hill Partnership
College Hill Partnership Liaison

Molly McCarty

Jamie Miller

Ashley Minshall
Student Involvement
Student Activities

Amy Mohr
Advancement Division
Reunions, Colleges Liaison, Alumni Tailgate

Hillery Oberle
Advancement Division

Carol Petersen
Dining Services
Dining Services Liaison

Leslie Prideaux
Advancement Division
Homecoming Chair

Nicholas Rafanello
Residence Hall
Residence Activities

Taylor Reed

Susan Reinart
Advancement Division
Advancement Activities

Officer Gary Robinson
Public Safety
Public Safety Officer