This weekend (Oct. 11-13) was our 2013 Homecoming Weekend. Many alumni made their way back to Canton to spend a beautiful weekend watching sporting events, attending Fall Fest as well as a cappella concerts, and listening to Shakespeare and live music. Although these alums graduated from SLU years ago, they can’t get enough of the tight-knit community St. Lawrence has. Although I did not have enough time to make it to all of the events Homecoming had to offer while diligently working on my studies, I did make it to a few.
The SLU Outing Club is an organization that was founded in 1937 and is the second oldest club of its kind in the country. It is a completely student-run organization that runs trips as well as different events on campus. This year, our annual Fall Festival fell on the Friday of Homecoming Weekend. This wholesome event encompasses the fall that we students love to watch as the leaves in the Adirondacks change from green to orange, red and yellow, and then drop as the sign that winter is coming. The events at the Fall Festival include pumpkin carving, apple cider pressing, caramel apples, carriage rides, HUGE leaf piles, a chainsaw artist and live music by different student bands as well as a professor band. This event ran from 1 - 5 p.m., so students could move from class to the festival to enjoy fresh cider and doughnuts.
A lot of preparation went into this Fall Festival that professors, their children and students attended. As a part of the preparation committee, I got to see how much time and effort goes into planning the events through the Outing Club. As students, we had a small committee of five house members that planned the entire process. After weeks of planning, we got to see our work displayed in smiles as hundreds of people made their way to the old Java quad to participate in the activities.
Another activity that I participated in on Homecoming Weekend was the annual a cappella concert. The three groups on campus, the Singing Saints, the Singing Sinners and the UpBeats, all performed four songs in the Winston Room on Friday night, including a song in which the alumni of the group could come up and sing. Every group this year had alumni that went up on stage to join in on this tradition. I am a member of the UpBeats a cappella group, and we are the newest a cappella group on campus so having young alumni come back was great because we don’t have many alumni (yet).
Although I did not make it to all of the activities it was great to catch up with friends who have graduated, and be a part of the festivities.
I have included some Homecoming photos from the St. Lawrence University Facebook page.