Homecoming Council

The Homecoming Council is made up of sixteen members who work year-round to prepare for a great homecoming week each year.  Each member has his or her own responsibilities to make this tradition such a success.

  • Jake Murphy

    Jake Murphy

    Executive Director

    Hello Hawkeyes! My name is Jacob Murphy and I am the Executive Director for this years Homecoming Council! I’m a junior from Osage, Iowa studying Political Science and Psychology. I’ve previously served as the Assistant Parade Director on the 2013 Homecoming Council and I am also the Family Weekend Director for Campus Activities Board.

    I first became involved with Homecoming on a whim because I was looking for something extra to do with my time. I absolutely loved my experience with Homecoming my first year at Iowa, so I thought why not help plan it? I think it’s such a great and important tradition that brings together many different types of people. I also think it’s really powerful and enriching to be able to connect current students with alumni and members of the Iowa City community.

    My favorite part about Homecoming Week is the parade (I’m a little biased)! I like it so much because it brings 15,000+ people to one location and it serves as kind of the epitome of the week, besides the game of course! The excitement and enthusiasm in the air on that Friday afternoon is truly an experience!

  • Libby Hewitt

    Libby Hewitt

    Director of Sales and Marketing

    Hi everyone!  My name is Libby Hewitt and I am currently a junior at the University of Iowa.  I am studying Journalism and Mass Communications along with Studio Art.  I am an active member of my sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta, which was how I was introduced to Homecoming week at Iowa as a freshman.  Within Homecoming Council, I am serving as the Director of Sales and Marketing, where I help to design and market all things homecoming.  As a lifelong Hawkeye fan, I am beyond thrilled to be involved with the planning and execution of Homecoming 2014, and I cannot wait to continue to see the tradition of Hawkeye pride come to life.

  • Ryan Lutter

    Ryan Lutter

    Finance and Operations Director

    Hi I'm Ryan and I'm the Finance and Operations Director for Homecoming Council. I handle all financial matters, and make sure everything with the other directors is running smoothly and help when needed. I'm a junior majoring in Information Systems and getting a certificate in Entrepreneurial Management. I was born and raised in Huntley, IL and moved to Woodstock, IL in seventh grade. My dream job is to work in the IT Department of either the CIA or FBI and eventually open up my own business. When I'm not working on Homecoming Council things or homework, I am volunteering around the Iowa City area, marketing Spotify as a campus influencer, or working. I'm also involved with two other student organizations, which are 10,000 Hours Show of Eastern Iowa and Campus Activities Board. I joined Homecoming Council because I want to be a part of the tradition at The University of Iowa. Homecoming Week is a time when students, staff and faculty, alumni, and community members come together and celebrate the Hawkeye Tradition! Go Hawks!

  • Brad Martin

    Brad Martin

    Parade Director

    Hello Hawkeye fans! My name is Brad Martin and I am the Parade Director for the 2014 homecoming parade. Here at the University of Iowa I am studying management and marketing. I joined homecoming council to continue and better an iconic tradition at the University of Iowa! On Iowa, Go Hawks! 

  • Uni Su

    Uni Su

    Assistant Parade Director

    I am Uni and I am a current fourth-year student major in Economics& Art. I was honorably selected as the Assistant Parade Director of 2014 Homecoming Council. Homecoming Council is a great start to getting involved on campus and it is a fulfilling experience do growing and learning. It helps peers connect with resources on campus and also builds relationships with local community. One thing I absolutely love about this group is that everyone is so energetic and easygoing. You work with brilliant people and planning for wicked awesome event!

  • Michael Rundell

    Michael Rundell

    Alumni Events Director

    As the Alumni Events Director I am mainly responsible for two events; the Hungry Hawkeyes Alumni Dinner where students can meet up and network with influential alumni and the Alumni Parade Tents where alumni can essentially meet during the Homecoming Parade!

    I became involved with Homecoming Council because I've always thought Homecoming was a great time of the year. Being born and raised in Iowa City by a Hawkeye Alumna I have black and gold running through my veins. I want to give back to the community by taking part in the organization of the most beloved tradition here at The University of Iowa!

