Alumni, students unite for Homecoming


Margaret Ekblom, Staff Writer

The University’s 2014 Homecoming Weekend will take place on Oct. 31-Nov. 2. Every year around 800 alumni return to the University to interact with the community.

“There is usually a mixture of alumni that attend, young alumni as well as all ages like to share the event on campus,” Chris Watters, senior associate director for on campus engagement, said.

At 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 31, the activities will begin and last until Nov. 2 around 4 p.mOn Oct. 31 there will be an evening trick-or-treat event in McDonnell Hall for alumni and their children. Students are encouraged to help out and experience the event with the alumni. Alumni who have high school age children can attend the morning legacy receptions on Nov. 1 if they are interested in following in their parents’ footsteps.

Students interested in meeting alumni dedicated toward their field of studies may attend the homecoming tailgate where certain fields of study will be present as well as the rest of the alumni who come to support the football team. The game against Lafayette will begin on Nov. 1 at 1 p.m. The tailgate beforehand will last from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. next to the stadium. There will also be a women’s soccer game against Boston University at 12 p.m. and a men’s water polo game against Princeton at 1 p.m.

At the football game this year’s Homecoming Hosts will be honored on the field during half time. The 2014 Homecoming Hosts are seniors Erica Gaugler, Colin Hassell, April Htut, Jen Lassen, Caesar Vulley, and Brett Walter. The hosts will be attending events throughout the weekend to meet with alumni and share with them what it is like to be a student today.

Following the sporting events, Beyond Unison will hold its 10th anniversary concert on Nov. 1 at 2 p.m. at the Campus Theatre. Also on Nov. 1, the members Bison Chips are celebrating their 40th year on campus, and the concert will be at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m.

“[We] could not be more excited to celebrate our double digit birthday with BU members spanning back to the start of the group,” Beyond Unison member Madeline Kling ’17 said.

“Homecoming is a great way for students and alumni to bond over similarities and what has changed on campus. They can also find ways to relate through academic interest and what students are interested in doing after graduating from Bucknell. It is just a great, festive way for them to come together and meet,” Watters said.


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