Adams State College 2007 Homecoming anchored alumni despite high winds

(10-10-2007)

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Homecoming is special for Adams State alumni.

When an Adams State College graduate sees, for the first time in decades, a friend they made in college, their eyes light up and a smile spreads across their face -- that is Homecoming.'

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Ray Skeff and his wife chauffeur the Dale and Bev Hettinger in the parade.

"I love it when alumni come back to ASC and reconnect with each other and the college," said Lori Laske, Adams State graduate of 1991 and 2001, director of Alumni Relations. She and Gaylene Horning Adams State graduate of 1994, program assistant, spend months preparing for Homecoming.

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Semillas de la Tierra reunion shows off past programs.

This year Adams State College welcomed back alumni with a golf game, receptions, and the awards banquet. The choir students of Maurice Skones, the Outing Club, and Semillas de la Tierra were among the reunion groups reunited with old acquaintances.

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Cheerleaders from the class of 1962.

Snatches of conversations overheard during the reunion receptions included: "The professor said, 'I don't mind you looking at your watch, but when you start shaking it..."

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The Maurice Skones reunion group led the singing of the alma mater at the banquet.

"I delivered the newspapers to Casa Bonita Hall. I came in one morning and Ms. DeLongchamp was standing there in her foundation garment; all I remember was I ran like hell..."

"The place that sold pies at the top of the pass...there was a kid there that graduated...someone said he was in Nova Scotia..."

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Alumni root for the home team.

The sky was gray and rain spotted glasses and camera lenses as choir students of Maurice Skones, with coats buttoned, gathered to dedicate three trees and a wood-hewn bench in memory of their beloved director. The trees were planted at the south entrance of the Music Building on Sept. 28.

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The Maurice Skones reunion group enjoys reconnecting.

Jennifer Reglien, grad year 1963, was instrumental in organizing the reunion. "I apologize for being emotional,” she said. "This brings back so many memories."

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The Past, Present, Future art exhibit in the Cloyde Snook Gallery.

Former and current art faculty were featured in the exhibit, "Past, Present, Future," in the Art Department’s Cloyde Snook Gallery. Reunion receptions for anniversary years gave graduates from 1957 until 2002 the chance to catch up on campus activities and each other's lives.

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Ben Quinn with son in the parade.

After celebrating the accomplishments of Benn Quinn, class of 2004, Exceptional Young Alumnus; and the 2007 Outstanding Alumnus, Dale Hettinger, class of 1964, during the Alumni Banquet and Annual Meeting, many supported their alma mater by attending either the Homecoming Jazz Concert or the two one-act plays.

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The Grizzly 5K attracted many runners.

On Saturday, Sept. 29, despite the early morning chill, made harsher by the infamous valley wind, alumni joined current students and community members at the annual Grizzly 5K; the male and female who made it across the finish line first were Enrique Guerrero, a 2006 Adams State graduate and current assistant track coach at Alamosa High School, and Laura Knapp, a junior at Adams State. The School of Business hosted a reception for their alumni before the parade downtown.

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Laura Knapp ran a great race in the Grizzly 5K.

The student-chosen theme, Super Heroes, was apparent as floats carrying Batman, Superman, and other chosen celebrities pasted out candy and good-will. The band, Bits and Pieces, entertained those courageous enough to hold onto their plates and cups at the Tailgate Party.

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Future alumni don't mind the windy weather at the Tailgate party.

Although the Grizzly football team lost, they put up a good effort, and many alumni chose to spend their last couple of hours in Alamosa at the local establishment, Inn of the Rio Grande, for last minute stories and photos at the Post Game Reception. The Semillas de la Tierra reunion was held at another local restaurant, Calvillo's. Over 60 people enjoyed looking at photos and a display of past programs, ate Mexican food, and paid tribute to many individuals who over the years have contributed to the success of the dance club on campus.

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The post-game reception is enjoyed by many.

"It makes the long hours of preparation worthwhile when alumni make new great stories," Horning said.

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The ASC Marching Band prepares for the parade.

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By Linda Relyea