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The leaves on campus are turning, an evening walk on Kirkwood brings a slight chill, the Hoosier football season is in full swing: It’s IU Homecoming time!

Come back home to Bloomington to reconnect with friends and relive your favorite IU traditions. The IUAA hosts events throughout the weekend, including the parade and pep rally on Friday evening. Gather with alumni, students, faculty, and staff as you celebrate the ultimate IU weekend.

Homecoming 2017

Join us for the 2017 IU Homecoming celebration Oct. 14, when our Hoosiers take on the Michigan Wolverines! Stay tuned for more details.

Need a place to stay while you’re in town? Visit the Bloomington Convention and Visitor’s Bureau website.

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My Homecoming Tradition

Brittany Hollers BS ‘09

Oh, one time.

Lacy Nowling BS ’08 MA ’14:

Oh, my God. Oh God! Oh, wow. Hi!

Girl:

What are you guys doing?

Lacy:

We're kinda in an interview right now.

Girl:

Oh, am I interrupting?

Brittany:

Yeah! Yeah, no kidding.

[unintelligible]

IU Alumni Unscripted. Homecoming Traditions

Interviewer:

Ok, so what degree do you have and what year?

Brittany:

From here?

Interviewer:

Yes.

Brittany:

Ok um, when did I graduate?

Lacy:

I am class of 08 for my bachelors and class of 2014 for my masters. Brittany graduated in 09 because she took a victory lap.

Brittany:

I took a victory lap!

Pat O’Connor BS ’74:

The beauty of homecoming is just that: coming home. It's all about seeing friends; it's all about just being here.

Barbara Baker:

There are people that we know we're gonna be here. We have several people from far-flung parts of the United States.

Lacy:

But, like, every year Brittany makes a trip back for Homecoming, so we kind of have this, like, homecoming tradition. We go to the store get our snacks and

Brittany:

Oatmeal cream pies

Lacy:

and beverages. And then we always have to order Pizza X.

Emily Kirkman BA ’05:

They haven't lived in Bloomington for a really long time and so it's been tradition where my dad always wants to go the homecoming game. He really loves it because he loves the leaves turning, he loves the campus atmosphere. Always, this has always been a tradition to come to this game.

Barbara:

It's been a really interesting thing, over six years we've managed to put together a luncheon on the Friday before homecoming each year and invite those students who are currently enrolled who hail from North and South Carolina to be there, to treat them to pizza and a drink and just find out how how that- how that's going.

Pat:

You know, there's some newer traditions, like I want to do whatever I can to attend anything that our alumni association is doing

[Interviewer: That's good]

'cause I just think that's extremely and critically important. It's just so real and so good right now. It really is interesting that a piece of pizza can make them so happy. I mean, free lunch? [laughing] Oh, it's a college thing. [laughing]

Indiana University Alumni Association

My Homecoming Tradition

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Athletes

Jim O’Connor:

And one thing, off the record, is, I have children [laughing] that have gone to that other school.

Interviewer:

They're in the family, wow.

Jim:

So we've got mixed blood in our in our family. But we're not a mixed house, I refuse to accept that. It's mine!

IU Alumni Unscripted

Hoosier Athletes

Interviewer: [unintelligible] So what sport did you play?

Brian Koenig BS 67, MBA ’69:

I played football; played football.

Interviewer:

Who was the coach when you played?

Brian:

It started out Phil Dickens and then Johnny Pont came my junior year.

Interviewer: [unintelligible]

Debbie Filippelli BS ’68:

I was a Tri Delt, I was a pom-pom girl, I was a cheerleader and, as luck would have it, I was captain in the year we went to the Rose Bowl.

Pat O’Connor BS ’74:

My most important story, I tell all the time, is when I was eight years old, and I was having a little bit of initial success with swimming.

Interviewer: [yeah]

Pat:

I got introduced to Indiana University and swimming and Doc Counsilman, and Doc's boys and literally from that time on that's all I ever wanted.

Interviewer:

This is when you're eight years old?

Pat:

When I was eight years old.

Debbie:

The Rose Bowl was wonderful but the season it’s what I remember almost more. Um, it was fun going out to the Rose Bowl we had, um, we were on the plane with the Marching Hundred and, and um, we had our own driver when we got out there.

Brian:

I really didn't play a lot of football but I was a great student; I was like, almost a four-point student and I had a lot of my friends who, uh, I helped get through school, so.

Pat:

The very best swimming team in the world, coached by the very best coaches both Doc and Hobie. Uh, very fortunately I got to play a little bit of a role in that, uh, people say, uh, and I correct them when they do, uh, that I was a great swimmer at Indiana University, and I wasn't. Uh, uh, but I saw what greatness was.

Debbie:

Oh we went to the, on Friday night they had a dinner for champions, um, at the palladium, and Hoagie Carmichael kissed me right here on the cheek.

