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Homecoming 2009: Oct. 9-11

Celebrating 90 Years on the Heights; Many Events Free and Open to the Public

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One member of the 45th reunion Class of 1964, Angie O'Neill Bidlack, bicycled to Siena Heights from Pittsburgh, Pa! She left Monday morning and made the trip over five days. On Friday, Oct. 9, she and her husband, Earl Benner (at left) made the last stretch from Toledo, Ohio, to Blissfield, through Palymra, arriving at Sacred Heart Hall right around 2 p.m.

 

 

Siena Heights University alumni from across the country will return to campus Oct. 9-11 for 2009 Homecoming Weekend, this year honoring the university’s 90th anniversary.

 

“This year there’s even a graduate making the trip by bicycle from Pittsburgh (Pa.) to Adrian,” said SHU Director of Alumni Relations Jennifer Hamlin Church. “It is our Homecoming – it’s when our graduates come ‘home’ to visit, no matter where they live now. However, Homecoming Weekend is not just for our alumni. It’s also a great time for the community to take advantage of all Siena Heights has to offer.” 

 

Saturday, Oct. 10, begins with a 5k road race at 9 a.m. Afternoon visitors will find children’s activities, inflatables, an “Open Mic” talent showcase, a community picnic lunch at SienaFest on the lawn in front of the Fieldhouse (inside in case of rain) and a soccer tailgate.

 

Prospective students and their parents are invited to an Admissions Open House Saturday to check out the campus and soak up the Homecoming environment. For more information on the Open House, call 264-7180.

 

A new Saturday event is the “History on the Heights” tour of the Circle Cemetery on the campus of the Adrian Dominican Sisters. The tour will span nine decades of the institution’s history. SHU Dean for Students and former theater faculty member Trudy McSorley will lead the walk-through featuring special “appearances” by legendary leaders in Siena’s history. 

 

Other weekend highlights include a theater production (“Drood” directed by Kerry Graves), the Christina West alumni art exhibit “Where the Wild Things Are,” alumni baseball, soccer and basketball games, intercollegiate men’s and women’s soccer matches and a Sunday athletic department golf outing.  

 

There are several alumni reunions scheduled, including one focusing on graduates of Siena Heights’ criminal justice program. Themed “Law & Order: SHU,” this reunion is recognizing the significant impact on law enforcement, corrections and the courts SHU graduates have had.

 

To give alumni and friends a taste of the classroom, this year’s schedule again includes five free one-hour “Savvy Seminars” programs:

  • Marketing Yourself in a New Economic Environment (Saturday): SHU Career Center Director Melissa Growden offers tips on sprucing up your resume, whether you’re a newcomer to the job market or an experienced pro facing mid-career job shift. Group seminar followed by optional individual counseling appointments.
  • Women’s Sense of Justice in Policing (Saturday): Elly Teunion-Smith, chair of Siena’s criminal justice program, former state trooper and current doctoral candidate, discusses the values and sensitivities women bring to law enforcement.
  • Ministering to Prisoners through Education (Saturday): SHU English Professor Sister Pat Schnapp, RSM, discusses her 20-year experience teaching in prisons and outlines the expanded prison ministry under discussion at Siena.
  • A Peace Curriculum for Post-War Iraqi Students (Saturday): Sister Aman Miriam Mansoor, an Iraqi Dominican and SHU master’s graduate, will propose 10th-grade methods and content to help establish ways of peace in her war-torn homeland.
  • Enriching Your Life Through Passion, Faith and Character (Sunday): The Celebration Brunch, the last event of the weekend, features a panel of speakers sharing insights and inspiration on the key elements that contribute to a satisfying and productive life. Live music, an elegant buffet and a sparkling discussion to wrap up the weekend.

 

Siena Heights alumni also will celebrate Saturday Mass in Lumen Ecclesiae Chapel (4:30 p.m.), and the annual banquet of the Saints’ Athletic Hall of Fame is scheduled for Saturday evening. “Octoberfest” will also begin at 9 p.m. Saturday in the SHU Fieldhouse.

