Students, Parents and Alumni Take in Homecoming Weekend
The many events held during Homecoming Weekend were a perfect eclectic mix for some alumni and freshmen parents. There were plenty of activities taking place on campus Saturday; the Stevens Athletic Hall of Fame brunch, the President’s Homecoming Reception with music performed by students, two community barbecues, various athletic events and several Greek open houses.
“There were a lot of diverse events this weekend. (The athletic program) was represented all day and a cultural event with musical performances in the library was held this afternoon,’’ said John Fitzpatrick ’84, who traveled from Baltimore, Md., for the weekend. “It was a nice combination.’’
The library was filled with hundreds of students, parents and alumni during the reception. Bijan Mohazab ’15 was listening to the performances with his parents, Zohreh Shahvar and Reza Mohazab. His parents, who now live in Staten Island, N.Y., are originally from Tehran, Iran, where Dr. Farvardin was born and raised. They beamed with pride that a man from their hometown was officially installed as Stevens’ seventh president.
“It really is a small world,’’ said Reza Mohazab, with a smile on his face. The couple said they got the chance to speak with the Farvardin family at Friday’s reception following the inauguration ceremony.
The Mohazabs said they knew from the moment Bijan entered the Howe Center during a campus tour months ago that this was the right university for him.
“It felt like home,’’ said Bijan Mohazab, who plans to major in mechanical engineering. He is also a music buff who has been studying the piano for the past 13 years. While he didn’t want to overextend himself his first semester with studies and hobbies, he said he will definitely explore the music department at Stevens next year.
The Rivera family also enjoyed campus events this weekend. Gabe Rivera ’15 and his parents, Barbara and Sandy, attended the academic colloquium on Friday morning and watched the inauguration ceremony on Palmer Lawn that afternoon. They also attended many events on Saturday.
Stevens was the first choice for Gabe, said Barbara Rivera. “It just felt right, it felt like family,’’ Gabe Rivera said. The school’s small size and proximity to New York City also factored into his decision, his mom said. “All the other schools failed in comparison.’’