2/14/2008 Jill Colford Schoeniger ’86

Homecoming Weekend 2007

Highlighted by a tailgate extravaganza that transformed Williamson Parking Lot into a sea of blue-and-white revelers, Homecoming Weekend drew more than 1,500 attendees to Lancaster Oct. 19 – 21. 
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The all-College tailgate on Saturday featured tents representing 50 academic departments, student and alumni groups and athletic teams. Along with cookout fare and much reconnecting, the event included beverages from the Iron Hill Brewery, the first eating establishment to occupy a spot at College Row.

Kicking off the weekend on Friday was the Alumni College. This new event featured faculty members speaking about campaign politics, global warming, fashion and health care. 

The Franklin & Marshall athletics program was in the spotlight on Friday night with the Hall of Fame reception and dinner. The 2007 inductees were Maria Gaydos ’88, Al Hillman ’60, Shannon Martin ’88, Yogesh Panchal ’89 and football coach Al Brooks. A pep rally capped off an exciting first day of festivities. 

The second day featured a wide variety of activities, including alumni book signings, Greek alumni association meetings, alumni sports games, a State of the College address and an F&M Players alumni revue. Many alumni attended events in their sporty new F&M alumni hats provided free of charge by the Alumni Association.

One of the more unusual and whimsical events was the Quaker Wake Procession hosted by the Psychology Department. Led by a bagpiper, about 60 people joined in as Professor Paul Whitely’s portrait was carried from the old Whitely Labs to the new Whitely wing of the Ann & Richard Barshinger Life Sciences & Philosophy Building. 

The Alumni Board sponsored a reception for all alumni in the Stutzman Memorial Garden and Druker Family Humanities Commons. The festivities included a champagne toast by Alumni Board President Rich Barth ’71 and F&M President John Fry.

To add to the Saturday excitement, all the sports teams hosted home games. While the football team fell 31-0 to Muhlenberg College, the women’s teams fared better against the Mules, with victories by field hockey (2-0), soccer (1-0), and volleyball (3-1). The volleyball team also posted a 3-1 win over St. Mary’s College.

The athletic highpoint of the weekend was Saturday night’s rowdy, well-attended men’s soccer game under the lights at the new turf field. Before an estimated 1,600 fans, the Diplomats rose to the occasion with a thrilling 2-1 overtime victory over perennial nemesis Johns Hopkins. It was the first time since 1993 that the Dips had defeated the Blue Jays.

Mixing new traditions with old, Homecoming Weekend buzzed with energy and activity—and drew nearly double the attendees as last year’s event. 
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