Lawrence Tech Magazine Winter 2011-2012 : Page 1
Making old traditions new • • • Homecoming capitalizes on rejuvenated campus life and school spirit • • • Lawrence Tech fans found plenty to cheer about at the Homecoming soccer game against the University of Michigan Dearborn. awrence Technological University brought back the Homecoming tradition in grand style with a full slate of activities during the week leading up to Homecom-ing Day on Saturday, Oct. 1. Blue started a new tradition at Lawrence Tech when he sank his trident into the turf of the new soccer pitch. L Associate Professor Scott Schneider proudly displayed his “true blue” spirit at the Homecoming soccer game. While the weather wasn’t very accommodating for the concert on Friday night and alumni activities on Saturday morning, the sky turned Blue Devil blue for the Athletic Hall of Fame induc-tion ceremony and the soccer game in the afternoon. This was the ﬁ rst Homecoming at Lawrence Tech since the 1990s, although alumni have been invited to numerous other events on campus in the intervening years. L A W RENCE T ECH M A G AZINE 1
Making Old Traditions New
Homecoming capitalizes on rejuvenated campus life and school spirit<br /> <br /> Lawrence Technological University brought back the Homecoming tradition in grand style with a full slate of activities during the week leading up to Homecoming Day on Saturday, Oct. 1.<br /> <br /> While the weather wasn’t very accommodating for the concert on Friday night and alumni activities on Saturday morning, the sky turned Blue Devil blue for the Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony and the soccer game in the afternoon.<br /> <br /> This was the first Homecoming at Lawrence Tech since the 1990s, although alumni have been invited to numerous other events on campus in the intervening years.<br /> <br /> The impetus for reviving an old tradition was Lawrence Tech’s acceptance by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. This fall was the first season for varsity teams in men’s soccer, women’s volleyball, and men’s bowling. In addition to attending athletic events, students, alumni, faculty, and staff found many more Homecoming activities to enjoy.<br /> <br /> “With the return of varsity athletics and other exciting developments at the University, we thought this was a good time to reinstate a tradition that will bring both alumni and the families of students to the campus,” Dean of Students Kevin Finn said.<br /> <br /> A cold, rainy, windy Friday night didn’t deter several hundred Lawrence Tech students and friends from having a hot time at the Homecoming concert on Sept. 30. The audience quickly forgot the elements when Vanilla Ice and 3OH!3 filled the air with their driving music. Local recording artist Lewis Hensley warmed up the crowd as the opening act, and WKQI 95.5 Friday night DJ Ace was entertaining as the emcee.<br /> <br /> Volunteers from the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and SPAM, the student group that organizes events on campus, helped with hospitality and crowd control. Members of the SAE Aero Design team sold Blue Devil horns, and the student engagement staff sold Homecoming t-shirts, which had been introduced with much fanfare earlier in the week.<br /> <br /> Following the concert, students gathered around a bonfire near Ridler Field House for some much-appreciated heat, more music, pulled pork, and pizza from Shield’s Pizza – the winner of the students’ “Best Pizza in Town” contest.<br /> <br /> Also as part of this year’s Homecoming celebration:<br /> <br /> • Sixty students participated in a service project cleaning up the path to the Point athletic fields.<br /> <br /> • Students defeated the faculty and staff in a tug-of-war contest.<br /> <br /> • Four teams competed in the first Quidditch tournament.<br /> <br /> • A comedy show was organized by SPAM.<br /> <br /> • The varsity volleyball team played Lourdes College.<br /> <br /> • The varsity hockey team played Grand Valley State University.<br /> <br /> • Alumni enjoyed a Homecoming Day tailgate party.<br /> <br /> • The College of Arts and Sciences dedicated new labs.<br /> <br /> • Lawrence Tech’s first disc golf champion was crowned.<br /> <br /> • Past soccer players returned for an alumni soccer game.<br /> <br /> On Saturday afternoon several hundred students, family members, alumni, faculty, and staff were on hand as eight inaugural members were inducted into Lawrence Tech’s new Athletic Hall of Fame. (See story on page 4.)<br /> <br /> After architecture student Korin Blubaugh sang the national anthem, LTU’s mascot, Blue, made a dramatic entrance on the back of a Baja SAE vehicle and then planted his trident into the turf to signal the start of the men’s varsity soccer game against the University of Michigan Dearborn.<br /> <br /> The Lawrence Tech fans had plenty to cheer about in the game, which was tied at halftime, 1–1, but the Blue Devils ended on the short end of the 2-1 score.<br /> <br /> Immediately after the game, the spectators witnessed an historic event of a more personal nature. The soccer team’s goalie Mikey Knoff, who had to sit out the game because of a concussion, walked across the field with his teammates and went into the stands to propose to classmate Dee Hewitt.<br /> <br /> Knoff and Hewitt are both seniors studying architecture. They have been dating since 2008 when they met in University Housing as freshmen. While a marriage proposal may not have been totally unexpected, Knoff said his fiancée was caught off guard by the Homecoming setting.<br /> <br /> “It was an exciting day, and I thought it would be fun to do it in front of all of her friends. My family was there, too,” Knoff said.