September 02, 2016
More than 400 alumni and their families will return to Susquehanna University and the borough of Selinsgrove Sept. 9-11 for Homecoming-Reunion Weekend 2016. While the weekend will include reunions and celebrations on and off campus, this year's activities will also include heartfelt remembrances and reflections on the 15th anniversary of 9/11.
The 2001 terrorist attacks took the lives of two young Susquehanna alumni, Colleen Supinksi '96 and Chris Vialonga '93. Both died in the World Trade Center that fateful September morning--Supinski on the 104th floor of the South Tower, where she was an associate trader for Sandler O'Neill & Partners; and Vialonga on the 92nd floor of the North Tower, where he worked as a foreign exchange trader for Carr Futures. Supinski was one of 66 Sandler O'Neill employees who died that day, and Vialonga was one of 69 Carr Futures employees to perish.
A remembrance ceremony will be held at Susquehanna's 9/11 memorial honoring Supinski and Vialonga at noon on Sunday, Sept. 11. Located between the Blough-Weis Library and Hassinger Hall, the memorial includes two columns representing the two Susquehannans whose lives were cut short by the attacks, as well as a piece of twisted steel recovered from Ground Zero. The memorial overlooks the football stadium and track where Supinski and Vialonga spent much of their time as student-athletes.
Supinski was on the women's track and cross country teams, and was a member of the Kappa Delta sorority on campus. Vialonga was a standout offensive lineman on the football team and a significant contributor to the 1991 South Region Championship squad's run to the national Division III semifinals. He was also a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.
Homecoming festivities will kick off Friday, Sept. 9, and will include the dedication of the Chris Vialonga Sports Performance Center at 5 p.m. in the lower level of James W. Garrett Sports Complex. The "Vio Center," as it's called in recognition of Vialonga's longheld nickname, was supported by a number of his SU teammates and friends who contributed more than $440,000 to the $500,000 weight room renovation project.
From ample equipment to a modern design, the "Vio Center" is intended to inspire both current athletes and new recruits by demonstrating Susquehanna's commitment to athletics. The center will accommodate more athletes in less time by increasing the rack systems from four to 14, making workouts more efficient and productive.
For more information and a full schedule of events, visit www.susqu.edu/homecoming2016.