Homecoming ’15, slated for Oct. 23-25, promises to be the best one yet! It marks the 40th anniversary of our School of Business. There will be a special reception marking this momentous occasion – in addition to a Department of Communication panel discussion and networking event, spectacular concerts, great athletic contests and a host of other special activities.
Two alumni will be recognized for outstanding achievement in their respective fields on Saturday, Oct. 24. Perla Hewes Manapol, ’71, (History) and Allan H. Wilson, ’75, (Music Performance) will be honored at the Alumni Awards Brunch at 11:30 a.m. in the Williams Center Multipurpose Room (formerly known as the Campus Center/Student Union). Rounding out the program will be special recognition of all of our Golden Graduates (alumni from the Class of 1965 and before) and all honored classes.
The Williams Center will host the “Fallen Stars Memorial,” a traveling mural depicting the names and faces of veterans who gave their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan. Ray Lenarcic, ’65, brings this tribute to Fredonia.
Also on Saturday, the Graduate Studies Office will hold its first Alumni Gathering at 3 p.m. in S226 Williams Center. All alumni, friends and faculty are invited to attend. To learn more, please contact Megan Kane at (716) 673-3808 or Megan.Kane@fredonia.edu.
Please plan to attend the many wonderful athletic contests scheduled this year. On Saturday at 10 a.m. there will be an Alumni 5K Run, sponsored by the cross country team, and the traditional Men’s Alumni Soccer game. The Mens’ Hockey Team has a Blue-White Intrasquad Scrimmage scheduled for 12:30 p.m., and at 1 p.m., the Men’s Soccer Team plays New Paltz. Don’t miss the action! There are also several free musical performances to enjoy. The Fredonia Reunion Jazz Ensemble will once again perform on Friday at 8 p.m. in Rosch Recital Hall. On Saturday at 8 p. m., the Wind Ensemble will perform in King Concert Hall. If you can stay the entire weekend, there will be a public concert Sunday at 10 a.m. in Rosch Recital Hall to begin Double Reed Day, and at 2 p.m. the Western New York Chamber Orchestra will perform with the Women’s Chorus in King Concert Hall to round out the weekend.
Featured in the Cathy and Jesse Marion Art Gallery at Rockefeller Arts Center will be a free Department of Visual Arts and New Media Faculty Exhibition, open all three days.
The Classes of 1955, ’60, ’65, ’75 and 2005 will celebrate with special events. For all of the other honored classes — the Classes of 1970, ’80, ’85, ’90, ’95, 2000 and 2010 — there will be an Honored Multi-Class Reception held in Tim Horton’s in the Williams Center from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday. Complimentary light refreshments and a cash beer/wine bar will be available. Look for your respective area. Specific downtown establishments will be designated for further opportunities at which to gather later that evening. Look for location assignments at the Homecoming Registration Booth.