When the Seawolves football team capped off a thrilling, come-from-behind 28-27 victory over Maine, it put an exclamation point on what was a memorable and fun-filled Homecoming weekend at Stony Brook University.
Stony Brook rallied from a 13-point deficit and outscored the Black Bears 21-7 in the second half on October 22, in front of a raucous crowd of more than 7,100 at LaValle Stadium.
The victory was one of many highlights of four days of Homecoming events, as alumni, students, faculty, staff and others in the SBU community enjoyed the wonderful fall weather at a variety of celebrations and festivities across campus.
The fun began on Wednesday, October 19, with the Homecoming Harvest, hosted by the Faculty Student Association and Campus Dining, featuring an Apple Market, complete with cider, pies, apples, pumpkins and other great food.
The Walter J. Hawrys Recreation Center celebrated its 10th anniversary with a day-long slate of events, and the Bauman Center hosted the Unity Kickback, featuring food and music, sponsored by the Undergraduate Student Government, African Student Union, Black Womyn’s Association, Black Student Union, Caribbean Student Organization, Haitian Student Organization, Black World and NAACP.
The Homecoming Court stepped out on Thursday night at the Student Activities Center for the annual Creative Explosion, taking their spirit to the stage. The following night, the Staller Steps were the place to be as hundreds turned out for the 12th annual Seawolves Showcase, featuring performances by the Stony Brook Spirit Marching Band, the SBU cheerleaders and dance team, and a variety of handpicked groups entertaining the crowd on the outdoor stage.
With fun and games for Seawolves of all ages, the Homecoming BBQ on Saturday was a huge hit, with all-you-can-eat food, games, and a new Intermission Step Show hosted by the Black and Latino Alumni Network.
Homecoming was also a perfect opportunity for alumni to come back to the Brook and reconnect with friends and fellow Seawolves, thanks to a series of affinity and class reunions. Among the celebrations over the weekend were:
- Class of 2012 10-Year Reunion
Members of the Class of 2012 reunited to celebrate their 10th anniversary, with a reunion social, campus tours and breakfast.
- Stony Brook Kappas HomeKoming Gala
Stony Brook Kappas alumni arrived in style for a black-tie affair benefiting the Stony Brook Kappas Endowed Achievement Scholarship.
- Homecoming Statesman Alumni Breakfast
Statesman alumni returned to campus to join current Statesman members for breakfast in the media wing before hearing from alumni Howie Klein ’69 and Neil Butterklee, Esq. ’80, ’82.
- Black and Latino Alumni (BLA) Network Multicultural Brunch and Networking Happy Hour
BLA festivities began with their annual Multicultural Brunch and wrapped up with a Networking Happy Hour, with both events supporting the Black and Latino Alumni Network Scholarship Fund.
- Haitian Student Organization (HSO) Alumni Reunion Dinner
The HSO alumni group concluded their Homecoming festivities with a fun evening, including live performances and Caribbean cuisine.
It was also a huge weekend for Stony Brook Athletics, and not only because of the Seawolves’ big win on the gridiron. The Stony Brook Rita and Kurt Eppenstein Athletics Hall of Fame enshrined its Class of 2022 on Friday night at the Island Federal Arena. Eight new members were inducted into the Hall: the 2012 Stony Brook Baseball team, Allison Brewster (Cukrov) ’15 (Softball), Darcy Heuser-Ryan ’12 (Women’s Swimming and Diving), Kenneth P. LaValle, Claire Cannetti (Petersen) ’13 (Women’s Lacrosse), Tyler Santucci ’10 (Football), Dale Summerville ’05, ’08 (Men’s Cross Country/Track & Field) and Jameel Warney ’16 (Men’s Basketball).
View a gallery of Homecoming Weekend (Photos by John Griffin):