Homecoming 2017 brings together the ‘Cuse community

The Best of Homecoming 2017

Published: October 9, 2017

While students unwound Thursday after a week of midterm exams, over 2,200 alumni poured onto campus for Orange Central 2017. A celebration of the ‘Cuse community, Orange Central is a chance for alumni to reconnect through events, activities, and planned reunions, but the whole campus community is encouraged to participate. This year, over 50 activities were planned.

Friday kicked off the weekend’s big events with the George Arents Awards honoring Tim Coughlin ‘68, G ‘69, Daniel D’Anniello ‘68, Diane Nelson ‘89, and Mary Spio ‘98. While they received the University’s highest alumni honor, the ‘Cuse Cookout on the Quad was in full swing, replete with burgers, brews, and throwback tunes. Otto the Orange even made an appearance.

The Einhorn Family Walk Dedication followed early Saturday. Built to create a more connected campus, the Einhorn Family Walk is named for Steven ’64, G’67, and Sherry Einhorn ’65. Meanwhile, the 2017 Homecoming Tailgate drew together students and alumni alike prepping for the Orange to take on Pittsburgh. Spirits were already up when the Orange beat the Panthers 24-27.

Prior to 2007, the annual Homecoming and Reunion events were separate celebrations for alumni and students. Now the tradition is campus-wide for anyone who bleeds Orange. Hosted by the Traditions Commission, Orange Central combines Homecoming traditions with campus tours, lectures, panel discussions, and performances. This year, the Traditions Commission partnered with University Union for Saturday’s comedy show featuring T.J. Miller and the Lucas Bros where Homecoming King and Queen were announced.