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Susquehanna Embraces Community With Homecoming Weekend Plans

Published on September 21, 2012

Susquehanna University will celebrate Homecoming–Reunion Weekend Sept. 28 through 30 with class and organization reunions, Greek receptions, awards banquets, softball and golf outings, dinner and dancing, and much more. An estimated 1,000 alumni and guests are expected to return to campus to enjoy the festivities, including some that are open to the local community.

A Kids’ Carnival will be held Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the field behind Hassinger Hall and the Blough-Weis Library. The younger crowd can enjoy carnival games and a moon bounce while adults can take a turn on the mechanical bull. Hot dogs, cotton candy, ice cream and other carnival food will be provided.

The annual homecoming parade will send marchers and floats, starting Saturday at 4:30 p.m., down Selinsgrove’s University Avenue, left on Market Street, and then left on Pine Street. This year’s theme is “Celebrating Our Freedom,” which is based on the 2012–13 university theme of freedom and responsibility. A dinner for alumni only will take place in the field house that evening from 5 to 8 p.m., followed by the homecoming dance for alumni, students, faculty and staff.

Sports fans can catch the action at any of three venues on campus. A men's lacrosse alumni game will take place Friday at 7 p.m. in Nicholas A. Lopardo Stadium, with the Division III football game against the Muhlenberg Mules scheduled there Saturday at 1 p.m. Football admission is $6 for adults, $3 for athletes and senior citizens, and free for Susquehanna students and children under 10. Tennis buffs will find both men’s and women’s tennis teams challenging Lycoming College on the courts next to Amos Alonzo Stagg Field Saturday at noon. A field hockey game against Catholic University also will take place Saturday at 1 p.m. on Sassafras Field.

Those with an eye for art can attend a reception Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. for “Noir et Blanc,” an exhibition by former Susquehanna University art instructor Florence Putterman at Post & Lintel, 34 S. Market St. Or plan to stop by the Lore Degenstein Gallery on campus to see how award-winning street artist Bob Diven has covered the walls with his colorful, three-dimensional paintings in “Wall Street (or How to Drive a Street Painter up the Wall),” open daily from noon to 4 p.m.

Susquehanna’s Department of Theatre will present several performances of the award-winning “Amadeus” in Degenstein Center Theater, Friday through Sunday at 8 p.m., with matinees Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are free for Susquehanna students, $7 for non-Susquehanna students and $10 for adults, and can be purchased by visiting the campus box office, Monday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m., or calling 570-372-ARTS.

A special worship service exploring the relationship between faith and freedom will take place in Weber Chapel Auditorium Sunday at 11 a.m., followed by an awards reception and banquet for alumni only, beginning at 12:30 p.m. in Evert Dining Room.


Karen M. Jones

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