Homecoming 2015: Students, alumni connect

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It’s that time of year again when the cheering grows louder and the smell from food carts at the tailgate fills the parking lot outside of the football stadium.

This year, alumni will return to campus to come celebrate Pacific University’s annual homecoming celebration with students, faculty and staff from Oct. 2 until Oct. 4.

There will be a number of homecoming activities going on throughout the weekend that students, alumni, faculty and staff can attend. But this year in particular, Pacific will be honoring the class of 1965 for their 50th reunion.

“Besides the game, [I look forward to] being able to see all the alumni come back and being able to hear their stories,” Students Today Alumni Tomorrow (STAT) President Charisse Pudiquet said. “It’s interesting and it’s nice to know they had a great time at Pacific; sharing their great experiences is what I look forward to.”

On Friday, students are urged to welcome the class of 1965 at the Golden Guard ceremony around 2 p.m. and converse with alumni during the student and alumni dinner at 5 p.m.

“The Friday night dinner thing is new and we have never tried that before so I’m pretty excited about that,” Senior Director of Alumni and Communication Engagement Martha Calus-McLain ’03 said. “Alumni find the dining options really plentiful, novel and fun, so it’s fun to see alumni experience that. I would love for that to become an annual tradition.”

Friday evening there will also be the annual Noise Parade at 7 p.m.

Then on Saturday, Boxer Nation Celebration will begin at 10 a.m. where there will be food, prizes, games, a digital photo booth and more.

At 1 p.m. Pacific will take on Pacific Lutheran University in the homecoming football match.

But the celebrations and activities don’t end there.

On Sunday, there will be a new addition: a chapel service at 10 a.m.

“This is a new addition to homecoming and I’m pretty excited about it, so any student who wants to participate in the chapel service on Sunday morning is more than welcome to join us in Old College Hall,” Calus-McLain said.

“There will be tons of opportunity to engage with alumni.”

Aside from students being involved with the activities, students are more than welcome to help out and take part in making this exciting weekend happen. Volunteering and engaging with everyone will help make the annual homecoming weekend special.


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