Forget about the game scores for a minute and focus instead on the other successes of last weekend. What a wonderful weekend it was!
I remember the many years when I was able to actually attend most of the events comprising Homecoming weekend. This year, I spent all day every day at multiple activities, but there were so many events happening on campus from Thursday to Sunday that I managed to get to only a fraction of the entire schedule. That is good news.
Football alums Rory Coakley '82 and Steve Scheuerle '80
And there is more. Just about every Homecoming activity that occurred was at overflow capacity. Seven different decades of alums were visible throughout the weekend. The autumn weather was postcard perfect and everyone I saw was just happy to be a Hoya, to be here in Washington, DC, on campus, at Georgetown.
It wasn't always so. Not that long ago, despite valiant efforts to the contrary, Homecoming was mostly an all-day outdoor beer fest, a social affair involving excessive consumption by young alums and students in the parking lot.
That scenario led on several occasions in the past 25 years to movements to eliminate Homecoming altogether or alternatively to move it to the winter during basketball season.
Melissa Bradley '89 (avec infant) presented a report to the Alumni Board of Governors at annual fall meeting
More generations: Brian Tart '92 with family, spouse Alex, sons James and Andy, and mom and alumni senator Ruth Tart '67 (right)
Thankfully, those efforts did not succeed and Homecoming remains in place where it has continued for the past 43 years. Today, no less than 70 distinct events make up a wall-to-wall weekend of activities designed for all ages.
** Footnote: Fr. James Martin, SJ, the oldest Jesuit in the world, died this past Monday at Georgetown. Fr. Martin once served as assistant dean of men and assistant director of athletics during one of the greatest eras of Georgetown sports. Click here for an earlier posting about my fortuitous encounter with him.
Past presidents of the Alumni Association returned for Homecoming and alumni meetings: Joe Riggs '55, '59; Denny Owen '51; Bill Reynolds '79 (Exec. Director); Kathy Baczko '68; Phil Inglima '84, '88 (current president); and Mark Siskin '71
Lacrosse alums Chaz Trunz '05 and Nick Miaritis '05 enjoy a Homecoming brunch on the Alumni Terrace in the Leavey Center
AD Bernard Muir greets longtime athletic staff member, TC Chisley, now retired
GU Hall of Fame rower J.J. Forster '70 and Hall of Fame boxer Tom Quinn '55 (and current instructor of Boxing at Yates)