Homecoming

This page presents information about UNI Homecoming celebrations on a year-by-year basis from 1920 to the present. It includes dates, themes, football game results, Homecoming queens, parade grand marshalls, and lists of events and highlights.​

Note on institutional names. The University of Northern Iowa has had four names: Iowa State Normal School (1876-1909); Iowa State Teachers College (1909-1961); State College of Iowa (1961-1967); and University of Northern Iowa (1967-present). This essay will use the name that is appropriate to the historical era under discussion.

1920--Homecoming 1

  • Date: Friday-Saturday, October 29-30, 1920 (originally scheduled for December 11, 1920)
  • Theme: None
  • Football game: 3PM, Saturday, October 30, 1920, campus football field, Iowa State Teachers College defeated Parsons College, 14-0
  • Events
    • Pep rally Friday night
    • School assembly Saturday morning
    • Saturday noon picnics
    • All college party after game
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • School's first Homecoming
    • President Seerley addressed Saturday morning assembly
    • Teachers College football team wore Cedar Falls High School uniforms because ISTC and Parsons colors were the same

1921--Homecoming 2

  • Date: Friday-Saturday, October 28-29, 1921
  • Theme: None
  • Football game: 2:30PM, Saturday, October 29, 1921, campus football field, Iowa State Teachers College tied Upper Iowa University, 0-0
  • Events
    • Friday night bonfire and pep rally with music by Cedar Falls Municipal Band
    • Saturday morning pep meeting
    • Picnics and reunions
    • All college dance after game with music by Metropolitan Orchestra of Mason City
    • Double feature movie for those who did not wish to dance
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Weather rainy; bonfire canceled and playing field muddy
    • Alumnus and Spanish-American War veteran Colonel P. M. Shaffer spoke at pep meeting
    • Alumni Association told of plans build Campanile
    • Prizes offered for best decorated men's and women's boarding houses
    • Cars decorated in Purple and Old Gold

1922--Homecoming 3

  • Date: Friday-Saturday, October 20-21, 1922
  • Theme: None
  • Football game: 3:30PM, Saturday, October 21, 1922, campus football field, Iowa State Teachers College defeated Simpson College, 7-6
  • Events
    • Friday night barbecue, bonfire, and pep rally
    • House and business decoration contest
    • Saturday morning pep assembly
    • Saturday evening dance
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Snake dance in downtown Cedar Falls
    • First Homecoming parade
    • Largest crowd--over 5000--ever to attend a local football game up to that date

1923--Homecoming 4

  • Date: Friday-Saturday, November 23-24, 1923
  • Theme: None
  • Football game: 2PM, Saturday, November 24, 1923, campus football field, Western Union College defeated Iowa State Teachers College, 6-2
  • Events
    • Friday night torchlight parade
    • Friday night bonfire, barbecue, and fireworks
    • Saturday afternoon parade
    • Carnival and dance with music by Tommy Wells Orchestra after game
    • Open houses
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • About 2000 attended elaborate dance and carnival
    • President Seerley's Homecoming address to alumni broadcast over radio
    • Students forced entry into Cedar Falls movie theaters
    • Evelyn Arquette was first Homecoming queen; muddy field prevented her from being introduced at game; introduced at evening dance
    • Freshmen burn green scarecrow to end their hazing period
    • Horse race
    • Football field covered with four inches of snow, slush, and rain

1924--Homecoming 5

  • Date: Friday-Saturday, October 17-18, 1924
  • Theme: None
  • Football game: 2:30PM, Saturday, October 18, 1924, campus football field, Simpson College defeated Iowa State Teachers College, 13-0
  • Events
    • Friday night bonfire and pep meeting
    • Judging of house decorations
    • Alumni put on strong program
    • Saturday parade around campus
    • Dance with music by the Imps and the Fairweathers
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Unruly raid on downtown businesses seeking free service and merchandise
    • Beautiful weather

1925--Homecoming 6

  • Date: Friday-Saturday, October 23-24, 1925
  • Theme: None
  • Football game: 2:30 PM, Saturday, October 24, 1925, campus football field, Iowa State Teachers College defeated Luther College, 20-9
  • Events
    • Friday night mass meeting, bonfire, and snake dance
    • Friday night raid on downtown merchants
    • Organizations held open houses for returning alumni
    • Parade around campus
    • Dance with music by the Wells Orchestra and the Black and White Orchestra
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Good comeback to win football game
    • First Homecoming game under Coach Paul Bender
    • Teachers College High School played a football game against La Porte City on Saturday morning

1926--Homecoming 7

  • Date: Friday-Saturday, October 15-16, 1926
  • Theme: The Spirit of 50 Years (in conjunction with 50th anniversary of the college)
  • Football game: 2:30PM, Saturday, October 16, 1926, campus football field, Iowa State Teachers College defeated Buena Vista College, 34-0
  • Events
    • Pep meeting and bonfire
    • House judging
    • Half-time snake dance and performances by Ladies' Band and Varsity Band
    • Evening dance with music by Tom Wells' Orchestra; 500 attended
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Celebrated in conjunction with 50th anniversary of the college
    • Campanile nearly complete
    • Student Council sold tags to support Homecoming

1927--Homecoming 8

  • Date: Friday, November 11, 1927; Visitors' Day, a second Homecoming complete with many traditional Homecoming activities, was held Saturday, November 19, 1927
  • Theme: None
  • Football game: 2PM, Friday, November 11, 1927, campus football field, Iowa State Teachers College defeated Upper Iowa University, 14-6
  • Events
    • Parade
    • Armistice Day program in West Gymnasium
    • Dance with music by the Mississippi Six
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Held in conjunction with Cedar Falls Armistice Day activities
    • Controversy over scheduling activities on Friday rather than Saturday
    • Classes dismissed at 10AM so students could attend Homecoming activities
    • Snow fell during football game

1928--Homecoming 9

  • Date: Friday-Saturday, November 9-10, 1928
  • Theme: None
  • Football game: 2:30PM, Saturday, November 10, 1928, campus football field, Iowa State Teachers College tied Grinnell College, 0-0
  • Events
    • Pep meeting 
    • Stunt parade on campus
    • Dance
    • House decoration judging
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Football game played on new field
    • Cross country competition against Grinnell College with runners completing their race at football game half-time
    • Late permits allowed women to stay until midnight at the dance
    • Students urged not to force their way into Regent Theater without paying
    • First Homecoming under President O. R. Latham, who succeeded President Homer Seerley

1929--Homecoming 10

  • Date: Friday-Sunday, October 11-13, 1929
  • Theme: None
  • Football game: 2PM, Saturday, October 12, campus football field, Iowa State Teachers College defeated Simpson College, 7-0
  • Events
    • Parade through Cedar Falls
    • Dance with Harold Lyman and his Eleven Aces; over 1000 attended
    • Pep meeting
    • House decoration contest
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Over fifty floats in the parade
    • Merchants decorated their windows
    • Student rooting section at football field
    • First time that Ladies' Band marched in parade
    • Varsity Band wore new uniforms and performed new formations at football game
    • Myron Russell directed the bands
    • Cross country team competes against Simpson College
    • Special religious services on Sunday

1930--Homecoming 11

  • Date: Friday-Saturday, October 10-11, 1930
  • Theme: None
  • Football game: 2PM, Saturday, October 11, 1930, campus football field, Coe College defeated Iowa State Teachers College, 13-2
  • Events
    • Short parade across campus included men's and women's bands
    • Bonfire pep rally
    • House decoration contest
    • Dance
    • Movies
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • TC letters made of corn displayed at corner of 23rd and College Streets
    • Faculty members held open house
    • Student government previewed Homecoming activities for students in assemblies on Wednesday, October 8
    • Tutor Belles, a group of fifty women "pepsters" assisted Professor Earl Rath at pep rally
    • New college flag, 80 foot flagpole, and goal posts dedicated at football field

