This week Iowa State
University is celebrating its 101st annual Homecoming - a tradition with roots in the 135-year-old organization that today remains committed to honoring and preserving campus traditions: the
|The first Homecoming was proposed in 1912 by Professor Samuel Beyer, Iowa State's "patron saint of athletics," and endorsed by President Raymond Pearson, who invited alumni to the event: "We need you, we must have you. Come and see what a school you have made in Iowa State College. Find a way." Last year, after a 100th Homecoming celebration that was a smashing success, there are many special reasons to come back and celebrate this week at Homecoming 101: The Tradition Continues.
The planning of Homecoming requires collaboration across campus, but the ISU Alumni Association and the Homecoming Central Committee of the Association's Student Alumni Leadership Council are primarily responsible for many events - the 82nd annual Honors & Awards ceremony, the ISU Alumni Center open house and fifth anniversary celebration, Homecoming pep rally, ExCYtement in the Streets, and the Homecoming Cyclone Central tailgate, to name just a few.
Even if you can't return to campus to celebrate Homecoming 101 this week, connect with the website to read Homecoming history and download a themed wallpaper for your desktop or smartphone. Watch the Cyclones' Homecoming football game vs. TCU (11 a.m. CT, Fox Sports Net) at one of the ISUAA's national gamewatch locations and wear your Cardinal & Gold proudly.
Here's to another 99 years of great celebrations at Iowa State University. Happy Homecoming!