Issue: Fall/Winter 2012
Rachel Meier '14
With a crisp fall breeze and colors blazing in the surrounding hills, Houghton welcomed over 1,400 parents, community members and alumni to campus for the 2012 Homecoming and Family weekend.
Class reunions were held in conjunction with Homecoming again this year, as members of Houghton classes ending in 2 and 7 celebrated with class gatherings and a reunion banquet.
Homecoming began with the traditional Founders Day Convocation, featuring James Priest ’77, executive director of Fighting Addiction Through Education. With 30 years of experience in the legal and business sectors, Priest continues to serve his local community through his work for non-profit organizations. Earlier in the week, Judge Sheila A. DiTullio ‘77 was honored with the 2012 Alumna of the Year Award. DiTullio was appointed supervising judge of the criminal courts of Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee and Wyoming counties in January 2011. DiTullio has served as an Erie County court judge since January 1996.
Friday continued with many engaging activities. “Teeing off” since Homecoming 2005, the golf tournament continued to be a popular event with numbers doubling from last year. A unique Homecoming experience this year was a panel discussion on the evolving music industry, featuring Gordon Kerr ‘88, CEO of Black River Entertainment. On Saturday, the traditional Fun Run included young children and alumni from over 50 years past.
Former President Dr. Daniel Chamberlain and former coach and current Executive Director of Intercollegiate Athletics H. “Skip” Lord ’80 were honored with a brunch on Saturday morning, officially joining 30 other Athletic Hall of Honor members. Saturday evening concluded with the traditional SPOT performances, including a hilarious act from the class of ’77.
Homecoming and Family Weekend 2012 was a sensational success all around, and we are already looking forward to next year; save the date for Homecoming 2013: Oct 4-5, 2013.