Published September 11, 2020 in News
Each year, alumni, parents and friends of Clarks Summit University flock to campus for Homecoming weekend. Alumni reunions, meet-and-greet time and an award ceremony honor past graduates of the school. Defender volleyball and soccer games are enhanced by friends and family visiting and cheering from the sidelines. Residence halls host food tents on the quad, and everyone enjoys reconnecting on CSU’s beautiful campus at the peak of autumn.
This year, as CSU follows the guidelines put out by governing authorities, Alumni Day and Homecoming have been cancelled.
“With parents and families visiting campus and alumni coming back, we can have over a thousand people coming and going on campus,” said Paul Golden, executive director of alumni and development. “As disappointing as it is, we need to honor our government officials and keep the health of our guests, parents and alumni in mind.”
“We will miss having everyone on campus. Homecoming has always been a highlight,” Golden said. “Perhaps having our families and alumni connecting online and sharing our Alumni Award ceremony virtually will allow more people to watch. We can be more accessible and engage those who may not have been able to come to Homecoming in the past. We hope our reach can be significant this year to make up for the loss of not having everyone here in person.”
Golden looks forward to seeing families of students and alumni next year at CSU’s Homecoming in 2021. (You’ll probably find him with a buckeye or chicken spiedie in his hand at the food tent on the quad.)
2020 Alumni Awards
The 2020 Alumni Awards will take place in a ceremony to be held virtually. “We typically announce and recognize alumni at an alumni awards chapel the Friday before Homecoming,” Golden said. “This year we are putting together a virtual award ceremony that will be posted later. We still want to present that honor to them. A video will highlight the 2020 award winners.”
While they can’t stop by the merchandise tent at the block party, friends and family can still get their CSU gear. Anyone can purchase a CSU sweatshirt, Defender swag or residence hall t-shirt at the CSU store online. $5 car magnets were also recently added to the online storefront, and—since it’s 2020—Defender face coverings are also available. Loved ones can gift students with goodies from the online store with free delivery to the students’ on-campus mailboxes; items ship free with orders of $50 or more!
Although Homecoming cannot happen in person this year due to COVID-19, alumni and friends of CSU can still connect online. Alumni-run Facebook groups for each decade reunite friends and are places for alumni to reminisce and share photos. CSU’s other social media pages are also a great way to stay up to date on news and happenings related to the university.
Although Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) has suspended fall seasons, Defender news is available at GoCSUDefenders.com.
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by Julie Jeffery Manwarren