The Alma College community celebrated homecoming with a week full of traditions and activities for current students, families and alumni.
Throughout the week of homecoming, the Alma College Union Board (ACUB) hosted a campus-wide scavenger hunt for all current Alma College students.
The weekend festivities started with alumni events on Friday, Sept. 23. Current Alma College students were invited to meet with graduates for the Student and Alumni Networking Night.
Over the course of the day, the college hosted graduating class reunion events across campus. The cheer and dance teams performed at Art Smith Arena for an official “Homecoming Kick-Off.” The Percussion Ensemble and Pipe Band had a concert in Heritage Center.
On Friday night, ACUB hosted a homecoming dance for current Alma College students at Elks Lodge. The event included a cash bar for students over 21 and free shuttle services to and from Heritage Center.
On Saturday morning, the college held a Chapel Memorial Service and celebrated the Installation of Reverend Alissa Davis at the Dunning Memorial Chapel.
Other Saturday activities included Fraternity/Sorority alumni and current member events all day, the annual Scot Trot 5K race and a parade featuring student organizations on campus.
Ruby Lovasz (’23) helped organize the Scot Trot. “The event went really well,” said Lovasz. “We had a lot more people register than in previous years . . . about 80 to 90 people [ran].”
Following the parade and the event at the chapel, the college hosted a Food Truck Lunch event in the Heritage Center parking lot.
On Saturday afternoon, the Alma College football team played against Martin Luther College. The Scots won the game with a final score of 69 to 0.
Following the football game, Model United Nations and the Academic Department held receptions on campus. Alma College president Jeff Abernathy invited alumni and guests to attend the President’s Reception and Awards ceremony on Friday evening at the President’s House Tent on campus.
The Alma College Choirs performed a concert at Heritage Center on Saturday night, as the Kiltie Marching Band celebrated its 100-year anniversary with a reception at the Dow Science Center.
Abigale Whitford (’25) did not participate in homecoming festivities as a freshman last year but was happy to be a part of it the celebration this year. Whitford was happy that the college was able to hold homecoming events with fewer covid restrictions.
“I wasn’t around for homecoming last year, but I am sure with some covid protocols being lifted this year, homecoming looked much different this year,” said Whitford.
Whitford participated in events with current members of her sorority, Gamma Phi Beta, and enjoyed connecting with alumni throughout the week.
Whitford was also excited to have the opportunity to represent her organization in the parade. “This was my first year being involved with homecoming festivities and participating in the parade with [Gamma Phi Beta],” said Whitford.
Whitford viewed the homecoming parade, not only as a fun activity for her and her sorority sisters to be a part of, but as an opportunity to show other students what programs such as Fraternity/Sorority Life have to offer.