CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Homecoming celebration will begin Wednesday, Oct. 5, and continue through Saturday, Oct. 8, featuring many events and activities.
The official kick-off ceremony and Panther Pride Cry Competition will take place at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 5, on the roof of Maucker Union, featuring the UNI Spirit Squads, TC, Pep Band and fall sports teams. Teams of five will compete in the second annual Homecoming Traditions Challenge Amazing Race (5:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 6, at the Alumni House), followed by the Homecoming Comedy Show at 9 p.m. at Maucker Union.
Friday, Oct. 7, is Purple Pride Day. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to wear school colors to show their UNI spirit. At 7 p.m., the UNI volleyball team will play Bradley in the McLeod Center and the soccer team will play Cal State Bakersfield at the Cedar Valley Youth Soccer Complex. The pep rally will be held at 9 p.m. outside the McLeod Center. Campaniling will conclude the night at 11:45 p.m., at the UNI Campanile.
The annual Panther Pacers 5K Cross Country Run begins at 8 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 8. Participants should meet in the UNI-Dome west parking lot. The UNI swimming and diving team will host Iowa State at 10 a.m., at the Glen F. Henry Pool in the Wellness & Recreation Center. The Panther Festival will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the corner of College St. and W. 23rd Street. Should it rain, the festival will be held in Maucker Union. An Alumni Open House will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m., in the Alumni Suite located in the McLeod Center. At 4:05 p.m., the UNI football team will take on Indiana State at the UNI-Dome.
Prior to the football game kickoff, the women's & gender studies department, in collaboration with UNI's Violence Intervention Services, athletics and numerous student organizations and community supporters, will host the 6th annual Safe Date Tailgate, in the southwest corner of the Wellness and Recreation Center's north parking lot. This event was started in 2006 as a way to educate students about the issues surrounding gender-based violence prevention and that "safe dates are always the best dates." The event will offer free food and soft drinks to the tailgating crowd.
Additional information about homecoming week events can be found on the UNI Homecoming website at www.uni.edu/homecoming/schedule-events.