Combined for the first time in several years, Salisbury University’s 2014 Homecoming and Family Weekend festivities had special significance for Sea Gull fans. On Saturday, October 18, before an audience of some 200, President Janet Dudley-Eshbach and Athletics Director Michael Vienna unveiled designs of the new $19 million stadium during a groundbreaking ceremony. The facility opens in spring 2016.
Afterward, a parade of student floats traveled across East Campus, and alumni and their families enjoyed a barbeque with music and children’s activities. With sunny fall weather, the stands were packed as the football team defeated Hartwick College, 59-49. Volleyball, field hockey, and men’s and women’s soccer also won matches throughout the weekend.
On Friday, October 17, Dudley-Eshbach and her husband, Joe, and SU Foundation Board Member Michele Thomas were inducted into the Holloway Society during its celebration of those who have designated planned gifts to the University. Alumni and parents participated in a golf tournament, and five graduates joined the Athletics Hall of Fame.
The Student Government Association marked Homecoming with a pep rally, Battle of the Bands, wing-eating contest and more. Alumni who work at SU enjoyed a breakfast, and retired faculty and staff returned for a luncheon. Special reunions also were held for the Class of ’64’s 50th anniversary, the 30th Acadia Adventure program and groups such as the Lambda Society. Parents and others enjoyed several themed dinners and events including an Untouchables dance performance, a humanities seminar on 20th Century Europe and the Bobbi Biron Theatre Program’s presentation of King Lear, where Friday’s audience celebrated 80 years of theatre on campus during a post-performance afterglow.