Homecoming: A family weekend
Homecoming Weekend, October 16 - 18, 2015
Record-breaking crowds were on the Merrimack College campus for Homecoming: A Family Weekend, October 16-18, 2015. Newly expanded to include additional parent and family-oriented programming, this year’s events drew a wide range of spirited members from the Merrimack community that exemplified the meaning of Merrimack Proud.
Friday evening set the tone for the weekend with Macktoberfest, an outdoor festival featuring food, live music, games, and activities for students, alumni, and families. Macktoberfest infused the crowd with an infectious energy, gearing them up for the men’s ice hockey game, in which the Warriors defeated Clarkson 7-1 in their season opener. Women’s volleyball also proved victorious, trumping Southern New Hampshire University 3-1 at their Friday night match.
The non-stop energy and school spirit generated from Friday’s events carried through into Saturday, when several new events made their debut in the Homecoming line-up, accompanied by tried and true Merrimack College traditions.
Participants in the Saturday 5K Fun Run put forth an impressive effort, running the on-campus route in the early hours of the brisk fall morning. The day was also highlighted by the first-ever Pancake Breakfast, which featured faculty and staff members serving the hungry crowd, filling plates high with pancakes, bacon, and home fries. Following close on the heels of breakfast attendees were the crowds that showed up in droves for tailgating. Alumni, parents, and friends filled both the Sakowich Campus Center and Rogers Center for the Arts parking lots, pulling out all the stops for their tailgate décor and menu selections.
The tailgate was just a warm-up for the afternoon’s football game, which pitted the Warriors against the Hawks of Saint Anselm. Much to the crowd’s delight, the team scored a resounding 41-16 victory, as onlookers cheered from the stands and the nearby cook-out tent, which provided a supreme view of Martone-Mejail Field. Continuing the winning streak, the women’s ice hockey team notched its first win in program history against the University of New Hampshire, further fueling the Homecoming spirit.
The afternoon also featured another new Merrimack event for families: the Parent Reception. Parents and students enjoyed the opportunity to meet other families in the Rogers Center for the Arts and relish a cup of hot chocolate before heading back out for the evening’s featured athletic events, the men’s soccer game and the second men’s ice hockey game of the weekend. Men’s soccer extended the weekend winning streak, beating Franklin Pierce 2-1, while men’s ice hockey closed Saturday night with a 3-1 win against Saint Lawrence.
Homecoming Weekend provides the unique opportunity for all members of the Merrimack College community - alumni, parents, friends, and students alike - to make new connections and share in a collective celebration of Merrimack College, a place that so many consider to be and are proud to call “home”.