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Homecoming and family weekend set to kick off

This year’s Homecoming and Family Weekend, set to take place on the weekend of Oct. 22-24, will feature community building experiences that alumni, family and students can enjoy.

With consideration to COVID-19 guidelines recommended by the state of Oregon and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Associate Director of Alumni and Parent Programs Tara McIrvin has worked hard to ensure the safety of those who will be participating.

“Keeping our guests and community safe is very important to us,” McIrvin said via email. “We require proof of vaccination or negative COVID test results conducted within the previous 72 hours for entry to the stadium and tailgate area. We are also capping capacity at the tailgate to ensure we have adequate spacing. Guests will also be asked to wear masks when not actively eating or drinking.”

The main event for students this year will be the Homecoming football game and tailgate. The game will feature the Pios playing against the Puget Sound Loggers at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23 and entry will be free to students that bring their ID card. The tailgate provides an opportunity to watch the game from the endzone while enjoying the food offered to attendees, including sandwiches (both chicken and vegan) served with chips and macaroni salad.   

According to Associate Director of Physical Education & Athletics Sharon Sexton, these events can be a great way for the Lewis & Clark community to proudly display school spirit and build connections with one another. 

“We are thrilled to be able to get back to in-person events this fall, both from a competition standpoint and from the ability to engage with our alums, families and friends,” Sexton said. “Being able to hold an in-person Hall of Fame Induction as well as moving forward with the Football Tailgate will definitely bring back a sense of normalcy to the campus.”

Also taking place as a part of Homecoming and Family Weekend is the Hall of Fame dinner, which will honor a selection of Hall of Fame inductees and award winners for their outstanding achievements in the LC athletics department. The ceremony will begin on Friday, Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. in Stamm Dining Hall. Prior to the induction, a reception will be held at 5:15 p.m.     

On the final day of the event, the Lewis & Clark Orchestra will perform their first concert of the fall semester at 7:30 p.m in the Agnes Flanagan Chapel. With in-person attendance being limited, the event will also be live streamed to ensure greater accessibility. According to Orchestra Conductor Robert Whalen, the upcoming performance has been in the works since the start of the semester, and will allow the LC community to partake in a powerful musical experience.

“The California-based composer John Adams once referred to one of his compositions as a “memory space”, and I hope that is what this concert may be for both the orchestra and our audience; a space for contemplation, reflection, connection, and for communal uplift through the shared experience of music,” Whalen said.
As a final word of encouragement, McIrvin says that there will still be events available online for those that cannot attend in-person. If you would like to get involved, visit https://college.lclark.edu/offices/alumni/homecoming/ for more information.

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