Alumni Schedule of Events

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

Click here for a downloadable schedule and map.

8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Whitlow Campus Store Open
Student Activity Center
1-1:50 p.m. Back to Class
Clarke's Campus (classroom to be determined)

Relive your student days by sitting in on a live class. Class options include: 
  • ENGLISH 231: Literature of Diversity with Ann Pelelo, Ph.D. (FULL)
  • BIOLOGY 101: Intro to Life Sciences with Melissa DeMotta, Ph.D.
3 p.m. All Access Pass to Campus
Wahlert Atrium

You pick your favorite stops around campus, and choose what sights to see on this campus tour lead by a student guide. 

4:30-9 p.m. Golden Reception
Wahlert Atrium 

A special reception and dinner for the class of 1964 and previous golden reunion classes with awards presented to the 50th class.  Class photo will be taken at 5:30 p.m. with program and dinner to follow. Complimentary valet parking is available at the front entrance.

5-7 p.m. River Cruise & Happy Hour
Catfish Charlie's, 1630 East 16th Street
Cost: $17.50
(sold out)

All aboard! Cruise along the Mississippi River and enjoy all-inclusive drinks and light appetizers. Boarding begins at 5 p.m.

8-9 p.m. Welcome Celebration 
Diamond Jo Casino, Bridge Room and Harbor Room, 301 Bell St. Dubuque, Iowa 
Cost: $15

Get the party started! All alumni are welcome. Admission includes 2 free drink tickets and free pass to Clarke/Loras Reunion party. Complimentary valet parking is available at the front entrance.
9-midnight Clarke/Loras Reunion Party
Diamond Jo Casino, Bridge Room and Harbor Room, 301 Bell St. Dubuque, Iowa
Cost: $10

Join us for a Clarke and Loras mixer with a live DJ, complimentary snacks, soft drinks and beer. Cash bar also available. Complimentary valet parking is available at the front entrance.
9-11 a.m. Registration
Wahlert Atrium

Arrive early to register, pick up a schedule, your nametag and information for the weekend.

9 a.m.     Class of 1959+ Coffee
Nicholas J. Schrup Library, Rare Book Room

9 a.m. - Noon Terence Donaghoe Hall Open
Terence Donaghoe Hall

Stop in to say hello to Ellen Gabrielleschi, catch up on what is happening in the drama department, and see TDH.

9:15 a.m. - Noon Homecoming Visit Day
Check in: Wahlert Atrium
High school and transfer students are invited to visit Clarke's campus for the day. Lunch is served after checkout at noon. You can RSVP hereor drop in that day! Contact Admissions at (563)588-6316 or with any questions.

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, early sign-up, $15 after October 3

Join us for a delicious brunch and recognition of our reunion classes.  President Sister Joanne Burrows will provide an update on the university and present the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Awards.  Please arrive early to register in the Wahlert Atrium and find a seat in the area with your class. Seating is not reserved. Advance reservations required.
Noon Men's soccer vs. AIB
Clarke Soccer Field 

Noon - 4:30 p.m. USO Tour Collection
Rose O'Toole

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first USO tour with a collection of photos, scrapbooks, articles, and more. 

Noon - 4:30 p.m. Make an Impact
Wahlert Atrium

If you could do one thing for Clarke, what would it be? Discover how you can make an impact on Clarke's future by talking with alumni board members and Clarke staff. Stop by the back of the atrium to learn more.

Noon - 5 p.m. Alumni Tent Party and Festival
On the Hill
Cost: $10

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 - 4:30 p.m.

Faculty Lecture Series
Atrium Conference Room

Join current Clarke faculty in a new lecture series that will discuss various topics from different academic departments.

12:30 to 1:25 p.m. 
Psychology of Close Relationships
Presented by: Kristin Wesner, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Join us for a discussion on how relationships evolve over time, the qualities that can be adopted to help relationships thrive, and the communication and conflict strategies that you would be wise to avoid.

