5K, Alumni Picnic Among Highlights of Homecoming 2012

By JoLynne Bremmer | October 30, 2012

Alumni returned to campus on Saturday, Oct. 13, to celebrate a festive and beautiful homecoming, enjoy the student carnival along the Walk of Pride, join families at the afternoon picnic and cheer on the soccer, field hockey and volleyball teams.

The campus grounds were beautiful, decked out in autumn splendor, and alumni were amazed at the growth of the University and the addition of new facilities, including the Commons and the beautiful new turf field where the field hockey and men’s soccer games were played. Photos from Homecoming Weekend.

Traditions Old and New: 5K and Homecoming Picnic

The first annual Quad A 5K was held bright and early. The course led runners around the campus. Runners and walkers came out despite temperatures in the 30s to workout for a good cause. All proceeds went to Arcadia’s Athletics Department. Michael Kimmel ’16 placed first in the men’s division, with Evan Palmer and Raymond Duma placing second and third, respectively. For the women, Lauren Ziccardi ’08 took first, with fellow alumna Natalie Harris ’08 finishing second and Laurie Shaffer coming in third.

Marty Palmer ’86, ’96M, President of Quad-A, thanks all who helped make this race a reality, including the Quad-A members, Arcadia student workers and Nancy Woehrle and Rose Kraynak of the Office of Alumni Relations. “A special thanks goes out to Coach Rick Brownell and the Arcadia Women’s soccer team for helping to guide runners on the course. We hope to see everyone at next year’s race!” View photos from the race.

More than 100 alumni and their families attended the evening Homecoming Picnic, reconnecting over music, dinner and games. As has become our tradition, when darkness settled over the campus, an explosion of fireworks lit up the night sky over the Castle, celebrating the Arcadia family coming together for a memorable Homecoming weekend. After the fireworks show, ALANA members were treated to a special dessert reception inside the Commons while others enjoyed Bingo or the Arcadia Theater performance  of Meshuggah Nuns!

Alumni Gather for Leadership Summit

While most alumni that came back to campus for the Homecoming festivities enjoyed fantastic weather and great programs, there was a dedicated group of alumni leaders that gathered and worked most of the day. The Leadership Summit was held in Brubaker Hall and volunteers came together to learn about the new Alumni Association leadership and strategy for increasing alumni engagement.

Leadership Summit attendees were asked to attend three brief afternoon seminars by select faculty members and learn about some of Arcadia’s popular programs so they could spread the word about current campus programs. Subjects presented were the Genetic Counseling program, Art and Design program and the Education program.

In the weeks following the Leadership Summit, attendees were sent a list of classmates from their years in an effort to locate and re-engage lost alumni.

If you would like to help locate “Lost Alumni” from your class years, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at alumni@arcadia.edu.

You can view the entire morning Leadership Summit sessions here.