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Homecoming 2011 - A Spirited Success

Thursday, October 20, 2011
Even the weather cooperated as the Marymount community celebrated its inaugural Legacy in Action Homecoming on a brilliant fall weekend.  Friday activities included a 50th Reunion reception for the Class of 1961, followed by a kick-off dinner that was a prequel to the evening’s main event, Midnight Madness.
 
A capacity crowd filled the Lee Center for games and a Pep Rally leading up to the midnight season-opener basketball practice.  After the crowd got a taste of upcoming Saints’ hoop action, festivities continued with a dance party that went into the wee hours of the morning.
 
The fun continued on Saturday with a tailgate luncheon that had alums, students, and faculty catching up with each other and meeting Marymount’s new president, Matthew D. Shank, and his family.  Rima Eid, Psychology ’06 and Forensic Psychology ’08, enthused, “This is a great turnout!  I attended the Future Vision presentation by Dr. Shank, and now I’m really enjoying the tailgate with my fellow international students.”  Shingai Mavengere ’02, concurred, “It’s fantastic to come back and see fellow graduates and still feel like you belong. The legacy of Marymount continues through the spirit of the extended community.”  Recent graduate Julius Hambule ‘11 succinctly summed up the prevailing feeling: “It’s good to come back; it feels like home.”
 
Other Saturday activities included a spirited Alumni lacrosse game, a Homecoming concert, and presentation of the Alumni Awards. Susan Lacz ’83, CEO and partner of Ridgewells Catering, received the Alumni Achievement Award. Catherine Heller Lenihan ’61, an alumni leader in the New York City area, received the Alumni Appreciation Award. Francisco Semiao ’00 and ’05, director of Development at the GW Medical Center, received the Outstanding Recent Graduate Award. And, Patricia Myler ’66, facilities director at the Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart and president of the National Christ Child Society, received the Alumni Lifetime Excellence Award.
 
Sunday brought the weekend to a close with the Homecoming Mass and Gospel Choir performance that featured Amber Whaley ’07 and Broadway star Julia McGirt Nixon. Their inspired and uplifting sounds were a fitting conclusion to Homecoming 2011.
 
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PHOTO CAPTIONS:
1. Midnight Madness - Cheering the Saints!

2. Alumni Awards Recipients:
   Left to Right: Catherine Lenihan '61, Patricia Myler '66, MU president Dr. Matthew Shank, Francisco Semiao'00, and Susan Lacz '83

3. Tailgate Luncheon - Sharing Memories
   Left to Right: Julius Hambule '11; MU director of International Student Services Aline Orfali; Rima Eid  '06,'08; and Shingai Mavengere '02

4. Enjoying Midnight Madness
   Jordan Easley-Small, Steven Robinson, Mike Horka, and Brian Eggot Orakpo Bustos

5. Slam Dunk to start the season!