Homecoming 2011 will be remembered for soaring spirits and fun-filled events throughout the week. Popular activities included the Varsity Club golf tournament, faculty emeriti and retired staff luncheon, and the SGA's "This Is Why I Squawk" Spirit Week celebration. New this year was a pre-football game alumni barbecue, which drew some 150 fans.
Four Alumni — Jen Mezzadra Exelby ('01 lacrosse), Rebecca Mitchell Agoglia ('01 swimming), April Harned ('01 softball) and J. Michael Scarborough ('76 football, wrestling) — were inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame. Scarborough received the inaugural Hall of Fame Award of Excellence for the honor he has brought to the University since his graduation. Four athletics teams clinched titles during "Championship Saturday," football with a share of the Empire 8 and field hockey, volleyball and women's soccer in the Capital Athletic Conference. All received NCAA tournament bids.
That evening, the classes of '76 and '01 celebrated reunions, while SU ROTC members mingled with active and retired military members during an armed services reunion. A special luncheon honored the Class of '61's 50th anniversary. Guests included Margaret Laws Engle, from the Class of '31, who recently commemorated her 100th birthday, and Ellen Bloodsworth and Carolyn Riley Whittington from the Class of '36. Campus tours of Perdue Hall and Sea Gull Square also were popular.
Jayme Block, interim director of alumni relations and gift development at SU, said: "We could not have asked for a better weekend. It was great to see alumni from 1931 to 2011 represented at all of the events, including our championship games. I appreciate the support of our alumni volunteers, the campus community and, of course, the Sea Gulls who flocked home to visit their Maryland University of National Distinction."