 

Most of the Homecoming Weekend events are free and open to the public. For more information about Homecoming Weekend, contact the Alumni Office at 264-7143 or alumni@sienaheights.edu.

 

 

HOMECOMING

October 9-11, 2009

 

Celebrating 90 Years on the Heights

Savor the Journey!  Toast the Memories!

 

Join alumni, students and families—of all ages and all SHU locations—for a fun weekend at the Heights.  On top of our traditional events, we’re celebrating Siena’s 90th year—you’ll find plenty to keep you busy, so come early and stay late.  It’s a once-in-90-years weekend!  

 

Tentative Schedule of Events

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Common Dialogue Day at Siena Heights:

“The Character of Champions”

 

Friday, October 9, 2009

Morning Back-to-Class Visits

Afternoon Savvy Seminar

Gallery Opening: Works by Christina West ‘03

Studio Angelico Wine & Cheese Reception 5:30 p.m.

Artist’s Lecture 7 p.m.

Theater Siena:  “Drood” – the Charles Dickens Musical! 8 p.m. in Francoeur Theater

“Afterglow” Wine Reception, 10:30 in Lab Theater

 

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Admissions Open House

For Prospective Students & Families

Help your high school student discover Siena!

Sports & Games

5K Road Race 9 a.m.

Coed Alumni Soccer 10 a.m.

Varsity Soccer: Women’s 12:30 p.m., Men’s 3 p.m.

Varsity Volleyball: Men’s?  Women’s?

Alumni v. Varsity Men’s Basketball Game?

Savvy Seminars

History on the Heights: 9 Decades, 9 Dominicans, and a Tour of the Circle Cemetery

Living Well: Embracing Your Passion

Black and  White Women in Blue: Women’s Sense of Justice

Inside/Outside: Prison Ministries

Resume Writing for the New Job Hunt

Arts & Entertainment

“Open Mic” SHU Talent Showcase Noon – 2:30 p.m.

Alumni Choir at Open Mic 2-2:30 p.m.

TheaterSiena: “Drood”  8 p.m.

Prayer & Reflection

Homecoming All-Siena Mass 4:30 p.m.

Meeting, Greeting, Eating& Fun

“Solid Gold Get-Together” 50+ Reunion Brunch 11 a.m.

Siena Fest Fun for All Ages

Reunion Tent & Sage Reunion Lounge

Community Picnic Lunch

Saints Soccer Tailgate

Celebrate with the Sisters

All-Alumni Reception 5:30,

All-Alumni and Class Reunion Banquets 7 p.m.

“Law&Order: SHU” Reunion Banquet 7 p.m.

Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Banquet 7 p.m.

Octoberfest! 9 p.m. – midnight

 

Sunday, October 11, 2009

18-Hole Saints Alumni Golf Scramble, 9:30 a.m.

Celebration Brunch: The Positive Power of the Law 10:30 a.m.

 

All Weekend

Art: Recent Work by Christina West ’03

Library Book Sale

SHU Barnes & Noble Bookstore

 

NOTE:  Golf cart transportation assistance will be available on campus all weekend.

 

Savvy Seminars

  • History on the Heights: 9 Decades, 9 Dominicans, and a Tour of the Circle Cemetery (Saturday): Dean of Students (and former theater faculty member) Trudy McSorley ’70 leads a walk through Siena’s 90 years, featuring special “appearances” by legendary leaders in our history.
  • Marketing Yourself in a New Economic Environment (Saturday): SHU Career Center Director Melissa Growden offers tips on sprucing up your resume, whether you’re a newcomer to the job market or an experienced pro facing mid-career job shift. Group seminar followed by optional individual counseling appointments.
  • Women’s Sense of Justice in Policing (Saturday): Elly Teunion-Smith, chair of Siena’s criminal justice program, former state trooper and current doctoral candidate, discusses the values and sensitivities women bring to law enforcement.
  • Ministering to Prisoners through Education (Saturday): SHU English Professor Sister Pat Schnapp, RSM, discusses her 20-year experience teaching in prisons and outlines the expanded prison ministry under discussion at Siena.
  • A Peace Curriculum for Post-War Iraqi Students (Saturday): Sister Aman Miriam Mansoor, an Iraqi Dominican and SHU master’s graduate, will propose 10th-grade methods and content to help establish ways of peace in her war-torn homeland.
  • Enriching Your Life Through Passion, Faith and Character (Sunday): The Celebration Brunch, the last event of the weekend, features a panel of speakers sharing insights and inspiration on the key elements that contribute to a satisfying and productive life. Live music, an elegant buffet and a sparkling discussion to wrap up the weekend.

