Pioneers Paint the Town Blue Homecoming Weekend 2013!
Marietta: Indian summer sunshine, a refreshed schedule of events, a moving MCAA Alumni Award ceremony, and active reunion volunteers all contributed to a record-breaking Homecoming Weekend at Marietta College October 11-13. With pre-registrations at an all-time high and walk-in attendance keeping the staff busy well into Saturday afternoon, there’s little doubt the Paint the Town Blue! theme turned out to be one of the most popular and inviting ever.
“So many Pioneers worked so hard to make this happen, it’s gratifying to see just how much our alumni and friends really wanted to return to campus to renew and re-energize their connections to the College,” said Hub Burton, Associate Vice President for Advancement. “The new Friday night All-Alumni Welcome and Tailgate were big hits and along with the Awards ceremony created some new dynamics of interaction for alumni and our future members of The Long Blue Line!”
“I was impressed at each event we attended. I could tell a lot of thought and hard work was put into each event. One of my favorite events was the Welcome on Friday night on the Christy Mall. It was fun a way to start our weekend,” said Sarah Murray Houghton ’03, who traveled from Morgantown, WV and returned to campus for her 10 year reunion. “The campus looked beautiful! I loved the fall decorations and was so impressed with all the new buildings! Marietta will always have a special place in my heart as I fell back in love with the college and town while I was there! We are already talking about our 15 year reunion.”
Hundreds of returning alumni took maximum advantage of the run of beautiful weather and fall foliage as a backdrop for the traditional celebration of all things Navy Blue and White that also included multiple opportunities to visit with Dr. and Mrs. Bruno. The President and First Lady of campus greeted group after group beginning with the Trustees on Wednesday and extending to the Delta Tau Delta reunion on Saturday evening and All-Alumni Farewell Breakfast on Sunday morning.
“This was my first time attending a homecoming since graduation and I was very impressed with the organization of the events,” said Ariel Stadden ’11. “I enjoyed seeing all my friends and meeting past alumni. I felt for the first that I am a part of something bigger, the long blue line.”
Joined by a virtual audience participating in Pioneer Pride Day on Friday, the sum total of the weekend was impressive in its breadth and scope and planning for the October 10-12, 2014 event will begin shortly.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all of the Pioneers and friends who joined us this past weekend,” said Burton. “ It’s obvious that Marietta College holds a very special place in their hearts and their determination to come ‘home’ to campus is just another demonstration of their terrific dedication and loyalty.”