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Homecoming 2016 – There’s No Place Like SNHU

Students gathered around booths set up for Homecoming weekend.

The Offices of Student Involvement and Alumni Engagement - along with the entire Homecoming Committee - are incredibly proud to share some highlights of another successful Homecoming.

This year, the theme was 'There's No Place Like SNHU,' and alumni, students, families, faculty, and staff took the opportunity to celebrate everything that makes SNHU feel like home.

Kristi Durette, executive director of alumni engagement and planning committee co-chair, said that there were more than 2,000 visitors to campus, including more than 50 alumni and student volunteers who helped the weekend run smoothly. "This weekend was truly about the SNHU community. We saw online students jumping on Skype to join a meet-up, and alumni at a distance join the online book club discussion, as well as record numbers of alumni, students, family members and guests come to campus. There's nothing better than seeing those connections made and that Penmen Pride shared."

More community members than ever participated in events from a distance, including the 35 people from 19 states who registered for the 2nd annual Virtual 5K, as well as participants in the SNHUconnect Meet Up and those who watched some of the many live streamed events over the weekend.

Colleen Lubin, Durette's co-chair in Student Involvement agrees that this was a banner year. Lubin, associate director of student involvement, said that it was a collaborative effort to build this weekend. "So many people invested their time, energy, and love to make this a celebration of all things SNHU, including student clubs and organizations, Student Involvement, Alumni Engagement, Athletics, academic programs, Facilities, Food Services, Event Services, and so many more. You really feel the love for the SNHU community at an event like this," she said.

Here are a few highlights from the more than 40 events throughout the weekend:

Edward S. Wolak Library Learning Commons Dedication Ceremony and Community Reception Faculty, staff, students, and alumni joined President LeBlanc, Trustees, senior leaders, community members, distinguished guests, and Ed Wolak '74 for the dedication of the Edward S. Wolak Library Learning Commons. With Wolak's generosity and leadership, the newly renamed building will continue to serve as a hub of resources for the modern student - those on campus and across the world. The building houses the Shapiro Library collection, the Center for Teaching and Learning, learning resources for students, the Innovation Lab and Makerspace, and an IT help desk.

There's No Place Like SNHU: 50 Years of Student Life

The Class of 1966 - the first class to receive 4-year degrees from the institution - celebrated their 50th Reunion with a series of events on campus, including a panel discussion on student life featuring President Paul LeBlanc, Dr. Ann ShapiroMerv Newton '66, Dan Sullivan '66, (former class president), Dean Heather Lorenz, and current SGA President Jess Gallant. Watch the Panel Discussion.

President's Reception

President LeBlanc and the SNHU Alumni Association  hosted the President's Reception, where the entire community came together to celebrate the strength of our ties and to honor the 2016 Alumni Award recipients. Watch the President's Reception

  • Michael J. Rizzi '09 '10G '12MBA, Young Alumni Award - Rizzi is a frequent career volunteer on campus, helping UC students on their career development paths. He is also a donor to the Bradley Three Year Business Honors Program Scholarship Fund, and actively engaged in SNHU events and community building.
  • Dr. Steven R. Painchaud, Distinguished Service Award - Painchaud has more than 30 years of teaching, management, and consulting experience. A fixture in the organizational leadership department until his retirement last year, Painchaud developed courses and taught in the Three Year Business Honors Program and helped to build the incredible ties between its students, alumni, faculty, and community leaders.
  • K. Brian McLaughlin '88 and Linda McLaughlin '89, Alumni Hall of Fame Award - the McLaughlins met at New Hampshire College in the 1980's and co-founded Granite Group Benefits shortly after graduating. Successful leaders in business, they have remained faithful to their alma mater, creating the McLaughlin Career Development Fund to assist students pursuing professional and experiential learning opportunities. They embody the goals of the institution, and take their roles as alumni seriously, engaging the community, giving back through scholarships, and hiring SNHU grads and interns.

To see pictures, videos, and the social story from the weekend, or to learn more about getting involved for next year, please visit our alumni website

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