Homecoming Events planned for Benedictine University at Springfield and alums of Springfield College

October 14, 2013

Springfield, Illinois ~ Benedictine University at Springfield will host its first annual Homecoming on campus from Friday, October 25 –Sunday, October 27. Alumni from Springfield Junior College, Springfield College in Illinois and Benedictine University at Springfield, along with their families, are invited to join the campus community in the celebration. Events are scheduled throughout the weekend for the campus community as well as Springfield area residents.

The event kicks on Friday with a dedication of the Brinkerhoff Home at 5:30 p.m. From 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., a Trivia Night will be held inside Angela Hall Gym to benefit students planning to study abroad during this academic year. Also, a basketball kick-off scrimmage will be held at Gold’s Gym from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. for both men’s and women’s teams showcasing their skills with a bonfire held later at 9:00 p.m. next to Mueller Hall.

On Saturday morning beginning at 7:00 a.m., Benedictine will host the annual Running of the Bulldogs 5K Run/Walk that takes place around the campus and through local Lincoln Park. Proceeds from the race will support the Benedictine Cross Country/Distance Track teams. Registration for the 5K is at http://www.stokestiming.com/bulldogs or by calling Susan Boehler at (217) 525-1420, ext. 3213.

Beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, there will be a Family Fall Festival including games and activities for all ages. A special event honoring the graduates celebrating their 50th anniversary of their graduation will be held in the Brinkerhoff Home from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Brinkerhoff Home. Please RSVP for this event to sdoddek@ben.edu or by calling (217) 525-1420, ext. 3228.

From 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, two individuals will be inducted into the very first Athletics Hall of Fame class for their athletic accomplishments at SJC/SCI/BenUSpringfield.

Later Saturday night beginning at 8:00 p.m., Benedictine University at Springfield will host a Zombie Homecoming Dance as Halloween approaches. Presented by Student Life at Benedictine, students are encouraged to dress up with their classmates in Dawson Hall for a night of music and monster mashing dance fun. A costume contest will be held with cash prizes provided by the Alumni Association and both a Zombie Queen and King will be crowned.

Sunday morning, campus minister Father Steven Janoski will lead mass service next door at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church beginning at 10:00 a.m. Afterwards, the Student Activities Council will host a relaxing chili and soup lunch under the tent. Yard games will be available as well as organized team competitions.

Throughout the weekend, the Benedictine faculty presents an ongoing exhibit highlighting hobbies and accomplishments of the Benedictine University faculty entitled Beyond the Classroom in Becker Library that will be held during regular building hours.

“We are a thriving institution and have much to be thankful for,” said Dean of Student Affairs, Holly Rae Blandford. “Homecoming is a special time to celebrate our campus and recognize those individuals who have helped us get to where we are today. We are looking forward to bringing alumni, students, their families, faculty and staff together for this great weekend.”