Utica College News

UC Celebrates 2017 Homecoming

Events Begin Friday

Written by: Kelsey Carlo '18 PR Intern

It’s that time of year again! Utica College will be hosting its annual Alumni and Family Weekend from Friday to Sunday, Oct. 20-22.

Some weekend highlights include the Caring Together Conference, men’s football game against Buffalo State, Dr. Eugene Paul Nassar celebration, the Silver Pioneer Celebration and Reunion, Varick Street Pub Trail, and women’s water polo alumnae scrimmage and reunion.

Homecoming weekend will begin on Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. with Caring Together, a day-long interprofessional conference for those in occupational therapy, psychology-child life and physical therapy programs. The event includes two keynote presentations, 12 concurrent sessions, and many opportunities for professional networking. The day will conclude with a celebratory reception as milestone anniversaries are recognized for the occupational therapy, physical therapy, and psychology-child life programs at UC.

Saturday, the Pioneers will take on Buffalo State at 1 p.m. at Gaetano Stadium for the annual homecoming football game. UC students are admitted for free, adults are $4, non-UC students are $2, or free admission if you bring a non-perishable item for Feed Our Vets, sponsored by Express Employment Professionals.

Later that day, there will be a celebration of the life of Dr. Eugene Paul Nassar, Professor Emeritus of English, who passed away April 7, 2017. This will be held at 5:30 in the Carbone Family Auditorium in the Economic Crime, Justice Studies and Cybersecurity building. Beginning at 7 p.m., all alumni that have celebrated their 25-year reunion and up are invited to join in on the Silver Pioneer Celebration and All-Reunion Party. Attendees can enjoy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and tunes from local band Classified.

New this year is the Varick Street Pub Trail, for those 21 and over, which will begin at 9 p.m. This is an event where the college will provide shuttle services to and from campus and Utica’s Brewery District on Varick St. The $5 cost includes a wristband that allows for free admission at participating establishments and three $1-off drink tabs. The shuttles will pick up and drop off at the Strebel Student Center.

The UC Alumni Council welcomes all to the alumni awards breakfast to honor the 2017 alumni award recipients. The breakfast will be on Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. and will be held in the Harold Thomas Clark Jr. Athletic Center. Seating is limited and the cost is $25.

Homecoming weekend will come to an end on Sunday with a women’s water polo scrimmage and alumnae reunion. It will begin at noon and will be held at the pool in the Harold Thomas Clark Jr. Athletic Center.

Registration and information will be available for all in the Cynkus Welcome Center from 2 to 9 p.m. on Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

For more information, a full schedule of this year’s events, and registration information, visit utica.edu/homecoming

About Utica College – Utica College, founded in 1946, is a comprehensive private institution offering bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees. The College, located in upstate central New York, approximately 90 miles west of Albany and 50 miles east of Syracuse, currently enrolls more than 5,000 students in 38 undergraduate majors, 31 minors, 21 graduate programs and a number of pre-professional and special programs.

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