By Martina Glab
Homecoming Weekend. A time of fun, cheer and excitement during which students and their families are joyfully reunited and graduates happily return for a weekend of activity and enjoyment.
There are plenty of great features that make Homecoming one of the best parts about fall at Union.
Of course, there is the highly anticipated football game. This year, the Dutchmen will play against the Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
There are also plenty of student- and family-related events reveling in school spirit and fall festivity, which are guaranteed to promote a good time.
This year, Homecoming Weekend kicks off on Thursday with the welcoming of alumna Dr. Kathy Magliato ‘85, as she joins this year’s lineup of speakers for the Alumni Speaker Series.
A cardiac surgeon, author and businesswoman, Magliato became the first woman ever to receive training at Loyola University Medical Center in 1996 and to also be granted a transplant fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh in 1999.
Since then, she has been following her mission of achieving hard work while challenging the misconception drawn to female surgeons in her field.
Come see her talk and inspire at the Nott Memorial at 5 p.m. where she will be discussing her memoir, Heart Matters, and giving valuable advice to current Union students.
On Friday, the campus will be hosting a heap of exciting events. Join dance instructor Christine Geren as she leads a fun, free Pilates class at 12:50 p.m. available to all students, families and alumni.
The class, which will take place in the newly constructed Henle Dance Pavilion, represents just one of many wellness classes offered to the campus community through the Athletics Department.
At 3:30 p.m., come support the women’s ice hockey team as they battle Northeastern University at Messa Rink. Or watch as the ladies of the field hockey team take on St. Lawrence University at 4 p.m. on Bailey Field.
With the amount of dedication they have put into their sports, we wish our Union women the very best this year.
During the day on Friday, be prepared to see an array of campus tours and new faces as high school seniors explore Union’s beautiful campus.
Admissions will be sponsoring an Open House available to all prospective students, parents and alumni as well as an opportunity to visit a class throughout the day.
In addition, a First-Year Family Reception will take place at the Peter Irving Wold Center at 5:30 p.m. to give first-years and their families a chance to meet and speak with all the faculty and staff that work directly with first-years.
Later in the evening, Acting President Therese McCarty invites all faculty, families, current students and alumni to a welcome ceremony from 4 to 5:30 p.m., where you will get the chance to mingle, chat and take in the beauty of the Nott Memorial. Refreshments will be provided.
Don’t forget to check out the U Mingle (Unity Through Networking) event at 6 p.m. on the third floor in the Reamer Campus Center.
This event serves as a valuable opportunity for all students who are interested in networking with various alumni and making important connections.
The evening is followed by a fun way to show off your creativity with a pumpkin carving competition at Beuth House. Pumpkins and tools will be provided for all participants and winners will be announced during half-time at Saturday’s football game.
Last but not least, Friday’s string of events will end with the men’s hockey team versus Bowling Green State University. Go support the incredible team at 7:30 p.m. in Messa Rink.
On Saturday, activities begins bright and early as campus members and visitors participate in or watch the Dutchman Dash, the annual 5K race that takes place on campus.
All runners and walkers are welcome to join at 9 a.m. with no registration required.
The Becker Career Center is also staging an Open House from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. for all parents and graduates interested in sponsoring their organizations for interested students.
Students will get the opportunity to meet with alumni from various organizations and inquire about internships and jobs.
Whether you are a prospective, current or graduated student, come join Admissions for a fantastic historical tour of Union (offered at 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.) and learn about all the extensive planning that went into its development. No reservations required.
In addition, campus hayrides starting at 11 a.m. are a wonderful way to view your college campus.
Get on board with your family and friends and enjoy a perfect, autumn ride across campus.
Perhaps the most thrilling part about Homecoming Weekend this year will be the football game against WPI.
The game will start at 1:30 p.m. on Bailey Field. There will be a pre-game tailgate picnic starting at 11:30 a.m.
Meet and greet all your friends before the game and enjoy all the surrounding attractions, including face painting, games, music and a bouncy-bounce.
While listening to the performances by the Garnet Minstrelles and the Dutch Pipers, help yourself to all your favorite tailgate foods, including hotdogs, burgers, salads, dessert and much more.
It’s the perfect way to enjoy a great game!
After the game, treat yourself to the festive Harvest Dinner provided for all families, students and alumni at 5:30 p.m. in the Upperclass Dining Hall.
Finally, wind down on Saturday night and enjoy an amazing performance from top magician Jay Mattioli.
Hosted by U Program, the show is open to audiences of all ages and will surely be a great form of entertainment after a long day of football and family fun.
For more information on all of these events and everything Homecoming-related, visit the Alumni Relation’s web page and check out the full schedule.
We look forward to another great year of exciting, fall fun!