  • Kirbee Van De Berg

    Kirbee Van De Berg

    Honors Director

    My name is Kirbee Van De Berg, and I have been given the amazing opportunity to serve as Honors Director for the 2014 Homecoming Council. I am currently a sophomore here at the University of Iowa, majoring in Sociology and Ethics & Public Policy, and will be continuing on with this role in the fall. As a member of the council, my job is to coordinate the application and selection processes for Homecoming King and Queen, as well as the 2014 Homecoming Scholarships. I am also in charge of finding judges for multiple events (Iowa Shout, the Homecoming Parade, Homecoming Court, scholarships, etc.), organizing Coronation, and selecting the Honored Guest and Grand Marshall for the Homecoming Parade. Coming from a very small town, I was never able to experience all of the excitement and hype that comes along with homecoming. Here at Iowa, I found just that, and couldn’t wait to become a part of it. Joining Homecoming Council has honestly been one of my best decisions in college thus far, providing me with not only countless leadership and service opportunities, but a community of dedicated Hawkeyes as well. I am very honored to be part of such an encouraging, lively team, and am so excited to help give Iowa its best Homecoming yet!

  • Alex Pagano

    Alex Pagano

    Community Service Director

    My name is Alex Pagano and I am the Community Service Director! I'm a sophomore here and also in the Tippie College of Business as a marketing major. I'm originally from Los Angeles and left behind my parents and adorable Labrador to come here! Aside from Homecoming Council, I am involved with Chi Omega and U Iowa DECA. This summer I will be interning as a marketing assistant her in Iowa city for State Farm. My hobbies are running, (I love 5K's!) softball, and writing. I also have a passion for community service and love getting involved with service which is why I decided I wanted this position! This past semester I had a bunch of fun during homecoming week and knew I wanted to get involved. In highschool I helped teach international students about Baseball during the summer and also was involved with volunteering at an elderly home by bringing my dog to visit patients, among many other activities. I look forward to channeling my passion for community service into this position and making Homecoming 2014 the best ever!

  • Alex Westlund

    Alex Westlund

    Volunteer Director

    Hi my name is Alex Westlund! I'm currently a junior at the University of Iowa and just submitted my application to the Tippie College of Business. I hope to major in management, along with a certificate in non-profit management. I am originally from Cedar Rapids, IA with parents who lived in Iowa City and are fellow Hawkeyes. I have been coming to Iowa City my whole life and see the University of Iowa as a second home. Once I became a student here, I knew that Homecoming was something I wanted to participate in because I felt like I was coming home. This year, I'm very excited to be the Volunteer Director on the council. I will be coordinating volunteers for the UnitedWay 5k and the Parade. I will also be organizing Volunteer Day and the Homecoming Blood Drive, both of which occur during Homecoming Week! Volunteer Day is a new event to Homecoming this year, and I am very excited to see how the University of Iowa can give back to its community! I'm extremely excited for Homecoming this year, go Hawks!!

  • Harmony Pace

    Harmony Pace

    Director of Greek Sweepstakes

    Hi Hawkeye Fans! My name is Harmony Pace and I'm the Greek Sweepstakes Director for Homecoming 2014. I am currently a sophomore in the Communication Studies program at University of Iowa, and am a member of Alpha Phi Fraternity. I got involved with Homecoming because I love how it brings our entire community together to celebrate University of Iowa’s history and future! I'm very excited about all the opportunities students will have to get involved in events throughout the week, and to see the amazing floats everyone comes up with for the parade!

  • Aya Andejeski

    Aya Andejeski

    Iowa Shout Director

    My name is Aya Andejeski, and I am a junior at University of Iowa, specializing in Economics, Sports Studies, and French. I am a proud alumna of Prospect High School, from Arlington Heights, IL, and an avid member of the Tau Chapter of Delta Gamma here at Iowa. Homecoming is my favorite time of year—whether it’s because of the sensational activities that it offers, such as the sold-out jaw-dropping Hawkeye football game, or the sea of black and gold seen from far and wide, Homecoming is the time for everyone to show that Hawkeyes really do bleed black and gold. I am especially excited to be a part of the Homecoming council as this year’s Iowa Shout Director. Iowa Shout is an exhibition, where current Iowa students show off their talents and school spirit through dances, skits, and songs centered on our theme “Gold and Black, Take Me Back”. Throughout my college career as a Hawkeye, I have danced, sang, and acted in many Iowa Shout performances, and I can passionately say, there is no other event on campus that gives students such an exhilarating show to be a part of. Black and Gold are more than just colors to me, they’re a way of life. Go Hawks!

