Vandals Celebrate Idaho’s Influence Planetwide During Homecoming 2013

Friday, September 13 2013


MOSCOW, Idaho — The University of Idaho will celebrate the global spirit of Vandal Pride Planetwide during Homecoming 2013 Sept. 22-29.

“We love welcoming our alumni back to campus to celebrate Homecoming with our current students,” said Tim Helmke, associate director of Alumni Relations. “Many of our 95,000 alumni are making significant impacts where they live and work across the world. We are thrilled to include them in our Homecoming celebration and honored to recognize how widespread the Vandal family is.”

The Vandal community welcomes returning alumni parents, fans and local residents with several events throughout the week in Moscow, which will provide opportunities to engage with the University of Idaho.

“Homecoming is always a fun time of the academic year,” said Helmke. “It’s a time for celebration and fun, amidst the academics. This is the time to cement traditions and make memories.”

Vandal traditions continue this year, including the annual community-wide food drive throughout the week; the Serpentine march through campus which begins at new Greek row on Friday, Sept. 27 at 8 p.m. and ends at the bonfire rally at the ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center at 8:30 p.m.; the Homecoming parade Saturday, Sept. 28 at 10 a.m. on Main Street in downtown Moscow; and the Vandal Homecoming football game against Temple University at 2 p.m. in the Kibbie Dome.

Rich and Sharon Allen and Jeff and Kris Stoddard will lead the Homecoming parade as Grand Marshals. These distinguished alumni are making a significant difference worldwide and serve on the Inspiring Futures national capital campaign committee for the university as co-chairs.

The Allen’s graduated from Idaho in 1973 and were active on campus: Sharon in Kappa Kappa Gamma and Rich in Sigma Alpha Epsilon. They both remain active and connected with their alma mater. Sharon retired in 2012 as Chairwoman of Deloitte & Touche. Rich was a principal with the Gellart Corporation before selling the company to focus on managing finances and investments.

The Stoddards met at the university during their freshman year – Jeff went on to graduate in 1975 and 1976, while Kris received her degree from the University of Utah. Jeff is currently a partner in the Stoddard Family Partnership – the company played an integral role in the development of the Laguna Niguel community. Kris remains an avid Idaho supporter and Vandal fan.

Join the University of Idaho Homecoming celebrations, or a full list of events:

Wednesday, Sept. 25
9th Annual Faculty and Staff Alumni Luncheon
12-1 p.m.
Student Union Building, Ballroom
709 Deakin Ave. in Moscow
The University of Idaho Homecoming Committee invites alumni to the annual celebration of faculty and staff members who are also alumni. There will be a festive buffet lunch and door prizes.

Friday, Sept. 27
Homecoming Serpentine
8-8:30 p.m.
University of Idaho Bookstore
710 Deakin Ave. in Moscow
Led by the Sound of Idaho Vandal Marching Band, this traditional serpentine snakes along Old Greek and new Greek rows, past the VandalStore, along Sixth Street, through residence halls and up to the Kibbie Dome parking lot. Serpentine participants will arrive just in time to attend the bonfire rally.

Homecoming Bonfire Rally and Crowning of Homecoming Royalty

8:30 p.m.
Kibbie Dome Parking Lot
1000 Stadium Dr. in Moscow
Join in the Vandal tradition once said to be the most exciting homecoming event. Meet coaches and players, and get excited for the homecoming game.

Latah Federal Credit Union Fireworks Show
9:15 p.m.
Kibbie Dome Parking Lot
1000 Stadium Dr. in Moscow
Enjoy Moscow’s only fireworks show of the year. Fireworks are best viewed from the bonfire rally location.

Tower Light Show
9:45 p.m.
Theophilus Tower Lawn
1001 Paradise Creek St. in Moscow
Enjoy a LED lightshow on the Theophilus Tower lawn presented by the UI Association of Computing Machinery.

Saturday, Sept. 28
104th Annual Homecoming Parade
10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Main Street in Moscow
Come enjoy the 104th annual Homecoming Parade downtown Moscow.

University of Idaho vs. Temple University Homecoming Football Game
2-5 p.m.
ASUI Kibbie-Activity Center
1000 Stadium Dr. in Moscow
Celebrate Homecoming and come cheer on the Vandal football team as they take on Temple University. Tickets can be purchased online through the University of Idaho Ticket Office or by phone at (208) 885-6466.
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