Ah, Homecoming Weekend. It only comes but once a year when the air is crisp, every food comes in “pumpkin flavor,” and every walk across campus is accompanied by the crunch of leaves beneath your feet. As one of the largest and most cherished alumni events hosted on Misericordia’s campus each year, I am proud to be a part of it.
Previous years included parades down Lake Street with student-built floats and the infamous “food tent,” but in recent years, the main attraction at Homecoming Weekend is tailgating in Cougar Village. And for good reason—it’s a blast! There’s no better way to spend a Saturday afternoon than with grilling and tailgating games while surrounded by some of your best friends. This Saturday is forecasted to be a typical fall day in northeast PA—chilly, with a chance of rain—perfect for sipping hot cocoa while wearing your finest Misericordia cold weather duds (or, stop by the University store to pick some up with your 10% alumni discount!).
This year, Cougar Village will also include face painting (a great way to show your team spirit), a photo booth, and a live DJ in the alumni tent. If you’ve reserved your tailgate spot in Cougar Village (the parking lot between Alumnae and the Hafey-McCormick Science Building), the fun begins at 10 a.m. If you’re meeting up with friends who have already reserved a space, you can park in any of the designated parking areas throughout campus.
Alumni of medical imaging, music, swim, and the classes of ’04 and ’05 are hosting special tailgate reunions that include a pregame lunch, so if you don’t feel like hauling a cooler and grill to campus, you can enjoy hoagies, chips, pasta, soda, and water for $5 per person. If you plan to attend, make sure to register in advance at cougarconnect.misericordia.edu/homecoming15 by Friday, October 2.
Homecoming Weekend festivities don’t stop at tailgating. Visit the Challenge Course (behind Mangelsdorf Field) from 9-11 a.m. and test your mental and physical limits on the climbing wall and zipline for a good cause; donations will be collected to benefit a local charity.
I encourage you to meet our Class of 2018 officers and students from the Women with Children Program. As one of only a few programs of its kind in the United States, the Women with Children program is making a Misericordia University education possible for single mothers.
And what would Homecoming be without sports? Support your favorite team (or teams) at one of these games: field hockey versus Eastern at 11 a.m., football versus Albright at 1 p.m., men’s and women’s tennis versus Lycoming at 1 p.m., women’s soccer versus Delaware Valley at 5 p.m. and men’s soccer at 7:30 p.m.
If you’re more of an athlete than a spectator, the swim team is hosting an alumni swim meet at 9 a.m., followed by the Natatorium Ribbon Cutting in Anderson Center, and the baseball team is hosting an alumni baseball game at 4 p.m.
When you’ve had your fill of campus, you have the option to take the party to a venue of your choice. Stop by the Banks Student Life Center or the Alumni table in Cougar Village for two complimentary drink tickets (one for you and a guest) to redeem at : Leggio’s (Dallas), Vaughn St Bar & Grill (Luzerne), Brews Brothers (Plains), Rodano’s (Wilkes-Barre), or Franklins Bar & Grill (Wilkes-Barre). Tickets can be redeemed between 6-10 p.m. at any of the previously mentioned locations. I will be on site at Leggio’s, so stop by and say, “hello,” and let me know what you thought of Homecoming Weekend!
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About the author: Lailani Augustine is the Alumni Services Coordinator for the University Advancement Division at Misericordia University.