Coe Homecoming 2010: Inspired by Tradition

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
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2010-10-05 15:15:15 - General

“Inspired by Tradition” is the theme for Homecoming 2010 at Coe College.  Alumni and friends are invited to Coe Oct. 13-17 for what promises to be the largest Homecoming in the history of the college. 

Highlighted events for the weekend include the Shirer Symposium, Homecoming Showcase Concert, alumni panels on health care and the environment, the all-alumni reception and silent auction, and the Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet.  Other events will include the 22nd annual 5K Run & Walk, the Homecoming parade, the 20th annual Brat ’n Beverage Tent, the football game against Wartburg College, an all-alumni dinner and an all-alumni dance.  A pancake breakfast, bike ride and a special alumni concert are also planned. 

During the weekend, special reunion events are planned for the classes of ’35, ’40,
’45, ’50, ’55, ’60, ’70- ’79, ’85, ’94-’96, and ’00.  In addition, the Phi Kappa Tau Chapter will be celebrating its 90th anniversary on campus, and Phi Beta Kappa will mark its 60th year at Coe.

According to Alumni Programs Director Jean Johnson, combining the traditional June Reunion with Homecoming for the first time will bring a record number Kohawks to campus for the annual fall event. 

On Wednesday evening, Oct. 13, Homecoming activities officially kick off with the opening of “A 20th Century Journey: The Influence of William L. Shirer ’25, A Symposium on World Politics, Journalists and Their Impact on Society.”  More than a dozen speakers will give presentations at various locations across the Coe campus through Friday, Oct. 15, to discuss the moral and ethical responsibilities of journalists, their influence on foreign policy, and their response to censorship and propaganda.  The event coincides with the 50th anniversary of the publication of Shirer’s landmark work, “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.”

Friday, Oct. 15 events
Former Assistant Coe Football Coach and retired Buffalo Bills Coach Marv Levy ’50 will speak on Friday, Oct. 15 at 11 a.m. in Sinclair Auditorium on “Where Else Would You Rather Be?”  A Common Hour presentation entitled “Green with Envy, Renewing Peterson Hall” will be held at 3 p.m. in Cherry Auditorium of Peterson Hall of Science.  The session will feature science faculty members discussing the $4.7 million NSF grant and renovation plans, followed by tours of the building.

The 38th annual Coe Athletic Hall of Fame Reception and Dinner will take place in Gage Memorial Union beginning at 6 p.m. This year’s dinner will feature all-American swimmer and 12-time conference champion Marie Strilich Anderson '88, all-conference cross country runner Todd Henecke ’96, all-conference basketball and softball standout Shelly Howe ’96, and all-conference quarterback Guy Simons '94.  In addition, the 1960 baseball and 1950 and 1955 football Midwest Athletic Conference Championship teams will be honored.  Former Head Baseball Coach Glenn Drahn, former Assistant Football Coach Chuck Elias ’50, and Marv Levy ’50 will join in the team recognitions.

Also on Friday, the annual Showcase Concert will take place in Sinclair Auditorium, beginning at 7 p.m.  More than 250 students will be on stage to perform a wide variety of music, plus traditional Coe favorites.  The concert will feature the Concert Choir, Concert Band, Coe Crimson & Gold, Concert Band, Symphonic Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble. 

An all-alumni reception and silent auction will take place the same evening from 8:30 - 10:30 p.m. at Clark Alumni House.  The Homecoming bonfire and coronation will wrap up Friday’s festivities at 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 16 events
Events on Saturday, Oct. 16, begin with the 22nd annual 5K Run & Walk at Clark Field at 8 a.m.  All participants are encouraged to pre-register to guarantee their T-shirt size.  A health care panel at 9:30 a.m. in Cherry Auditorium of Peterson Hall will feature Hobson Carroll ’74, president of Vector Risk Analysis, L.L.C., Dr. John Llewelyn ’85, former chief of staff at Covenant Health Care, Saginaw, Mich., and Ann Robinow ’76, president of Robinow Health Care Consulting.

At 10:45 a.m. in Cherry Auditorium of Peterson Hall, “Our World’s Need to Grow Green” will be presented by alumni Darryl Banks ’72, Stacy Anderson ’91, president of Earth Wizards, and Steve Hoffman ’76, president of the western region of NRG Energy.  The panel will discuss environmental issues in the world and on the Coe campus.  At 11 a.m., Dick Landis, former Coe coach, will give a presentation entitled “A Village in Kenya: Kip Korir ’74, Making A Difference, Can You Help?” in Kesler Lecture Hall of Hickok Hall.  The event will focus on Korir’s efforts to provide health care and educational opportunities in Kericho, Kenya.

The annual Homecoming Parade will begin at 11 a.m., with honorary grand marshals Marv ’50 and Fran Levy.  The parade will start on 14th Street behind Clark Alumni House, turn east onto C Avenue, and follow the 15th Street around Clark Field.  Following the parade, the 20th annual Brat ’n Beverage Tent will be set up outside the gates of Clark Field on the corner of D Avenue and 14th Street.  This is a popular meeting place for alumni, parents, students and friends to tailgate before the game. 

Kickoff for the Homecoming football game is set for 1 p.m. at Clark Field.  The Kohawks will suit up to battle Wartburg College in what promises to be a great game.  Hall of Fame inductees and members of the honored teams will be introduced prior to the game. 

Special class receptions and dinners will be held late Saturday afternoon and evening.  A special event is the all-alumni banquet in Gage Memorial Union at 6:30 p.m.  The Alumni Award of Merit will be presented to Newton native David Jones ’60, a highly regarded economist, educator and expert on U.S. financial markets.  Ralph and Wanita (Ward) LaCombe of Cedar Rapids, both members of the Coe class of 1950, will receive the Distinguished Service Award for their many years of work to support and promote their alma mater.  Major Matthew Clark ’95, a native of Lisbon, will be the first recipient of the Young Alum Award.  Clark has excelled as a researcher, military officer and an author in the field of behavioral and neural science.

An all-alumni dance featuring the “The Do’s & The Don’ts” will conclude Saturday’s events in a large tent at the corner of D Avenue and 14th Street. 

Sunday, Oct. 17 events
On Sunday, Oct. 17, a pancake breakfast will be held next to Clark Field from 9 to 10:30 a.m.  At 10 a.m., a 20-mile bike ride led by Courier Editor Lonnie Zingula and CoeBRAI alumni will begin, utilizing the Cedar River Trail through Cedar Rapids.  At noon, members of Coe’s Phi Beta Kappa Chapter will hold a luncheon at Clark Alumni House in celebration of the organization’s 60th year at Coe.  The national Phi Beta Kappa traveling exhibit is on display in the Pochobradsky Reading Room of Stewart Memorial Library through Oct. 30.  To conclude the weekend’s activities, an Alumni Choir Concert directed by Pearl M. Taylor Professor Emeritus of Music Allan Kellar will be held in Sinclair Auditorium beginning at 2 p.m.

For more information or to register for Homecoming events and activities, call the Coe Alumni Office at 319-399-8561.  Online registration and information is also available at