  • Emily Merdinger

    Emily Merdinger

    Residence Hall Sweepstakes Director

    I am the Residence Hall Sweepstakes Director for Homecoming.  I am a sophomore at the university and I've lived in Iowa City for the past 15 years, attending Iowa City West High School. I plan to major in Finance and Economics with a certificate in International Business.  My dream career would be working in the treasury department of an international company.  I'm is also involved in Hillcrest Association and Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity.  I joined Homecoming because while growing up my favorite football game to attend would be the Homecoming game.  I enjoyed seeing the community come together to support the university’s alumni and wanted to help encourage involvement in this year’s activities.  I'm hoping to use experience I've gained while working with her residence hall association and first-hand with students during Homecoming 2013 to help increase involvement of students living in the halls for Homecoming 2014.  I'm excited to work with students, staff, community members, and other Homecoming members to help make Homecoming 2014 the most successful it can be!

  • April Yuan

    April Yuan

    Student Organization Sweepstakes Director

    My name is Hang Yuan and I go by “April”. I am a senior and double majoring in marketing and finance at the University of Iowa. I am a very positive, energetic and outgoing person. I like traveling, meeting new people, swimming and any type of outdoor sports even though I am not capable for all of the outdoor sports. My favorite city just get rearranged after visiting the New Orleans. New Orleans is the best city on my list now. I get involved with homecoming council because I always enjoy the homecoming week at the U Of I and my friends who involved in the council before told me this is a great experience and feel very rewarding. I am very excited about this experience and very happy that I have meet some great council members and looking forward to working together to plan the a great Homecoming week!

  • Camira Ferguson

    Camira Ferguson

    Sporting Events Director

    My name is Camira Ferguson. I’m this year’s Sporting Events Director. I am from Bloomington, Illinois. I am double majoring in Philosophy and Mass Communications, as well as pursuing a Fundraising & Philanthropy Communication Certificate. You’re probably thinking what are you going to do with that? I’m planning to attend law school after graduating from the University of Iowa. I decided to join the Homecoming Council because in high school homecoming was my favorite event of the year, and since I was on student council I got to help with the entire week, which was always a great time. When I got to the University in the fall I realize just how big of a deal Homecoming still is in college and I just knew I had to be apart of it. I’m looking forward to Homecoming 2014 and watching it grow and making new friends within the council and around campus through this huge event. I am also excited to see Hawkeyes old and new come together to show our love and pride for our school.

  • Danielle Peterson

    Danielle Peterson

    Feed Director

    Hi everyone! My name is Danielle and this is my first year on the Homecoming Executive Council. I'm currently the Hawkeye Feed Director, so I'll be organizing everyone's favorite thing: free food! I'm a biomedical engineering major, which keeps me quite busy with studying. When I'm not at Homecoming meetings or late-night library sessions, you can usually find me at our beautiful Rec Center. Athletics are a big passion of mine, and I can't tell you how excited I am for the upcoming football season, let alone the Homecoming Game! Go Hawkeyes!

  • Nellie Hermanson

    Nellie Hermanson


    My name is Nellie Hermanson, and I’m the advisor to the Homecoming Council! I have worked at The University of Iowa since 2008, and have loved every second of my time as a Hawkeye! I’m originally from Montana, and have a Bachelors Degree from The Catholic University of America (in Washington, DC) and a Masters Degree from Old Dominion University (in Norfolk, VA). Homecoming at Iowa is one of my favorite times of the year! The Hawkeye spirit, camaraderie among so many different people, and seeing all of our hard work come to fruition are all so amazing! I am so happy to be a part of Homecoming and happy to be a Hawkeye!

  • Tiffany Leschke

    Tiffany Leschke


    Hi my name is Tiffany Leschke and I'm the advisor for Campus Activities Board, River Run, and I co-advise Homecoming. I am new to Iowa City after working in South Dakota for a few years and graduating from Eastern Illinois University with a Masters in College Student Affairs. I have enjoyed my time at Iowa thus far and cannot wait to experience my first homecoming as a Hawkeye!

US Bank
Center for Student Involvement and Leadership
Alumni Association
Fraternity and Sorority Life
Iowa Hawk Shop
Housing and Dining
Scope Productions
West Bank
Iowa Memorial Union
Riverside Casino
Associated Residence Halls
Hills Bank
Clear Channel