Pat:

I swam behind and with a lot of people like Mark Spitz, Gary Hall, my classmates John Kinsella, Mike Stamm

Interviewer:[incredible]

Pat:

just just phenomenal swimmers in uh, just incredible people, uh, who've remained loyal and very very busy with Indiana University.

Interviewer:

[that's right, that's right]. [laughing]

Brian:

They, they used to sit behind me through the test.

Kathy Koenig:

At dinner last night, he said, he kept the, the reason Johnny Pont kept him on the team was, he kept the grade point average up [laughing].

Brian:

Yeah, I kept them eligible; they learned how to read over my shoulder, they learned how to read my writing, so, but it was a fun time of our life I'll tell you that. It was great.

Indiana University Alumni Association

Athletes

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Emily Kirkman BA ’05:

So, I've always been watching basketball and my senior year I have asthma and I was sort of having a flare up that day but I was like nah I gotta I gotta go the big game

Interviewer:

Oh no!

Emily:

and I got back and I go to my roommate and I go I might have to go to the ER because they can't really breathe well but I had to go to the game.

[music]

IU Unscripted

What is your IU Home?

Lacy Nowling BS ’08 MA ’14:

So, our, ah, IU home would be Kilroy's Sports.

Brittany Hollers BS ’09:

Yes!

Don Kritsch BA ’67 MA ’71:

Years ago, I would maybe have said that um, you know, the union and the old fraternity house et cetera which was, but, you know, that was very close.

Emily Kirkman BA ’05:

Ah, I mean, I will admit that Assembly Hall, like I go in it and it brings in a lot of memories of just my time as a student here.

Lacy:

So we are coming out of Sports, surprise surprise, and one of our, like, high school classmates is a cop now. And he was like, trying to get everyone to like clear out.

Brittany:

No, he instigated me!

Lacy:

He did instigate! Let me tell the story! [laughing]

Jim O’Connor:

I love the Alumni room; it's one of the most beautiful rooms on campus truly in all regards and I love that little area just outside of there. I missed a lot of classes for naps while I was uh, studying in that nice big, den, uh, type area.

Interviewer: [yeah]

When, um, when the Jordan River [yes] which flows under Indiana Avenue right across the street, [right] when it used to flood we'd we'd get, uh, water in basement which included the kitchen and dining room up to about the high-water mark on the plaster was maybe about 30 to 36 inches high.

Lacy:

He's, like, corraling people and like, we recognize him. And Brittany yells at him "Wait 'til I see you in street clothes!" So we, like, had to be, like rushed out of the area before we got arrested.

Brittany:

Well. he like, he like, told me like I needed to be like, he was like "You need to calm down and get out of here." I was like.

Lacy:

You need to go home.

Emily:

When I'm over on this side of town I always think I lived in Foster McGee and my freshman year and all the times my car would die, and I'd have, because I can't seem to turn off the lights. Or, um, you know, my parents dropping me off when I was a freshman and picking me up.

Jim:

That, this union, still to this day, of all of those that I've seen across the country, is still one of the most beautiful places on earth, just like our DeVault Alumni Center.

Brittany:

I might have said some choice words.

Lacy:

Did you ever see him in street clothes?

Brittany:

I haven't seen him since then.

Lacy:

I haven't seen him since.

Brittany:

Maybe we'll see him tonight. Where's the camera I'm looking into? Uh, that one right there. I won't call you out by your name, but you know who you are.

Lacy: But B.A., you know who you are! [laughing]

Indiana University Alumni Association

My IU Home

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Unknown:

Dude! Dude! Let's stay out of that guy's way. Yeah, yeah, good point! [music]

IU Alumni

Unscripted

’99 at heard ’05 on paper

Interviewer:

What year did you graduate and what degree?

Emily Kirkman BA ’05:

Um, what I say is that I'm '99 in heart, '05 in paper because I went to school um, and I thought I graduated in '99. I, like, went through the whole, you know, ceremony and all that and then I moved to Seattle like, a day later. Got to Seattle, three days, found out I didn't technically graduate I had one class.

Interviewer:

How did that feel when you found out you weren't really done?

Emily:

Uh, quite devastating! I didn't tell, uh, my parents, actually my dad doesn't quite know yet, um. [laughing]

Interviewer: Sorry Dad!

Emily:

My mom, she found out about it a year later I had to just give up the ghost of telling...so I didn't technically graduate. I mean, we had a party and everything at my house, my grandma was there. I was like oooh! So I say '99 in heart, '05 in paper.

Interviewer:

That's awesome!

Indiana University Alumni Association

’99 in Heart, ’05 on Paper

Start the countdown now

It’s never too early to plan a return trip to campus, so make sure these dates are on your calendar:

  • October 13, 2018—IU vs. Iowa
  • October 12, 2019—IU vs. Rutgers
  • 2020—TBD

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