Homecoming 2013


The Magic of Redlands will be on full display this Homecoming, Oct. 18 to 20.

“During Homecoming there’s always something for everyone,” Amber De Massimo, assistant director for Alumni Relations, said. “It is a fun-filled, jam-packed weekend. There is no reason why you should stay home.”

The festivities for The Magic of Redlands - Homecoming 2013, begin Friday, Oct. 18 with lunch in Irvine Commons for parents and their students, and the president’s reception at 2:30 p.m. A magic show, featuring award-winning magicians from the Magic Castle in Hollywood, will take place at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Chapel.

“This is a huge moment for us,” De Massimo said. “The theme for Homecoming came about because of this event when we thought, ‘Why not play this up?’”

On Saturday, various Greek organizations will hold reunions, alumni will participate in athletic games, and two mini-courses will be taught by faculty.

“Dr. Art Svenson is leading one with alumnus Brian Silva focusing on marriage equality, and there will also be a behind-the-scenes look at the Feast of Lights [led by Dr. Nicholle Andrews],” De Massimo said. “It will be cool and a little different.”

At 12:30 p.m., the Magic of Connecting lunch will start on the Quad, featuring food trucks and games, and the Biergarten will open, serving up drinks through 6:15 p.m.

“Lunch is going to be playing off of the October theme,” De Massimo said. “It will be a spiced up event, and the Biergarten will be more robust.”

The Quad fair, parade, and picnic will begin at 4 p.m., and then attendees will have a choice: attend the silent movie screening of Buster Keaton’s “College” in the Memorial Chapel at 6:30, or watch Redlands football play La Verne at 7 p.m. in Ted Runner Stadium.

“There is always something happening this weekend,” De Massimo said. “It’s all great fun.”

The evening will conclude with a pub crawl of downtown Redlands for young alumni, starting on campus.

“They will take a bus to all of these different pubs, and we will have professors at each one to connect with them,” De Massimo said.

Homecoming will wind down on Sunday, with more Greek events and a Compline with the Chapel Singers at 7:30 p.m. in the Memorial Chapel. Whether alums and current students attend one event or several, De Massimo is sure they will have a good time.

“It’s Homecoming,” she said. “It’s full of fun and excitement, and it’s going to be a great weekend.”

To register for Homecoming 2013, please click here. Tickets for the Magic of Redlands! Magic Show are available at Campus Events. Tickets are free for students, $20 for limited close-up seats, and $10 for all others.

Posted: Sept. 25, 2013
Written by: Catherine Garcia

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