Upper Iowa University will observe nearly 160 years of history and tradition during its 2015 “Feathers Up Forever” Homecoming celebration. In addition to the customary Homecoming coronation, parade, and President’s Ball, among the highlights of this year’s festivities will be the unveiling of the Foster Cass Archives Walk, University Archives and other exhibits on Friday, Oct. 9.
“In an ongoing effort to enable others to enjoy the memorabilia that tells the rich history of Upper Iowa University, a great amount of teamwork is going into creating a permanent archives collection on the Fayette campus,” said Holly Wolff, UIU executive assistant to the president. “The archives collection will ensure that the University’s history is rightly catalogued, interpreted and presented to future generations of UIU students, faculty, staff and community members.”
Wolff has been working directly with Becky Wadian, UIU director of library services, in assembling the newly created University Archives, located on the lower level of the Henderson-Wilder Library.
“UIU owes its growth to a great many inspiring men and women since its inception in 1857,” added Wadian. “We strongly feel the University Archives allows us to showcase our great history, from the students who bravely served in the Civil War to the countless number of other alumni who have since contributed not only to their communities, but the entire nation.”
In addition to a salute to the Upper Iowa University Recruits Company C and the Civil War, the University Archives rotational exhibits currently include Peacock Spirit (Homecoming buttons, Pete the Peacock, etc.), Traditions, Yearbooks and Class Robes, The Arts, and UIU silver, porcelain, and chinaware. Among the displays to be featured in the near future is the Dr. C.C. Parker medical exhibit, which was generously donated by the physician’s descendants. Parker served in the 12th Iowa Infantry Regiment (University Recruits) during the Civil War as a regimental surgeon and was Fayette’s first town doctor.
Alumni and other guests are also invited to participate in the oral history project during a visit to the University Archives. Alumni may record their own story to become part of the collection; or visitors can view other alumni’s stories recorded on videotape and available in the listening booth.
As part of UIU’s extensive archives collection, alumnus Foster Cass ’41 has bestowed a gift to support creation of the Foster Cass Archives Walk on the Fayette Campus. In addition to the University Archives, the Walk includes stops at exhibits and/or displays featured in Alexander-Dickman Hall, Parker Fox, Dorman Memorial Gymnasium, Baker-Hebron Hall, Andres Center for Business and Education, and the UIU Student Center.
“We are extremely grateful to Foster and everyone who has contributed to this worthy undertaking,” said Wolff. “Foster and countless others have maintained a deep love for Upper Iowa University and now thanks to their unending support, a greater portion of the University’s history is openly displayed across our Campus.”
The University will officially unveil the Foster Cass Archives Walk and exhibits during a reception from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 9. Following a brief program at 2:30 p.m. in the University Archives, guided tours of the Foster Cass Archives Walk will be available.
The Upper Iowa University “Feathers Up Forever” Homecoming schedule is as follows:
Thursday, Oct. 8
- Men’s soccer match vs Fort Hays State, 2 p.m., Pattison Field.
- Pep rally, bonfire, Homecoming King and Queen Coronation, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, October 9
- Alumni 50-Year Reunion Class & Heritage Society Luncheon (honoring the UIU Class of 1965 and all members of UIU’s Heritage Society), 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Student Center Ballroom.
- UIU School of Science and Mathematics Student Research Project Showcase, 1-2:30 p.m., Baker-Hebron and Colgrove-Walker Hall.
- Foster Cass Archives Walk and Exhibits Reception, 2:30-4:30 p.m., Henderson-Wilder Library. Guided tours of the Foster Cass Archives Walk will be available.
- Annual President’s Ball, 6 p.m., Student Center Ballrooms.
- UIU Volleyball vs. Northern State, 7 p.m., Dorman Gymnasium.
Saturday, October 10
- “Feathers Up Forever” Homecoming Parade, 10 a.m., Main Street Fayette. Alumni are invited to attend the morning mixer from 9 – 11 a.m. at Cabo Blue Bar & Grill.
- UIU Women’s Soccer vs. Northern State, 11 a.m., Pattison Field.
- The Class of 2015 Athletic Hall of Fame members will be inducted during the Hall of Fame Banquet at noon in the Student Center Ballroom. The honorees are as follows:
Matt Boehm ‘99, student-athlete, football
Jorge Borgen ‘02, student-athlete, wrestling
Ken Bye ‘65, student-athlete, football
Braulic “Cabby” Caballero ‘56, special recognition
Chyanne Kleve ‘05, student-athlete, softball
Robert “Bob” Schulte ‘65, student-athlete, football and wrestling
- Tours of the historic President’s home, beginning at 2 p.m., will provide visitors a final glimpse of the structure’s interior before renovations get underway. Over $100,000 in private funding has been donated to the project thus far.
- “Landscape: Upper Iowa University Through the Ages” Homecoming Alumni Art Reception, 2:30 – 4 p.m., Bing-Davis Art Gallery.
- UIU Volleyball vs. Minnesota State Moorhead, 3 p.m., Dorman Gymnasium.
- Homecoming Football Game vs. Concordia St. Paul , 6 p.m., Harms-Eischeid Stadium.
Sunday, October 11
- Alumni Awards & Honor Class Brunch (honoring the classes of ’45, ’55, ’65, ’75, ’90 and ’05), 10 a.m. – noon, Student Center Ballroom.
- UIU Women’s Soccer vs. Minnesota State Moorhead, 11 a.m., Pattison Field.
- UIU Men’s Soccer vs. Viterbo, 1 p.m., Pattison Field.
Many of the Homecoming events are free. Some require advance registration and tickets. For additional information and/or to register, visit www.uiu.edu/homecoming or call 563-425-5388.