Members of the Franklin & Marshall community attending the College's most festive annual event have 225 extra reasons to celebrate in 2012.
Scores of F&M alumni will join families of current students and members of the campus community for Homecoming & Family Weekend Oct. 18-21 as the College continues a yearlong celebration of its 225th anniversary. The weekend includes dozens of events highlighting F&M's commitment to excellence in the liberal arts, robust and engaging activities and initiatives contributing to campus life, strong community spirit, and current research and teaching, with many of these events honoring the College's history and traditions. The anniversary theme, "Beyond 225: Inspired for Life," will be highlighted throughout the weekend. The complete schedule of events is available online.
"Homecoming & Family Weekend is about connecting generations of F&M alumni and families with each other and with F&M," said Cathy Cross Roman '77, F&M's director of alumni and parent relations. "Our celebration of 225 years is the perfect time for alumni and families to visit and learn about the exciting things happening every day on our campus."
The opening day of festivities includes the world premiere of a documentary film honoring the leadership of one of F&M's most distinguished alumni, the late Maj. Richard Winters '41. "Dick Winters: Hang Tough" celebrates the accomplishments of Winters -- whose story was the inspiration for the Stephen Ambrose book and the HBO miniseries "Band of Brothers" -- and other servicemen who risked or sacrificed their lives on June 6, 1944, in Normandy, France. The film screens at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, in F&M's Barshinger Center for the Musical Arts.
Academic excellence will be on display Friday, Oct. 19, when more than 100 students will showcase their work at F&M's Autumn Research Fair from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Barshinger Life Sciences & Philosophy Building. The same afternoon, two F&M faculty members -- Assistant Professor of Biology Beckley Davis and Assistant Professor of Government Linda Hasunuma -- will present lectures on their current research between 1:30 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. in the Great Room of Weis College House.
On Friday evening, the College will hold its annual Athletic Hall of Fame Reception and Dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Alumni Sports & Fitness Center. This year's Hall of Fame inductees are Charles Detz '95 (men's basketball), Tasha Faill-Krause '90 (field hockey and women's lacrosse), Louis Figari '73 (football), Alan Ingraham '72 (men's soccer and F&M athletics contributor), Jennifer Power '97 (volleyball), Andrew Surtz '97 (football) and the 1986-87 men's squash team, which put together the best season in school history with a dual match record of 15-1.
F&M President Daniel R. Porterfield will speak about campus initiatives from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, in the Barshinger Center for Musical Arts. Another highlight of Saturday's schedule is the Tailgate Extravaganza in the Williamson Parking Lot, where alumni and families can visit members of F&M academic departments, student organizations, athletics teams and alumni groups from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Information on parking for the weekend, including a campus map, is available online.