1931--Homecoming 12

  • Date: Friday-Sunday, November 6-8, 1931
  • Theme: None
  • Football game: 2PM, Saturday, November 7, 1931, campus football field, Western State Teachers College (Kalamazoo) defeated Iowa State Teachers College, 14-0
  • Events
    • Bonfire and pep rally
    • Dances on both Friday and Saturday nights, with Bobby Griggs and his orchestra playing on Saturday night
    • House decoration contest
    • Movies
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Women's physical education student and alumni field hockey game
    • Saturday morning concert on Library steps
    • 3000 attend football game
    • Campus tours for alumni
    • First Homecoming booklets distributed
    • Special Homecoming church services on Sunday morning both on and off campus

1932--Homecoming 13

  • Date: Friday-Sunday, October 21-23, 1932
  • Theme: None
  • Football game: 2PM, Saturday, October 22, 1932, campus football field, Iowa State Teachers College defeated Morningside College, 12-0
  • Events
    • Bonfire and pep rally
    • Alumni business meeting now held at Homecoming instead of at Commencement
    • Dance with music by Harry Newell and his "Call of the South" Orchestra
    • Sunday morning and afternoon church services
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Rainy, dreary weather
    • Theater production of "The Scarecrow"
    • Homecoming committees organized: Publicity, Decorations, Dance, Hospitality, Game, and Pep
    • Homecoming booklet on sale from Blue Key and Hospitality Committee members
    • 750 attended dance
    • New bunting and streamers on campus buildings

1933--Homecoming 14

  • Date: Thursday-Sunday, November 2-5, 1933
  • Theme: None
  • Football game: 2PM, Saturday, November 4, 1933, campus football field, Simpson College defeated Iowa State Teachers College, 13-0
  • Events
    • Bonfire
    • Theater production of "Three-Cornered Moon"
    • Alumni luncheon
    • Dance with music by Harvey King's Band
    • Church services
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Alumni Secretary A. C. Fuller met with heads of student organizations to find ways to encourage alumni to come to Homecoming
    • Activities centered in new Commons Building
    • Special pep assembly held on Thursday, November 2

1934--Homecoming 15

  • Date: Friday-Sunday, November 9-11, 1934
  • Theme: None
  • Football game: 2PM, Saturday, November 10, 1934, campus football field, Grinnell College defeated Iowa State Teachers College, 19-12
  • Events
    • Pep rally
    • Snake dance
    • Theater production of "Criminal at Large"
    • Alumni meeting
    • Dance with music by Joe Kayser's Band
    • Church services
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • American Legion veterans were special guests
    • Rho Epsilon Rho pep fraternity in charge of decorating campus
    • Life size photos of Teachers College football players displayed on local businesses
    • Grinnell had lost seventeen consecutive games before defeating ISTC in this Homecoming match

1935--Homecoming 16

  • Date: Friday-Sunday, October 18-20, 1935
  • Theme: None
  • Football game: 2PM, Saturday, October 19, 1935, campus football field, Iowa State Teachers College defeated Western State Teachers College (Kalamazoo), 21-14
  • Events
    • Small and large pep rallies
    • Theater production of "Post Road"
    • Alumni meeting
    • Dance
    • Church services
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Small pep rally held in Crossroads area between Auditorium and Old Administration Buildings

1936--Homecoming 17

  • Date: Friday-Sunday, November 13-15, 1936
  • Theme: Sixtieth Anniversary of the College
  • Football game: 2PM, Saturday, November 14, 1936, O. R. Latham Stadium, Iowa State Teachers College defeated Morningside College, 6-0
  • Events
    • Pep meeting, bonfire, barbecue, singing
    • Theater production of "Bury the Dead"
    • Alumni meeting
    • Decoration contest
    • Dance
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • First Homecoming game to be played in what would later be named O. R. Latham Stadium
    • Reception in Bartlett Hall for those who did not dance

1937--Homecoming 18

  • Date: Friday-Sunday, October 15-17, 1937
  • Theme: None
  • Football game: 2PM, Saturday, October 16, 1937, O. R. Latham Stadium, Western State Teachers College (Kalamazoo) defeated Iowa State Teachers College, 7-0
  • Events
    • Pep meeting and snake dance
    • Dramatic production of "Pride and Prejudice"
    • Dance with music by Al Sky and his Orchestra
    • Alumni business meeting
    • Church services
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Sunday morning and afternoon Campanile concerts
    • Open houses in Commons, Bartlett Hall, and Baker Hall

1938--Homecoming 19

  • Date: Friday-Sunday, October 28-30, 1938
  • Theme: None
  • Football game: 2PM, Saturday, October 29, 1938, O. R. Latham Stadium, Morningside College defeated Iowa State Teachers College, 13-7
  • Events
    • Pep meeting
    • Dramatic production of "The Star-Wagon"
    • Alumni-student field hockey game
    • Dance with music by the Delong-Askew Orchestra
    • Church service and Campanile concert
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • New Marching Band consisting of both men and women performed; included two drum majorettes
    • Homecoming queen presented at half-time of football game
    • 5000 attended football game

1939--Homecoming 20

  • Date: Friday-Sunday, October 20-22, 1939
  • Theme: None
  • Football game: 2PM, Saturday, October 21, 1939, O. R. Latham Stadium, Iowa State Teachers College tied Western State Teachers College (Kalamazoo), 13-13
  • Events
    • Pep meeting
    • Dramatic production of "Family Portrait"
    • Dance with music by Sternie Sternberg Orchestra
    • Alumni-student field hockey game
    • Church service with Campanile concerts
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • First full parade through Cedar Falls, with floats, cars, and bands, in 10 years
    • Combined bands staged own parade
    • I-Club, ISTC letterman's group, crowned I-Club queen Eleanor Collman at half-time of football game

1940--Homecoming 21

  • Date: Friday-Sunday, October 25-27, 1940
  • Theme: None
  • Football game: 2PM, Saturday, October 26,1940, O. R. Latham Stadium, Iowa State Teachers College defeated Kansas State Teachers College, 13-6
  • Events
    • Pep meeting
    • Dramatic production of "My Heart's in the Highlands"
    • Parade through Cedar Falls and band parade at game
    • Dance with music by Paul Moorhead and his Orchestra
    • Church service, Campanile concert, and farewell concert
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Students originate Cut Day, in which students march out of class
    • Football stadium dedicated to the late President O. R. Latham
    • Muriel Dirks crowned I-Club queen
    • Marching Band wore new uniforms
    • Campus religious foundations offered reunions, breakfasts, and dinners
    • First Homecoming under President Malcolm Price, who succeeded President O. R. Latham

1941--Homecoming 22

  • Date: Friday-Sunday, October 17-19, 1941
  • Theme: None
  • Football game: 2PM, Saturday, October 18, 1941, Western Michigan Teachers College defeated Iowa State Teachers College, 28-7
  • Events
    • Students led out of class by "liberty bell" and band to enjoy Cut Day
    • Pep meeting
    • Dramatic production of "Ladies in Retirement"
    • Parade
    • Dance
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Governor George Wilson and 22 other state officials attended the football game
    • Georgiana Amidon named I-Club queen
    • Members of Cedar Falls Municipal Band were guests at dinner to celebrate 50th anniversary of band
    • Tribute to those serving in US military
    • George Wyth purchased six hundred tickets to the football game for Viking Pump employees

1942--Homecoming 23

  • Date: Friday-Sunday, October 23-25, 1942
  • Theme: None
  • Football game: 2PM, Saturday, October 24, 1942, O. R. Latham Stadium, Iowa State Teachers College defeated Morningside College, 26-6
  • Events
    • Pep meeting
    • Variety show presented instead of dramatic production
    • Bands on parade
    • Alumni-student field hockey game
    • Church service and Campanile concerts
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Margaret Hill crowned I-Club queen
    • Hobo Day encourages students to dress down; informality stressed in all activities

1943

  • Date: Homecoming not celebrated due to wartime conditions; men students and coaches involved in military service
  • Theme: None
  • Football game results: Football program suspended due to war
  • Events
    • College held Cut Day, October 27, 1943; students raked leaves on campus

