Broadcast Your Spirit at Homecoming 2011

Homecoming weekend 2011 will serve up more activities and excitement than ever before when alumni and friends visit campus on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 14 and 15. Here’s a list of fun ways to show your Blue:

Friday, Oct. 14

Classes without Quizzes

3-5 p.m.

This is the fifth year for this exciting option during Homecoming on Friday from 3-5 p.m. Some of the university’s talented faculty and staff will offer alumni and their spouses the opportunity to explore a variety of interesting topics. This is your chance to return to the classroom without quizzes or tuition fees! Classes and supplies are at no cost. To register for a class, simply call Jessica Swinford at 260-399-7700, ext. 6411 or e-mail and specify the class you and/or your spouse are interested in attending. Here’s the list of instructors and exciting topics:

3-4 p.m.

A. Posture, Ergonomics and Stress (Dr. Matt Hopf, BS ’01)

Stress is a necessary part of life. However, an excess amount of stress can be detrimental. In this presentation, participants will learn how proper posture and ergonomics can help to reduce overall stress levels.

3-4:15 p.m.

B. Reconsidering Rockwell (Dr. Beth Kuebler-Wolf)

Although Norman Rockwell has long been admired by the American public, his reputation among art historians and critics suffered throughout his lifetime and beyond. Only in recent years have art historians begun to fully examine and appreciate the importance of Norman Rockwell as a serious fine artist. While critics have begun to take him seriously, his longtime appreciators have tended to ignore the complicated, difficult and dark parts of Rockwell’s art. In this lecture we will consider Rockwell from various angles, taking into account scholarly and popular viewpoints on this most American of American artists. (25 people maximum)

3-5 p.m.

C. All Things Chuck (Dr. Larry Wiedman)

Ever spend hours awake at night pondering Charles Darwin? Probably not, but he was a fascinating figure who changed the way we look at nature and ourselves.


  • Had a degree in theology, not biology from a prestigious college in the UK;
  • Married his very rich cousin and had 10 children with her;
  • Was an elected town official and started a fund for serving the poor through his local church, but never had a regular paying job in his life;
  • Was not the naturalist on the HMS Beagle; and
  • Tried to burn his only manuscript of the Origin of Species when he discovered that someone else had scooped him.

Want to learn more about the intriguing man and the idea that changed the way biologists do business? Join Doc Wiedman for a few hours of fun and discovery of “All Things Chuck” this Homecoming weekend, 2011.

3-5 p.m.

D. Bird Watching 101 (Dr. Joe Steensma)

Taught by Dr. Joe Steensma, who is literally crazy about birds, this class focuses on how to ignite your passion for bird watching and how to nurture this into a full-blown obsession. You will learn how to attract birds, how to use binoculars properly, what types of optics are best for you, and will even take a field trip to see if you can spot any of our feathered friends! All levels of experience are welcome. Beginners and near experts will all learn something new. Upon completion, students will be given the opportunity to join the elite group of USF students and alums known as S.H.E.B.A. (Super-Hardcore-Extreme-Birdwatching Association).

3-5 p.m.

E. Personal Finance: Learning to Read and Use Financial Information to Make Decisions (USF Business Professor)

This course pokes fun at financial statements for individuals interested in improving their financial positions. Each participant will receive valuable information, including handouts and an electronic spreadsheet that can be used for managing household finances. You will walk away with a better understanding of what financial statements tell you and how they can be used to help a family.

This course is appropriate for those with no accounting experience as well as those who need to refresh or upgrade their skills.

