Alumni, Students, and Friends Celebrate the Creating Leaders Gala and Homecoming Weekend

by Katie Bradley | Oct 29, 2014

From a black tie affair, to football, to karaoke night at Bud’s Tavern, this year’s Homecoming had a little something for everyone and a lot of fun for all!

Thursday night brought alumni back to campus for Art of the Alumni, which showcased artwork of alumni in the Marian Hall Art Gallery. The night continued at a familiar haunt, Bud’s Tavern, just down the road from Marian University, where the community was able to catch up and sing a little karaoke.

The weekend kicked off on Friday, October 17 with more than 1,600 people coming together to celebrate the Rising to the Challenge, Creating Leaders Gala. During the gala, Marian University honored the Drew Family with the Franciscan Values Award and Lois and Sidney Eskenazi with the John A. Purdie Innovator of the Year Award.

Alumni were a major force at the event, where each alumnus was given a special rose corsage to honor them as a part of this Year of the Alumni. During the night, John Purcell ’74 received the Founders’ Award for Distinguished Service to Marian University in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the growth, development, and visibility of the university. Purcell serves on the Marian University Alumni Association Board, Class of ’74 Reunion Committee, Networking Knights, and is a co-founder of The Marian Connection.

Philip ’81 and Teresa ’80 Carson were also honored with the Mother Clarissa Dillhoff Award for Distinguished Achievement in Mentoring for their guidance, support, and leadership to the Greater Indianapolis area through their dedication to Catholic schools, especially their alma mater, Marian University.

On Saturday, Marian University alumni came back to campus to celebrate Homecoming and the opening of Alumni Hall, the new student center on campus named in their honor.

Tailgating commenced with lots of food, fun, and laughter. Festivities also included a live performance by Brett Wiscons ’03.     

Saturday afternoon, the Marian University Knights football team defeated William Penn University 37-14, with senior running back Tevin Lake rushing more than 100 yards and scoring his 50th career touchdown.

During half time, the university was presented with eight checks from the Classes of 1959, 1964, 1966, 1968, and 1969, with gifts totaling nearly $300,000.

The fun continued with a special Mass; reunion gatherings for the Classes of 1959, 1964, 1969, and 1974 ; and a Homecoming After Party that included music, dancing and casino games.

"With this year being the Year of the Alumni, we have taken great pride in recognizing our alumni in many ways. Homecoming weekend was a sure fire WIN in our book. The number of alumni who showed up in masses to each event, sure demonstrates the people Marian University creates and the memories that last a lifetime," said Nichole Ellis, director of alumni and donor relations. 

Save the Date: Next year's Homecoming will happen September 26, 2015

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