1944

  • Date: Homecoming not celebrated due to wartime conditions; men students and coaches involved in military service
  • Theme: None
  • Football game results: Football program suspended due to war

1945--Homecoming 24

  • Date: Friday-Sunday, November 2-4, 1945
  • Theme: No official theme, but an underlying message of "Welcome Home"
  • Football game: 2PM, Saturday, November 3, 1945, O. R. Latham Stadium, Iowa State Teachers College defeated South Dakota State College, 58-7
  • Events
    • Pep rally
    • Dramatic production of "Listen, Professor"
    • Cut Day/Hobo Day held on Friday
    • Dance with music by Carl Bean Orchestra
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Helen Schmidt named I-Club queen
    • Industrial Arts Guild and Art League responsible for campus decoration
    • Cold weather
    • Happy reunions of friends who had been separated by wartime experiences

1946--Homecoming 25

  • Date: Friday-Sunday, October 18-20, 1946
  • Theme: Homecoming of the Veterans
  • Football game: 2PM, Saturday, October 19, 1946, O. R. Latham Stadium, Iowa State Teachers College tied Western Michigan College, 0-0
  • Events
    • Bonfire and snake dance
    • Dramatic performance of "The Great Diamond Robbery or Innocence Saved"
    • Dance with music by Nat Towles and his Orchestra
    • Chapel service
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Governor Robert Blue crowned Dorothy Moore as I-Club queen
    • "All-girl" and "all-boy" variety shows
    • Marching Band has new uniforms for first time in 17 years
    • President Malcolm Price said that this was the Homecoming that everyone had been anticipating for five years
    • 6000 attended football game

1947--Homecoming 26

  • Date: Friday-Sunday, October 24-26, 1947
  • Theme: The Good Old Days
  • Football game: 2PM, Saturday, October 25, 1947, O. R. Latham Stadium, Iowa State Teachers College defeated Morningside College, 31-13
  • Events
    • Pep rally and bonfire in which freshmen burned their green hats
    • Parade at Stadium and judging of floats
    • Dramatic production of "The Late George Apley"
    • Dance with music by Jimmy Barnett's Orchestra
    • Chapel service and Campanile concert
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • 3600 alumni attended
    • Weather rainy; football game played in downpour
    • $100 in damage done to outdoor decorations
    • Colleen Haley crowned I-Club queen

1948--Homecoming 27

  • Date: Friday-Sunday, October 8-10, 1948
  • Theme: None
  • Football game: 2PM, Saturday, October 9, 1948, O. R. Latham Stadium, Iowa State Teachers College defeated South Dakota State College, 33-7
  • Events
    • Pep rally and snake dance
    • Parade at O. R. Latham Stadium
    • Dance with music by Harry Givens and his Orchestra
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Members of 1898 football team presented at half-time
    • Olympic wrestlers Bill Koll, Gerald Leeman, and Leroy Alitz honored
    • Robert Shaw Chorale performed
    • Beverly Braack crowned I-Club queen
    • Cross Country team ran against team from South Dakota State

1949--Homecoming 28

  • Date: Thursday-Sunday, October 20-23, 1949
  • Theme: The Home of Champions
  • Football game: 8PM, Saturday, October 22, 1949, O. R. Latham Stadium, Iowa State Teachers College defeated Augustana College (South Dakota), 49-0
  • Events
    • Dramatic production of "Street Scene" presented on Thursday and Friday nights and Saturday afternoon
    • Dance with music by Bill Meardon presented on Friday night; informal dance after game on Saturday
    • Alumni-student field hockey game
    • Parade circled campus
    • Cut Day
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Homecoming football game played under lights for first time
    • Walkway from Campanile to West Gymnasium decorated to honor Teachers College athletes
    • Donna Fangman crowned I-Club queen; selected from pictures sent by student organizations to the I-Club
    • Faculty Quartet consisting of Maurice Gerow, Jane Birkhead, Jane Mauck, and Harald Holst performs

1950--Homecoming 29

  • Date: Friday-Sunday, October 13-15, 1950
  • Theme: Half-Time of the Twentieth Century
  • Football game: 8PM, Saturday, October 14, 1950, O. R. Latham Stadium, Drake University defeated Iowa State Teachers College, 34-18
  • Events
    • Variety show
    • Parade and pep rally
    • Dance on Friday night with music by Amby Meyer and his Orchestra
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • First Homecoming under President J. W. Maucker, who succeeded President Price
    • Lucile Hilger crowned I-Club queen
    • Johnny Bright starred for the Drake Bulldogs
    • Concert by music faculty on Sunday night

1951--Homecoming 30

  • Date: Friday-Sunday, October 26-28, 1951
  • Theme: Seventy-Five Years of Teacher Education
  • Football game: 8PM, Saturday, October 27, 1951, O. R. Latham Stadium, Iowa State Teachers College defeated Morningside College, 27-7
  • Events
    • Cut Day
    • Variety show "Diamond Dates" organized around theme of 75th anniversary of college
    • Dance on Friday night with music by Bobbie Beers and his Orchestra
    • Informal dance after game
    • Concert by music faculty on Sunday night
    • Parade route through Cedar Falls
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Dixie Laughery crowned I-Club queen
    • Campus open house with guided tours on Sunday afternoon; 800 attended
    • Commemorated 75th anniversary of the college

1952--Homecoming 31

  • Date: Thursday-Sunday, October 30-November 2, 1952
  • Theme: Panthers for President
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, November 1, 1952, O. R. Latham Stadium, University of South Dakota defeated Iowa State Teachers College, 34-20
  • Events
    • Pep rally
    • Variety show
    • Parade through downtown Cedar Falls
    • Dramatic production of "The Gentleman from Athens" presented Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings
    • Dance on Saturday night with music by Bill Meardon and his Orchestra
    • Concert on Sunday night by Jane Mauck and Gloria Keister
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • No Homecoming Cut Day
    • Susan Mary Ritz crowned I-Club queen
    • 1927 football team honored at half-time

1953--Homecoming 32

  • Date: Wednesday-Sunday, October 28-November 1, 1953
  • Theme: Panther Prowl
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, October 31, 1953, O. R. Latham Stadium, Iowa State Teachers College defeated Morningside College, 34-20
  • Events
    • Wednesday night pep rally, bonfire, and snake dance
    • Variety show
    • Dramatic production of "Harvey" on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights
    • Dance with music by Jack Oatts and his Orchestra as well as student performers
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Mary Powers crowned I-Club queen
    • Faculty concert on Sunday evening
    • Students demonstrated Sunday evening for a Cut Day on the Monday after Homecoming

1954--Homecoming 33

  • Date: Friday-Sunday, November 5-7, 1954
  • Theme: None
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, November 6, 1954, O. R. Latham Stadium, University of South Dakota defeated Iowa State Teachers College, 34-33
  • Events
    • Half day Cut Day on Friday afternoon classes dismissed for pep rally
    • All-college picnic, variety show, bonfire, and informal dance
    • Dance on Saturday night with music by Jimmy Smith and his Orchestra
    • Parade through Cedar Falls
    • Chapel service and concert
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Mary Conrad crowned I-Club queen
    • Floats not required to adhere to a particular theme

1955--Homecoming 34

  • Date: Thursday-Sunday, October 27-30, 1955
  • Theme: ?
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, October 29, 1955, O. R. Latham Stadium, Iowa State Teachers College defeated Morningside College, 13-12
  • Events
    • Dramatic production of "The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker" on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings
    • Parade
    • Chapel service and concert
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Betty Vance elected queen by all-college vote instead of by I-Club
    • Winner of contest to pick Homecoming theme won two tickets to the dance
    • Dance Saturday night with music by Paul Snyder and his Collegiates
    • Four men suspended from school for winter term for damaging screens and windows in women's dorms
    • Football victory earned half day Cut Day

