Vote for Charlie Kohawk at Coe Homecoming 2008

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
(319) 399-8605 or

2008-09-15 13:54:17 - General

"Vote for Charlie Kohawk" is the theme for the election year Homecoming celebration at Coe College, Sept. 26 - 28. Alumni, parents and friends of the college are invited back to Coe for a full weekend of activities. Many events are open to the public throughout the weekend including the Homecoming Showcase Concert, the theatre production "A Dream Deferred, A Race Derailed," bonfire and coronation, neighborhood parade, football game, alumni art reception and exhibit, and the 5K Run & Fun Walk.

During the weekend, special reunion events are planned for the classes of '77, '78 and '79; '83; '98, '02, '03 and ‘04. Special reunion groups will include Alpha Sigma Phi, Tau Kappa Epsilon, tennis, and swimming and diving. A featured event is the Homecoming Showcase Concert and reception - in celebration of 50 years of music making in Marquis Hall.

Homecoming week will kickoff on Friday, Sept. 26, with a Common Hour presentation by Director of Library Services Rich Doyle. Doyle will be discussing the joint project between the History Center and Coe to document the history of this summer's devastating floods. The event begins at 3 p.m. in Kesler Lecture Hall of Hickok Hall.

At 6 p.m., the 36th annual Coe Athletic Hall of Fame Reception and Dinner will take place in Gage Memorial Union. This year's dinner will feature the induction of track and volleyball standout Nikki Claussen '95, football player and track sprinter Richard Matthews '94, and track and cross country runner Ed Trimble '75.

Also on Friday, Sept. 26, the annual Showcase Concert will take place in Sinclair Auditorium, beginning at 7 p.m. The theme for this year's concert is "Celebrating 50 years of music making in Marquis Hall," with a reception to follow the concert. Over 250 students will be on stage to perform a wide variety of music, plus traditional Coe favorites. The concert will feature the Concert Choir, Women's Chorale, Coe Crimson & Gold, Concert Band, Orchestra and Jazz Band.

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. The event will begin at 9:30 p.m. on the east side of campus. The athletes for the fall semester will be recognized and the Homecoming king and queen will be crowned.

Events on Saturday, Sept. 27, begin with the 20th annual 5K Run & Fun Walk at Clark Field at 8 a.m. All participants are encouraged to pre-register to guarantee their T-shirt size. Prizes will be awarded to the overall male and female winners, seven different male and female age divisions, and the first place male and female alumni finishers.

At 9 a.m., tennis alumni will gather to celebrate Coach Eric Rodgers' 20th year at Coe, followed by a Women's Tennis meet at 10:30 p.m. as Coe hosts Luther at Clark Racquet Center.

The annual Homecoming Parade will begin at 11 a.m. 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 18th annual Homecoming 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 Loras. Hall of fame inductees and members of the 1955 Midwest Conference football championship team will be introduced prior to the game.

A special Homecoming Weekend art exhibit reception will be held from 5 - 7 p.m. in the Sinclair lobby. The art show, which runs through Oct. 3, features an exhibition series highlighting the creative achievements of the college's art department alumni. The featured artists include Christine Buckton Tillman '99 (sculpture), Fujiko Isomura '95 (paintings), Julia Kottal '03 (landscape paintings), and Kirk Mayhew '95 (ceramics).

Special class receptions and dinners will be held late afternoon and evening. The all-alumni reception will conclude Saturday's events. The reception will take place at the Crowne Plaza Five Seasons Hotel from 9-11:30 p.m. The student Homecoming dance will be held in the grand ballroom of the Crowne Plaza Five Seasons Hotel, beginning at 9:30 p.m.

On Sunday, Sept. 28 at 2 p.m., an alumni recital featuring Katheryne High Levin '78, Jeff Hansel '89 on bass, Greg Kanz '96 on drums, and Alma A. Turechek Professor Emeritus of Music Jerry Owen will be held in Daehler-Kitchin Auditorium of Marquis Hall. Levin recorded the solo CD, "at the corner of God + Broadway," which features 12 unique arrangements of songs with a spiritual dimension, all from Broadway shows. Free tickets are required by calling the music office at 399-8521.

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