QU to Host Homecoming Weekend

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homecomingbannerQuincy University celebrates its annual Homecoming Weekend October 4-6 with a number of events for students, alumni, and the community.

Throughout the week, Quincy University students competed in a series of games and challenges in hopes of earning points for their respective classes (freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors).  Contests include a tug-o-war, trivia contest, residence hall decorating competition, and more.  Students earned bonus points by dressing up in accordance with the various “Spirit Day” categories (“Sports Day”, “Nerd Day”, “America Day”, “Decade Day”, etc.) The winning class will be announced during Saturday’s pep rally.

Homecoming Weekend kicks off Friday, October 4 with hundreds of Quincy University alumni expected to return for the festivities.  Friday’s events include community lunch at The Abbey from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm where patrons can purchase a student-served meal for $10 in advance ($15 at the door) with proceeds benefiting student leadership and development programs.

Current and retired faculty members are hosting “Alumni College” in the Connie Niemann Center for Music beginning at 1:00 pm.  Subjects include jazz music at 1:00 pm (by associate professor of music, Steve Parke), human body concepts in health and disease at 2:00 pm (by emeritus professor John Natalini), and the JFK assassination at 3:00 pm (by associate professor of history, Justin Coffey).  All presentations are free and open to the public.

The evening commences with a soccer doubleheader as the QU Hawks and Lady Hawks take on William Jewell beginning with the women’s game at 5:00 pm followed by the men’s game at 7:30 pm.  Both games will be held at the recently-dedicated Jack Mackenzie Field on Quincy University’s North Campus.  The annual Homecoming BBQ will be located adjacent to the soccer field and food and drinks will be available for purchase from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  Lady Hawk Volleyball also faces off against Maryville University beginning at 7:00 pm in the Pepsi Arena.

Following a Saturday morning pep rally at 10:30 am and annual Powder Puff football game at 11:00 am (both outside Flinn Stadium), the Hawks take on Truman State for their annual Homecoming football game.  Kickoff is set for 1:00 pm.  Facing the University of Missouri-St. Louis, the Lady Hawks volleyball team begins their second match of the weekend at 3:00 pm in Pepsi Arena.

Saturday concludes with a 6:00 pm alumni dinner honoring the 2013 Alumni of the Year, Mike ’72 and Carole ’73 Hennessy.  In addition, anniversary classes of 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, and 1988 will receive recognition.  1973 remains the largest graduating class in the history of Quincy University.  Upon the conclusion of the dinner, alumni are invited to a late night gathering in the Hawks’ Nest where local band “The Kingbees” will play until midnight.

Following a 10:00 am mass and 11:00 am brunch on Sunday, the Hawks and Lady Hawks take on Rockhurst University beginning with the women’s game at noon and the men’s game at 2:30 pm.  Chosen as the Tourbeau National Game of the Week, the men’s game will be broadcasted live on NSCAATV.com.
For a complete list of events and registration opportunities, visit www.quincy.edu/homecoming2013.

Founded in 1860 by Franciscan friars, Quincy University (www.quincy.edu) is a Catholic, co-educational, residential university offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult education programs that integrate liberal arts, active learning, practical experience, and Franciscan values. The university has 15 intercollegiate sports and is a member of the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Valley Conference for men and women.