Homecoming fills campus with festivities, fun and football
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.