A bit of rain did not dampen spirits as families, friends, and fans were welcomed to the 2016 Curry College Homecoming and Family Weekend on October 21-23.
On Friday night, alumni and stars of the court, rink, and field were inducted into the Curry College 2016 Athletic Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony and dinner were held in the Alumni Recreation Center (ARC).
Also that evening, the Women's Soccer team defeated visiting Gordon College 1-0 in Commonwealth Coast Conference action at Walter M. Katz '89 Field. The match against the Fighting Scots was Olivia Strong Night and was dedicated to the six seniors who participated in their last home game.
Saturday morning, families of current students had a chance to meet with faculty members for the annual Family/Faculty Breakfast in the Student Center. Afterward, many attended academic, alumni, and campus life forums hosted by Curry faculty, alumni, and students.
Christine Nguyen '15, Tyler Collins '14, and Garrett Goodman '13 shared their thoughts in an Alumni Panel about the coursework they found most helpful and relevant to their careers, the clubs and organizations they belonged to as students, and how they were able to secure their jobs after graduation.
"Staying active and involved with Curry is important to me," said Garrett, a management major who is now a Certified Public Accountant at PwC. "I hope to be able to serve as a mentor to students in the business school, and provide current and future students with access to working accounting professionals."
The Curry Football team earned their first New England Football Conference (NEFC) victory Saturday afternoon, 42-41 over Maine Maritime at Walter M. Katz '89 Field in the Colonels exciting annual homecoming game.
Fans took part in pregame tailgating, visiting the Alumni/Family Hospitality Tent, and celebrating the 45th anniversary of the 1971 football team with members Bob Connelly, Neil De Feo, George Gardner, Paul King, Mike Shadduck, Dan Shaw, Bill Ullmann, and Al Williams. Fans also observed a moment of silence for late team members Francis W. "Barney" Nugent '74 and Colonel Tom Rollins '73.
The annual Fall Fest, held inside the Student Center this year due to the rainy forecast, featured another amazing performance by alumna Lisa Bello '04 and her band. Students and families gathered for activities including pumpkin decorating, a performance by the Curry Dance team, and plenty of fall-themed food and drink.
Later on Saturday afternoon were alumni reunions for the classes of '61, '66, '71, '76, '81, '86, '91, '96, '01, '06 and '11, held at Keith Alumni House.
Additional sports events included the Men's and Women's Alumni Basketball games at Katz Gymnasium and the Men's Soccer game at Walter M. Katz '89 Field.
In the Shelley Hoon Keith Quiet Study Lounge on Saturday evening, the Department of Fine and Applied Arts held a reception for the alumni art and design exhibit "Here & Back." Alumni from the classes of the '80s, '90s, and the current millennium contributed photographs, paintings, digital images, prints, and drawings to be displayed in the gallery.
The skies cleared on Sunday as students, alumni, and friends participated in the EvvGirl Hike in the Blue Hills, in memory of Curry nursing student Evan Bard, Class of 2014. The annual hike was organized by the Curry College Student Nurses Association (CCSNA), and donations for participation went toward funding book scholarships in memory of Evan. Sunday morning also featured the annual jazz brunch, where a large group enjoyed live tunes from a jazz duo and delicious food in the Student Center.
"It's always fun to share the energy and beauty of the Curry campus with alumni, parents, and friends each Homecoming and Family Weekend," said Chris Lawson, Vice President for Institutional Advancement. "We encourage everyone to come back, whether it's during this annual event or your own favorite time of year to visit."