The Collegian published a recap of Homecoming events in the October 12, 1978 issue.
Homecoming welcomed near 2,000
Once again, another Homecoming Weekend has come and gone, and perhaps a little too quickly for most people. Nearly 2000 alumni returned this weekend and most left feeling glad they did so.
THE EVENTFUL weekend began Friday night with the Alumni Achievement Awards Banquet. Four alumni were honored for achievements in their particular professions. They were Neal Fenkell (Public Relations), Dr. Walter Nickel (Medicine), Milo Lude(athletics), and Clifford Gettings (coaching and education).
There was also a special honorary alumni award presented to Roy Becke, in recognition of his support towards Hillsdale College.
ON SATURDAY morning, the alumni registered and then attended a luncheon in Curtiss Dining Hall. Dr. George Roche, president of Hillsdale College, and Don Mossey, chairman of the Board of Trustees, addressed the alumni, which included ten reunion classes.
Special recognition was given to the class of 1928, Which celebrated its 50th reunion and. the class of 1955, which celebrated its 25th reunion.
Following lunch, everyone flocked to the football field to watch the game between the Chargers and the Wayne.
HERE, THE WINNERS of the float competition, as judged by the Alumni Executive Committee, were announced. Three awards were presented the best overall float was awarded to Chi Omega, while the outstanding women’s entry was captured by Mauck Hall and the outstanding men’s entry was won by Delta Sigma Phi.
On Saturday night, the 1938 football team reunion took place. Although such an event has never taken place before, attendance was excellent. The honored guests were first served cocktails, while Hillsdale’s Jazz Band provided the music and then dinner as the Hillsdale College Choir gave a brief concert.
FOLLOWING DINNER, Dr. Roche and Jack Masterson, Varsity Alumni Association President, honored the team that captured the MIAA championship with a perfect 8 – 0 record.
The Oktoberfest was the highlight of the weekend for most alumni. Food and beverages were served, while a live German band oompahed its way into the hearts of many.
The weekend concluded on Sunday morning with a Catholic mass at 11 a.m. and a brunch at noon. Both events were sponsored by the Hillsdale College Christian Studies Program.
JOHN CERVINI, director of Alumni Relations and the man responsible for most of the activities over the weekend, was very pleased that the weekend* ran as smooth as it did. But according to Cervini, not all the credit he received was his.
“I would like to thank all of the students who participated as volunteers this year. They did a great job. It was good to hear so many alumni express their appreciation towards the students.”
Aside from setting up homecoming, the Alumni Association also plans to sponsor bus trips to various basketball games for both students and alumni, the senior class picnic In the spring, and an all State of Michigan phone-a-thon for the Freedom fund In February.