Coe celebrates 100th anniversary Homecoming: "Once a Kohawk, Always a Kohawk"

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
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2013-10-03 14:46:08 - General

Coe College will celebrate its 100th anniversary Homecoming Oct. 18-20 with the theme "Once a Kohawk, Always a Kohawk." Alumni, friends and community members are invited to campus for what promises to be a memorable weekend filled with activities and fun.

Among the featured events is the dedication of the Struve Communication Center, provided by Craig Struve '70 to honor his parents, Howard and Mardean Struve. Alumni are invited to record their own Coe stories for "Coe Chronicles: Coe's Oral History Project" and view the 100th anniversary of Homecoming display in Phifer Commons.

The annual Homecoming Showcase Concert will be held, as well as athletic contests, including Kohawk football versus the University of Dubuque. The 5K Run and Walk, the Homecoming parade featuring Homecoming queens of the past, brat 'n beverage tent, children's carnival, and an all-alumni dinner are among the many events, activities and gatherings planned.

Honored classes will include 1933, 1938, 1943, 1948, 1953, 1958, 1963, 1973, 1977-79, 1988, 1997-99, and 2003. In addition, there will be a 2000-06 BSEO/African-American Reunion, a 1963 Chi Omega Reunion, a 1958 and 1993 Midwest Conference Champion football team reunion, and a reunion of the 25th anniversary of women's soccer along with alumni soccer games. Alumnae softball and volleyball contests will also be held.

Friday, Oct. 18 events
On Friday, Oct. 18, special luncheons will be held at noon for the Golden Reunion classes (1963 and prior) in Gage Memorial Union, and for the class of 1973 40th anniversary in Clark Alumni House. The Quarterback Club lunch in Charlie's P.U.B. will include a preview of the Homecoming football game.

Tea and conversation will be held by the women of 1963 in the Voorhees lounge beginning at 1:30 p.m. At 3 p.m. in Kesler Lecture Hall of Hickok Hall, Coe's Common Hour will feature current students who have studied off campus. Also in Kesler, Ruth Kinzey '77 will discuss her new book "Promoting Nonprofit Organizations: A Reputational Management Approach," followed by a book signing. The 1963 Chi Omega social and dinner begins at 5 p.m. at the Cedar Rapids Country Club.

The 41st 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 Dennis Gay '71 (football and track), Zak Gordon '01 (football and wrestling), Erica Struckmann Strodtz '99 (soccer), and Johnny Watson '01 (tennis).

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.

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.

Saturday, Oct. 19 events
Events on Saturday, Oct. 19, begin with the 25th annual 5K Run & Walk at Clark Field at 8 a.m. All participants are encouraged to pre-register to guarantee their T-shirt size.

Tours of the renovated Struve Communication Center in Eby Annex will begin at 9:30 a.m., with a brief program at 10 a.m. The newly renovated space devoted to the communication studies program was provided by Cedar Rapids native Craig Struve '70, in honor of his parents Howard and Mardean Struve, and to recognize his professional success in the communication field.

An alumnae volleyball game will also be held in Eby Fieldhouse beginning at 9:30 a.m. The annual Homecoming Parade around Clark Field will begin at 11 a.m., featuring honorary grand marshals Coe President David McInally and his wife, Janice, who are in their first year at Coe. Following the parade, the 23rd 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 the University of Dubuque Spartans. Athletic Hall of Fame inductees as well as the 1958 and 1993 Midwest Conference football teams 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 DoubleTree Hotel ballroom beginning at 6:30 p.m. The Alumni Award of Merit will be presented to Richard Mackey '58 and Donald Roby '58. Mary Ann Turnbull Kucera '58 of Cedar Rapids will receive the Distinguished Service Award for her many years as a supporter and volunteer for Coe. Chad Shearer '99 will be honored as the recipient of the Young Alum Award.

Sunday, Oct. 20 events
On Sunday, Oct. 20, alumni soccer games will begin at 10 a.m. An alumni and faculty concert, "A Tribute to Ned Rorem," will take place at 2 p.m. in Daehler-Kitchin Auditorium of Marquis Hall.

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