By Alex Balletto – Copy Editor
At Family, Friends and Alumni Weekend on October 13-15, past and present community members celebrated Fall at Lasell.
The weekend officially began Friday evening, but a bulk of the events were on Saturday and Sunday. Jennifer Granger, Office of Student Activities and Orientation Director, pointed out unique OSA events, such as PIP the Illusionist, various Boston trips, Fall Fest, the Student Performance Showcase, Campus Activities Board’s BINGO, and River Day.
“This year we moved Fall Fest to the Barn parking lot to be closer to Chili Fest and the soccer game. It worked well minus some weather woes,” said Granger. She said more than 100 families came, with 348 people officially checking in and registering.
“This year, the Fall Fest and Alumni Chili Fest were combined which provided a fun carnival feel and provided an opportunity for families and alumni to interact,” said Lauren McCauslin, Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving.
The Development and Alumni Relations Office had a few exciting activities according to Rebecca Deluca, Assistant Director of Communications for the office.
“We celebrated special reunion classes, ending in 2 and 7, and had a special Reunion Trolley Tour and an exclusive Reunion Hard Hat Tour of the New Science and Technology Center,” said Deluca. She says it’s worth it when an alum steps on campus after 50 years and is “instantly impressed and proud of the growth they see.”
Under the Development and Alumni Relations Office’s tent was Chili Fest. Alumni Marsha Tucker ’64 and Nancy Goodale ’66 proudly served chili at their alma mater. The Lasell College Alumni Association won the Chili Fest Contest with their Chicken Chili.
“Family, Friends and Alumni Weekend is a wonderful time for all members of our community to come together to celebrate Lasell, reconnect with classmates and friends and experience a campus that is full of life,” said McCauslin, also an alumna.
Granger says she loves Family, Friends and Alumni Weekend. Her favorite part is reuniting with alumni, meeting the families and friends of current students, and coming together as a community to “celebrate being a part of Laser Nation.”
Junior James Macey described playing rugby in front of family, friends and alumni as “amazing.”
“Even though we lost, it still felt like a win because we were surrounded by fans and alumni who played on the team. It was a moment I will never forget,” said Macey.
“It was nice getting to talk to parents of students and my club members about the She’s The First mission and why we’re so passionate about it. We were able to raise some money for our Bake a Change fundraiser even though it rained,” said junior Corinne Hennessey.
Early morning Sunday felt like autumn at River Day. After a couple hours of matching, the “Underachievers” took home the River Day trophy. The team consisted of Karen, Robert, and Kate Kennedy, Jimmy Kappatos, and Maddy Kasperski.
River Day is a tradition dating 120 years back and is always a fan favorite.
“I love running a long-standing Lasell tradition. The history of River Day is special and really makes it a unique day and event. River Day is one of my favorite events,” said Granger.
Vice President of Student Affairs, Diane Austin said, “The true highlight of the weekend for me, is always River Day. The tradition of canoe races in the ‘war canoes’ goes back to the early 20th century, and I love the fact that almost 120 years later, our College community still comes together to participate in this most special Lasell event, that links us to directly to our amazing history and legacy.”
According to Deluca, rain or shine, FFAW is “one of the most exciting weekends of the year.”