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Students from the class of 1985 are coming home to NDC on Oct. 22.
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Homecoming 2010: Forever Notre Dame

As an alum of Notre Dame College, when was the last time you came “home” to our campus? Five years ago? Twenty? Maybe even 50?

For the second time, Notre Dame College will crown a homecoming king and queen this year.As a graduate, you have a special bond to NDC; and no matter how much has changed since you were last here – and there have been many physical and institutional changes – the mission and spirit of the College has remained the same. The theme for this year’s Alumni Reunion and Homecoming Weekend to be held from Oct. 22 to 24 therefore echoes that sentiment: “Forever Falcons, Forever Notre Dame!”

“Homecoming is the perfect time to come back and see everything that’s exciting and new at Notre Dame, from the new residence halls to how the College is using the Regina High School Building,” says Mary Elizabeth Cotleur, director of alumni relations. “Even more fun, though, will be connecting with classmates and our current students, who love to meet alumni coming back to campus.”

All alumni, but especially those whose graduation year ends in a 0 or 5, are invited to attend this fun-filled weekend. The College has planned a variety of events for alumni of all ages. From a clambake to back-to-school classes to all kinds of athletic events, this year’s reunion and homecoming weekend promises to be an exciting one.

“It is always a fun time when you come back ‘home’ to NDC. I hope that this year we can reach alumni who haven't been back in awhile and encourage them to come enjoy the events both on and off campus,” says Tina DiBacco Jurcisin ’85, homecoming and reunion co-chairwoman. “Everyone is welcome to join the fun. It doesn't matter if you were a resident or commuter, we want you to come enjoy yourselves.”

1970The weekend will quite literally kick off with a men’s soccer alumni game on the front lawn at 5 p.m. An hour later, the tent in front of the Administration Building opens for the second annual clambake and cookout, featuring live entertainment, games, raffles and a silent auction. Costs are $20 per adult and $10 per child. Alumni are invited to stay after the clambake to roast some marshmallows with NDC students at a bonfire on the lawn in front of Providence Hall.

On Saturday, the College offers free classes for all alumni and friends from 10 a.m. to noon. They include classes on artful entertaining, financial planning, and selling and buying a home. Those who prefer to find out what’s new on College Road can take a campus tour during that time.

1950Saturday afternoon is devoted to Falcon athletics. From noon to 1 p.m. attend the football tailgating party at Brush High School before the Falcons duel the Marian University Knights. At 3:30 p.m. head over to Claddagh Irish Pub at Legacy Village to hopefully celebrate a Notre Dame victory and prepare for the men’s and women's soccer games against Roberts Wesleyan. The women kick off at Brush’s Korb Field at 5 p.m., the men's game starts at 7 p.m.

After all that excitement, the reunion classes ending in 0 and 5 are invited to enjoy a relaxing Sunday morning at Notre Dame. After Mass at Christ the King Chapel at 10 a.m., fellow classmates will gather in the Great Room for brunch. Spouses and friends are more than welcome to join in the festivities. Cost is $35 per guest.

“There's going to be lots of great stuff to do at homecoming. The campus is as beautiful as ever and we're looking forward to seeing everyone,” said Sylvia Sgro ’85, homecoming and reunion co-chairwoman. “So call, e-mail, facebook, and twitter your Notre Dame classmates, and bring your family and friends to homecoming for a weekend of fun!”

For an overview of the 2010 Alumni Reunion and Homecoming schedule download the brochure.

By Christian Taske ’07, editor and writer at Notre Dame College.