Approximately 2,000 proud alumni came to Gallaudet to celebrate Homecoming 2014. The warmth of coming home brought perfect weather to the Homecoming game with blue skies and unseasonably warm weather as it hit 70 degrees. Here are some highlights of the 2014 Homecoming Festivities!
There was an explosion from our buff and blue spirit where alumni were already on Kendall Green, celebrating their class reunions as well as the festivities, especially from the 25th Silver Anniversary class, Class of 1989, whom brought the second largest class. (The Class of 1988 continues to hold the record as being the largest 25th anniversary class reunion to date with 138 members who attended their reunion).
Homecoming activities began on Friday afternoon with DST 402 (Deaf Women’s Studies) class’ 6th annual Deaf Women Alumnae Panel. The panel was followed by the College Bowl Challenge. Our alumni team (David Barnett, ’64, Holly Macfadden, ’64, Greg Hlibok, ’89 and Stephanie Summers, ’89) had a close call in winning the match against the student College Bowl team (current students Ethan Sonnenstrahl, Camac Kyle and Maggie Kopp). Bobbie Jo Kite, ’04 & G-’06 moderated the heated match where the score was 35--40 with the alumni team leading, with two questions remaining. Within a few minutes, the students stunned and disappointed the alumni audience with their comeback of 40-45, winning the match and continuing their winning streak of beating the alumni team during the College Bowl at Homecoming!
Later in the evening, alumni partied like old times at the Peikoff Alumni House. Everyone at the Pre Game Bash enjoyed the good food, great drinks, company, and atmosphere of Ole Jim. The party lasted until 1 a.m. with two memorable highlights of the evening.
Gallaudet’s Bison showed up at the Pre-Game Bash to greet attendees much to alumni’s excitement as a lot of alumni wanted to have their picture taken with the Bison. The other highlight was when the Bison Song was performed by Richard Jacobs, ’89 and Dawn Oversen, ’89, taking the alumni for a journey down memory lane.
Early on Saturday morning, Jacobs and Ovesen pumped up the tired crowd by performing the Bison Song for the third time of the weekend, during their Silver Anniversary breakfast. They also performed for the Classes of 1959 and 1964, which were celebrating their 50th and 55th class reunions, with Jacobs doing the song as a tribute to his late mother in law, Leila Petersen, ’59, who passed away several years ago. They did the Bison Song for the last time during their Silver Anniversary banquet on Saturday evening. (You can view their inspiring moves here: http://youtu.be/1F2NQKVAaAU.) Class of 1989 might have not broken the headcount record, but they surely made an impact by commiting approximately $9,000 to the newly established GUAA/Charlotte W. Newcombe Endowed Scholarhip Fund.
Our athletic teams played tough the entire weekend. Gallaudet Women’s Soccer played their final game of the season and lost 5-1 to Penn College. Gallaudet Women’s Volleyball lost 3-2 with close scores against St. Mary’s. Gallaudet Football team played in a heated game only to lose 10-6 against Mount Ida.
In addition to the excitement, the Information and Food booths had a great turnout this year! In fact, the Office of Alumni Relations brought something new to the booths area this year. We had a caricaturist draw a caricature portrait for every $10 donation to Gallaudet University. It was a fun experience- you can even view the portrait of Alumni Office Staff here!
Saturday concluded with Classes of 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1994, 1999, and 2004 celebrating their class reunions with dinner in various locations such as Kellogg Conference Hotel, H Street and Union Market.
Considering the superb weather and strong alumni spirit, you can say that Homecoming 2014 brought a lot of heat! Are you ready to do the same, Classes of 1960, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, and 2010?!
Posted: 9 Dec 2014