Come join the entire Stevens community – alumni, faculty, staff, current students and their families – at the university’s annual tradition of Homecoming on Oct. 17-19, 2014. Always one of the most anticipated events of the year, Homecoming is a joyous opportunity to gather past and present members of the Stevens community for a weekend of exciting festivities and reunions.
Students, parents, alumni and fans are invited to cheer on the Ducks as the field hockey and women’s soccer teams host important Empire 8 Conference contests, and the women and men’s lacrosse teams host alumni games.
According to Director of Athletics Russell Rogers, Homecoming is always an important weekend for Stevens’ sports teams, especially as they are in the heart of Empire 8 Conference play.
“This year is no exception with our field hockey team hosting Ithaca College and women’s soccer playing Nazareth College. I can promise you that both of those contests will have important implications to our seasons, and we will need as much fan support as we can get. The women’s tennis team will be hosting the Empire 8 Conference Championship Tournament, and we certainly hope that the fans can come out to watch our team compete for a championship!”
But student-athletes aren’t the only ones driven to win. Rogers says alumnae and alumni contests are always a lot of fun, but can get pretty competitive at the same time.
“Our alumni enjoy nothing more than beating our current teams, and so our student-athletes have to be ready to play. We get a large number of people back for the games and the numbers seem to be growing each year,” he says.
Also, the Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2014 will honor Stevens’ most prestigious athletes at a formal cocktail party and dinner. Join fellow alumni, coaches, teammates and friends for cocktails and dinner to celebrate the induction of five new members into the Athletic Hall of Fame. The 2014 inductees are: Charles Collins ’61 (squash, tennis), Patrick Drennan ’85 (lacrosse), Nicholas Miuccio ’99 (fencing), Matthew Cannon ’04 (lacrosse) and Danielle (Dudek) Kaiser ’09 (basketball).
Homecoming is a tradition of welcoming back university alumni, and this year is no exception. Stevens graduates will have several opportunities to reunite with former classmates.
The Stevens Alumni Association (SAA) will host the Alumni Legacy Reception, which honors the legacy of multi-generational families that graduated from Stevens, the Oktoberfest beer tasting event, and the Edwin A. Stevens Society Member event.
"I am excited to see the continued growth of Homecoming. The Weekend continues to celebrate the rich tradition of Stevens, while connecting generations of Stevens graduates with each other, and with Stevens." said SAA Executive Director Michael Smullen.
Special activities are also planned for parents of new students. Freshman Parents Weekend, which coincides with Homecoming, is designed to help the newest members of the Stevens community embrace college life. Relatives of the Class of 2018 can participate in campus tours, a community barbeque, and seminars on undergraduate academics, cooperative education, careers and internships, and health and safety.
"Freshmen Parents Weekend is one more opportunity for the Stevens community to provide the families of our newest members with information and resources that will assist them and their students in reaching their goal of graduating,” said Dean of Students Ken Nilsen.
The performing arts will clearly be on display throughout Homecoming Weekend. The DeBaun Performing Arts Center at Stevens will feature performances by musicians and actors in the Stevens community and is open to all Homecoming attendees.
Enjoy a performance of “And The World Goes ’Round” – the Kander & Ebb musical revue. Tickets can be purchased at the door for the Friday and Saturday performances at 8 p.m. In addition, a Performing Arts Showcase on Saturday will feature the Stevens Choir and the President’s Ensemble.
Alumni are strongly encouraged to take part in the entertainment, and are invited to bring their instruments and “Play Along with the Stevens Jazz Band” during the welcome reception. Alumni are also invited to learn to sing “Witness” and the “Stevens Alma Mater” in four-part harmony in a Sing Along with the Stevens Choir.
“Stevens’ performing arts community will be out in force throughout Homecoming Weekend. We are thrilled to welcome back alumni for all of the above events, not just to watch but to participate!” said David Zimmerman, executive director of the DeBaun Center for Performing Arts at Stevens.
For schedule and registration information on Homecoming 2014, as well as registration information on Parents Weekend, visit stevens.edu/sit/homecoming.