Homecoming weekend brought many different events, as well as alumni and their families, back to campus Oct. 3 and 4. The celebrations kicked off Friday morning with a Homecoming Convocation chapel, where alumni Bob Jensen and Susan Beckwith spoke. A Joyful Noise alumni band led worship for the chapel.
“I think overall Homecoming was a great success, despite the cold and rainy weather,” Marcy Hawkins, the new director of alumni relations, said. “People still came out, and they showed their Forester pride.”
Although the weather was threatening, the skies cleared from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. and the annual Homecoming Parade was a success, Hawkins said.
Alumni Relations partnered with Student Activities Board to facilitate student involvement. Each residence hall, some split into individual floors, created their own floats. Of the floats submitted, Wright Hall took the title for funniest float, Hardy basement and first floor won most creative float, Livingston first floor won best theme, and Hardy third floor won the best float overall. Float winners were awarded with money and spirit points toward Olympiad XXI, Bronwen Fetters, director of SAB, said.
The annual coronation dinner followed directly after in the Habecker Dining Commons. Attendance was even higher than anticipated, Hawkins said. SAB announced the Olympiad teams and the team colors of Red, Black, Blue and White.
Homecoming court representatives included freshmen Audra Klopfenstein and Jun-Oh Kim, sophomores Max Troyer and Corinne Kaufma and juniors Lucas Lengacher and Amanda Morris.
Senior candidates included Natalie Spahr, Breanna Amico, Amy Snider, Luke Batdorff, Joe Brenneman, and Grant Fitzgerald, with Ashish Dhingra and Rebecca Perhai winning the titles of King and Queen.
Alumni Relations started a new tradition of a family movie night, showing “The Lego Movie”, after a reception hosted by Emberton. The evening ended with a student dance in Hardy Basement put on by SAB and Senate. Students were encouraged to wear their newly revealed Olympiad colors. The black team won spirit points for Olympiad for having the most attendees in their team color.
Saturday’s activities began with the Alpha Gamma Pi 5K Fun Run at 8 a.m. Later on, Livingston Hall won the Powderpuff football tournament.
The afternoon included class reunions, an alumni rewards presentation, departmental reunions and campus tours. Troupe presented “Disney on Broadway” at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., and an additional show at 5 p.m. due to the large attendance.
“Huntington has definitely stepped up their game when it comes to homecoming weekend in my four years at HU,” senior Sydney Frandsen said. “I feel like there were a lot more alumni attending the festivities this year than I’ve ever seen before.”
Davis Hall Follies, presented by Student Senate, closed the night with shows at 7 p.m. and 9:30. The variety show included many talented acts, of which Eric Baker and Christiana Hicks took first place with their musical performance, followed by Austin Presnell in second place with a spoken word performance, and Morgan Tracey and Frandsen in third place with a video parody. Read the Huntingtonian review of the event.
“As impressed as I was by the talent shown by the other Davis Hall Follies participants, I think that HU has started missing the mark on the intention behind the event,” Frandsen said. “The name says it all – Davis Hall Follies, not Davis Hall talent show.”
Senior Kayla Lane enjoyed her last homecoming weekend as a student.
“I love that over my four years homecoming is becoming a bigger event with student involvement,” she said.