1956--Homecoming 35

  • Date: Friday-Sunday, October 19-21, 1956
  • Theme: Campaign for Victory
  • Football game: 2PM, Saturday, October 20, 1956, O. R. Latham Stadium, Iowa State Teachers College tied Morningside College, 20-20
  • Events
    • Parade through Cedar Falls; prizes of $40, $25, and $15 awarded for best floats and house decorations
    • Pep rally
    • Variety show
    • Campanile concert
    • Saturday night dance with music by Don Shaw and his Orchestra
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Glenda Wilson crowned queen
    • Souvenir photograph booth at dance
    • Students formed human tunnel for entrance of players at football game
    • Student cheering section roped off

1957--Homecoming 36

  • Date: Thursday-Sunday, October 24-27, 1957
  • Theme: United for Victory
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, October 26, 1957, O. R. Latham Stadium, Iowa State Teachers College defeated University of North Dakota, 18-0
  • Events
    • Dramatic production of "Squaring the Circle" performed Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights
    • Chapel service
    • Faculty recital
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Many activities cancelled or postponed due to influenza epidemic on campus: those activities included a fraternity sing, the variety show, the dance, the parade, the pep rally, and Cut Day
    • Students demonstrated against the decision to cancel or postpone certain Homecoming activities
    • Nancy Niles crowned queen

1958--Homecoming 37

  • Date: Friday-Saturday, October 17-18, 1958
  • Theme: Pantherville Pageant
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, October 18, 1958, O. R. Latham Stadium, Morningside College defeated Iowa State Teachers College, 26-18
  • Events
    • Cut Day
    • Pep rally with four flaming letters, ISTC, instead of bonfire
    • Interfraternity sing
    • Variety show
    • Parade
    • Dance with music by Lawrence Foster Orchestra
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Carol Justice crowned queen
    • Parade included 25 floats
    • First Homecoming game under Coach Bill Hammer

1959--Homecoming 38

  • Date: Thursday-Saturday, October 22-24, 1959
  • Theme: T. V. (Teachers Victory) Spectacular
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, October 24, 1959, O, R. Latham Stadium, Iowa State Teachers College defeated University of North Dakota, 14-9
  • Events
    • Interfraternity sing with four fraternities serenading each of the women's dorms; trophy awarded to best performance presented at variety show
    • Dramatic production of "Mornings at Seven" performed Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights
    • Variety show
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Shirley Peterson crowned queen
    • Bartlett Hall women played football

1960--Homecoming 39

  • Date: Thursday-Sunday, October 13-16, 1960
  • Theme: Fabulous Sixties
  • Football game: 1:30 PM, Saturday, October 15, 1960, O. R. Latham Stadium, Iowa State Teachers College defeated Morningside College, 26-0
  • Events
    • Interfraternity mass chorus
    • Pep rally
    • Variety show
    • Parade through Cedar Falls
    • Campanile concert
    • Dance with music by Jules Herman Orchestra
    • Chapel service and faculty recital
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Mary Paulk crowned queen

1961--Homecoming 40

  • Date: Friday-Sunday, October 13-15, 1961
  • Theme: The SCI's the Limit
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, October 14, 1961, O. R. Latham Stadium, State College of Iowa defeated Augustana College, 34-6
  • Events
    • Pep rally with flaming SCI letters
    • Parade
    • Dance with music by Jules Herman Orchestra
    • Chapel service
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • First Homecoming for the college under its new name, State College of Iowa
    • Bonnie Van Zandt crowned queen
    • 6500 attended football game

1962--Homecoming 41

  • Date: Thursday-Sunday, October 18-21, 1962
  • Theme: SCI Storybook
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, October 20, 1962, O. R. Latham Stadium, State College of Iowa defeated Morningside College, 21-18
  • Events
    • Pep rally
    • Parade
    • Dance with music by Rod Aaberg and his Orchestra
    • Chapel service
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Debbie Noland crowned queen
    • Governor Norman Erbe was Grand Marshall of the parade
    • Clown competition in parade

1963--Homecoming 42

  • Date: Thursday-Sunday, October 24-27. 1963
  • Theme: SCI Futurama
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, October 26, 1963, O. R. Latham Stadium, State College of Iowa defeated University of North Dakota, 9-0
  • Events
    • Variety show
    • Pep rally, bonfire, and snake dance
    • Informal Friday night dance
    • Parade through Cedar Falls
    • Campanile concert
    • Dance with music by Rich Clausen's Orchestra
    • Chapel services
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Peggy DeShon crowned queen

1964--Homecoming 43

  • Date: Thursday-Sunday, October 15-18, 1964
  • Theme: Olympics on the Hill
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, October 17, 1964, O. R. Latham Stadium, State College of Iowa defeated Morningside College, 24-14
  • Events
    • Students served picnic lunch near Commons on Friday
    • Bonfire, pep rally, and snakedance
    • Variety show
    • Parade through Cedar Falls
    • Campanile concert
    • Dance with music by Jules Herman Orchestra
    • Chapel service
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Georgia Collard crowned queen
    • Three Grand Marshalls named: President J. W. Maucker, Dean William Lang, and Professor Daryl Pendergraft
    • Student government presidents of SCI and Morningside College each agreed to drop his pants in the middle of the football field if his team lost the game; Morningside lost, but Morningside student president failed to appear to fulfill his obligation

1965--Homecoming 44

  • Date:Wednesday-Sunday, October 20-24, 1965
  • Theme: SCI-Lites
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, October 23, 1965, O. R. Latham Stadium, State College of Iowa defeated Augustana College, 27-21
  • Events
    • Variety show on Wednesday and Thursday nights
    • Sack lunches on Friday
    • Parade on Friday night
    • Dance
    • Open houses
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Barbara Miyasaki crowned queen
    • Parade on Friday evening
    • No prizes awarded for house decorations
    • Former Coach Art Dickinson named Grand Marshall

1966--Homecoming 45

  • Date: Monday, Wednesday-Sunday, October 17, 19-23, 1966
  • Theme: Homecoming is . . . .
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, October 22, 1966, O. R. Latham Stadium, State College of Iowa defeated Morningside College, 2-0
  • Events
    • Pep rally on Monday night
    • Variety show
    • Sack lunches on Friday
    • Friday evening parade through Cedar Falls
    • Campanile concert
    • Dance with music by Don Hoy Orchestra
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Inga Bartosch crowned queen at Monday night concert by Dick Schory and his Percussion Pops Orchestra
    • Governor Robert Fulton was Grand Marshall
    • New parade trophies initiated: Parade Marshall's Trophy and President's Trophy

1967--Homecoming 46

  • Date: Monday-Sunday, October 2-8, 1967
  • Theme: Something Old, Something New
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, October 7, 1967, O. R. Latham Stadium, University of Northern Iowa defeated Augustana College, 23-10
  • Events
    • Variety show
    • Sack lunches on Friday
    • Pep rally and bonfire
    • Parade on Saturday morning to accommodate high school bands
    • Dance
    • Open houses
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • First Homecoming under new school name, the University of Northern Iowa
    • Susan Lindholm crowned queen at Monday coronation concert with folk music by The Rain's Children, a group that included Bonnie Koloc and Scott Cawelti
    • Dean Martin Nelson was Grand Marshall
    • The Sandpipers performed Friday night

1968--Homecoming 47

  • Date: Monday-Sunday, October 14-20, 1968
  • Theme: UNIverse in '68
  • Football game results: 1:30PM, October 19, 1968, O. R. Latham Stadium, Morningside College defeated University of Northern Iowa, 14-13
  • Events
    • Tuesday and Thursday evening informal dances
    • Variety show
    • Sack lunches on Friday
    • Friday night concert by the Pair Extraordinaire
    • Pep rally and bonfire
    • Dance
    • Open houses
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • First Homecoming football game loss in ten years
    • New bells in Campanile dedicated through the week
    • Blanche Izumi crowned queen at Monday coronation concert
    • Professor James Hearst was Grand Marshall
    • Hootenanny

