IOWA CITY, Iowa (KCRG) — The University of Iowa Homecoming week kicked off on Sunday, with two new additions to the regular lineup of events.
The Hawks Run Home 5k and (Hot)Dogs with the Dean were added in 2022. 66 runners took part in the 5k with the $330 raised from entry fees going to the University of the University Children’s Hospital. Iowa Stead Family. People were also able to enjoy free food and drink while having the opportunity to speak with Angie Reams, the school’s dean of students.
The organizers of the festivities said that holding these types of events is important not only for the students, but also for the faculty.
“I think students have a great idea of what changes they want to see implemented on campus, so to organize events like this that are a bit more laid back, like at a hot dog event where you can just chat with the dean,” Gracie Mark, director of public relations for the UI Homecoming Council, said. “You wouldn’t really have this opportunity if you hadn’t made an appointment. So I think it’s really important to have those casual times for the students to get their ideas across and for the dean to get to know the students.
Organizers said they plan to keep these events as part of the reunion celebrations for years to come.
The annual homecoming parade kicks off Friday, Oct. 28 at 5:45 p.m. and the Hawkeyes football team takes on the Northwestern Wildcats at 2 p.m. Saturday.
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