Highlighting the busiest Neumann University Homecoming celebration in history is the opening and blessing of the new Center for Sport, Spirituality and Character Development at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 17. A ribbon cutting and blessing of the building by Justin Cardinal Rigali will precede tours of the Center, conducted by student ambassadors.
All alumni, parents and students are invited to attend the opening and the picnic, which follows from 12-4 p.m. in St. John Neumann Circle. Food will be served from 12-2 p.m. and family events – such as face painting, moon bounces and carnival games – will continue until 4 p.m. Prior to the opening, the PGH and Neumann Nursing Lecture Series will kick off the day’s festivities at 9:45 a.m. in the Bruder Life Center with a continental breakfast in the McNichol Room at 8:45 a.m.
Varsity sports will fill the afternoon with women’s volleyball at 1 p.m. (the first athletic contest in the new Center), field hockey at 1 p.m. and women’s soccer at 3 p.m. The two latter games will be played on the University’s new turf field. For those graduates who want to play, there are alumni slow-pitch softball and lacrosse matches at 3 and 4 p.m.
The fun continues Saturday night with the Knights of the Round Table Dinner in the Life Center ($12.50 per person), fireworks on the athletic fields at 6:45 p.m. and Beatlemania (sold out) in the Meagher Theatre at 7:30 p.m.
Homecoming 2009 concludes on Sunday, October 18, with Mass at 10 a.m. in Sacred Heart Chapel and the Alumni Awards Brunch at 11 a.m. in the Life Center. Award winners for 2009 are the Our Lady of Angels Class of 1967, Elena Barrar ’06, Rogers Glispy ’03, and Megan A. (Yeager) Zabel ’92.
For more information on Homecoming events, call Judi Stanaitis at 610-558-5544.