800 expected for St. Vincent College alumni festivities on Latrobe campus

| Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

St. Vincent College's 2013 Alumni Homecoming and Fall Family Weekend festivities are expected to draw a crowd of more than 800 to the Latrobe campus this weekend.

“Everything this year has gone a lot smoother,” St. Vincent director of alumni relations Mike Gerdich said of preparations for this year's festivities. “We got the registration brochures out way earlier, which gives us more time. The last couple years we had them out later than we wanted, and you had a lot of last-minute things. This year, the registrations are up to date, the planning. We have several meetings a week leading up to the event. Everything has gone much more smoothly than it has in the past.”

The college will open its homecoming festivities on Friday by honoring seven Alumni of Distinction, presenting Recent Alumnus and Alumna Achievement Awards to two recent graduates and recognizing the graduating classes celebrating their 25th and 50th anniversaries.

The schedule for Saturday is packed with events and activities for alumni, students and family members.

An alumni anniversary breakfast from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. (reservations required) will follow morning prayer with the Benedictines at 6:45 a.m. and Monastery Mass at 7:30 a.m.

Also on the Saturday morning schedule: receptions at each of the college's four schools beginning at 10 a.m., an alumni men's and women's swim meet at 10 a.m., an alumni men's lacrosse game and a varsity women's tennis match at 11 a.m.

The homecoming parade is scheduled for 11:30 a.m., and the St. Vincent College community picnic is set for 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The college's pool will host an open swim from noon to 4 p.m.

The Bearcats football team takes on Westminster College at 1 p.m., followed by an alumni social and Fall Fest Carnival from 4 to 7 p.m.

“That's really a nice event, sort of winding things down,” Gerdich said of the post-game events. “Everybody comes back together after the game, and that's been something that has a particularly nice draw as well. ... And it's really nice for the alumni with younger children to be able to go ahead down (to the Fall Fest Carnival).”

An Alumni Memorial Mass is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

Performances by bands Maps & Atlases, Never Shout Never and Red Jumpsuit Apparatus wrap up the evening program beginning at 7:30 p.m.

A shuttle bus will be running all day Saturday, with admission ambassadors giving tours of the campus.

Sunday will feature morning prayer with the Benedictines at 6:45 a.m., Monastery Mass at 7:30 a.m. and Parish Masses at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m.

Further details are available from the Office of Alumni Relations by calling 724-805-2568 or visiting the website, www.stvincent.edu.

Greg Reinbold is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-459-6100, ext. 2913, or greinbold@tribweb.com.

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