Homecoming: A family weekend
October 17 - 19, 2014
Record-breaking crowds of over 7,000 returned to campus to celebrate Merrimack’s Homecoming Weekend. The event-packed celebration brought together the College’s newest alumni from the class of 2014 right down to the graduating classes of the 1950s as a chance to reconnect with friends and classmates, share why they are Merrimack Proud, and enjoy a few athletic events.
The weekend kicked off on Friday with a win by the field hockey team as they took on AIC for a 3-2 score, followed by the Mr. Merrimack Competition, where student contestants entertained a nearly sold-out audience and panel of star judges with their talent, formal wear and interview rounds. Jon Roberto ’16, a member of the football team, was ultimately crowned Mr. Merrimack.
Saturday’s full schedule began with a 5k race organized by sorority Zeta Tau Alpha. Race participants, including alumni, students, parents, and friends of the College, wore pink as they ran the campus course, with all proceeds of the race benefiting the American Cancer Society to support breast cancer research.
The morning continued with the highly-anticipated and sold-out tailgating event, where guests proudly displayed their Warrior spirit and competed for prizes in three categories: best tailgate menu, best display of “Merrimack Proud”, and largest affinity group representation. Tailgaters filled the Sakowich Campus Center parking lot and decorated tents with bold displays of navy and gold while showing off their best grilling skills. Brianna Burk ’15 took top honors in the best tailgate menu category with her twice-baked potatoes, while the Class of ’84 was crowned best display of “Merrimack Proud” based upon their custom koozies, tent décor, and remarkable school spirit. The Daly family took home the prize for largest affinity group representation.
A new addition to this year’s Homecoming line-up was the outdoor “Main Street” adjacent to the tailgating area, where affinity groups including Greek Life, Legacy Families, and Student Involvement hosted tented gathering areas for alumni and current students to meet and share experiences.
For those not tailgating, a family cook-out and kid-friendly carnival were available throughout the afternoon. The football game at Martone-Mejail field was standing room only as the Warriors made a valiant effort against opponent Assumption. The men’s soccer team proved victorious over New Haven, ending the game in a 1-0 final score. Later that evening, the men’s ice hockey defeated UCONN in a suspenseful overtime period with a game-closing 2-1 score.
Throughout the weekend, the newly launched Merrimack Proud state of mind campaign strongly resonated with folks who visited campus. From sporting the Merrimack Proud logo on everything from t-shirts to stickers, to enthusiastically chiming in on social media using #MerrimackProud, the entire Merrimack community rallied together to let it be known that the College is still considered by many to be “home”.
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