University of Dubuque Celebrates Homecoming 2013

Oct 2, 2013 | Kristi Lynch

University of Dubuque alumni/ae will return to campus for the University’s 160th Homecoming Celebration, October 10 - 13, 2013.  Spartan Nation – Come Home to the Arts is the theme for this year’s gathering of alumni/ae and families.

Highlights of the weekend’s activities include:

Thursday, October 10
5:30 p.m.
Heritage Society Reception and Dinner ~ Dubuque Golf and Country Club

8:00 p.m.
Jim Wand, hypnotist ~ John and Alice Butler Hall, Heritage Center

Friday, October 11
7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Registration in the Spartan Welcome Center ~ Straatmeyer Instrumental Rehearsal Room, Heritage Center

11:00 a.m.
Chapel Service ~ Alumni Hall
Reflect with students and alumni/ae during this special Homecoming Service

2:00 p.m.
Heritage Center Tour ~ A.Y. McDonald Lobby, Heritage Center

4:30 p.m.
Choir Social, Alumni Hall
Alumni/ae share their vocal talents with current members of the Concert Choir

6:30 p.m.
University Pep Rally, UD Quad
Show your Spartan Spirit!  Join students on the UD Quad as they get pumped up for the big football game between the Spartans and the Luther College Norse.

7:30 p.m.
Jim Witter – The Piano Men ~ John and Alice Butler Hall, Heritage Center
A musical celebration of the 1970s – year by year, hit by bit – from the songs of Billy Joel and Elton John.  Don’t miss this must-see show!  For tickets, call the Farber Box Office at 563.585.SHOW.

9:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Spartan Social ~ Straatmeyer Instrumental Rehearsal Room, Heritage Center
Meet up with other alumni after The Piano Men show for refreshments and desserts. 

Saturday, October 12
9:00 a.m.
Campus Tour ~ Straatmeyer Instrumental Rehearsal Room, Heritage Center
Join us on campus tours of UD’s beautiful and ever-expanding campus, where you’ll see all the new buildings, renovations, and student resources.

11:00 a.m.
Alumni Awards Banquet ~ Preiss Stage, Heritage Center
Join us as we honor our special reunion classes, as well as the following Alumni and Athletic Hall of Fame recipients:

2013 Herbert E. Manning, Jr. Distinctive Service Award
Reverend Emerson E. Eggerichs (MDiv’76)

2013 Alumna of Distinction
Judge Bobbi M. Alpers (C’73)

2013 Alumni Professional Achievement Award
Francis “Jim” Perkins (C’43) (In Memoriam)

2013 Service to Community Award
Donna Sue (Denton) Peck (C’61)

2013 Athletic Hall of Fame
Greg Ortberg (C’00)
1959 Cross Country Team

2013 Athletic Hall of Distinction
Gerald Petitgoue (C’63)

11:00 a.m.
Homecoming Festival, University Quad
Fun for the whole family!  We’ll have entertainment, games, and a lot of fantastic food.  The Festival is sure to get everyone in the spirit to enjoy the football game!

12:00 p.m.
Homecoming Parade ~ University Avenue, Algona Street, Bennett Street and McCormick Street

12:00 p.m. 
Women’s Tennis vs. Grandview College ~ Farber Tennis Courts

2:00 p.m.
Homecoming Football Game vs. Luther College Norse ~ Chalmers Field

4:30 p.m.
Alumni Choir Rehearsal and Dinner ~ Babka Theatre, Heritage Center

6:00 p.m. – Midnight
Class Reunions and Alumni Social ~ Grand River Center, Port of Dubuque

8:00 p.m.
Homecoming Dance ~ Grand River Center, Port of Dubuque 

Sunday, October 13
11:00 a.m.
Festival Worship Service and Dedication of Heritage Center ~ John and Alice Butler Hall, Heritage Center
Join President Bullock in a worship and dedication service at the new Heritage Center.  Following the service, join us for a tour of the center.

The University of Dubuque is a private, Presbyterian, coeducational, professional university with a focus in the liberal arts.  Our commitment to encouraging students to explore their fullest potential is part of a rich Christian identity that dates back to the University’s founding in 1852.