Virtual President’s Ball continues

Over the years, proceeds from the President’s Ball have benefited Upper Iowa University students and UIU’s emerging needs. The University is currently facing challenges unlike any before and help from the entire Peacock family is crucial as innovative ways are created to meet the educational needs of UIU students during the pandemic.

Fellow alumni, employees, University partners and even students have already raised over $150,000 toward the $200,000 goal. Online gifts are accepted at The site also includes a list of all our generous sponsors, a donor wall and a video library.

UIU’s Peacock Strong Homecoming event schedule and other information can be found at Be sure to join the Homecoming Facebook event page to follow the excitement and enter to win daily prize giveaways, sponsored by the UIU Alumni Association.

An asterisk (*) in the remaining schedule below indicates the Campus community (students, faculty, staff) may attend the event in person. Face coverings, distancing and all other UIU Care Plan guidelines must be followed.

Wednesday – September 30
Homecoming Cookout*

Join fellow Campus community members for lunch served from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in the Servery. There is a fee for the meal. (Note changes to time and location)

Peacock Honk & Holler Parade*
All community members are invited to decorate a vehicle and join the “Honk & Holler” caravan through Fayette. All participants are required to wear face coverings and should meet at 1:30 p.m. outside the Peacock Arts & Athletic Center. Led by the Fayette Police and Fire departments, the parade will be shared on the Homecoming Facebook event page .

Agates, Crystals and Geodes Display* 
UIU professor of geosciences and Delano Professor of Science Dr. Kata McCarville will help identify rocks, minerals and fossils remotely.  Photo submissions should show all angles of the subject while using a plain light-colored background, diffused lighting without shadows, and a ruler or an item to view for scale. Email pictures to McCarville at The Campus community may stop by the lower level of Garbee Hall to view specimens from collections donated to UIU by Burton and Dorthea ’71 Odekirk and Leora Sullivan ’61.

Thursday – October 1
Ice Cream Social*
The Campus community may enjoy free ice cream between 3-5 p.m. near the Andres Center for Business and Education. Bring a picnic blanket or lawn chair and end your day with something sweet.

UIU Archives
Have you ever wondered if UIU has any old photos or articles featuring someone you know? Henderson-Wilder Library is home to the UIU archives. For additional information or to send a request, contact UIU archivist Janette Garcia at 563-425-5722 or Copies of materials may be shared via mail or email.  If you have a great story to share, visit the online Peacock Proud Discussion Board at

UIU Heritage, History and Headstones Virtual Tour
History buffs are encouraged to take a self-guided tour of the Grandview Cemetery, located near Fayette. Grandview is the final resting place for many luminaries in UIU and Fayette history, including UIU’s founder Elizabeth Alexander, Civil War veteran Henry James Grannis, actress Zinita B. Graf, coach John “Doc” Dorman, and longtime UIU supporters William and Betty Andres. A virtual tour will be available soon. Contact Dr. Kata McCarville at for more information.

Homecoming Coronation*
The Campus community may attend the bonfire and coronation of the King and Queen near the Peacock Pavilion tailgate area at 7:30 p.m. In the case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held at Dorman Gymnasium. The public is invited to view the bonfire and crowning of this year’s Homecoming royalty by visiting the Homecoming Facebook event page.

Friday – October 2
Spirit Attire Day
Close out Homecoming Week by wearing UIU gear to show your school spirit.

Virtual Homecoming Fundraiser
Over the years, proceeds from the President’s Ball have benefited UIU students and the University’s emerging needs. Now, more than ever, we need your support. The University faces challenges unlike any before, and your help is crucial as we find innovative ways to meet the educational needs of our students during this pandemic. Together, we can reach our goal of $200,000 raised during Homecoming. Online gifts are accepted at The site also includes a list of all our generous sponsors, a donor wall, and a video library featuring alumni and student success stories.

Saturday – October 1
Hooray for the Heritage Society!
Each Homecoming, we proudly recognize and honor members of the Heritage Society. These generous individuals have included UIU in their estate plans ensuring the University’s continued success for generations to come. For a complete list of members or to check out the free will-writing tool, visit

For additional information about this year’s Peacock Strong Homecoming events, please contact the UIU Alumni Office at 563-425-5388 or 

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