Hundreds of alumni along with students, faculty, staff, trustees and parents had plenty to cheer about during a spirited four-day Homecoming Weekend.
The festivities began Thursday evening with a performance by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and continued with the Alumni Awards, Athletic Hall of Fame Induction, the parade, pep rally, football game, reunions, receptions and all-around good fun.
Sunday evening ended on a high note when Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons entertained a full house of fans at Pfeiffer Hall, their second sold-out performance of the weekend. The fine arts performances scheduled during the four days included the annual Homecoming Concert and the shows "Sleepy Hollow Plays" and "Charlotte's Web."
"It was one of the best Homecoming Weekends we've been to," says Sally Duke '61 Kirk, who returned to campus from Florida with her husband Bob '61. He was reunited with his teammates from the powerhouse 1960 Cardinal football squad that won a College Conference of Illinois championship. "We especially enjoyed the Hall of Fame Induction with all the wonderful stories that people told," Sally Kirk adds. "It was a walk back in time."
The Hall of Fame induction of coach Jim Kulawiak and catching up with former softball teammates was the high point of the weekend for Jennifer Hill '00 Melvin of Batavia. "It brought back so many memories and I enjoyed seeing people I normally don't get to see," she says. It was also her first visit to the Wentz Concert Hall and Fine Arts Center.
The 50-Year Club inducted members from the Class of 1960 and Betty Kirchdorfer '60 Plum announced a class gift to name a room in the new Science Center. Neil '60 and Ruth Gauerke '60 Denker of Naperville and Estero, FL, said the weekend was perfectly organized for the class members who returned. "Those of us who attended have great memories," says Ruth Denker. "From the Chicago Symphony Thursday night through the Frankie Valli performance Sunday night, it was very special."