Thanks to everyone who came back to campus to celebrate Homecoming Weekend 2011. It was a weekend full of fun, festivities, trips down memory lane and new memories!
Some fun facts about Homecoming Weekend 2011:
- The oldest Shenandoah graduate in attendance was Virginia Storer Varner ’42, who attended the Alumni Celebration Luncheon with her daughter, Marilyn Varner Flook ’72 and her husband, Don Flook.
- The alumni who returned to campus spanned nearly 70 years – 1942 to 2011 – as well as current students.
- Shenandoah’s most recent graduates, the Class of 2011, were well represented with 22 alumni attending their first Homecoming at SU. Pastor Glenn Miller ’80 also celebrated his first Homecoming since graduating over 30 years ago.
- The Class of 2010 came in second with 15 classmates in attendance, and the Classes of 2001 and 2005 tied for third with nine attendees each.
- Homecoming 2011 was a stop for Roberta Lisonbee Szoka ’74 on her journey to the island nation of Tonga. Szoka was honored with the Distinguished Alumna Award for Service to the Community. She and her husband, James Szoka ’86, will serve as missionaries in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints’ International Teacher Education Program. The couple will work on Tongatapu Island, the main island of Tonga. Follow their progress at http://jimandbea.blogspot.com/.
- Athletic alumni Ford Dieth ’95 (men’s lacrosse) traveled from New Orleans and Scott Disch ’06 (baseball) came in from Houston. Georgia Pappas Fragale ’77 came all the way from East Lansing, Michigan to serve as accompanist for the Alumni Chorus and Shenandoah Chorus. Scott Wahlin ’87 traveled from Minneapolis to help friends from the Class of 1986 celebrate their 25-year reunion.
- Alumni also traveled from Maryland, North Carolina, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey, Georgia, Tennessee, New York and across Virginia. Overall, alumni came from fourteen states to be a part of the Homecoming 2011 festivities.
- Nearly 500 people participated in all of the Homecoming events, with nearly 200 alumni in attendance.
- There were a few “firsts” during Homecoming Weekend 2011 – the School of Education & Human Development held their first Homecoming alumni event, honoring Ben Markel ’05 as an outstanding educator. Halpin-Harrison Hall was host to the first book signing during Homecoming, with Julia Espey, the author of “If I Were Your Daddy, This Is What You’d Learn,” and alumnus Nick Nerangis ’04, one of the fathers featured in the publication. Mike Kruger, recently hired as the new head men’s lacrosse coach, held his first Meet & Greet with alumni, parents and fans of the program, to discuss the exciting initiatives he’s introduced for his squad.
Mark your calendars for Homecoming Weekend 2012, which will be held October 5-7, 2012!