Seton Hill kicks off homecoming festivities

Pictured above is the Griffin at last year’s homecoming football game against Gannon University. This year’s homecoming game is against Clarion University on Sept. 29 at Offutt Field in Greensburg. Photo by H.Carnahan/Setonian.

2018 Homecoming and Family Weekend is fast approaching at Seton Hill, and with so many festivities leading up to homecoming, no Griffin is excused from the fun. The weekend festivities will run Sept. 26-30.

“The Polynesian Island Magic entertainers group is very entertaining and have been performing traditional Polynesian dances since the 1970s,” said director of alumni relations Mary Cox. The Hukilau Dinner Dance, a new event to the hill, is described as when “the Polynesian Island Magic entertainers provide cultural dances and music from the Pacific islands.”

The event was held in Lowe Dining Hall on Sept. 26. On Thursday, Sept. 27, there will be a ghost lantern tour, leaving from Reeves Learning Commons at 8:30 p.m. There will also be a pep rally Thursday night held in McKenna Center that begins at 9 p.m.

The weekend events will also include a Friday Hall of Fame awards ceremony and dinner from 5:30-8 p.m. in the Boyle Health Science Center, trivia night in Lowe Dining Hall, the SHU vs. Slippery Rock volleyball game and a ghost lantern tour.

Saturday, Sept. 29 will be full of fun for Griffins participating: volunteering for the Sisters Garden at Caritas Christi from 9 a.m.-noon, the SHU vs. East Stroudsburg field hockey game on the SHU Dick’s Sporting Goods Field and a Crime Lab 101 from noon-1 p.m held in the Boyle Center. There will also be a tailgate competition from 1-4 p.m. near Offutt Field in Greensburg and the football game against Clarion University, where the homecoming court will be introduced at halftime and the king and queen will be announced.

On Sept. 30, there will be mass at 11 a.m in St. Joseph’s Chapel, brunch at 11:30 a.m. and a centennial concert at the Performing Arts Center at 2 p.m.

Kennedy Kehew and Caitlin Srager, members of the homecoming committee helped out with the tailgate, homecoming court and a few community-based activities. Kehew said Srager was able to get classmates to help, specifically with the Paint the Town event, where they go to stores decorating their door fronts in red and gold. The events the two are helping with, according to Kehew, have been a lot of busy work, but she’s had fun doing it and being apart of all it.

“Obviously there’s people in the marketing department, and the alumni relations that are working to make this a big event: trying to get alumni to participate, keep the Seton Hill tradition alive, I’m sure they would enjoy to come with their families,” Kehew said. “Matt (Zielinski)’s been a really big part of it too, so it’s been a big group of students and faculty working.”

Kehew said Srager was great at getting involvement for the tasks they’d been given, and for the Paint the Town event, she’d been great at getting freshmen and sophomores to participate.

“Matt Zielinski recruited us, and then as time went on and the school year started, we started getting in some of the freshman class members to help out with us,” Kehew said “They’ve applied to be homecoming reps for their class and help us out with anything they need.”

A group effort from Griffins, alumni relations and marketing departments are working to make this a big event, according to Kehew. More information on the Homecoming and Family Weekend events can be found at

Published By: Stephen Dumnich

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