A record number of University of Bridgeport alumni are expected to celebrate Homecoming Weekend from October 5 through 7.
The three-day extravaganza will turn the spotlight on extraordinary alumni at its much-anticipated UB Awards Dinner and celebrate the University’s tight-knit but globally expansive family—from alumni returning to campus after decades to their children and grandchildren, and even the siblings of current students.
It is also the first time that University President Laura Skandera Trombley will attend Homecoming, a favorite among past and current University of Bridgeport students. Trombley began serving as the University’s tenth president on July 1, 2018, and will present “The State of the University” on Saturday.
“I am really looking forward to meeting the men and women who have shaped the University of Bridgeport’s past and to share with them more about our plans for the school’s future,” Trombley said.
“Alumni from across the United States and overseas have registered to attend the event and the numbers keep rising. It’s a record number,” said Interim Vice President for Advancement Aimee Marcella.
“I love Homecoming for so many reasons every year, and this year is no different! Seeing alumni return to campus is always amazing as we share memories and all the great new things our campus has to offer,” Marcella added. “We also love hosting our current students and their parents as they celebrate new traditions with the UB family. Faculty and staff are also a huge part of our festivities; truly, Homecoming reflects all the wonderful aspects and people of UB!”
Events include something for everyone: alumni athletic games, musical recitals, gatherings for alumni-veterans, Siblings’ Night, an engineering carnival, gymnastics exhibition, Family Picnic, UBiergarten, and more.
Two panel discussions will provide opportunities for attendees to delve into social issues: On Saturday, Fones School of Dental Hygiene will host an Open Forum with legislators, dentists, dental hygienists, and other healthcare experts to talk about the national movement to increase patient access to dental therapists in Connecticut and elsewhere. Members of the community are invited to attend the free session.
That same day, Anthony Ashton (P ’19) will meet with University students to present about diversity and college admissions. Ashton is a partner at DLA Piper in Baltimore, where he chairs the law firm’s African American/Black Affinity Group and heads its Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
UB Awards Dinner, the much-anticipated centerpiece to Homecoming, will be held 6 p.m. Saturday, October 6. The championship 2013 women’s gymnastics team and other Purple Knights will be inducted into the 2018 Athletics Hall of Fame, and a new class of young alumni under 40 will be honored with Rising Star Awards. Seven alumni also will receive Distinguished Alumni Awards.
In recognition of their generosity, the University also will honor Susan Heckman O’Hara ’84, founder of the new Heckman Family Legacy Scholarship, and alumni members from the Black Student Alliance who have recently reinvigorated the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship for African American students at UB.
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