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- Curry College Celebrates Homecoming and Family Weekend 2011
Curry College Celebrates Homecoming and Family Weekend 2011
October 19, 2011
Curry College welcomed families, friends and fans back to campus for its annual Homecoming and Family Weekend on October 15. After exploring the foliage-filled Blue Hills campus and mingling with Curry professors in the Student Center, many purple-clad guests showed their Colonel pride on the sidelines of athletic events on campus.
Early in the day, families of current students had a chance to meet up with faculty members for a delicious brunch in the Student Center. Once they were full, many darted off to attend a slew of academic, alumni and campus life forums hosted by Curry faculty, alumni and students.
The presentations ranged from 'First-Year Seminar', hosted by Professors Carrie Cokely and Kecia Brown-McManus; 'From Caretaking to Coaching' featuring Professors Vicki Nelson and Lynn Abrahams; 'Campus Resources' with Academic Success Coordinator Lynn Zlotowski; and the interactive workshop, 'The PAL Experience.'
One of the highlight sessions of the day was 'The Importance of Student Involvement,' where a panel of young Curry alums shared their success stories with current students and parents. Student Government Association (SGA) Vice President Connell Wise'13 was also in attendance at the session, and said he was excited to see a strong turnout.
"There were lots of enthusiastic parents there. It was great," said Wise, who says he is always happy to talk about his positive experience at Curry College.
Following the morning sessions, families and alumni grabbed their purple and white pom-poms and headed down to the football pre-game festivities at Walter Katz Field. Some fans tossed around a pigskin, while others grabbed a bite to eat at one of various tents set up for the annual 'Festival on the Field.'
As the Colonels geared up to take on the Salve Regina Seahawks, a familiar voice was heard over the airwaves of WMLN radio as Curry graduate Chris Lees '98 joined host Tom Quinlan '13 to discuss plays and predictions during the live Football Pregame Show. Lees, who works as a Senior Researcher in the Statistics and Information Group at ESPN, said he was happy to return to the WMLN studios in a new role.
"I am acting as more of an analyst, reacting off story lines that Tom generates," said Lees, who hosted his own pregame show while attending Curry in the late 1990's.
Lees said that the support and encouragement at Curry and through various local internships helped him to realize his potential in the world of sports journalism. He added that he is pleased to see that the college continues to provide students with the support they need to do great things.
"It's unbelievable. It was great back then, but nothing compared to what you are seeing today. I mean, this is a first rate college."
While the Colonels were not able to pull off a win against the visiting Seahawks, the home crowd kept their enthusiasm high during the game. Curry's social media specialist Adam Coulter did his best to keep folks at home in on the action by posting photos and videos to social media channels like Facebook and Twitter throughout the day.
"I had a blast watching the football team. They brought so much energy and enthusiasm to the field," said Coulter, who created a Facebook photo album for the event.
After the festivities on the field, guests were invited back to the Student Center for an open house. Several campus groups, including performance and visual arts students, held informal receptions to show off their impressive work. Among the other departments represented were Residential Life, the Dean of Students Office, Athletics and Student Activities.
Those families and friends who stayed in the area until Sunday morning were treated to an annual tradition, the very cool Jazz Breakfast in the Student Center, before heading home.
"It was wonderful to see so many alumni and parents enjoying the weekend on our Campus," said Chris Lawson, Curry's Chief Development Officer.
"I received great feedback from our alumni about the physical transformation at Curry over the past decade and our parents really appreciated the engagement with our faculty as well as hearing from our alumni about their own personal involvement at Curry. They set a great example for our current students."