Homecoming 2013 a Rousing Success
An event-filled weekend helped make the 2013 Homecoming Weekend a tremendous success at The College at Brockport. The weekend featured a wide range of events that included something for every member of the Brockport family – students, alumni, faculty, staff, and community members alike.
More than 600 alumni and friends participated in the various alumni events that took place over the weekend. The Class of 1963 gathered to celebrate its 50th anniversary and eclipsed its goal of raising $100,000 for its class scholarship fund. Alumnus Tom Diederich, and his wife Judy, made a $50,000 gift on Friday morning to boost the fund’s total to $154,000. In addition to reunion events for the class of 1963 and 1953, other alumni events included a Resident Assistant reunion, a GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade) networking event, an Emeriti and Retiree Reception, and a Hartwell Society Luncheon for alumni who graduated 50 years or more ago, and more.
An awards reception was held Friday night to honor a number of alumni. Gary Crawford ’62, Donald Greene ’63, and Dianne Hickerson ’64 received the Hall of Heritage Award. Jack Backer ’58, Joseph Maresco’67, Arthur Romita ’64 and Diana Suskind ’68 received the Outstanding Service Award. Nicholas DiGiacco ’10 received the Recent Alumnus Award.
The highlight of the weekend was a record-setting crowd of nearly 7,000 at Brockport’s first night football game, made possible by the recent renovations to Eunice Kennedy Shriver Stadium. The weekend also included a pep rally, a performance by comedian B.J. Novak (of the hit television show The Office, and the annual Homecoming Parade, which was comprised of more than 40 floats that celebrated Homecoming's I Love New York theme.