1969--Homecoming 48

  • Date: Monday-Sunday, October 20-26, 1969
  • Theme: An Odyssey
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, October 25, 1969, O. R. Latham Stadium, University of Northern Iowa defeated University of South Dakota, 14-2
  • Events
    • Square dance
    • Variety show
    • Bed races
    • Sack lunches on Friday
    • Rotary Connection concert on Friday night
    • Pep rally and bonfire
    • Dance with music by the Rumbles
    • Open houses
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Alumni Donald Adams and Tom Petitt were Grand Marshalls
    • Pam Olds crowned queen at Monday night coronation concert with music by Ernie Terrell and Heavyweights
    • Some campus opposition to the Homecoming queen election process

1970--Homecoming 49

  • Date: Wednesday-Sunday, October 14-18, 1970
  • Theme: In the Year . . . .
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, October 17, 1970, O. R. Latham Stadium, Morningside College defeated University of Northern Iowa, 19-7
  • Events
    • Variety show
    • Button Dance with admission free to those wore Homecoming buttons
    • Environmental Clean-up Day instead of Skip or Cut Day
    • Saturday parade through Cedar Falls
    • Dance with music by The Flippers
    • Open houses
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • First Homecoming under President John Kamerick, who succeeded President J. W. Maucker
    • Alumnus Walter E. Brown was Grand Marshall
    • Marilyn Nicol crowned queen at Wednesday night concert with music by The Lettermen and the Wilson-Brown Trio
    • Minority students selected their own king and queen: Michael Reed and Mary Adams
    • Last year for selecting a Homecoming queen
    • Open house in Campanile

1971--Homecoming 50

  • Date: Wednesday-Sunday, October 27-31, 1971
  • Theme: Kaleidoscope
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, October 30, 1971, O. R. Latham Stadium, University of North Dakota defeated University of Northern Iowa, 23-10
  • Events
    • Concert by The Association
    • Free activities including movies, Olympics competition, Friday night chicken supper, and informal dance
    • Variety show
    • Parade through Cedar Falls
    • Dance with music by Copperhead
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Some doubt about whether or not Homecoming would be held; decision was to eliminate the queen contest and to offer many free activities
    • No Skip or Cut Day
    • Former President J. W. Maucker was Grand Marshall

1972--Homecoming 51

  • Date: Wednesday-Sunday, October 18-22, 1972
  • Theme: Reach Out
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, October 21, 1972, O. R. Latham Stadium, University of Northern Iowa defeated Morningside College, 27-13
  • Events
    • Concert by Helen Reddy and Looking Glass
    • Variety show
    • Picnic supper on Friday
    • Movies
    • All-campus Olympics
    • "Celebration in the Streets" near Russell Hall
    • Parade through Cedar Falls
    • Dance with music by The Magnificent Sanctuary Band
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Professor Daryl Pendergraft was Grand Marshall
    • 24-hour swimming marathon
    • "Social cocktail hour" at Holiday Inn for students, alumni, and faculty
    • Environmental clean-up on Sunday

1973--Homecoming 52

  • Date: Tuesday-Saturday, September 25-29, 1973
  • Theme: Celebrate
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, September 29, 1973, O. R. Latham Stadium, University of South Dakota defeated University of Northern Iowa, 19-7
  • Events
    • Picnic and Olympics at Towers
    • Concert by Fanny! and Country Joe McDonald and the Fish (Joe Walsh's Barnstorm cancelled appearance)
    • Variety show
    • Movies
    • Parade
    • Cocktail party at Holiday Inn
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Regent Mary Louise Petersen was the first woman to be Grand Marshall
    • "Celebration in the Streets" near Russell Hall with music by Brass Unlimited

1974--Homecoming 53

  • Date: Tuesday, Thursday-Saturday, October 8, 10-12, 1974
  • Theme: Flashback
  • Football game results: 1:30PM, Saturday, October 12, 1974, O. R. Latham Stadium, University of Northern Iowa defeated Drake University, 41-17
  • Events
    • Pep rally
    • Picnic
    • Swimming marathon
    • Picnic supper
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Professor Daryl Pendergraft and Mayor Jon Crews were Grand Marshalls
    • Performance of "W. C. Fields, 80 proof" by Fields' grandson Ronald Fields
    • Parade
    • Rugby game before football game
    • Saturday night concert with music by Blood, Sweat, and Tears

1975--Homecoming 54

  • Date: Wednesday-Sunday, October 22-26, 1975
  • Theme: UNIification
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, October 25, 1975, O. R. Latham Stadium, University of Northern Iowa defeated Augustana College, 20-14
  • Events
    • Picnic and Olympics at Towers
    • Variety show with theme "As Long as We're Together" sponsored by Phi Mu Alpha
    • Swim marathon
    • Parade
    • Dance with music by Tennyson
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Former Director of Broadcast Services Herb Hake was Grand Marshall
    • Field hockey against Luther College

1976--Homecoming 55

  • Date: Thursday-Saturday, October 21-23, 1976
  • Theme: Excellebrate 100
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, October 23, 1976, UNI-Dome, University of Northern Iowa defeated Morningside College, 37-7
  • Events
    • Variety show
    • Pep rally
    • Picnic and Olympics with kegs as prizes
    • Parade
    • Dance with music by Tennyson
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Alumnus T. Wayne Davis was Grand Marshall
    • No Homecoming concert due to earlier appearance by Chicago
    • In conjunction with university's 100th anniversary
    • First Homecoming football game in UNI-Dome

1977--Homecoming 56

  • Date: Friday-Saturday, October 7-8, 1977
  • Theme: Do You Remember?
  • Football game: 7:30PM, Saturday, October 8, 1977, UNI-Dome, Augustana College defeated University of Northern Iowa, 35-27
  • Events
    • Friday events at Towers included car pushing race, mattress race, bat relay, tug-of-war, and pie-eating
    • Bonfire
    • Variety show
    • Swimming marathon
    • KCRS trivia contest
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Contest involved making a dummy that looked like an Augustana Viking
    • Spirit contest gave kegs as prizes
    • Professor James Hearst was Grand Marshall but the parade was cancelled due to cold weather

1978--Homecoming 57

  • Date: Sunday, Wednesday-Saturday, October 15, 18-21, 1978
  • Theme: Mission: Celebrate Change
  • Football game: 7:30PM, Saturday, October 21, 1978, UNI-Dome, Western Illinois University defeated University of Northern Iowa, 21-7
  • Events
    • Bonfire and snake dance
    • Towers Olympics
    • Homecoming concert with music by Willie Nelson and Pure Prairie League
    • Dance with music by Ecstasy
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Grand Marshalls were Professors William Lang and Donald Howard
    • Parade in afternoon
    • Football game in evening
    • Classes not scheduled on Friday
    • College Hill window painting contest
    • "Hats off to UNI" encouraged students to wear UNI hats and shirts; bars offered free drinks to those who wore them
    • First Homecoming with UNI as member of Mid-Continent Athletic Conference

1979--Homecoming 58

  • Date: Wednesday-Saturday, October 3-6, 1979
  • Theme: Fall into Fantasy
  • Football game: 7:30PM, Saturday, October 6, 1979, UNI-Dome, University of Northern Iowa defeated Akron University, 20-17
  • Events
    • Picnic and Olympics, including tug-of-war, pyramid building, mattress race, bat relay, stork race, egg toss, pie and banana eating
    • Concert with music by Pure Prairie League, Jay Ferguson, and Marshall Chapman
    • Variety show with theme "A Little Night Musique"
    • Pep rally, bonfire, and snake dance
    • Dance with music by Easy Street
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Professor Myron Russell was Grand Marshall
    • Mass campaniling Friday at midnight
    • Float destroyed by arsonist

1980--Homecoming 59

  • Date: Thursday-Saturday, October 23-25, 1980
  • Theme: Visions of the Future
  • Football game: 7:30PM, Saturday, October 25, 1980, UNI-Dome, University of Northern Iowa defeated Southwest Missouri State University, 41-0
  • Events
    • Variety show with theme "Street of Dreams"
    • Olympics
    • Mass campaniling
    • Parade
    • Two dances: one with music by Jazz Bands I and II; the other with music by the Litterer Brothers Band
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Former basketball coach Oliver "Hon" Nordly was Grand Marshall
    • Folk dance demonstration

