News Release

Alumni Relations

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Wilmington University Celebrates it's Past, Present, and Future with Homecoming Celebration

A weekend loaded with spirited events, parties and athletics rounded out the second annual Wilmington University Homecoming Celebration.

On Friday, September 27, the University hosted an Alumni Networking Happy Hour at the University & Whist Club in Wilmington. This served as an opportunity for alumni, students, faculty, staff and guests to interact in a casual atmosphere. This evening was highlighted by words of appreciation from President Dr. Jack Varsalona, and a very informative and hopeful discourse from New Castle County Chamber of Commerce President, Mark Kleinschmidt.

On Saturday, September 28, a day of athletic excellence commenced on the new Athletic Complex. The WilmU volleyball team’s face-off against Felician College at 11:00 a.m. resulted in a 3-0 victory for the Wildcats.

A soccer double-header began at 12:30 p.m. with the women against Caldwell College, which resulted in a 1-1 tie. The men followed, beating Caldwell 3-1 in their match.

During the sporting events, the festivities were plentiful: A wood-fired pizza truck, Scoops ice cream, a funky costume photo booth, video game demonstrations, a moon bounce, face-painting, bean bag toss, and more – all at no cost.

Between the men’s and women’s soccer games, the University held a presentation honoring past CACC All-American award winners. University President Dr. Jack Varsalona handed each winner an award as an announcer noted the athletes’ many accomplishments during their time at WilmU.

One of those winners, Amelia Simmons, was back in town after playing professional basketball in Germany. She graduated from the University with a Bachelor’s in Behavioral Science in 2010.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to be here and see everyone,” Simmons, 26, said. “WilmU has opened so many doors for me. It’s allowed me to do what I love.”

Also at the awards ceremony, the University presented Dr. Varsalona a personalized soccer jersey.

After the games, about 70 guests headed to the Sheraton Wilmington South hotel for an Alumni Homecoming party from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

For the first time this year, the University hosted a Wildcat Pride Party at 8:00 p.m. Saturday in the Pratt Student Center. Many of the attendees at the Alumni party visited the Student Center to dance, mingle and celebrate the end of an exciting day.

"Homecoming is a day that brings together alumni, students, faculty, and staff with the primary purpose of creating stronger community and showing Wildcat pride," said Stefanie Whitby, Senior Director of Alumni Relations."This event promotes the opportunity for students to build a stronger university community and for alumni to reconnect and utilize networking, leadership, and mentoring support.”

Published: Monday, September 30, 2013 - New Castle, DE