Homecoming with zip

Homecoming-7The weather was perfect, the Greyhounds ruled the gridiron, and a good time was had by all. Homecoming 2014 will be one to remember for the UIndy family.

After a busy week of events that included a Plain White T’s concert and a standing-room-only presentation by internationally known astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, the campus awoke Saturday to blue skies and Indian summer temps that reached the mid-70s. The conditions were ideal for the inaugural Hound Hustle 5K, which drew in more than 125 joggers and walkers who toured the beautiful campus during the race. Afterward, children participated in the first Ace Chase fun run and ran around Smith Mall with UIndy’s mascot. Proceeds of the Hound Hustle supported UIndy scholarships and programs.

Homecoming-4Alumni from the classes of 2009, 2004, 1994, 1984, and 1964 joined to celebrate their reunion year and reminisced together throughout the weekend. The class of 1964 was welcomed into the 50-Year Club during the President’s Lunch, where President Manuel shared details about UIndy’s progress on the UIndy Health Pavilion and the renovation of Krannert Memorial Library. After lunch, part of Hanna Avenue was closed in order to accommodate free zipline rides. Some lucky people even got to zip while the annual Golf Cart Parade went by, featuring floats lavishly decorated to the theme Cirque du UIndy and representing residence halls and student organizations.

Tailgate Town was the place to be just prior to the game. Friends gathered to tailgate, enjoy music and food, and even get a free caricature from famed Garfield illustrator Gary Barker ’79. Many academic departments also welcomed alumni to open houses and gathered at Tailgate Town to reconnect with friends and faculty.
This year’s annual Honors & Recognition Banquet recognized several outstanding alumni, including UIndy’s retired director of Polk Food Services and honorary alumnus Ted Polk, and his wife, Anne.

Homecoming-10The UIndy football team capped a successful Homecoming week with a decisive 52–14 win against visiting Lincoln University, to advance UIndy’s record to 7–1 and claim sole possession of first place in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.