1981--Homecoming 60

  • Date: Sunday, Thursday-Saturday, September 27, October 1-3, 1981
  • Theme: Heroes
  • Football game: 7:30PM, Saturday, October 3, 1981, UNI-Dome, Northern Michigan University defeated University of Northern Iowa, 17-13
  • Events
    • Variety show with theme "The Greatest American Variety Show"
    • Olympics and pig roast held on Sunday before Homecoming
    • Concert with music by Spencer
    • Pep rally, bonfire, and snake dance
    • Mass campaniling
    • Parade
    • Two dances with music by the UNI Jazz Band and Tennyson
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Irene Eaton (Ma Commons) was Grand Marshall
    • Redecker Center held competition for students dressed as their favorite heroes
    • Bartlett Hall held competition for students dressed as Mr. and Mrs. Bartlett
    • All-Greek alumni reunion

1982--Homecoming 61

  • Date: Thursday-Sunday, October 7-10, 1982
  • Theme: Famous Firsts
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, October 9, 1982, UNI-Dome, University of Idaho defeated University of Northern Iowa, 38-13
  • Events
    • Variety show
    • Presentation of "The Mikado"
    • Mass campaniling
    • "Pignic" pig roast
    • Dance with music by Tennyson; alumni invited
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Muriel Dirks Lounsberry was Grand Marshall
    • Pep rally and bonfire cancelled due to bad weather
    • Sunday night concert by Fleetwood Mac
    • Stacy Miller Scholarship Run--8000 meter race
    • Exhibition of art by alumni in Gallery of Art
    • Director of Facilities Planning Lee Thomson gave campus walking tour

1983--Homecoming 62

  • Date:Thursday-Sunday, October 6-9, 1983
  • Theme: Northern Lights
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, October 8, 1983, UNI-Dome, University of Northern Iowa defeated University of Wisconsin at La Crosse, 41-0
  • Events
    • Variety show
    • Presentation of "The Crucible"
    • Pep rally followed by campaniling
    • Stacy Miller Scholarship Run
    • "Pignic"
    • Parade
    • Dance with music by AKASHA
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Jose deCreeft retrospective art exhibition
    • Glenn Boysen was Grand Marshall
    • First Homecoming under President Constantine Curris, who succeeded President John Kamerick
    • First Homecoming football game under Coach Darrell Mudra

1984--Homecoming 63

  • Date: Thursday-Sunday, September 20-23, 1984
  • Theme: Panthermonium
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, September 22, 1984, UNI-Dome, University of Northern Iowa defeated Southwest Missouri State University, 24-10
  • Events
    • Variety show with theme "Puttin' on the Ritz"
    • All-Greek alumni reunion
    • Campaniling led by President and Mrs. Curris; students asked to bring bells because Campanile was under repair
    • Parade
    • Dances with music by Jazz Band and Tennyson
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Gary Kelley was Grand Marshall
    • Golf tournament on Friday
    • Tent barbecue
    • Judge's Choice parade award introduced
    • Lux Service Award introduced; winners were Diane Crane and Douglas Pearson

1985--Homecoming 64

  • Date: Wednesday-Sunday, October 9-13, 1985
  • Theme: Purple Fever: Temperature's Risin'
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, October 12, 1985, UNI-Dome, University of Northern Iowa defeated Indiana State University, 24-7
  • Events
    • Variety show
    • Pep rally and Purple Fever Party with music by Bobby's Blue Band and food and prizes by College Hill merchants
    • Parade
    • Presentation of "Tartuffe"
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Chuck Offenburger was Grand Marshall
    • Book of Records competition
    • Artists Series presentation by Guthrie Theatre company
    • Sports Hall of Fame banquet
    • Lux Service Award winners were Peggy Gohlinghorst and Greg Pittam

1986--Homecoming 65

  • Date: Tuesday-Sunday, September 23-28, 1986
  • Theme: Cruisin' with the Cat
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, September 27, 1986, UNI-Dome, University of Northern Iowa defeated Southwest Missouri State University, 45-3
  • Events
    • Pep rally with contests for best "cruisin'" outfit and sunglasses
    • Variety show
    • Theatre UNI presentation of "Platforms"
    • Golf tournament
    • Parade with over 100 entries
    • Dance with music by Falcon Eddy
    • Concert by The Johnsons
    • Campaniling
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Grand Marshalls were Gary, Jean, and Roy Johnson
    • Book of Records competition
    • Physical Education Club volleyball tournament
    • Tailgate parties
    • School of Music Scholarship Benefit Concert
    • Lux Service Award winners were Kerisa Chung and Eric Nelsen

1987--Homecoming 66

  • Date: Thursday-Sunday, October 1-4, 1987
  • Theme: Panther Tracks . . . Full Steam Ahead
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, October 3, 1987, UNI-Dome, University of Montana defeated University of Northern Iowa, 33-16
  • Events
    • Variety show
    • Theater UNI presentation of "The Importance of Being Earnest"
    • Golf tournament
    • Pep rally
    • Parade
    • Dance with music by Flash
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • 10 kilometer Volksmarch around campus
    • Lux Service Award winners were Mary Pieper and Kevin Saville
    • Car smash: three blows from a sledgehammer for $1
    • Lynne Brady was Grand Marshall

1988--Homecoming 67

  • Date: Wednesday-Sunday, September 28-October 2, 1988
  • Theme: Under the Big Top
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, October 1, 1988, UNI-Dome, Western Illinois University defeated University of Northern Iowa, 28-27
  • Events
    • Theatre UNI presented "A Little Night Music"
    • Golf tournament
    • Heritage Honours banquet
    • Campaniling
    • Parade
    • Dance with music by The Blue Band
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Grand Marshall was Norbert Noecker
    • Lux Service Award winners were Lynn Boyce and Christine Albaugh
    • Bratfest picnic
    • Volksmarch

1989--Homecoming 68

  • Date: Wednesday-Sunday, October 18-22, 1989
  • Theme: Rock Around the Clock
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, October 21, 1989, UNI-Dome, University of Northern Iowa defeated Ferris State University, 39-3
  • Events
    • Pep rally with old dance contests
    • Parade
    • Comedian Craig Anton performed
    • Dance with music by the Rumbles
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Walter and Gwen McCague Brown were scheduled to be Grand Marshall but were unable to attend Homecoming
    • Lux Service Award winners were Theresa Koster and Jennifer Clemens
    • Volksmarch

1990--Homecoming 69

  • Date: Wednesday-Sunday, October 3-7, 1990
  • Theme: Field of Dreams
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, October 6, 1990, UNI-Dome, University of Northern Iowa defeated Illinois State University, 31-0
  • Events
    • Comedian Ben Ulin performed at pep rally
    • Theatre UNI presentation of "Hedda Gabler"
    • Campaniling
    • Parade
    • Dance with music by Back Alley Band
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Coordinated open houses at Museum, Greenhouse, Marshall Center School, and Observatory
    • Walter and Gwen McCague Brown were Grand Marshalls
    • Athletics Hall of Fame banquet
    • Lux Service Award winners were Michele Thurn and Michael Armbrecht
    • Stricter rules on tailgating to curtail disorderly conduct

1991--Homecoming 70

  • Date: Wednesday-Saturday, October 2-5, 1991
  • Theme: UNI, Jamaica Me Happy
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, October 5, 1991, UNI-Dome, University of Northern Iowa defeated Morgan State University, 56-6
  • Events
    • Bender Hall competed against Dancer Hall in Olympics
    • Maucker Union decorated as cruise ship for Thursday night party at which comedian David Orion performed
    • Pep rally
    • Campaniling
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Variety show cancelled due to lack of good acts
    • No dance due to low attendance in previous years
    • T. Wayne Davis was Grand Marshall
    • Rowing Club sponsors 48-hour rowing marathon in front of Library
    • Lux Service Award winners were Lisa Raine and Diane Humke
    • Campbell Hall crowned "Miss Campbell Hall"

