Homecoming 2012 turned out to be five fun-filled days of events and activities.
The events kicked off on October 2 with Rhode Island College Spirit Day. Students donned the college colors – white, gold and maroon – and some of Rhode Island’s best pizza makers threw a Pizza Cook-Off.
Oct. 3 was Decorating Day. Faculty, staff and students outdid each other in an office-decorating contest, while Henry Barnard students (kindergarten–fifth grade) adorned their classroom windows and hallways to reflect the Homecoming theme: Heating Things Up.
The following day, a chalk art contest brought RIC artists out onto the quad, adding a burst of color to the campus. Later, GrooveBoston provided an exciting musical performance in the gymnasium of the newly renovated Recreation Center.
Oct. 5 featured a Friday Night Homecoming Festival, replete with barbecue and parade. Current students Marcela Barros and Hannah Duffy gave the festival a thumb’s up. “It’s a nice change and fun addition to Homecoming week,” said Barros.
Enjoying the festivities was Miss Rhode Island, Kelsey Fournier ’12, who also took in the new construction on campus. These changes were noted by Wenonah Clarke-Smith ’79 and her husband Dennis Smith ’80 as well.
“We’ve come every year, for the past ten years,” said Clarke-Smith. “It’s nice to see the new construction on campus and all the campus improvements.”
Fournier said she’s always enjoyed RIC’s small, intimate community, which has remained even with the new construction. Though I didn’t live on campus, I was able to form close relationships with many RIC students, Fournier said.
To round out day four, the RIC community was treated to a performance by the RIC Dance Company, a concert by the RIC Wind Ensemble, a Trivia Challenge, a craft fair and the Jim Karol Psychic Madman Show.
Homecoming 2012 concluded on Oct. 6 with a School of Nursing Breakfast, a 5K run, a 50th reunion of the class of 1963, a Golf Ball Drop and an Athletics Department Hall of Fame event.
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