Photo Credit: Brock University
This past weekend, Brock hosted their annual Homecoming celebration for alumni. Like other recent events, Homecoming Weekend was celebrated using a different approach than in years prior.
Homecoming has been a tradition at Brock for more than 50 years. The celebration usually involves thousands of current and former students participating in a series of events that span across an entire weekend in September. Amidst safety concerns due to the ongoing global pandemic, Brock kicked off this year’s Homecoming virtually.
Rather than the typical weekend of in-person events, celebrations and reunions, this virtual launch, while presenting its own challenges, allowed for Homecoming programs to be more accessible and extend beyond their usual timeframe.
“Where Homecoming has been confined to a single weekend in the past, this year’s Homecoming Weekend will act as a launching pad for continued celebrations and programming throughout the rest of the year,” said Terry Cockerline, Director of Alumni Relations at Brock.
The celebration began last Friday with the unveiling of a Steel Blade Classic tribute via the official Homecoming website. The tribute featured highlights from the annual hockey game over the years, history about the game, a photo gallery and more.
The tribute website also hosted a screening of the highlights from the 2018 Steel Blade Classic, when a record crowd watched Brock beat the Guelph Gryphons at the Meridian Centre. The highlight video featured commentary from head coach Marty Williamson, current player Adam Berg and former player Skylar Pacheco.
On Saturday, the Virtual Alumni Recognition Reception launched as a website featuring the annual alumni awards, with videos of each Dean recognizing their Distinguished Faculty Graduate Award recipients and of the acceptance speeches from the winners. The site also included remarks from Brock President Gervan Fearon, Brock University Alumni Association (BUAA) President Greg Plata, Director of Alumni Relations Terry Cockerline and BUAA Recognition of Excellence Committee Chair Allie Hughes.
Also on Saturday, alumni who registered in advance were invited to take part in live virtual campus tours. After the tours, the Centre Stage Saturdays concert from the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival was livestreamed for all alumni from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Brock Oenology and Viticulture alumni working in the wine industry were also featured throughout the broadcast.
Finally, Brock alumni are encouraged to take part in a reunion photo contest that was unveiled this weekend on the Homecoming website for those celebrating their 1, 5, 10, 25, or 50-year anniversary milestones. The contest will run until November 16 and anyone who takes part will be entered into a draw to win one of a variety of prizes.
Though Homecoming Weekend has passed, interested individuals and alumni can still access a few of the programs from the celebration through the Homecoming website. Alumni who have not had an opportunity to engage in the weekend’s celebrations are encouraged to do so at their leisure.
For a full schedule of and more information on future Homecoming events to be held throughout the Fall, visit the Brock University Homecoming website at http://brocku.ca/homecoming. Additionally, Badgers celebrating their silver (25-year) and golden (50-year) anniversaries with Brock are encouraged to request their cameo pins on the Homecoming website.