Coe Homecoming: Rock & Shine in 2009

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

2009-09-18 14:17:26 - General

Alumni and friends of Coe are invited to join rock star Charlie Kohawk and "Rock & Shine in 2009" at Homecoming Weekend, set for Oct. 2-4. Alumni, parents and friends of the college are invited back to Coe for a full weekend of activities. Greatest hits for the weekend include the Homecoming Showcase Concert, the alumnae volleyball game, the all-alumni reception and silent auction, and the 21st Annual 5K Run & Walk. Other classic favorites include the Homecoming parade, the 19th Annual Brat 'n Beverage Tent, an alumni art reception, and the football game against the University of Dubuque. The Coe theatre production of "Three Days of Rain" and a special alumni concert are also planned.

During the weekend, special reunion events are planned for the classes of '63, '64 and '65; '84; '88, '89 and '90; and '99. Special reunion groups will include Alpha Omicron Pi, Lambda Chi Alpha, and the 1989 Conference Champion Wrestling Team.

The weekend kicks off with a Common Hour presentation on Friday, Oct. 2, in Kesler Lecture Hall of Hickok Hall, entitled "Greening Coe." Admission Counselor Chris Paasch '06, Professor of Chemistry Marty St. Clair and Director of Dining Services Tom Wieseler will discuss the efforts to make Coe's operations more sustainable. At 5:15 p.m., an alumnae volleyball game will be held at Eby Fieldhouse.

The 37th annual Coe Athletic Hall of Fame Reception and Dinner will take place in Gage Memorial Union on Friday, Oct. 2, beginning at 6 p.m. This year's dinner will feature all-conference baseball pitcher Barrie Ernst '76, all-conference basketball player Jeff Hrubes '88, NCAA Division III football scoring leader Ryan Kolpin '91, and all-conference softball pitcher Nancy Kahle Netolicky '86.

Also on Friday, the annual Showcase Concert will take place in Sinclair Auditorium, beginning at 7 p.m. 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, College Chorale, Coe Crimson & Gold, Concert Band, Orchestra and Jazz Band.

The Coe College Department of Theatre Arts will present "Three Days of Rain" by Richard Greenberg, directed by Associate Professor of Theatre Arts Steven Marc Weiss. Featuring an all-student cast, performances will be held on Oct. 2 and 3 at 8 p.m. in Dows Theatre. For tickets, contact the Coe Box Office at 399-8600 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday - Friday.

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 fall athletes will be recognized and the Homecoming king and queen will be crowned.

Events on Saturday, Oct. 3, begin with the 21st 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.

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 19th 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 the University of Dubuque. Hall of Fame inductees and members of the 1989 Conference Champion Wrestling Team will be introduced prior to the game.

A special Homecoming Weekend art exhibit reception will be held from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. in the Sinclair lobby. The art show features an exhibition series highlighting the creative achievements of the college's art department alumni. The featured artists include Matt Lowe '97 (sculpture), Rachel Dorn '02 (ceramics), Peter Xiao '84 (painting), and Melissa Furness '98 (painting).

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.

An Alumni Recital featuring Coe vocal performance major Katheryne High Levin '78 will be held on Sunday, Oct. 4, at 2 p.m. in Daehler-Kitchin Auditorium of Marquis Hall. Featuring music from her CD "At the Corner of God + Broadway," Levin will be joined by Alma A. Turechek Professor Emeritus of Music Jerry Owen on piano, Chicago artist Jeff Hansel '89 on bass, and Cedar Rapids artist Phil Koopman '98 on drums. 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