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Homecoming fills campus with festivities, fun and football

October 17, 2011

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The 5K was a triumph with more than 2,000 runners, the Elliott Alumni House was dedicated, the chili was great, a new Panther statue debuted, the football team won and a master class about the economy even managed to draw a few laughs.

In short, Chapman University’s Homecoming and Family Weekend 2011 was a huge success. Thousands of visitors, parents, alumni, faculty, staff and students participated in a full roster of events, from a Thursday evening guest appearance by Huell Howser to a spectacular halftime fireworks show over Wilson Field.

Among the highlights was the pops concert in Attallah Piazza, a record number of participants in the Chapman University/Toyota of Orange 5K Run/Walk, open houses at each of the seven colleges, a 150th anniversary toast for “The 150 Faces of Chapman,” the unveiling of a new rolling “Jamie the Panther” statue that will be wheeled out for games and pep rallies, a beer garden, multiple master classes and the popular “Take a Parent to Class” program.

There were numerous compliments on the event from those who participated. Parent Laura Meixner from Cincinnati, Ohio, attended “Western Civilization: Mesopotamia – Renaissance” with her freshman son.

“I thought it was great. Now when I’m back home I can envision what he’s doing here,” Meixner said.

More photos and coverage of Homecoming and Family weekend can be found at the Facebook pages of Athletics, Alumni Association and Chapman University.

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