Alumni - Homecoming


Alumni Schedule of Events

Additional events and descriptions will be added closer to Homecoming. Events and times subject to change without notification.

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THURSDAY, September 22  
Clarke Day is a day to celebrate all things Clarke. For 24-hours, we will flood the campus and social media sites with Clarke pride, memories, photos and more.
THURSDAY, September 29  
12:30 - 5 p.m. Resumania - Building a Resume and Reputation
Compass and Career Services Office in the lower level of the Nicholas J. Schrup Library
Career event hosted by the alumni board to help students and alumni advance their professional career.
FRIDAY, September 30  
8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Whitlow Campus Store
Student Activity Center
  Alumni Gallery Exhibit
Quigley Gallery 1550
The 2016 Art and Design alumni illustrators include Sarah Ehlinger '98, Jan Duschen '99, and Joanna Griebel '01. 
1 - 1:50 p.m. Back to Class
R.C. and Celeste Wahlert Atrium 
Relive your college days by sitting in on an actual class. Arrive in the Wahlert Atrium at 12:45 p.m. to be guided to your classroom. Class options include: 

Intro to Life Sciences with Assoc. Professor of Biology Dr. Melissa DeMotta
Art of Listening with Asst. Professor of Music Dr. Sharon Jensen
Fundamentals of Philosophy with Professor of Philosophy Dr. Tom Riley  
4:30 - 9 p.m. Golden Celebration
R.C. and Celeste Wahlert Atrium
A special reception and dinner for the class of 1966 and any previous golden reunion classes. Awards will be presented to the 50th class. A class photo will be taken at 5:30 p.m. with the program and dinner to follow.
6 - 8 p.m. Silver Celebration
Catfish Charlie's, 1630 East 16th Street, Dubuque, IA
Celebrate your 25th reunion with classmates on the beautiful Mississippi River. Enjoy complimentary appetizers & beer on the American Lady Yacht. Boarding begins at 5:30 p.m. Advance reservations required. 
6 - 8 p.m. NEW! Private Mississippi River Cruise & Happy Hour
Catfish Charlie's, 1630 East 16th Street, Dubuque, IA
Cost: $20
All aboard! Join Clarke alumni for a private cruise along the Mississippi River and enjoy complimentary appetizers and beer on the American Lady Yacht. Boarding begins at 5:30 p.m. Advance registration is required. Price includes admission to Clarke on the River, only a few steps away at Catfish Charlies. 
8 - 11 p.m. NEW! Clarke on the River
Catfish Charlie's, 1630 East 16th Street, Dubuque, IA
Get the party started! All alumni are welcome to join us at Catfish Charlies for complimentary beer, soft drinks and snacks. Cash bar is also available.
  Alumni Gallery Exhibit
Quigley Gallery 1550 
The 2016 Art and Design alumni illustrators include Sarah Ehlinger '98, Jan Duschen '99, and Joanna Griebel '01. 
9 - 11 a.m. Registration
R.C. and Celeste Wahlert Atrium
Arrive early to register and pick up your schedule, name tag and information for the weekend.
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Whitlow Campus Store Open
Student Activity Center
10:30 a.m. - Noon Alumni Recognition Brunch
Student Dining Hall 
Cost: $10
Join us for a delicious brunch and recognition of our reunion classes. President Sister Joanne Burrows will provide a University update and present the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Awards. Please arrive early to register in the Wahlert Atrium and find a seat your classmates. Seating is not reserved. Advance registration is required.
11 a.m. Men's Alumni Basketball Game
Robert and Ruth Kehl Center
Get your alumni team together and hit the court. Contact Jim Blaine at or (563)588-6431 to register.
Noon - 3 p.m. Self-Guided Campus Tour
R.C. and Celeste Wahlert Atrium
You pick your favorite stops around campus, and choose what sights to see on this self-guided tour.
Noon - 4 p.m. Homecoming Information Table
R.C. and Celeste Wahlert Atrium
