Puget Sound welcomes families for Homecoming

Puget Sound students, faculty and staff welcome families, friends, alumni and members of the community for Homecoming and Family Weekend 2012, which begins today and continues until Sunday, Oct. 28.

“I see this weekend as an opportunity for members of the Puget Sound family to realize that their involvement with Puget Sound is a lifetime investment, not just a four-year experience.  It is a chance for alumni to reconnect with campus and with all they love about it,” President Ronald Thomas said.

Today, Puget Sound alumni and parents will be able to attend open classes, all of which are listed on the Puget Sound website. Additionally, on-campus housing and campus tours will take place throughout the day. There will also be a Parent Workshop, entitled “The Student Journey Continues,” and President Thomas will also give his Welcome Address and Reception from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

At 7 p.m. tonight Puget Sound’s volleyball team, ranked fifth in the NCAA West Region Rankings, will play against the Willamette Bearcats. Also at 7 p.m. is the Puget Sound Postmen vs. Alumni Ultimate Frisbee game and barbecue. Tonight will also hold a Wind Ensemble concert and a theater performance of 1620 Bank Street by Dolliver Artist in Residence C. Rosalind Bell. A second performance of 1620 will take place tomorrow evening at 7:30 p.m. in Norton Clapp Theatre.

Throughout the entire weekend, the Alumni Council and Parent Council will hold several meetings.

“Together they make up more than 700 volunteers around the country that plan events in their area, network with alumni and students, recruit  and mentor students, help them find work, raise funds to support Puget Sound and spread Logger pride in all kinds of ways,” Thomas said.

Being active and involved is an important aspect of the Puget Sound community, and tomorrow Loggers and visitors alike can participate in the Logger 5k “Fun Run,” beginning at 9 a.m. in Jones Circle.

Then at 11 a.m. Professors Lisa Fortlouis Wood and Jim Evans will give one-hour presentations on “Transformational Leadership: Charisma, Trust, and Accountability” and “Cosmos and Connection: The Universe of the Ancient Greeks.”

“This is my first time presenting at Homecoming and Family Weekend. I hope that families attending events will experience renewed enthusiasm for liberal arts education, particularly the process of discussion and intellectual exchange that is the hallmark of the Puget Sound experience,” Wood said.

Both informative and fun, the annual Chemistry Magic Show will commence with Tim “The Wizard” Hoyt at 11:30 a.m.

“In short, Homecoming and Family Weekend is a great way to celebrate a fundamental truth: once a Logger, always a Logger. One more hope I always have for this weekend: A Logger win in every sport, including football,” Thomas said.

Tomorrow, Logger football will play against our rivals, the Pacific Lutheran University Lutes at 1 p.m. in Baker Stadium, with a possible performance by Logger cheerleaders during the halftime show in addition to other performers. Prior to the game, join ASUPS for a Pre-Game Brunch on the Event Lawn from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tomorrow night, the volleyball team will play the Linfield Wildcats at 7 p.m.

Finally, on Sunday, Oct. 28, the Adelphians celebrate their 80th Anniversary with a concert in Schneebeck Concert Hall at 2 p.m.

“My hopes for alumni and parents during Homecoming and Family Weekend are pretty simple:  have a great time at one of the greatest college campuses in the world!” Thomas said.

For a complete schedule of Homecoming and Family Weekend 2012, visit the Puget Sound website.