1992--Homecoming 71

  • Date: Tuesday-Saturday, September 29-October 3, 1992
  • Theme: Showtime
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, October 3, 1992, UNI-Dome, University of Northern Iowa defeated Illinois State University, 41-14
  • Events
    • NISG sponsored pizza party Tuesday night
    • Comedian David Orion performed
    • Pep rally with Panthers on Main theme
    • Campaniling
    • Athletic Hall of Fame banquet
    • Parade
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Lux Service Award winners were Michael Dawson and Jeff Hassman
    • Bob Beach was Grand Marshall
    • Loud cheering at football game made it hard for players to hear signals
    • Talent show sponsored by Phi Mu Alpha

1993--Homecoming 72

  • Date: Tuesday-Saturday, October 6-9, 1993
  • Theme: Wild, Wild West
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, October 9, 1993, UNI-Dome, University of Northern Iowa defeated Indiana State University, 17-10
  • Events
    • Variety show
    • Homecoming Hoedown included line dancing and old-fashioned photos
    • Pep rally
    • Parade
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • LeRoy Redfern was Grand Marshall
    • Lux Service Award winners were Dan Dickman and Darcie Novotny
    • Campaniling took place near Commons due to construction in Campanile area
    • Alumni art show in Maucker Union
    • Some students protested against planned imitation sumo event

1994--Homecoming 73

  • Date: Tuesday-Saturday, September 20-24, 1994
  • Theme: Groovin' 70s Style
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, September 24, 1994, UNI-Dome, McNeese State University defeated University of Northern Iowa, 34-24
  • Events
    • Tie dye mania event on Tuesday
    • Pep rally
    • Guitarist Paul Wright performed
    • Golf tournament
    • Homecoming concert with music by UNI Wind Symphony, Varsity Men's Glee Club, Men of Concert Chorale, and Jazz Band I
    • Parade
    • Campaniling without bells due to Campanile repairs
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Grand Marshall was Professor Willis Wagner
    • Lux Service Award winners were Christina Tovar and Keith Saunders
    • Riot on College Hill

1995--Homecoming 74

  • Date: Monday-Saturday, October 2-7, 1995
  • Theme: Beach Party
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, October 7, 1995, UNI-Dome, University of Northern Iowa defeated Eastern Illinois University, 17-7
  • Events
    • Trivia contest and Frisbee golf
    • Luau with reggae band, hog roast, limbo contest, and water relays
    • Parade
    • Campaniling
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Ed and Cathy Gallagher were Grand Marshalls
    • Lux Service Award winners were Kristi Marchesani and Sarah Spurgeon
    • Sand volleyball
    • Collected cans of food for charity
    • 100th anniversary of UNI football

1996--Homecoming 75

  • Date: Wednesday-Saturday, October 9-12, 1996
  • Theme: Let the Games Begin
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, October 12, 1996, UNI-Dome, University of Northern Iowa defeated Illinois State University, 47-10
  • Events
    • Pep rally
    • Campaniling
    • Parade
    • Concert with music by the Blenders
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Lux Service Award winners were Jennifer Marie Weber and Brenda Sue Allen
    • R. Gordon Hoxie was Grand Marshall
    • Disturbance on College Hill with broken windows, cars overturned, some injuries, and 24 arrests; blamed on early closing of the bars
    • Campus Carnival activities including gladiator joust, Twister, and bungee run
    • Dome movie night showed "Apollo 13"

1997--Homecoming 76

  • Date: Monday-Saturday, October 13-18, 1997
  • Theme: Come Together
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, October 18, 1997, UNI-Dome, University of Northern Iowa defeated Youngstown State University, 35-32
  • Events
    • Bonfire and pep rally
    • Canned food donations
    • Parade
    • Tailgating
    • Campaniling
    • Dances with music by Comtu Reggae and Bill Shepherd's Big Band
    • Guitarist Paul Wright performed
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Service day on Monday
    • Glenn Boysen was Grand Marshall
    • Fashion show
    • Lux Service Award winners were Anthony LeMar Bibbs and Forrest Roberts
    • UNIght activities at 23rd and College Streets

1998--Homecoming 77

  • Date: Monday-Saturday, October 12-17, 1998
  • Theme: Panther Reign
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, October 17, 1998, UNI-Dome, University of Northern Iowa defeated California Polytechnic State University, 31-7
  • Events
    • Pep rally and bonfire
    • Parade
    • Campaniling
    • Dance at Maucker Union
    • Tailgating
    • UNIght at 23rd and College Streets cancelled due to rain
    • Music by Paul Wright and the Nadas
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Lux Service Award winners were Teresa Manley and Kristen Michael
    • John "Jersey" Jermier was Grand Marshall
    • Inflatable Fun Night
    • Ultimate Frisbee
    • Fireworks display
    • 5K cross country run
    • College Street barricaded from Friday through Sunday for security

1999--Homecoming 78

  • Date: Monday-Saturday, October 4-9, 1999
  • Theme: Millenium of Memories
  • Football game: 1:30PM, Saturday, October 9, 1999, UNI-Dome, University of Northern Iowa defeated California Polytechnic State University, 42-21
  • Events
    • Tuesday Down Under included trivia contest, pool tournament, open mike, and snacks
    • Dance in Maucker Union on Thursday
    • Parade
    • Pep rally with fireworks and bonfire
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • LeRoy and Nancy Redfern were Grand Marshalls
    • Lux Service Award winners were Matthew Close and Andrea Nechanicky
    • Free ice cream sundaes on Monday
    • Prizes for dorm window painting as well as for business window painting

2000--Homecoming 79

  • Date: Monday-Sunday, September 25-30, October 1, 2000
  • Theme: Panther Pride
  • Football game: 4:05PM, Saturday, September 30, 2000, UNI-Dome, University of Northern Iowa defeated Illinois State University, 34-28
  • Events
    • Pep rally
    • Concert with Nine Days and the Nadas
    • Parade
    • Pennies in a Pickup raises money for charity
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Grand Marshalls were Donna and Eldred Harman
    • Lux Service Award winners were Eric Hansen and Kelly Van Veldhuizen
    • Prince and Princess Panther Pageant held at College Square Mall with winners determined by amount of money donated in their names; proceeds went to charity
    • Panther Midnight Breakfast at Maucker Union
    • 100th anniversary of Marching Band

2001--Homecoming 80

  • Date: Sunday-Sunday, October 7-14, 2001
  • Theme: If You Could See Us Now (in honor of UNI's 125th anniversary)
  • Football game: 4:05PM, Saturday, October 13, 2001, UNI-Dome, University of Northern Iowa defeated Southern Illinois University, 19-14
  • Events
    • Inflatable Fun Day
    • Dance
    • 5K cross country run
    • Pep rally with fireworks
    • Comedian Carrot Top performed
    • Panther Midnight Breakfast
    • Campaniling
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Parade Marshalls were President Robert Koob and former Presidents Maucker, Kamerick, and Curris
    • Lux Service Award Winners were Rebecca Feldman and Dan Sterenchuk
    • Celebration of UNI's 125th anniversary
    • Flags featured in parade in response to terrorist attack of September 11, 2001
    • Lang Hall re-dedicated after renovation

2002--Homecoming 81

  • Date: Sunday-Sunday, September 29-October 6, 2002
  • Theme: Surfin' UNI
  • Football game: 4:05PM, Saturday, October 5, 2002, UNI-Dome, Western Kentucky University defeated University of Northern Iowa, 31-12
  • Events
    • Pep rally and fireworks
    • Blood drive
    • Video dance party
    • Parade
    • Comedian Bobby Tessel performed during Panther Midnight Breakfast
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Lux Service Award winners were Adam Briddell and Korie Frazier
    • Concern for safety on College Hill; 31 arrested but without significant violence or damage
    • Panther Scramble obstacle course near Campanile

