Hundreds of alumni return to campus for Homecoming 2016

Hundreds of alumni returned to Brandeis to cheer, play, eat, network, honor, reunite and celebrate at Homecoming 2016.

The annual weekend festivities included varsity soccer and volleyball competition; alumni athletic contests; Food Trucks and Fun; an alumni athlete panel career discussion; the Joseph M. Linsey Athletic Hall of Fame induction; the Zero-Year Reunion and Homecoming Bash; and the Waltham Group’s 50th anniversary celebration. Homecoming was sponsored by the Alumni Association and the Department of Athletics.

“It was wonderful to welcome back so many alumni and their families for Homecoming,” said Patsy Fisher, vice president of alumni relations. “We were thrilled to see alumni of all ages return to campus.”

The women’s volleyball team opened the Homecoming athletic competition by splitting a tri-match, downing Eastern Connecticut before falling to Salve Regina.

Later, blue-clad Brandeis supporters and their families filled the bleachers and ringed Gordon Field as the Judges faced Case Western in women’s and men’s soccer. The eighth-ranked women continued their best start in school history, routing the Spartans, 4-0, to improve to 12-0-1. The men tied Case, 0-0.

In the late afternoon, a panel of successful alumni athletes shared their career paths since Brandeis and offered advice to current students. The event was sponsored by the Hiatt Career Center, Friends of Brandeis Athletics and the Brandeis Alumni Association.

At 5 p.m., longtime swimming and diving coach Jim Zotz, basketball and baseball star Bryan Lambert ’05, nine-time All-American runner Mariko (Tansey Holbrook) Neveu ’03 and soccer standout Ken Hannan ’95 were inducted into the Linsey Athletics Hall of Fame.

As the sun started to fade, alumni gathered for the Zero-Year Reunion for the Class of 2016 and the Homecoming Bash.

At night, 200 alumni, students, friends and community partners celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Waltham Group at a gala featuring President Ron Liebowitz and Mayor Jeannette McCarthy.

Categories: Events, Campus News
Date: October 10, 2016