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President Victor shares Homecoming enthusiasm

Thursday, September 3, 2015

When Mercyhurst University’s new president, Michael T. Victor, J.D., LL.D., celebrates Homecoming Weekend on campus Sept. 25-27, it will be as much his return home as it will that of alumni.

And this year’s theme — inspired by the classic film The Wizard of Oz — couldn’t be more appropriate. Victor will be the first to tell you, there’s no place like home.

Victor, who was dean of the Walker School of Business from 2002 to 2006 before serving as president of Lake Erie College for the next nine years,  began his tenure as Mercyhurst’s 12th president on Aug. 1. This will be his first opportunity to engage Mercyhurst alumni en masse.

He’s hoping to see some old friends, meet new ones, and, hopefully, reconnect with former business school students.

“I am looking forward to Homecoming and engaging with the broader Mercyhurst community,” he said. “Being in Erie and working at Mercyhurst is a dream come true. There really is no place like home.”

Victor will visit with alumni at a Homecoming brunch on Saturday, Sept. 26, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in Mercy Heritage Room. All alumni are invited to attend and hear as he discusses his administration’s plans for charting a new path for Mercyhurst’s future. 

“Everyone in the Office of Institutional Advancement is really excited for this year’s Homecoming. It means a lot more this year — not only is it a homecoming for our alumni, it’s one of our first celebrations of President Victor’s homecoming to Mercyhurst,” said Lindsay Cox, assistant director of alumni relations and annual giving.

Other highlights of this year’s Homecoming include the Alumni Golf Outing benefitting the James R. McKeever Scholarship Fund on Friday at Lake View Country Club in North East.

A happy hour kicks off the weekend Friday night at the Cornerstone Bar and Grill from 7 to 9. Alumni sports fans have the option of attending the women’s ice hockey game in the Mercyhurst Ice Center at 6 p.m.

On Saturday, alumni can participate in the 5th Annual Homecoming 5K with proceeds benefiting the Student Alumni Association.

Saturday is the busiest day of Homecoming Weekend, starting with a tailgate at 11:30 a.m. before the Lakers face off against IUP at 1 p.m. at Tullio Field.

Also Saturday, alumni can enjoy “An Evening of Music, Dance and Theatre” as current Lakers entertain in the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m.

Don’t forget Sunday Mass at 10 a.m. and brunch in Egan Dining Hall from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

“Whether you’re a student, an employee or an alumnus, we’re all thrilled about the spirit that is being reinvigorated at Mercyhurst,” Cox said. “This Homecoming will definitely be one of the best yet as we all come together to celebrate Mercyhurst.”

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