Oct. 8, 2013
Alumni head home for biggest Pacific University Homecoming ever.Jenni Luckett | Editor
Alumni are on their way home.
Pacific University is hosting what promises to be its biggest Homecoming celebration ever this week, with more than 300 alumni — plus families and friends — registered to attend the four-day celebration.
One of the biggest draws this year is a pair of celebrations by Pacific University fraternities. Gamma Sigma celebrates its 150th anniversary with a golf scramble, reunion dinner and other Homecoming festivities. The sesquicentennial celebration alone is drawing more than 100 people back to the Forest Grove Campus.
Not to be outdone, the Alpha Zeta Fraternity also is hosting a reunion celebration and seeing significant turnout itself.
Several classes also will reunite during the weekend, including the Class of 1963, which celebrates its 50th reunion and will be inducted into the Golden Guard in a ceremony that includes signing their names into the sidewalk outside Old College Hall. (That ceremony starts with a lunch and induction at noon Friday, followed by the march to Old College Hall and the signing.)
Other special events during Homecoming include
· New Residence Hall Groundbreaking — Celebrate the beginning of construction on Pacific’s newest living community at 2:30 Thursday, Oct. 10, at Reynolds Field
· Pacific’s Finest Awards Reception — Honor the outstanding alumni being recognized this year, including Mindy (Cottrell) Cameron ’65, Derek ’92 and Tina (Cooper) Lasko ’95, and Dr. Ami (Heaton) Halvorson OD ’07, at a ceremony at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, in the Library
· Memorial Tree Planting — Remember the late Vice President and Dean of Students Eva Krebs at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, between Marsh Hall and the Library
· Athletic Hall of Fame — Usher in the newest members of the Pacific University Athletic Hall of Fame, DeeDee Arnall ’06, Dr. Frank Dierickx ’41, Billy Merck ’97 and the 1962-1964 men’s tennis teams, at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, in McCready Hall
And, of course, don’t miss out on the athletics fun throughout the weekend. Tailgating and the Boxer Nation Celebration start at 10 a.m. Saturday, followed by the 1 p.m. kickoff of the football game (the Boxers take on the University of Puget Sound Loggers). There also will be an alumni swim meet on Saturday and a men’s soccer game on Sunday.