 

Class Reunions

You’re invited!

Whether you’re an official member of a reunion class or a friend or former class member, we want you here. Meet and greet all weekend. Check out the Sage Reunion Lounge. Make Saturday evening the centerpiece of your time together: Mass 4:30, All-Alumni Reception 5:30, Reunion Dinners 7 p.m., Octoberfest 9 p.m.

 

Solid Gold Get-Together:  All Classes up to 1959

“Valiant Women” from the ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s are invited to a special “solid gold” reunion brunch Saturday at 11 a.m. Special guests: the 50th Reunion Class of 1959! (Afraid you won’t know anyone? Spouses and guests are welcome!)

 

50th Reunion Class of 1959

Reunion contacts:

 

45th Reunion Class of 1964

Reunion contacts:

 

40th Reunion Class of 1969

Reunion contacts:  

 

Other Classes ending in “4” and “9”

Reunion contact:  alumni@sienaheights.edu

 

LAW & ORDER: SHU

Over many years and through many alumni, Siena Heights has had a significant impact on law enforcement, corrections and the courts. We celebrate that heritage this year—and invite all who have studied, worked or just have an interest in the field to join us for “LAW  & ORDER: SHU.” 

 

Siena Heights has offered criminal justice studies since the 1970s, when local police officers approached the then-College, in the aftermath of the Detroit riots, to ask about academic studies that might help avoid such tragedies in the future.  Today, in addition to a thriving Criminal Justice bachelor’s degree program, the University offers graduate leadership degrees in both Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

 

For “LAW & ORDER: SHU” we are spotlighting our academic programs, profiling our alumni, and providing networking opportunities for those in, or interested in, the field.

 

  • Visit the special tent at SienaFest.  Local law-and-order alumni will be featured guests on WLEN radio, broadcasting live from the lawn in front of the Fieldhouse.
  • Check out the Savvy Seminars—see schedule above.
  • Join us for the “LAW & ORDER: SHU” reunion banquet Saturday night.
  • Add your voice to the “LAW & ORDER: SHU” directory.  Contact the alumni office for details:  alumni@sienaheights.edu  or  517-264-7143

Arts on the Heights

Recent Work by Christina West ‘03

Continuing a 70+ year heritage of impact in the arts, Studio Angelico continues to influence the art scene in America.  Meet sculptor Christina West ’03, an MFA graduate of Alfred University now on the faculty at Georgia State University, known for lifesize nudes depicting everyday people. Gallery reception and artists’ talk Friday evening. Klemm Gallery open all weekend.

 

On Stage with Theatre Siena

Appearing in Francoeur Theater Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings:  “Drood” (the Charles Dickens musical based on “The Mystery of Edwin Drood”) directed by SHU theater prof Kerry Graves.  Meet your friends and discuss the show over a glass of wine at Friday’s “Afterglow” in the Stubnitz Lab Theater.

 

Strut your stuff at Siena’s Open Mic! 

Enjoy lots of SHU talent at Saturday’s SienaFest “Open Mic.” Share your own talent. Or sing with the Alumni Choir.  Contact coordinator Mike Lane ’05: mlane1@sienaheights.edu

 

QUESTIONS?

SHU Alumni Office: 

517.264.7143

alumni@sienaheights.edu

 

Planning Ahead: Spring Break Travel with Siena

As you plan for Alumni Weekend this fall, think about spending spring break with Siena, too.  Explore the world with SHU students and faculty on these exciting trips:

·         Sunny Portugal! (Feb. 26-March 8, 2009)

·         The Holocaust in Europe (Feb. 26-March 5, 2009)

Contact the Alumni Office:  517-264-7143 or alumni@sienaheights.edu

 

 

 

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