Coe Homecoming 2012: "Crimson & Gold Never Gets Old"

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

2012-09-18 08:45:43 - General

"Crimson & Gold Never Gets Old" is the theme for Homecoming 2012 at Coe College. Alumni and friends are invited to campus Sept. 27-30 for what promises to be a celebration filled with activities and fun.

Highlighted events for the weekend include alumni classes, the rededication of Peterson Hall of Science, the all-alumni reception and silent auction, and the Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet. Other events will include the 24th annual 5K Run & Walk, the Homecoming parade, the 22nd annual Brat 'n Beverage Tent, the football game against Buena Vista, an all-alumni dinner and an all-alumni dance. An alumnae softball game, a Jazz Club concert and a theatrical production will cap off the weekend’s activities on Sunday.

During the weekend, special reunion events are planned for the classes of 1937, 1942,1947, 1952, 1957, 1966-68, 1971-72, 1991-93 and the class of 2002. In addition, the 100th anniversary of the Delta Delta Delta chapter at Coe will be celebrated, along with an African-American reunion.

Friday, Sept. 28 events
On Friday, special luncheons will be held at noon for the Golden Reunion classes (1962 and prior) in Gage Memorial Union. The Quarterback Club lunch in Charlie's P.U.B. will include a preview of the Homecoming football game. There will be educational sessions held all day in Kesler Lecture Hall of Hickok Hall, including "Management and Leadership in a Time of Uncertainty" by Thomas Petersen ’62 at 10:30 a.m. and "From Touch Tone Trimlines to Cellular Handheld Telephones" by Jerry Adams ’62 at 1:45 p.m.

The rededication celebration for Peterson Hall of Science begins with a reception and tour at 3 p.m., the ceremony at 4 p.m. in Cherry Auditorium, and additional tours following. The special guest speaker for the event is Curators' Emeritus Professor of Materials Science and Engineering Delbert E. Day from Missouri University of Science and Technology.

The 40th 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 John Costello '92, Katie McGuire Graham '86, Heidi Nitz Schomaker '94, Kim Buchner Spranger '87, and Joe Whitters '89.

Also on Friday, the Tri Delta 100th anniversary reception and dinner will take place at the President’s Home - Pleasant Hill and Cedar Rapids Country Club starting at 5 p.m.

The African-American reunion, reception and dinner will be held at the African American Museum beginning at 6 p.m.  Phoebe Smith, the former Coe academic services advisor, will be honored at this dinner.

The Homecoming Showcase Concert begins at 7 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium. This free concert will feature Coe's performing ensembles: Chorale, Concert Band, Concert Choir, Camerata, Jazz Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra.

At 7:30 p.m., the Coe Department of Theatre Arts will present "Elephant in the Room," a new adaption of Strinberg's "Miss Julie." The production will also be presented on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 2 p.m.

An all-alumni reception and silent auction will take place the same evening from 8:30 - 11 p.m. at Clark Alumni House.  The Homecoming pep rally and coronation will wrap up Friday’s festivities at 9 p.m. in Eby Fieldhouse.

Saturday, Sept. 29 events
Events on Saturday, Sept. 29, begin with the 24th 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 viewing 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. The documentary of Coe's own George Henry '49 premiered in June on Coe's campus and was produced by Kevin Kelly '67. Tours of the renovated Peterson Hall of Science will also be offered between 9 and 11 a.m.

The annual Homecoming Parade around Clark Field will begin at 11 a.m., featuring honorary grand marshals President James R. Phifer and First Lady Linnie Phifer, who are in their last year at Coe. Following the parade, the 22nd 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 play Buena Vista.  Athletic Hall of Fame inductees will be introduced prior to the game at 12:40 p.m.

Special class receptions and dinners will be held late Saturday afternoon and evening.

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 Don Erusha '52, Dr. Bruce W. Jafek '62 and Albert Kircher '51. Cece Lynch Van Metre '52 will receive the Distinguished Service Award for her many years as a supporter and volunteer for Coe. Amy J. Burgin '02 will be honored as the recipient of the Young Alum Award. An all-alumni dance will follow the ceremony.

Sunday, Sept. 30 events
On Sunday, Sept. 30, an alumnae softball game will be held at 11 a.m. at Clark Field. At 2 p.m., an Alumni - Faculty - Student Jazz Club concert will take place in Sinclair Auditorium.

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