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Accession #MU2013/65
TopicAlumni Reunion: Tribute to Ikenberry Hall
TitleTribute to Ikenberry Hall
SubtitleAlumni Reunion
SizeOne VHS Tape and One DVD
LocationVHS tape and DVD in Media Cabinet, IIS, in order of accession number. MP4 File on Network W, located in file folder identified as MU2013_61 through MU2013_72.
CitationTribute to Ikenberry Hall, MU2013/65, Archives and Church of the Brethren Collection, Funderburg Library, Manchester University, North Manchester, Indiana.
AccessResearchers are responsible for determining copyright status of archived materials where this is relevant to their intended use of the materials.
ProvenanceCollection of the Archives
Scope and Content

The video is titled, "Alumni Reunion - Tape 1," however, it appears as if it is a tribute to ikenberry Hall prior to demolition. It features the last Ikenberry Serenade.

One VHS tape and one DVD.

Note to viewer: Brief nudity.

Date of Accession29 May 2013
Bio History Note

Memories of Ikenberry Hall before demolition.  Robert Studebaker. Tim Campbell, former RA. 

Seranade at East Hall at Oakwood Hall.

Song - "The Ikenberry Blues."

The tradition of the Ikenberry serenade has an unknown beginning.  It was a firm tradition by 1971, but had its roots much earlier, perhaps reaching back to the late 1940’s. Campus males from Ikenberry Hall, and then males from Ikenberry in conjunction with the newly constructed Calvin Ulrey (circa 1950), would serenade the Oakwood women.  The serenade expanded as other female residences were added (East Hall circa 1956). Somewhere along the line, Calvin Ulrey participation waned, and the serenade became an Ikenberry tradition.

Archivist Note

VHS tape digitized by Stan Pittman's Information Technology Services team in May 2013.


1.Just went through some Ikenberry Hall dorm meeting minutes from mid-1970’s and found David Sollenberger was secretary.  I called him up to see if he remembered when the serenade started.  He said that when he was a freshman in 1971 – the Ikenberry seniors were already calling it a tradition – so he guesses at least the mid  to late 1960’s and thinks it might go back even earlier.

2.  Spoke with Ferne Baldwin – former archivist -she didn’t know.

3. Spoke with Art Hunn (MC 1954) who was a Calvin Ulrey man – a freshman the first year CU opened [CU dedicated in February of 1949].  Art said that the men of both dorms [Ikenberry and CU] would serenade the women of Oakwood Hall each year.   J. Wine 6 October 2014.

Description prepared 28 May 2013 by Jeanine M. Wine and updated 6 October 2014 by Jeanine M. Wine.

VHS tape discarded 17 December 2018 by Jeanine Wine following MP4 Video upload to archives network location.


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