Coe Homecoming 2011: “There’s No Place Like Coe”

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
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2011-09-02 14:26:49 - General

Alumni Award of Merit Honoree
Jane F. Earley

Distinguished Service
Award Honorees
Robert & Joan Kocher

Young Alum Award Honoree
Jamie Pilgrim

“There’s No Place Like Coe” is the theme for Homecoming 2011 at Coe College.  Alumni and friends are invited to campus Sept. 15-18 for what promises to be a celebration filled with activities and fun.

Highlighted events for the weekend include the Homecoming Showcase Concert, alumni panels on science education in Bulgaria, pseudoscience and the Flood of 2008, the all-alumni reception and silent auction, and the Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet.  Other events will include the 23rd annual 5K Run & Walk, the Homecoming parade, the 21st annual Brat ’n Beverage Tent, the football game against Simpson College, an all-alumni dinner and an all-alumni dance.  An omelet breakfast and bike ride will cap off the weekend’s activities on Sunday.

During the weekend, special reunion events are planned for the classes of 1936, 1941,
1946, 1951, 1956, 1961, the decade of the 1980s, and the classes of 2001 and 2005-2007.  In addition, the 100th anniversary of the Kappa Delta Chapter will be celebrated, along with the 65th anniversary of Lambda Chi Alpha at Coe.

Friday, Sept. 16 events
On Friday, special luncheons will be held at noon for the Golden Reunion classes (1961 and prior) in Gage Memorial Union, for past Clark Merit Scholars in Clark Alumni House, and Quarterback Club in Charlie’s P.U.B.  The afternoon features educational sessions in Kesler Lecture Hall of Hickok Hall, including “A Kohawk Fulbrighter Introducing Science Education to the Republic of Bulgaria” by James Hollenbeck ’80 at 1 p.m., “Pseudoscience” by Coe Professor of Physics Mario Affatigato ’89 at 2 p.m., and “Fortitude and Resilience: Flood Recovery in Cedar Rapids” by Special Assistant to the Cedar Rapids City Manager Drew Westberg ’05 at 3 p.m.

The 39th 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 the induction of Joel Holst ’85, Tom Kaloupek ’86, Mike Matzen ’86, Paige Stamp Telecky ’00, Joe Whitters ’89, and Wally “Skip” Swan ’65 (posthumously).

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, Chorale, 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 pep rally and coronation will wrap up Friday’s festivities at 9 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 17 events
Events on Saturday, Sept. 17, begin with the 23rd 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 special preview of “80 Years Through the Lens – The Life & Work of George T. Henry” begins at 9:45 a.m. in Kesler Lecture Hall of Hickok Hall.  Coe’s own George Henry ’49 is now the subject of a documentary being filmed by Coe alumnus Kevin Kelly ’67.  At 10 a.m., a volleyball alumnae game will be held in Eby Fieldhouse.

The annual Homecoming Parade around Clark Field will begin at 11 a.m., featuring honorary grand marshal Randi Peterson, Coe head women’s basketball coach.  Following the parade, the 21st annual Brat ’n Beverage Tent will be set up 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 Simpson College.  Athletic Hall of Fame inductees will be introduced prior to the game.  The conference championship teams of the 1980s will be recognized during halftime activities.

Special class receptions and dinners will be held late Saturday afternoon and evening.  An athletics reception for football, soccer and track alumni will be held beginning at 4 p.m. in a tent by Clark Stadium.   Meantime, the Iowa Ceramic Conference Opening Reception, featuring 19 artists, will be held from 4-7 p.m. in the Sinclair Galleries.

A special event is the all-alumni banquet at the Marriott Hotel ballroom beginning at 6:30 p.m.  The Alumni Award of Merit will be presented to Traer, Iowa, native Jane Earley ’61, a highly regarded educator and longtime faculty member at Mankato State University.  Marvin D. Cone Professor of Art Emeritus Bob Kocher and his wife, Joan, of Cedar Rapids will receive the Distinguished Service Award for their many years of work to support and promote Coe.  Jamie Pilgrim ’96, originally from Delhi, Iowa, will be the recipient of the Young Alum Award.  Pilgrim has followed his dream and become an innovator in computer animation and special effects in Hollywood box office hits and computer games.

Beginning at 8 p.m., a class of 2001 party will be held at Clark Alumni House with the classes of 2005-2007 meeting at Moose McDuffy’s.  The Lambda Chi 65th Anniversary Social will be held at the Marriott Hotel.  At 8:30 p.m., the All-Alumni Dance and the decade of the 1980s party will be held at the Marriott.

Sunday, Sept. 18 events
On Sunday, Sept. 18, a farewell omelet breakfast will be held in Gage Memorial Union 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.

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