Homecoming activities kicked-off in October with all the traditional student activities, including the famous Hilltopper Serenades, pep rally on Hoge Quadrangle, Saturday morning parade and the annual Homecoming Dance.
But Homecoming also offers alumni and friends a chance to reconnect on the Hilltop. These special events began with a festive Friday evening Benefactors Gala at nearby Stratford Springs. President Circle donors enjoyed a great meal, socializing and a surprise appearance by the Marching Hilltoppers in their new uniforms as the band paraded through the door giving diners a musical treat!
Also special to the 2013 Homecoming was the observance of the 75th Anniversary of the Dental Hygiene Program. Dental hygiene alumni gathered at Wheeling’s White Palace for continuing education offerings and marked this meaningful milestone in a variety of ways, including a tour of the soon-to-open Campbell Hall Dental Hygiene clinic.
But for many alumni, the best Homecoming event is the tailgate before and during the football game, offering Toppers a chance to relax, meet old friends and make new ones as they relive their college memories just before kick-off. During the game, juniors Myron Jellison, Quaker City, Ohio, and Camille Bernabei, Weirton, W.Va., were picked as the new King and Queen.
But perhaps the most meaningful moment of the weekend was when the Alumni Association added the names of three distinguished graduates, Charlie Annett ’66, Weston, Fla.; Don Bruno ’52, University Park, Fla. and JoAnne Monfradi Dunn ’78, Patterson, N.Y., to its Wall of Honor at a ceremony and breakfast held in the Gary E. West Event Center. Their family and friends joined them for the affair and learned what it meant to be
“These alumni excel in their professional fields and give back to the University in many ways. We congratulate our 2013 honorees and thank them for joining us for Homecoming,” said Alumni Director Shane Stack ’10.