Thirteeners Fraternity Gathering

 Homecoming 2018

Thank you for joining us for the 2017 Thirteeners Fraternity Reunion! It was great to have the opportunity to visit, reminisce, and celebrate. Six years ago, in 2011, we started our tradition of meeting every two years.  Since then we have had many memorable ocassions, and we look forward to our next reunion! 

Below are a few Homecoming 2018 events that you won't want to miss. 


Sergeant Jeffrey B. Dodge Veterans Center Open House and Scholarship Presentation*
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Blades Hall (garden level)
Dedicated in 2015, the Sergeant Jeffrey B. Dodge Veterans Center is committed to providing support services for veterans studying on campus.  This year, we will recognize the 50th class Reunion year of Jeffrey B. Dodge and Ronald R. Sagers. Visit with the 2018 Veterans Award for Distinguished Service Honorees, Harry “Bucky”Peterson (C’68) and the family of Paul Middents (C’61).  At 2:00 p.m., the program will begin with an update from Rick Ernst, director of the Sergeant Jeffrey B. Dodge Veterans Center, followed by the Sergeant Jeffrey B. Dodge Scholarship presentation to the 2018 recipient, Brenna Forsberg.

An Evening with LonestarAlumni Reunion Celebration - Recognizing the Class of 1968*
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. | Barbara and Jack Smeltzer Dinning Hall, Peters Commons  
The class of 1968 invites their UD Family – All SPARTANS – to join them as they celebrate their 50th Class Reunion! This is a great opportunity to visit, reminisce, and celebrate with fellow spartans. Dinner catered by L.May Eatery
Social - 5:00 p.m. 
Program - 5:45 p.m 
Dinner 6:15 p.m.

8:00 p.m. | John and Alice Butler Hall, Heritage Center  
Known for merging their country roots with strong melodies and rich vocals, Lonestar has amassed sales of over 10 million albums since they burst onto the music scene in 1995. The group has achieved 10 No. 1 hits including“No News,” “Come Crying To Me,” and “Amazed,” which was also No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, the first record since 1983 to top both charts. 

Special Alumni Ticket Pricing: $34 Prime Seats, $40 Rear Balcony.
Use code: homecoming2018
Seats can be purchased by calling the Farber Box Office, 563.585.SHOW (7469), or online at 

Alumni Recognition Brunch*
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Straatmeyer Rehearsal Room, Heritage Center 
Join President Bullock as we honor Alumni/ae Achievement Award recipients. Brunch is catered by L.May Eatery.

This year’s honorees are:
  • Alumnus and Alumna of Distinction: Woody (C’52, MDiv’55) and Barbara Busse (C’57)
  • Award of Merit: Caroline Grunenwald (C’08), Josh Terrell (C’10, MBA’11)
  • Professional Achievement: Juris Terauds (C'61)
  • Service to Community: Judy Hay (C'68)
  • Veterans Award for Distinguished Service: Bucky Peterson (C’68), Paul Middents(C’61) - posthumously
  • Volunteer Recognition: Royce and Kathy Farmer (C'68)

Spartan Fest! - University Tailgate* 
11:30 - 1:45 p.m. | Upper Finley Parking Lot
It’s a spartan Festival! Ramp up your Spartan Spirit before the football game and visit with classmates, friends, and the UD community. Bring the whole family for a fun afternoon – enjoy music, inflatable games, and other tailgate activities. Get game day ready and stop by the face painting and tattoo station!

Spartan Football Game vs. Nebraska Wesleyan*
2:00 p.m. | Chalmers Field
Show your Spartan Spirit and wear your favorite Spartan Blue attire for an exciting football game as our Spartans take on the Nebraska Wesleyan Prairie Wolves. During halftime, join us in congratulating the 2018 Alumni/ae Award recipients. Prior to the game, we will recognize Harry “Bucky” Peterson (C’68) and Brenna Forsberg as they participate in the flag raising ceremony

Spartan Nation Reunion*
5:30 p.m. | Old Chicago Pizza and Taproom, 3100 Dodge St., Dubuque, IA 52003 (formerly Champps Americana) 
Spartan Fest continues immediately following the football game for an all alumni reunion! Join us under the“Big Tent”as we gather with fellow spartans for a great Homecoming celebration at Old Chicago. This is the perfect opportunity to mingle with alums while enjoying refreshing beverages and tasty food at one of our favorite spots. Dinner included, Cash bar will be available.

NEW THIS YEAR: Local artist, Tanner Scheckel, and his band will provide entertainment all night. Music ranging from oldies to current pop, 90s to country. Make plans to catch up with friends or dance the night away; you won’t want to miss this!

Members of the 2017 Thirteeners Fraternity Reunion Committee:  
Class Year      Committee        E-mail Cell Phone         City, State
1959 Doug Pearce 563.583.6634 Dubuque, IA
1963 Dan Frump 612.735.3286 Buffalo, MN
1968 Royce Farmer 641.780.9646 Des Moines, IA
1969 Mel Cushing 608.751.8699 Janesville, WI
1969 Roger Kuhle 515.554.6686 Des Moines, IA
1969 Bob Webb    708.860.1023 La Grange, IL
1975 Doug Horstmann 563.590.1410 Dubuque, IA
1969 Larry Tooker 815.625.8586 Sterling, IL
1969 Ron Pearson 815.777.2462 Galena, IL
1972 Niel Bender 608.201.7603 Janesville, WI
2008 Jose Reinoso 786.566.3744 Dubuque, IA