After two years of renovations, the doors to the Upper Iowa University (UIU) President’s Home in Fayette will once again be open to the Peacock community. On behalf of UIU, President William R. Duffy and his wife, Sharon, will celebrate the occasion by hosting an open house during the University’s “Blue Pride Worldwide” 100th Homecoming on Friday, October 7.
The President’s Home, located across from Fayette Campus at 308 Washington St., has served as home to University presidents and their families since 1900. In those nearly 120 years, it also has accommodated a large number of dignitaries, guests, and special events.
To ensure the President’s Home is around for many years to come, a renovation project commenced in 2015. Each room in the house underwent some type of transformation or improvement, including fresh coats of paint, refinished wood floors, installation of new cabinetry, and the addition of an HVAC system. All of this was made possible with over $100,000 in donations.
“On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we wish to thank every person who made a gift to help renovate this very special home and landmark,” said President Duffy. “As we celebrate our 100th Homecoming and Upper Iowa’s amazing history, the doors to the President’s Home are reopened for the enjoyment of the entire Peacock community.”
The President’s Home Open House will be held from 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. Friday, October 7. In addition to touring the home, visitors will enjoy desserts and refreshments.
“Over the past three years, many alumni have shared with myself and Bill, their special memories of visiting the President’s Home,” said Sharon. “As a result of these gracious donations, the President’s Home is once again a gathering place that will create memories and bring pride and enjoyment to the Upper Iowa University family for years to come.”
Meanwhile, another UIU landmark will be open to the public for the last time on Friday, October7. The UIU Board of Trustees earlier announced its decision to close Colgrove-Walker Hall at Fayette campus. The building needed extensive and costly repairs if it were to remain in operation. Homecoming visitors are invited to participate in a special tour of Colgrove-Walker Hall from 11 a.m. – noon. Those wishing to attend are asked to use the southeast entrance (closest to Parker-Fox Hall).
Blue Pride Worldwide celebration
The official “Blue Pride Worldwide” festivities begin with the annual pep rally, bonfire, and coronation of the Homecoming King and Queen at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 6.
After touring Colgrove-Walker Hall and the President’s House on October 7, the Peacock community is invited to the special “Heartland” reception from 2:30 -4:30 p.m. at Bing-Davis Memorial Gallery. The exhibit will feature landscape paintings created by alumnus Mark Haltof ’71, who served as an artist-in-residence at Fayette Campus last fall.
Meanwhile, the UIU women’s soccer team will take to Pattison Field against Southwest Minnesota State at 3 p.m., and the annual President’s Ball is scheduled to follow at 6 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. The President’s Ball serves as the University’s premiere fundraiser event and directly benefits students. Alumni are reminded to RSVP by contacting the Alumni Office at 563-425-5388 or email@example.com.
Grand marshal and UIU alumnus Vince Popolizio ’63 will lead the traditional Homecoming parade in downtown Fayette at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 8. Registration follows at 11:30 a.m. for the Alumni Awards and Honor Class Luncheon in the Student Center Ballroom. The lunch program is scheduled to begin at noon. RSVP is required. The UIU Homecoming football game will kick off at 2 p.m., with the Peacocks slated to play Winona State at Harms-Eischeid Stadium. The 100th Homecoming celebration concludes with the Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet at 6 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom.
The entire Peacock community is reminded to visit the University Archives, located in Henderson-Wilder Library, throughout the “Blue Pride Worldwide” Homecoming celebration. During their visit to the Archives, alumni and other guests are also invited to participate in the Oral History Project. As part of the interactive exhibit, visitors may record their own story to become part of the collection or view previously recorded alumni stories. An additional exhibit dedicated to 100 years of UIU Homecomings will be located in the Student Center.
Additional UIU “Blue Pride Worldwide” Homecoming information can be viewed at uiu.edu/homecoming.