2003--Homecoming 82

  • Date: Sunday-Sunday, October 5-12
  • Theme: Paint the Town Purple
  • Football game: 4:05PM, Saturday, October 11, 2003, UNI-Dome, University of Northern Iowa defeated Indiana State University, 22-14
  • Events
    • Blood drive
    • Silent auction
    • Panther Scramble
    • Pep rally and fireworks
    • Panther Midnight Breakfast
    • Parade
    • Dance party
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Professors Charles and Marleta Matheson were Grand Marshalls
    • Lux Service Award winners were Jennifer Farrell and Emiliano Lerda
    • Paintball competition on fields west of UNI-Dome
    • 22 arrested, again without significant violence or damage

2004--Homecoming 83

  • Date: Monday-Saturday, October 4-9, 2004
  • Theme: It's Showtime!
  • Football game: 4:05PM, Saturday, October 9, 2004, UNI-Dome, Western Kentucky University defeated University of Northern Iowa, 17-10
  • Events
    • Panther Scramble
    • Family Feud game
    • Golf tournament
    • Campus walking tour
    • Pep rally and fireworks
    • Parade
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Mark Steines was Grand Marshall
    • Lux Service Award winners were Marisol Martin Melesi and Kai Takatsuka
    • Groundbreaking for McLeod Center
    • Bone marrow donor registration
    • Water-filled barricades and cameras used to control and monitor crowds on College Hill
    • 26 arrested

2005--Homecoming 84

  • Date: Sunday-Saturday, October 9-15, 2005
  • Theme: Wild with Pride
  • Football game: 4:05PM, Saturday, October 15, 2005, UNI-Dome, University of Northern Iowa defeated Indiana State University, 31-10
  • Events
    • Window painting
    • Panther Pride Cry competition
    • Bone marrow donor drive
    • Panther Scramble
    • Pep rally and fireworks
    • Parade through Cedar Falls
    • 5K cross country run
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Joey and Heather Woody were Grand Marshalls
    • Lux Service Award winners were Grant Erwin and Michael Gleason
    • Purple Pride Day with students, faculty, and staff encouraged to wear UNI clothing
    • Fire at Hillcrest apartments on Friday; arson fires at Baker, Lang, and Gilchrist Halls early Sunday morning with significant smoke damage in Gilchrist Hall fire
    • 37 arrests, 244 citations issued on College Hill

2006--Homecoming 85

  • Date: Monday-Saturday, October 1-7, 2006
  • Theme: Rock the Dome
  • Football game: 4:05PM, Saturday, October 7, 2006, UNI-Dome, University of Northern Iowa defeated Missouri State University, 38-7
  • Events
    • Window painting
    • Panther Pride Cry
    • Panther Feud game show
    • Panther scramble obstacle course
    • Panther Pride day
    • Pep rally
    • Panther Pacers hold 5K run
    • Parade
    • Maucker Murals to decorate the Union
    • Alumni golf tournament
    • Safe Date tailgate
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • President Benjamin Allen was Grand Marshall
    • Lux Service Award winners were Amanda Walston and Thu Viet Mai
    • Alumni Association annual meeting with Panther Picnic
    • UNI athletics Hall of Fame luncheon
    • Over twenty arrests; 104 citations

2007--Homecoming 86

  • Date: Sunday-Saturday, October 7-13, 2007
  • Theme: Pride on the Prowl
  • Football game: 4:05PM, Saturday, October 13, 2007, UNI-Dome, University of Northern Iowa defeated Southern Illinois University, 30-24
  • Events
    • Residence hall window painting
    • Panther Pride Cry competition
    • Panther Scramble
    • Pep rally and fireworks
    • Parade through Cedar Falls with shortened route due to Dry Run Creek bridge construction
    • Maucker Murals
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Sell-out UNI-Dome crowd of 17,074 watched football game
    • Lux Service Award winners were Timothy Michael McCue, Tiesha Renee Walker, and Andrea Leigh Austin
    • Alumnus Carl Boyd was Grand Marshall
    • Thirteen arrests and seventy-nine citations

2008--Homecoming 87

  • Date: Sunday-Saturday, October 5-11, 2008
  • Theme: Pump up the Purple
  • Football game: 4:05PM, Saturday, October 11, 2008, UNI-Dome, University of Northern Iowa defeated Illinois State University, 31-17 
  • Events
    • Residence hall window painting
    • Panther Pride Cry competition
    • Panther Scramble
    • Pep rally and fireworks
    • Panther Festival to replace parade
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • No parade due to street construction on College Hill

2009--Homecoming 88

  • Date: Sunday, October 11-Saturday, October 17, 2009
  • Theme:  I Spy UNI
  • Football game: 4:05PM, Saturday, October 17, 2009, UNI-Dome, Southern Illinois University defeated University of Northern Iowa, 27-20
  • Events
    • Residence hall window painting
    • Panther Pride Cry competition
    • Panther Scramble
    • Maucker Union Homecoming murals
    • Panther Festival replaced parade
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Dedication of Glen Henry Competition Pool
    • Athletic Hall of Fame induction luncheon
    • Record football game crowd of 17,190

2010--Homecoming 89

  • Date: Sunday, October 17-Saturday, October 13, 2010
  • Theme:  Let the good times ROAR
  • Football game: 4:05PM, Saturday, October 23, 2010, UNI-Dome, University of Northern Iowa defeated Illinois State University, 42-14
  • Events
    • Residence hall window painting
    • Panther Pride Cry competition
    • Panther Scramble
    • Maucker Union Homecoming murals
    • Homecoming traditions challenge
    • Panther Festival
    • Dueling pianos
    • Alumni golf outing and lunch
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors
    • Safe date tailgate luncheon
    • Panther Festival
    • Heritage Honors alumni awards
    • Bob Dylan and his Band, Sunday, October 24

2011--Homecoming 90

  • Date: Monday, October 3-Saturday, October 8, 2011
  • Theme: At home in the Dome
  • Football game: 4:05PM, Saturday, October 8, 2011, UNI-Dome, University of Northern Iowa defeated Indiana State University, 23-9
  • Events:
    • Maucker mural painting
    • Chalking competition
    • Panther Pride Cry
    • Homecoming traditions challenge
    • Panther Festival
    • Volleyball
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors

2012--Homecoming 91

  • Date: Monday, October 15-Saturday, October 20, 2012
  • Theme: Throwback
  • Football game: 4:00PM, Saturday, October 20, 2012, UNI-Dome, University of Northern Iowa defeated South Dakota State University, 27-6
  • Events:
    • Homecoming Kickoff
    • Royalty Talent Competition
    • Homecoming Picnic
    • Traditions Challenge Amazing Race
    • Laser Tag and Decade Dance
    • Comedian Jessi Campbell
    • Volleyball
    • Pep Rally
    • Campaniling
    • Football
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    • Royal Court
    • Homecoming Competition
    • Pride Cry Competition

2013--Homecoming 92

  • Date: Monday, October 7-Saturday, October 12, 2013
  • Theme: Purple Tie Affair
  • Football game: 4:00PM, Saturday, October 12, 2013, UNI-Dome, University of Northern Iowa defeated by Southern Illinois University
  • Events:
    • Homecoming Kickoff
    • Royalty Talent Competition
    • Homecoming Picnic
    • Traditions Challenge Amazing Race
    • Magician
    • Casino Night
    • Volleyball
    • Pep Rally
    • Campaniling
    • Football
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    • Pride Cry Competition
    • Royal Court
    • Steven Sanchez voted Homecoming queen

2014--Homecoming 93

  • Date: Monday, September 15-Saturday, September 20, 2014
  • Theme: Students by Day, Panthers by Night
  • Football game: 4:00PM, Saturday, September 20, 2014, UNI-Dome
  • Events:
    • Homecoming Kickoff
    • Outdoor Movie
    • Homecoming Picnic
    • Traditions Challenge Amazing Race
    • Bingo
    • Soccer
    • Volleyball
    • Pep Rally
    • Campaniling
    • Homecoming Parade
    • Football
  • Highlights, Headlines, Firsts, and Honors:
    • Homecoming Parade
    • Pride Cry Competition
    • Royal Court