GMercyU Celebrates Homecoming 2016

October 13, 2016
Posted by
Danielle Rainier

From Drive-In movies to Hall of Fame inductions, Gwynedd Mercy University's Homecoming 2016 had it all. The weekend kicked off with the Red & Gold Pinterest Party on Thursday, October 6 in Rotelle Lounge. Watercolor pillow cases and home-made street signs were a hit that had students asking for more. All the snacks and autumn-themed crafts were a great kickoff to start the weekend of fun. Friday night's event was the Drive-In Movie which showed the new Ghostbusters film.

Saturday started off in Assumption Hall with the MBA & MSM Alumni and Student Networking Event. MBA and MSM graduates and students were given the opportunity to network with a panel of alumni as well as fellow Griffins. At the residence halls, two events were taking place, a Res Life reunion and the Alternative Spring Break reunion. There, alumni met current students to share new and old stories and see the changes that have happened in the residence halls.

It wouldn’t be Homecoming weekend without cheering on the Griffins. Men’s soccer lost 1-0 against Cabrini University while women’s field hockey won 6-0 against Immaculata University. GMercyU Athletics also hosted its bi-annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Five new inductees were honored:  

  • Alycia Tranchitella Geary, Cross Country/Track & Field
  • John Watts, Cross Country/Track & Field
  • Jackie Dougherty Varas, Women's Basketball
  • Tim McMenamin, Baseball

GMercyU’s President, Dr. Kathleen Owens, was also inducted. During her tenure, President Owens has been a champion for Griffin athletics and you can often find her sitting on the sidelines cheering on our teams. President Owens also recently completed a four-year term as a member of the NCAA Division III Presidents' Council. 

The Alumni Association also hosted the first-ever Alumni Tailgate. As per tradition, GMercyU’s Student Government Association hosted Fall Festival. Despite the rain, students, alumni, family, and friends still came out to the Wild West themed event. Paintball was the biggest hit at the festival and the prizes, as usual, were following right after. Live music, square dancing, and rope tricks kept the fun going all day. At the All-Alumni Reception, past graduates, faculty, and staff celebrated another successful homecoming.