Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Homecoming- Through The Years

Preparations are now in high gear at the Alumni Relations office, with Homecoming only a couple days away. We’ve had alumni calling in or going online every day to register for many of our almost 20 events spread throughout the weekend.
            We are trying to customize each event in order to suit the needs of all alumni that will be joining us during Homecoming weekend—especially certain groups that are coming back to celebrate together. One way of doing this is by creating picture boards for Phi Kappa Sigma/Chi Fraternity and Sigma Phi/Theta Epsilon Fraternity, the two fraternities that will be holding anniversary and reunion celebrations. In our quest to find pictures of these two groups over the years, we dug into the shelves of Oh-Ha-Daih yearbooks, which is an exciting trip through a time capsule all in itself! While we were in there, we happened across some pictures of Homecomings past—maybe from when you were still a student here! We would like to share some of these pictures with you, to remind you of the purpose and excitement of Geneseo Homecoming and to highlight some of the ways this year’s homecoming will be even better than ever because of the history upon which it is being built.

(Photo from 1970)
In 1970, a dedication was held in the College Union for a sculpture presented by the class of 1968.  This year, Dr. Ronald Herzman will be receiving the Geneseo Alumni Association Honorary Membership Award and will be honored for his dedication to teaching here at Geneseo.

(Photo from 1973)
Class clowns—every college has ‘em, but Geneseo’s certainly are some of the funniest!

(Photo from 1976)
Remember catching up with friends over a few drinks at the IB? Well this Geneseo tradition is set to continue during this Homecoming (you even get your own Alumni mug).

(Photo from 1980)
Fun and exciting things are still happening here at Geneseo (just maybe not this crazy!)

(Photo from 1982)
For the 1981-82 school year, there was a pie-eating contest to coincide with the “American Pie” Homecoming theme that year.  While we won’t be chowing down on pie this year, there will be TONS of Aunt Cookie’s subs and Mama Mia’s pizza to fill you up.

(Photo from 1986)
Fireworks during Homecoming weekend has been a tradition for years and this year is no different.  A spectacular display will be held over Letchworth Field.

(Photo from 1994)
There will be plenty of fun and games scheduled for Homecoming weekend, including multiple Alumni sports games.  And who knows, maybe even a game of “crab soccer!”

(Photo from 1995)
Homecoming is all about reminiscing and celebrating the time you spent here in Geneseo—why not spend it with old friends too?

(Photo from 1980)
As always, you'll be sure to catch one of Geneseo's beautiful sunsets over the valley.

We can't wait for homecoming and we hope to see you there! Check out the official homecoming website for a complete schedule of events and online registration!

- The Geneseo Alumni Team

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