Tommy Titan and members of the Titan Band dance on the Quad at last year's IWU Homecoming.

Titan Pride to Shine at 2009 Homecoming

September 30, 2009

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Illinois Wesleyan University’s Homecoming 2009 will be a weekend of reunions and Titan pride.

Homecoming events will run from Thursday, Oct. 8 to Sunday, Oct. 11.

Thursday, Oct. 8

A special screening of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen will be hosted by actor and alumnus Kevin Dunn, who appears in the movie, at 7 p.m. on Oct. 8 in the Hansen Student Center (300 Beecher St., Bloomington). After the film, Dunn will host a question and answer session along with his mentor, Professor Emeritus of Theatre John Ficca.

The screening is free and open to the public. The movie is rated PG-13.

Friday, Oct. 9

Titanium Pep Rally will be held at 6 p.m. on Oct. 9 in the Hansen Student Center (relocated from Wilder Field due to inclement weather). The night will begin with the football team leading the crowd in the fight song, followed by the crowning of the Homecoming King and Queen by President Richard F. Wilson. Comedian Kyle Cease, featured on the one-hour comedy special “Kyle Cease: Weirder. Blacker. Dimpler.” last year on Comedy Central, will perform as a part of the pep rally. His performance may not be suitable for children, but childcare will be available at Rogy’s Learning Place (900 Franklin Ave., Normal). Childcare registration can be done at Rogy's Web site.

Back to College classes will be on Friday in the Beckman Auditorium in The Ames Library (1 Ames Plaza, Bloomington). The classes, which are free and open to the public, will include:

     • Abraham Lincoln’s Reading – a lesson in the Liberal Arts; Presented by Robert Bray, R. Forrest Colwell Professor of American Literature; 1 p.m.

     • Universal Jurisdiction; Presented by Arman Dabiri ’94, Robert M. Montgomery, Outstanding Young Alumnus Award-winner; 2 p.m.

     • Will China dominate the world’s geo-political balance by 2050, or will it happen sooner than that?; Presented by Lawrence Herbolsheimer ’72, Distinguished Alumnus Award-winner; 3 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 10

A special Saturday morning Back to College Class will also be held this year, titled What’s the Twitter about IWU?, presented by George Vinyard ’71, president of the Illinois Wesleyan Board of Trustees and Carl Teichman ’80, Illinois Wesleyan director of government community relations. The class, which is open to the public, will be held at 9 a.m.

Jody Gresko, mother to football player Ryan Gresko '12 and Ken Pauling tailgating before the 2008 Homecoming football game.

A newly expanded event – the Fall into the Arts Fine Arts & Fine Craft Fair – will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday on the Eckley Quadrangle.

Family Fun on the Quad will also take place on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and will include the Titan Pep Band, Tommy the Titan, face painters and balloon artists. This event is free and open to the public.

Before the football game, there will be an event titled Spirit Street on the newly named Titan Drive. It will last from 12:00 p.m. until kickoff, and will feature booths from student organizations on campus. Expected booths include spirit shakers, face painting, and booths where visitors can donate to charities.

The homecoming football game will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday as Illinois Wesleyan faces Millikin at Wilder Field. At 2:30 p.m., the women's soccer team will take on Elmhurst College at Neis Field. For ticket prices, visit

Following the football game, students are invited to attend "The End Zone" held in Tommy's from 9:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. The end zone is a dance-like event that will include food and a dj.

Sunday, Oct. 11

The homecoming festivities will conclude Sunday, Oct. 11 with an All-University Homecoming Service at Evelyn Chapel (1301 Park St., Bloomington). This service will include a new program titled Met & Married where alumni couples that met at Illinois Wesleyan are invited to renew their vows.

Several reunion parties and dinners will take place throughout the weekend. There will also be award programs to honor alumni and nursing alumni during this year’s Homecoming.

Illinois Wesleyan students will spend the week competing in Homecoming activities including window painting on Sunday, Oct. 4 from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  in the Sodexo Commons, a capture the flag tournament on Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 4 p.m. on the Quad,  and a lip sync contest on Wednesday Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m. in Hansen Student Center.

For additional information about Illinois Wesleyan Homecoming events, contact the alumni office at (309) 556-3251 or visit the Homecoming 2009 Web site on Titan Pride.

Contact: Kasey Evans ’12, (309) 556-3181