October 07, 2015
Communications and Marketing
More than 1,200 alumni ranging from new graduates to Golden Anselmians returned to campus Oct. 2-4 for Homecoming 2015.
The fall weekend began on Friday with "Alumni Back to College" and concluded on Sunday with Mass in the Abbey Church. In between touring campus, catching up with old friends, and cheering on the Hawks, alumni attended a marionette demonstration in the Dana Center, celebrated successful alumni at the Alumni Awards dinner, decorated pumpkins on the Campus Green, and learned about cultures from around the world at Multicultural Day.
"It was wonderful to have so many of our alumni back on the hilltop, participating in such a wide variety of activities," said Tricia Guanci Therrien '88, Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations and Advancement Programming. "We were excited about this year's programming and pleased with the turnout."
Returning alumni had lots of athletics options on campus as the football team battled Assumption, women's tennis, volleyball, and field hockey also squared off with opponents from across New England and New York.
On Friday, Professors Christopher Galdieri (politics) and David George (classics) offered classes on their respective expertise: The NH Primary and Archaeological Dig which alumni of all graduation years enjoyed.
Later on Friday evening, the Alumni Association recognized five alumni, two parents, and one staff member for their achievements and contributions to the college at the annual Alumni Awards Dinner. Chosen by the Alumni Council, this year's recipients were Elizabeth A. Condron '04, Doria "Woody" Dubois Ph.D. '64, Michael "Mick" F. Flynn '89, Evelyn (Lord) Gaudrault '62, James and Eleanor Golden P'86, P'87, P'92, P'03, Kenneth A. Perkins, and Frank A. Stabile Jr. '68.
On Saturday, Professor David Banach offered a Conversatio Humanities seminar to those interested in learning about the new program. For those interested in college history, archivist Keith Chevalier gave a historic walking tour of campus.
In addition, this year's homecoming coincided with the college's annual Multicultural Day on Saturday, which offered students, alumni, friends, and family, an opportunity to see, taste, and engage with countries from around the world including Egypt, Sudan, Dominican Republic, Spain, Columbia, and Cuba.
"Multicultural Day was a wonderful community celebration that exemplifies who we are - a thriving, vibrant, campus community who respects differences, supports the Benedictine spirit of hospitality and embraces student engagement and learning," said Multicultural Center Director Yemi Mahoney.