Do you have a question about homecoming or what events are being offered on campus? Stop by the Homecoming Information Booth in the Wahlert Atrium.
Noon - 4 p.m. USO Tour Collection
Rose O'Toole Hall
Celebrate the USO tour with a collection of photos, scrapbooks, articles, and more. Enjoy a special video with pictures and interviews with Sister Therese Mackin, BVM '50 and Sue Riedel '68. 
Noon Men's Soccer vs. Central Methodist University
Clarke Soccer Field
Noon - 5 p.m.      Alumni Tailgate
Hill by the Soccer Field
Live music,  giveaways and prize drawings every half hour.  Taco bar and beverages included. Outside the tent enjoy a game of bean bags or activities for the kids.
12:30 p.m.      Alumnae Softball Game
Veteran's Memorial Park (Field 2), 2700 Northview, Dubuque, IA
Join fellow softball alumnae as your team takes on the current Crusader softball team in a friendly game. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. and game will follow at 12:30 p.m. Contact head coach Jeff Lamb at or (563)588-6619 for more details.
12:30 p.m. Reunion Class Photos
R.C. and Celeste Wahlert Atrium Stairs
Gather your classmates together for a reunion photo (for class years ending in "6" or "1"). 
Class of 1961 - 12:30 p.m.
Class of 1966 - 12:35 p.m.
Class of 1971 - 12:40 p.m.
Class of 1976 - 12:45 p.m.
Class of 1981 - 12:50 p.m.
Class of 1986 - 12:55 p.m.
Class of 1991 -   1:00 p.m.
Class of 1996 -   1:05 p.m.
Class of 2001 -   1:10 p.m.
Class of 2006 -   1:15 p.m.
Class of 2011 -   1:20 p.m.
Class of 2016 -   1:25 p.m.     
1 - 3 p.m. Faculty Lecture Series
Fabiano Conference Room
Join Clarke faculty for our Homecoming lecture series. Space is limited and pre-registration is strongly encouraged. 
  • Italy without a Suitcase
    1 - 1:50 p.m.
    Presented by Clarke University Faculty Emerita Joan Lingen, BVM '61, Ph.D..
  •  The Tenth Muse
    2 - 2:50 p.m.
    Presented by Clarke students and Assistant Professor of English Anna Kelley, MFA.
1 p.m. Alumni Baseball Game
A.J. Spiegel Park, Peosta Community Pkwy, Peosta, IA 
Contact head coach Dan Spain at or (563)588-6396 for more information.
1 - 2 p.m.      Alumni Welcome Concert Practice
Sacred Heart Chapel
If you are interested in performing in the Alumni Welcome Concert registration is required. Please contact Jeremy Mims at with questions.  
1:30 p.m.  Nursing Department and Simulation Lab Tour
First Floor, Catherine Byrne Hall
Meet your tour guide at the Welcome Desk in Wahlert Atrium and you will travel together to see the Nursing Department and Simulation Lab.
2:00 p.m. Alumni Welcome Concert
Sacred Heart Chapel
Celebrate 50 years of the Clarke Collegiate Singers and enjoy a musical performance by Clarke students.
2:30 p.m. Women's Soccer vs Central Methodist University
Clarke Soccer Field
3 p.m. 45-49th Reunion Reception
R.C. and Celeste Wahlert Atrium
Alumni celebrating their reunion from the classes of  '67, '68, '69, '70, '71 are invited to a dessert and coffee reception.
4 p.m. Athletics Hall of Fame Ceremony
Jansen Music Hall
Honor the newest Clarke Athletic Hall of Fame inductees at this special ceremony.
5 - 7:30 p.m. Classic Clarke Cuisine
Student Dining Hall
Cost: $10 (pay at the door)
Alumni and students are invited to enjoy a buffet of favorite Clarke dishes.
10 - 10:45 a.m. Clarke Alumni Chapel Choir Practice
Sacred Heart Chapel
Rehearse before sharing your musical talents with fellow Clarke alumni at our 11 a.m. Mass.
11 a.m.  Sunday Liturgy
Sacred Heart Chapel
Join us for a Catholic Mass and candle lighting ceremony in remembrance of our deceased alumni.
10 a.m. Shotgun Start Homecoming Weekend Golf Scramble
NEW LOCATION: Eagle Ridge Resort the General
Cost: $75
Alumni and friends are invited to a 18-hole best shot in support of the Clarke golf program. Golf, cart, lunch and prizes are $75 per person. For more information contact Mike Merritt at (563)588-8186 or Registration forms are available at:



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