Marian alumni came out to celebrate Homecoming Weekend, October 4-6.
With the opening of the Michael A. Evans Center for Health Sciences, the welcoming of the first 162 students to the Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine, and the construction of Alumni Hall, Marian University is certainly growing and changing. Homecoming weekend gave alumni the chance to reconnect with old friends and discover many of the exciting new things happening on campus.
The weekend kicked off on Friday night with the Distinguished Alumni Awards, where Dick and Mary Ellen Phillips ’63, Earl Brinker ’74, Mary Beth Bonaventura ’76, David Bethuram ’78, Gina Fleming ’93, and Jenny Morris ’05 were recognized and celebrated for their achievements in categories including: mentoring, professional success, and service.
Saturday began with a special rosary at the Blessed Mother Mary Shrine and Rosary Walk in honor of friends and loved ones the Marian University community has lost. Campus tours gave alumni the chance to see the newly opened Michael A. Evans Center for Health Sciences.
Tailgating commenced with lots of food, fun, and laughter. Festivities included a live band, face painting, balloon artistry, and a bounce house. Despite rain, a good time was had by all.
Saturday afternoon, the Marian University Knights football team came out victorious against Robert Morris University with a 21-19 victory. During halftime, the Class of 1958 presented a check for $54,760 to the university for their class endowed scholarship.
The Class of 1963 also presented a check for $10,000 for the building of Alumni Hall, a new student center set to open next fall.
The weekend of fun continued with Mass, class reunions, and the Roaring Twenties Casino Night. The Class of 1963 celebrated a major milestone, their 50th reunion! Otherreunions included the Class of 1958’s 55th reunion, the Class of 1968’s 45th reunion, the Class of 1973’s 40th reunion, and the Class of 1978’s 35th reunion.
Students, alumni, faculty, and staff came together for Casino Night at the Mother Theresa Hackelmeier Memorial Library on Saturday night. Some even dressed in Gatsby-esque, Roaring Twenties attire!
The Women of Marian Luncheon, honoring classes of 1943, 1948, 1953, 1958, 1963, 1968, and the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg, wrapped up Homecoming Weekend on Sunday, October 6. Honoring the brave women who founded the university and have been a continuous thread of support and guidance for the university was the perfect ending to an amazing weekend.