Homecoming on Oct. 13-14, included a Friday afternoon of games for students and a full Saturday that included soccer, lacrosse, football, Shop Open House, an Archives Display, and the Alumni Homecoming Celebration.
Friday’s games included students competing by shop in Fraz, Olympic Handball, Flickerball, Gaga, Futsal, 3×3 Basketball, and Volleyball. The games were organized by Peter Bowersox, director of student engagement, and each game had faculty and staff officiating.
That evening, after a delicious buffet in the Rowan Hall dining room offered by Tim Burbage, director of food services, all the students went to the exterior of the Wesley Student Center for the awarding of the Game Day Trophy. First place went to the very excited power plant students, second place went to carpentry, and third went to masonry. The students enjoyed ice cream sundaes they prepared themselves and more games including bubble soccer, sumo, gaga, basketball cornhole, football darts, and a game truck.
Saturday, Homecoming Day began early with an alumni soccer team taking on the varsity squad. In a hard-fought contest that ended tied at one apiece, the varsity team won in a kick off. Many alumni came out to compete despite the rainy and cold weather.
Next, the lacrosse alumni also came out to compete against the varsity squad. It was a hard-fought game with the varsity team winning 10-8.
This was followed by the Williamson Association of Alumni’s Alumni Homecoming Celebration in the upper level of the Wesley Student Center. This event gave alumni plenty of time to get reacquainted with old friends and make some new ones while enjoying light snacks. They also got to see the newest building on campus, get some Williamson swag, and gift baskets were raffled off to two lucky alumni – Dean Iacobucci 9W2 and Matt Boyce 9W2.
At 1 PM, the Mechanics took on a tough New Jersey Warriors football team that attracted a good-size crowd despite less than desirable weather. The Mechanics’ defensive squad came up big to help Williamson win 13-2.
Throughout the morning, alumni visited the shops, bought some Williamson gear at the College Store, visited the Williamson Auxiliary merchandise sale, and saw an interesting historical display of archive material in Rowan Hall’s Shrigley Library. Athletic merchandise was available to purchase and the food concession on the upper deck of the Wesley Student Center made sure no one went hungry.
Early in the day, a large group of young men and their families attended an Admissions Talk and campus tour to learn more about Williamson. Hopefully, many of them will return as freshmen.