Homecoming 2012 provides a celebration of red and gold

Homecoming is a time for celebration, a time for family, a time for remembrance.  This year’s Homecoming and Family Weekend has outdone its self. It has grown from a three-day weekend to an entire week affair. From campus to community, this weekend will rock the town of Greensburg.

Let’s start by painting the town red and gold. Thanks to the SHU Crew, community businesses will show off their Seton Hill pride by painting their storefront windows. The Greensburg Community Block Party is a great time to check out the windows as many of the businesses, as well as many more, are participating in a scavenger hunt giving you the opportunities for prizes, freebies and specials through the town.

If you’re a sports lover I suggest registering for the 5k walk or run. Exercise, socialize and support a local charity all before breakfast. Maybe you would rather watch sports. The week is packed with competition.  Field hockey, baseball, football and tennis are all on the schedule.  Close out your weekend by paying a visit to the Westmoreland Equestrian Center where the Equestrian show will take place for the first time in over ten years.

When asked about the impact of the show senior rider Alexandra Kemp-Thompson said,  “We are all very excited! It really has turned into a family event, lots of the girls families will be there to help out and cheer us on.  It’s great having that support, especially since this will be the first of our eight regular season competitions.  It’ll definitely be nice to have an upper hand here at home.  We’d really love anyone who’s interested in really seeing what we do come out and support!”

For the food lover, we promise you will not go home hungry. Start your week off with a hot dog or s’more at the campus kick off barbecue.  Take a shuttle ride off the hill and enjoy an evening Oliver’s Pourhouse or the new extension bar at Rialto. Perhaps Storybook brunch is more suitable for your crowd. A breakfast buffet and a collection of favorite storybook characters, what more can you ask for?

If entertainment is what you’re looking for don’t miss the almost famous Lantern Tours and Ghost Tales of Seton Hill by the one and only, William Black. Starting at Reeves Library, he will guide you around campus enlightening you on the spookiest spots on the hill. For laughter come to SHUPAC Concert Hall for the LECOM, SHU Talent show. Sit back and relax as students, faculty and alumni spotlight their talents.

Do not think we forgot about our alumni!  An Honors program reunion is planned; giving you a chance you reconnect with old classmates and grab a quick photo. If social hour isn’t’ your thing help clean up the Five Star Trail with the Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD.)  For Business and Adult Degree Program students, alumni and family come down to the baseball field for an amusing game of kickball.

This year’s newest Homecoming attraction will be the Griffin Athletic Association. Founded in the fall of 2011, Kris Smith has taken charge of this booster like organization to keep our athletic programs going strong.

Register for their Golf Classic held at Hannastown Golf Club for an opportunity to socialize with current and past athletes and their families. After the parade join them for Fan Fest at Offut Field for prizes, crafts and a chance to meet the Griffin!

To round out the weekend join Seton Hill and the Community of Greensburg Saturday night at St. Clair Park for Big Eyed Phish – a Dave Matthew’s Tribute Band.

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