Alumni Awards and Athletic Hall of Fame dinner

6 p.m. - Alumni and Athletic Hall of Fame Awards - North Campus gymnasium (formerly Abundant Life Tabernacle)

The following individuals will receive Alumni Awards:

  • Dr. James Hoot ’72—Distinguished Alumnus
  • Andy Pyle ’98—Distinguished Service by an Alumnus
  • Leo Procise ’06—Distinguished Young Alumnus
  • Dr. Michael Mastrangelo, M.D.—Honorary Alumnus

The following individuals will receive Athletic Hall of Fame awards:

  • Andy Papagiannis ’06—Football
  • Jeff Rekeweg— Former head men’s basketball coach
  • Lindsay (Mitchener) Schott ’02—Softball
  • David Malone ’86—Soccer

The cost of this event is $30 per person. If you are interested in attending, contact Debra Boggs at 260-399-8037 to make reservations. You will need to RSVP by Wednesday, Oct. 5 to attend.

Friday, Oct. 15

8 a.m. Check-in for Homecoming 5k Run/Walk

Hutzell Athletic Center

9 a.m. Homecoming 2011 – 5k Run/Walk

USF’s first 5k Run/Walk during Homecoming will give alumni and their families, USF students, and USF employees a chance to come together and “Broadcast their Spirit” while participating in the event. Each registered participant will receive a goodie bag filled with fun items. The cost to participate is $10 per person, $5 for USF students and children 12 and under. Go to to download a registration form.

9 a.m. Alumni Baseball Game, Baseball Field

Former baseball players interested in participating should contact Adam Swinford at by Monday, Oct. 10.

9-11:30 a.m. USF Nursing Heritage: A Journey through Time, Doermer Health Sciences building

The Department of Nursing History of Nursing display will be showcased during Homecoming located in the Nursing Commons in Doermer Health Sciences building. Many alumni from as early as the 1940s have participated in interviews as part of an electronic display. Artifacts are being collected, pictures are being scanned and uniforms are being cleaned and pressed. The schools of nursing represented in the display include Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing, St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing, Lutheran College of Health Professions, Saint Francis College and the University of Saint Francis.

10 a.m. Alumni vs. Alumni Softball Game, Softball Field

Former women’s softball players interested in participating should contact Sarah (Schmitz) Wehrkamp at by Monday, Oct. 10.

10 a.m. Alumni Men’s Soccer Game, Coonan Field

Former men’s soccer players interested in participating should contact Andy Denton at by Monday, Oct. 10.

10 a.m. Arts and Science Tailgate, Bonzel parking lot

All liberal arts, science and math alums are invited to the eighth annual Arts & Sciences Tailgate Party. Contact Dr. Larry Wiedman, for additional information.

10-11:30 a.m. Tours of the Brookside Mansion

Self-guided tours of the mansion will be supervised by the University Relations Department and various members of the Alumni Cabinet.

10-11:30 a.m. Alumni Association tent, Brookside Plaza

Check out this new opportunity to learn more about what the Alumni Relations Department can do for you! Stop by and pick up a complimentary gift.

Noon USF Football Game vs. Marian

Bishop D’Arcy Stadium Alumni Tent, south end zone. Visit the alumni tent on the south end zone for free brats and soft drinks. Special stamped tickets must be presented to enter the tent area. Ask for these stamped tickets at the ticket booth! Alumni Awards and Athletic Hall of Fame 2011 recipients will be honored at halftime of the football game and brought out onto the football field, along with past Athletic Hall of Fame recipients.

2-4:30 p.m. Tours of the Brookside Mansion

Self-guided tours of the mansion supervised by University Relations Department and various members of the Alumni Cabinet.

2-4:30 p.m. Alumni Association tent, Brookside Plaza

Check out this new opportunity to learn more about what the Alumni Relations department can do for you! Stop by and pick up a complimentary gift.

4 p.m. Mass in Saint Francis Chapel at the west end of Trinity Hall

4-7 p.m. Alumni Family Dinner, Hutzell Athletic Center

Join the Alumni Family Dinner located in the foyer of Hutzell Athletic Center. All alumni and their families are welcome to attend this event! In addition to the great food, soda and adult beverages, enjoy the chance to visit with old friends.

5:30 p.m. Alumni Men’s Basketball Game, Hutzell Athletic Center

Former men’s basketball players interested in participating should contact head coach Chad LaCross at 260-399-7700, ext. 6213 or by Monday, Oct. 10.