1:30 to 2:25 p.m. 
Campus Walking Tour of Class Trees
Presented by: Norm Freund, Ph.D.
Chair and Professor of Philosophy
On this walking tour, you’ll see where your class tree and others are planted on campus.  Participants will also learn the interesting history behind the tree names given by each class. This tour will meet in the Atrium Conference Room and then will be guided outdoors. In the event of inclement weather, a presentation will be made in the Atrium Conference Room.

2:30 to 3:25 p.m. 
A Fulbright Adventure 
Presented by: Bryan Zygmont, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Art History
From Dubuque to Poland and back again. Learn how six months in Poland changed Associate Professor of Art History and Fulbright Scholar, Bryan Zygmont’s Clarke world.   

3:30 to 4:25 p.m.
Social Media Marketing
Presented by: Terry McGovern, DM
Chair and Assistant Professor of Accounting/Business
Learn about the leading trends, proven benefits, and best practices to use during social media marketing campaigns.

1 p.m. Alumni Softball Game
Veteran's Memorial Park (Field 2), 2700 Northview, Dubuque, IA 52001 

Softball alumni will play current Clarke softball players. Come grill out with the team at noon. The game will start at 1 p.m. Contact head coach Jeff Lamb at or (563)588-6619 for more details.

1 p.m. Alumni Baseball Game
AJ Spiegel Park Peosta Community Pkwy, Peosta, IA 52068 

Contact head coach Dan Spain at or (563) 588-6396 for more information.

1 p.m. Men's Alumni Basketball Game
Kehl Center 

Get your alumni team together and hit the court. Contact Jim Blaine at or (563) 588-6431.  

2 p.m. Women's soccer vs. AIB
Clarke Soccer Field 

3-4:30 p.m. Graphic Design Alumni Exhibit Reception
Quigley Gallery

To celebrate the 15-year anniversary of the graphic design program at Clarke, alumni work will be on display throughout the weekend with a reception on Saturday.

4 p.m. Athletics Hall of Fame Ceremony
Jansen Music Hall 

Honor the newest Athletic Hall of Fame inductees at this special ceremony. 

5-7:30 p.m. Classic Clarke Cuisine
Student Dining Hall
Cost: $10

Alumni and students are invited to enjoy a buffet of favorite Clarke dishes.

7 p.m. Alumni Volleyball
Kehl Center

Men's volleyball alumni compete against the current Clarke team. Volleyball alumni are welcome to warm-up at 6 p.m. Contact head coach Dan Mathews at or (563) 588-6472.

7:30 - 8:30 p.m. President's Scholarship Concert
Jansen Music Hall
Cost: $10

This concert will feature performances by students, faculty and alumni. The President's Awards for Arts Excellence will be presented to Clarke graduates, faculty members or friends of the university in recognition of their exemplary contributions to the arts. All proceeds will be used to fund scholarships for the next generation of Clarke music students.

9-11 p.m. Downtown Saturday Night
Downtown Dubuque

Join the fun! Start the evening off right at the Riverboat Lounge inside the Hotel Julien. The fun continues at Mason Dixon. Then, end the night at Shot Tower with free pizza and a prize drawing for those present.

9-10 a.m. Clarke Alumni Chapel Choir Practice
Sacred Heart Chapel

Rehearse before sharing your musical talent with fellow Clarke alumni at 10 a.m. Mass.

9 a.m. tee times begin Alumni Golf Tournament
Lacoma Golf Course
Cost: $50

Alumni and friends are invited to a 18-hole tournament. $50 includes golf, cart and lunch. To register, contact Jerry Hanson at (563) 588-6360 or at  

10 a.m.  Sunday Mass
Sacred Heart Chapel

Join us for Mass and candle lighting ceremony in remembrance of our deceased alumni. 


  • Fall Visit Days 2014
  • CES holiday parties 2014
  • Timesaver