Join Kohawk Superheroes at Coe Homecoming 2014

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

2014-09-05 10:53:30 - General

Coe College will celebrate its Homecoming Sept. 18-21 with the theme "Kohawk Superheroes Assemble." 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 are the dedication of the Whipple Fire House, the Midwest Conference Champions huddle, and the celebration of the 80th anniversary of the Coe Art Department. Alumni who traveled to the South in 1962 for a summer service project will share their civil rights era experiences in a special Common Hour. Throughout the weekend, alumni are invited to record their own Coe stories for "Coe Chronicles: Coe's Oral History Project."

The annual Homecoming Showcase Concert will be held, as well as athletic contests, including Kohawk football versus the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. The 5K Run and Walk, the Homecoming parade, 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 1934, 1939, 1944, 1949, 1954, 1959, 1964, 1974, 1983-85, 1989, 2004, and 2008-10. In addition, there will be a Sigma Nu 60th anniversary social and dinner, a Chi Omega 100th anniversary celebration, and a Lambda Chi Alpha social. The Midwest Conference Championship teams will huddle, including the following teams: 1973, 1974 and 1984 football, 1983-85 softball, 1983-85 men's indoor track, 1983 women's basketball, 1985 volleyball, 1985 women's swimming and 1985 baseball.

Friday, Sept. 19 events 
On Friday, Sept. 18, a special luncheon will be held at noon for the Golden Reunion classes (1964 and prior) in Gage Memorial Union. The dedication of the new Whipple Fire House at 1424 B Avenue NE will be held at 1:30 p.m., with tours to follow. At 2 p.m., Paul Kriese ’69, professor of political science at Indiana University East, will present "What is the Rest of Me?",  a commentary on democratic civic engagement in the United States, in Kesler Lecture Hall of Hickok Hall.

A special Common Hour presentation will be held at 3 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium, as alumni will present their memories of "The Coe Summer Service Project Mississippi, 1962: One Year after the Freedom Riders, Two Years before Freedom Summer."

A 40th year anniversary reception for the class of 1974 begins at 4:30 p.m. in Phifer Commons in Gage Memorial Union.  The opening reception of an art exhibition nearly four decades in the making by Robert O. Daniel Professor of Art John Beckelman begins at 5 p.m. in the Sinclair Galleries. Featuring artwork completed during Beckelman's teaching career at Coe, "Retrospective" will feature pottery, paintings (using clay as the primary material) and sculpture.

The Sigma Nu 60th anniversary social and dinner begins at 5 p.m. at Clark Alumni House, while the Chi Omega 100th anniversary celebration will get underway at 5:30 p.m. at the Best Western Longbranch Hotel.

The 42nd 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 Lorri Eberhard Zeller '84 (softball and basketball), Brent Thurness '90 (football and track), Marika Pewe '95 (softball), and Tim Vinyard '02 (football and baseball).

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, Sept. 20 events
Events on Saturday, Sept. 20 begin with the 26th annual 5K Run & Walk at Clark Field at 8 a.m. All participants are encouraged to pre-register to guarantee their T-shirt size.

At 9:30 a.m., the Midwest Conference Championship teams will gather in Eby Fieldhouse. Also at 9:30 a.m., author Joel Barrows '83 will sign his book, "Deep White Cover," in the Coe Bookstore in Gage Memorial Union.

An 80th anniversary celebration of the Coe Art Department will be held from 10 a.m.-noon in Dows Fine Arts Center and the Sinclair Galleries.

The annual Homecoming Parade around Clark Field will begin at 11 a.m. Following the parade, the 24th annual Brat 'n Beverage Tent and children’s carnival 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 University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Athletic Hall of Fame inductees as well as the Midwest Conference Championship 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 Jung Lowe '54 and Richard Anderson '59. Barb Powell Sherman '61 and Bob Sherman '62 will receive the Distinguished Service Award for their many years as supporters of Coe. Kyle Fargen '04 will be honored as the recipient of the Young Alum Award.

Sunday, Sept. 21 events
On Sunday, Sept. 21, an open studio figure drawing session will be held from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in Dows Fine Arts Center. An informal brunch will be offered in Gage Memorial Union Dining Hall from 10:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. At 10 a.m., a women's alumni soccer game will be played, followed by men’s alumni soccer at 11 a.m., both at Clark Field. The Kohawks host Cornell in soccer at 2 p.m.

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